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Acorn TV is celebrating the twenty-first broadcast anniversary of Midsomer Murders by extending its free trial offer from 7 to 30 days for new subscribers.

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Midsomer Murders: John Nettles as Tom Barnaby & Neil Dudgeon as John Barnaby — Image courtesy of Acorn TV

Midsomer Murders, one of the longest running and most popular television series in British history, hit a milestone yesterday with its twenty-first broadcast anniversary.

And the show is still going strong. Its 20th season is coming up.

In the meantime, folks in the US and Canada who become new subscribers of Acorn TV between now and May 21, 2018, can take advantage of the streaming service’s Midsomer Murders celebratory promotion: a free trial of 30 days. That’s three extra weeks of free streaming versus the basic 7-day trial.

Simply visit https://signup.acorn.tv and enter promo code MIDSOMER.

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Midsomer Murders: Jason Hughes as DS Ben Jones, John Nettles as DCI Tom Barnaby, and Neil Dudgeon as DCI John Barnaby — Photo by Mark Bourdillon, courtesy of Acorn TV

For Midsomer newbies, the series is inspired by the mystery novels of Caroline Graham and premiered on the UK’s ITV on March 23, 1997. Set in the English county of Midsomer, the stories follow Causton CID’s lead detective and his sidekick as they investigate murders and related crimes in the county’s quaint towns and villages.

The first thirteen seasons starred John Nettles (Bergerac, Poldark) as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby. Neil Dudgeon (The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, Life of Riley) has been starring as DCI John Barnaby (Tom’s cousin) from Series 14 to the upcoming Series 20.

Both DCIs have had a few partners each, including Detective Sergeant Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey, EastEnders), DS Daniel Scott (John Hopkins, Poldark), DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes, Marcella), DS Charlie Nelson (Gwilym Lee, Jamestown), and DS Jamie Winter (Nick Hendrix, George Gently).

Guest stars across the seasons have included Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Henry Cavill (Justice League), Colin Farrell (True Detective), Samantha Bond (Home Fires), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), Henry Ian Cusick (Lost), Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War), and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).

In the first 19 seasons, there were more than 330 murders in Midsomer, making it the deadliest (fictional) county in England.

With the Midsomer promotion, new (and existing) Acorn TV subscribers can binge-watch all 19 seasons and 116 feature-length episodes to see all the various ways in which Midsomer denizens met their demises — including death by candlestick, arrow, slide projector, doped-up horse, poisonous frog, Celtic spear, liquid nicotine, toxic fungi, hemlock, claret, decapitation, drowning, and King Neptune’s trident.

How will homicides be committed in Series 20 of Midsomer Murders? We shall see, when Acorn TV premieres it in North America later this year.

In addition to the British Midsomer Murders, you can also binge-watch other top-notch international series, including both seasons of the Irish drama Striking Out, four seasons of the Kiwi whodunit series The Brokenwood Mysteries, five seasons of the addictive Australian period drama A Place to Call Home, and eleven seasons of the hit Canadian series Murdoch Mysteries, as well as Rebecka Martinsson, the English-subtitled Nordic noir mystery-crime drama series from Sweden.

And here’s what you can look forward to: Series 2 of The Good Karma Hospital (a favorite and the feel-good drama of 2017), the highly-anticipated US debut of the quirky police procedural No Offence, the return of Agatha Raisin, the new Welsh thriller Keeping Faith, and the Danish/New Zealander crime drama Straight Forward, among others.

So if you don’t already have a subscription to Acorn TV, here’s an opportunity to get it free for 30 days. (The subscription cost of $4.99/month or $49.99/year will kick in when your promo period ends.)


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