Clive, Is That You?

Clive, Is That You?

A young Clive Owen in
A young Clive Owen in "Chancer," one of the British TV series available on Acorn Media DVDs. (Acorn Media)
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

For more new-to-you scripted entertainment, check out these British imports from Silver Spring-based Acorn Media (which specializes in bringing Brit television DVDs to the U.S. market).

Chancer-- Before Clive Owen was Clive Owen, he was Derek Love, the arrogant, rogue con-man star of this short-lived British hit crime series. (1990-91; out now)

Suburban Shootout -- Rival gangs of gun-packing housewives battle over a Stepford-like village in what sounds like really "Desperate Housewives," but what the San Francisco Chronicle called "a little David Lynch lite." (2006; coming March 25)

Rosemary & Thyme-- Forget the weak dollar and vacation vicariously as the professional-gardening/amateur-sleuthing duo of this British whodunit series tramp through London's Kew Gardens, the hills of Malaga and the French Riviera. (2003-06; out now)

Fortysomething-- The Times of London described this midlife crisis series -- which stars a pre-"House" Hugh Laurie -- as "quirky and bittersweet with a sort of loopy truth." (2003; coming April 8)

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