When a favorite series puts out a special related to the season, one has to sit up, pay attention and make a way to see said special. Such is the truth of this Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye installment. Something that is maybe the start of a few more episodes.
Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye (2021) Acorn TV Movie
Cultivating the perfect Christmas is not an easy task. So difficult is it that Agatha (Ashley Jensen) and her bestie Roy (Matthew Horne) happen to be arguing over its perfection while poorly attempting o drag the tree into Agatha’s house. When Roy nitpicks Agatha’s methods of Christmas cheer, she gives up and hands the tasks over to Roy. While looking to employ the help of Agatha’s friends, including Charles (Jason Merrells) and Toni (Jodie Tyack), little does Roy realize that Agatha is planning to take on a case, a few FOUR days before Christmas.
The case sends Agatha and much to his annoyance, Roy, to the home of a wealthy woman whom her village despises. The woman hires Agatha to be witness to her telling her three bickering children that she will not be leaving them anything. Into this complicated and disapproving family life does Agatha discover more than on upset.‘AGATHA RAISIN: KISSING CHRISTMAS GOODBYE’ IS MORE COZY MYSTERY FUN! #AGATHARAISIN #ACORNTV #BRITISHTV #COZYMYSTERY #MYSTERY Click To Tweet
This is one Acorn TV series I’ve liked from the start. There’s far too few episodes per season but on the other hand, as I like to say, if that’s what it takes to put out great stories and content, I’m cool with this. Speaking of great, I don’t think this installment is a series best, but it’s still good nonetheless. There’s the return of most familiar faces, more shenanigans (I mean, can Agatha not not get into trouble?) and very little (*sad face*) romance.
Ashley Jensen’s Agatha Raisin continues to get up to trouble and this mystery is no different. She gets herself in more than one pickle, but the script, as always, seems to manage this all through laughter. Many of the physical gags involve elements related to Christmas and it makes things more colorful and fun (there’s even a turkey brandished as a weapon). Beyond this, it’s lovely to see all of the familiar faces including most of the gang as well as DC Bill Wong (Matt McCooey) who is always fun and I hope as much a fan favorite for others as he is to me.
If you enjoy British mysteries or any of the other Agatha Raisin installments, you won’t wish to miss this Christmas addition. It’s cute and full of good cheer even on the occasion when Agatha grumbles as she is prone to do now and again!
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You can find Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye digitally on Amazon Video with an Acorn TV add-on.
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Content: nothing much to note although there is more than one sex-related joke/innuendo, nothing is terrible. One character is homosexual but if that bothers you, nothing comes of it here. The show would be TV-14.
Sincere thanks to Acorn TV for the screening opportunity; all opinions are my own.
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