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Your Acorn TV Christmas guide to stream your way through the steamy weather

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It’s nearly time to break out the bubbles, unshell the prawns and put on all the fans in the house, as the weather heats up and the fairy lights turn on.

It wouldn’t be an Aussie Christmas without full bellies and a postprandial binge session. So, what will you and your family watch this silly season? The gift that keeps on giving, Acorn TV has all your holiday entertainment sorted with The Christmas Collection!

Agatha Christie is best-known for her detective novels, short story collections and plays. The classic TV adaptations of the famed author’s work are beloved the world over – especially Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Instead of the Ghost of Christmas Past, call upon the spirit of the greatest detective to ever walk the Earth and challenge the in-laws to solve the mystery first in Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Season 6, Episode 1).

For some people, the endless chores of shopping, cooking and cleaning for Christmas can be murder… but hopefully not literally, as in The Brokenwood Mysteries!

When the beloved mayor of Brokenwood and his girlfriend are found brutally murdered dressed in Santa costumes, it’s a not-so-jolly case for Detectives Mike Shepherd and Kristin Sims. See if you can catch the killer in A Merry Bloody Christmas(Season 3, Episode 4).

If there’s one thing that remains constant year after year, it’s that there’s never enough seafood on Christmas Day. So, when the prawns and smoked salmon are all gone, dive into A Moody’s Christmas with the hilarious episode, Decapod Crustaceans(Season 1, Episode 3).

Lamenting the overseas Christmas holiday cancelled thanks to the pandemic? Binge through the season and Last-Minute Airfare(Season 1, Episode 6) will soon have you feeling jolly again… Not to mention refreshed, as Kevin finally unveils the new swimming pool (six years after it was built).

If anyone can spread laughter and joy this Christmas, it’s Miranda. You might even think the silly season was named after her!

The pre-Christmas party thrown by Miranda’s excessively jolly parents is as embarrassing as ever in The Perfect Christmas(Season 2, Episode 6), so she makes her own plans to spend the big day with friends. Of course things never go as planned for the unlucky host. When the arguments arrive but the gifts do not, the prospect of Christmas with her parents suddenly seems strangely inviting.

Could there be a chicer Christmas creation to inspire your holiday style goals this year? The fashion is fabulous and the food too good to eat – it’s just a pity murder’s also on the menu in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

She may be on holidays but murder finds Miss Fisher once again as her Christmas in July turns deadly in Murder under the Mistletoe(Season 2, Episode 13). Trapped in a snowed-in chalet, Miss Fisher must uncover the killer knocking off guests to the beat of a sinister version of the yuletide tune, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. The countdown is on, can she solve the mystery with time to spare for some champagne by the fire?

In the green and pleasant lands of Midsomer County, you could be mistaken for thinking Christmas is a peaceful and idyllic time of rest and leisure. But the only ones putting their feet up are Midsomer Murders viewers. DCI Barnaby doesn’t have time to sing carols and bake gingerbread – there are too many murders to be solved!

Instead of making plans for a family feast, someone is plotting revenge in Ghost of Christmas Past(Season 7, Episode 7), while an explosion and a string of murders near a freight company makes December even busier in Days of Misrule(Season 11, Episode 6). Then, not one to rest on their (Christmas) laurels, Midsomer’s finest sleuthing duo investigate the fatal stabbing of a man with an antique sword during a ghost-hunting party in The Christmas Haunting(Season 16, Episode 1).

This quartet’s misadventures may guide them under the mistletoe and the festive spirits will likely find their way into the punch when The Inbetweenersboys are responsible for organising the end of term Christmas party.

As the only candidate to have volunteered, Will is elected Chairman of the (first ever) Christmas Prom Committee and ropes the other boys into helping in Xmas Party(Season 1, Episode 6). What could possibly go wrong?

Acorn TV’s world-class dramas, comedies, cult and critically acclaimed shows from Britain and beyond are available to stream for just $6.99 a month or $69.99 for an annual subscription. All of these Christmas episodes and more from popular series such as Victoria, Doc Martin, The Detectorists, Inspector George Gently and The Worst Christmas of My Life have been curated into The Christmas Collection. From everyone at Acorn TV, merry Christmas and happy viewing!

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