Acorn TV

Agatha is back ... and village life is lethal again


Acorn is a dandy screening service that's stuffed with shows from England, Australia and beyond. And now it has rescued Agatha Raisin, a fun character who is sort of like Lucy Ricardo turned blonde crimesolver. Her next movie arrives Monday (Nov. 19); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Two versions of
Great Britain seem to co-exist.

British actresses juggle genres ... and streaming services


When summertime TV and movies are at their silliest, we need some serious British moments. Fortunately, two streaming service are available. Here's the story I sent to papers, about the serv ices and the actresses.

By Mike Hughes

LOS ANGELES -- Each
August, Americans can grumble about reruns and reality shows.

Or they can try a
handy solution to many problems: Turn to the British.

Hey, these Brits seem to know about acting


On one level, "Girlfriends" is kind of brash and soapy; on another, it has gifted British actors, bringing these flawed-and-interestinng characters to life. It's one example of why people like to catch British shows via PBS or streaming. Now "Girlfriends" reaches Acorn on Monday (Jan. 29); here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Cush Jumbo and "The Good Fight" fit TV's new-normal world


At any time, Cush Jumbo would be interesting. You don't meet many people who have played both Josephine Baker and Mark Antony. Or, for that matter, many named Cush. But now she's also part of an interesting change in the TV world. "The Good Fight" -- which starts Feb. 19 on CBS, then moves to CBS All Access -- is her second series to reach American viewers mainly via streaming. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes