“Mr. & Mrs. Murder” and “Poirot” releasing on DVD March 4 from Acorn TV Mar04

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“Mr. & Mrs. Murder” and “Poirot” releasing on DVD March 4 from Acorn TV

Mr. and Mrs. MurderI love quirky crime comedy shows, like “Psych,” “White Collar” or BBC’s “Death In Paradise,”where murders and mysteries are solved with a keen eye, attention to detail, and more than a little bit of wit and charm. Here’s another to add to that list: “Mr. & Mrs. Murder,” releasing on DVD March 4th from Acorn TV.

The Australian show focuses on married couple Nicola and Charlie Buchanan (Kat Stewart and Shaun Micallef), professional trauma cleaners who handle crime scenes when the police are done collecting evidence.

They’re there to clean up blood and gore and put things right, but inevitably the pair gets involved in the mystery. Because they’re not actual detectives (and because no one pays attention to the cleaners), Nicola and Charlie often find clues the police overlook, using less traditional crime solving methods, like rummaging through drawers and closets while they’re cleaning. They’re not above a little breaking and entering to track down leads they think will crack the case, passing them on to Detective Peter Vinetti (Jonny Pasvolsky), who is grateful for their help, but always admonishes them to leave a clean chain of evidence.

It’s formulaic – we know the crime will be solved, and that it’ll be Nicola and Charlie who break the case but Det. Vinetti who gets the credit. What makes the show so charming is the quirky relationship between Nicola and Charlie. There aren’t many TV shows that portray married couples as loving and devoted, and the relationship these two have harkens back to the days of romantic comedies starring actors like Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, where couples constantly call each other “darling” and dote on each other, oblivious to the other’s faults.

At first glance, they seem like a mismatched couple. Nicola is all sentiment and emotion, prone to hugging suspects, victims’ families and strangers – spontaneous, full body hugs punctuated by long purrs. She relies on her gut or, as she explains, she feels it in her waters. Charlie, a kind man but not himself a hugger, displays an encyclopedic knowledge of arcane facts that usually provide the missing link needed to solve the case. But what matters is that Nicola and Charlie are in synch, and that passion for each other and solving mysteries is the key to their success.

They’re aided in their sleuthing by their niece, Jess (Lucy Honigman), who is studying for her MBA but often gets dragged into the crime solving, posing as a hotel maid, insurance estimator, or other cover in order to access inside information.

The romantic chemistry, witty banter, loveable characters and clever crimes make “Mr. & Mrs. Murder” an entertaining new addition to the crime show genre.

“Mr. & Mrs. Murder” originally aired on Network Ten in Australia in 2013; it’s now available in the U.S. on DVD March 4th and via Acorn’s streaming service, Acorn TV (http://acorn.tv.). The series is Not Rated, but the content is generally PG or PG-13 in nature. For more information, visit http://acornonline.com/.

Poirot Also releasing March 4th: Series 11 of Agatha Christie’s “Poirot.”

David Suchet once again perfectly brings to life one of literature’s most beloved detectives in this newly remastered DVD collection of Series 11 of Agatha Christie’s “Poirot.” The episodes feature guest appearances from Tim Curry (“Rocky Horror Picture Show”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), Zoe Wannamaker (“Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

“Poirot” has aired in both the U.K and U.S. since 1989; this series originally aired in 2008 and 2009. This newly remastered 2-disc DVD collection restores the episodes to their original U.K. broadcast order with SDH subtitles, and includes production notes from David Suchet and Tim Curry.

With the completion of filming of Series 13 of “Poirot,” David Suchet has now filmed all of Agatha Christie’s works featuring the famous Belgian detective. The latest series is slated to premiere in the U.S. in 2014.

For more information, visit http://acornonline.com/.