DVD Update From Dave

The following is an update from Dave about Topsham Public Library’s DVD collection.

Not all the “new” items that come into Topsham Public Library’s collection are noted on our monthly listing.  Most times when we bring something that is published or created in past years, it is not included on the list.  For instance, recently we received several donated DVD titles from Acorn, known to some of you from Acorn TV.  These items have long been released but are new to our collection, and I wanted to bring attention to some of those “new” to us!

Classic mysteries have arrived like the recently re-released Mrs. Bradley Mysteries, starring the terrific Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones & Avengers).  Voted favorite BBC actress, Patricia Routledge show her acting range portraying a retired northern housewife turned private eye in Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. The late, great Richard Griffiths in the much-loved Pie in the Sky series also graces our shelves in which he portrays a detective-by-day and a popular chef-by-night.  Anyone who loves crime shows or culinary delights will be immediately hooked.


Fans of small town living or family dramas will appreciate the recent additions of Ballykissangel featuring Stephen Tompkinson as an English priest being transferred to a small Irish village.  Fans of Julian Fellowes, creator and author of Downton Abbey, will delight in seeing his acting the part of Kilwillie in the zany character filled Monarch of the Glen.  Others will delight in the current Australian hit show A Place to Call Home, starring Marta Dussledorp (Janet King, Jack Irish) who has won several awards for her portrayal of a holocaust survivor coming home to Australia in the 1950’s.

Speaking of Australian shows, don’t miss other potential favorites and recent acquisitions, 800 Words (a journalist who loses his wife in an accident emigrates with his kids from Australia to New Zealand—but will they stay?), Level (fans of Downton Abbey will recognize Robert James-Collier in a pivotal role) and Deep Water, starring Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) attempting to solve a present day crime that might resemble the murder of her brother who was killed in a hate crime, years ago.  My personal favorite is Wentworth which I describe as Orange is the New Black meets Oz; it’s dark, but great!

This is just a sampling of the 45+ Acorn/BBC titles recently added to our collection, too many to annotate in this blog.  Most of these DVDs were donated by patrons who hoped fellow residents would enjoy them. If you have gently-used DVDs you are done with, that are not already part of our collection, please drop them by. If we can, we will include them in our collection of 4000 DVD titles. If not, they will go into our annual Friends of Topsham Public Library Book Sale that funds many library efforts including all our programming throughout the year.  We are especially interested in adding classic movies and series to our ever-growing collection.

(Touch of Frost; Duchess of Duke Street; Close to the Enemy; Case Histories; Flambards; Wish Me Luck; Rough Diamond; Cadfael; Invisibles; Strumpet City; Island at War; Maigret; The Grand; Detectorists; Trial & Retribution; Jack Taylor; Vexed; Winter; Jericho of Scotland Yard; Lark Rise to Candleford; To the Manor Born; Single-Handed; The Fall; 19-2; Touching Evil; Wire in the Blood; DCI Banks; Silk; Worricker; The Last Detective; Durrells in Corfu; Home Fires; and more.)