Love for the streaming service Acorn TV is put on display more than a little bit around here. Even when I’m late to share exciting news about the service, I’m still going to try and make a little party out of the occasion. Today the celebration is for one of its New Zealand imports and that is Brokenwood Mysteries series seven. The gang from the tiny town is back, ready to put their unique crime solving techniques to use and solve more mysteries!
Brokenwood Mysteries Series Seven (2021) Acorn TV Review
A popular TV travelling antiques show makes a stop in Brokenwood and it causes quite the flurry of excitement among its residents. This includes DI Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea), the local detective who has a unique taste in music. His record collection isn’t worth anything or so the show’s resident expert tells him, but this doesn’t stop him from observing some curious things during the taping of the episode. All of his suspicions prove correct when the show’s host is found murdered by his own antique garotte.
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This time around, the show is comprised of six (a mere six!) installments, as is the norm, but no doubt they’ll be plenty to laugh about. It sounds unusual to say that a crime drama makes you laugh, but this import 100% does. It’s the characters that make everything seem warm and comforting. Whether it’s the writing or acting or a combination of both, the characters are very genuine people who make the stories and the series work.
Not only do I love Mike Sheppard (the country music loving, thrice divorced investigator) but there’s also his comrades, Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland) and Sam Breen (Nic Sampson). Together, these are some of my most favorite TV characters. I’m not sure what it is about them, but they’re a matter-of-fact, easy-going bunch that’s nearly impossible not to like. Of course, they also have some complex cases to solve. This includes a farmer’s market murder and health retreat case.
If you like import series, Brokenwood Mysteries is a good one to think about checking out. It’s got great acting and characters, always interesting cases and the small-town setting allows for colorful residents that help to allot for humor. The series is, as ever, another good binge that while only six episodes is a small price to pay if this is the cost of excellence.
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You can exclusively watch Brokenwood Mysteries series seven digitally with an Acorn TV add on via Amazon. There will be a new episode each week until May 3.
Sincere thanks to Acorn TV for the chance to view a screener copy of ‘The Garotte and the Vinklebraun’; all opinions are my own.
Content: If you’re not into crime dramas, this does always show a body, but usually, it’s not a graphic murder scene. There’s also later scenes in autopsy with the body under a sheet. The show is TV-14.
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