28 March 2012 3:42 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

  From little acorns massive oaks grow might apply to Acorn Media, which was started in its chairman’s spare bedroom in 1984.  This week, Peter Edwards, the chairman, told the New York Times that Acorn believes it is the second largest distributor of British programming on DVD in North America, bested only by the BBC. The company also streams its Brit content. Acorn Media recently added the epic 1976 BBC miniseries, "I Claudius," starring Derek Jacobi as the Roman Emperor to its burgeoning DVD catalog.  Next month comes the original 1979 miniseries, "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," starring Alec Guinness as the clever little man who smokes out a mole in the British secret service. For Anglophiles and/or mystery buffs, $25 a year will buy hundreds of hours of watching classic British television series streamed by Acorn TV for five weeks before they are replaced by other classic series. (Acorn TV is available online, »

- Aljean Harmetz

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