Channel 5 and AMC Networks’ Acorn TV commission New drama The Reluctant Madame Blanc (w.t)





Channel 5 and AMC Networks’ Acorn TV commission New drama The Reluctant Madame Blanc (w.t), created by Sally Lindsay
Sally Lindsay and Sue Vincent have penned 6 x 60” series for Channel 5 and Acorn TV.
LONDON 19th JANUARY 2021: Channel 5 and Acorn TV are thrilled to announce the commission of a new six part thriller, The Reluctant Madame Blanc (w.t). Acorn Media International are the distributor for the series, which is co-produced by Clapperboard (Cold Call) and Saffron Cherry Productions. The Reluctant Madame Blanc (w.t) will have its world premiere exclusively on AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV in the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal and Spain, and will be broadcast on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, followed by a second window on Acorn TV UK.

The announcement follows the recent commission from Channel 5 and Acorn TV for Dalgliesh (6 x 60”) starring Bertie Carvel, and is a continuation of Channel 5’s and Acorn TV’s commitments to expand their scripted programming slates.

The new six-part series follows Jean White, a renowned and respected antiques dealer, running a successful business in leafy Cheshire with her husband, Rory. We meet Jean on a rainy morning in Manchester, overcome with grief as she learns that Rory has tragically died on his way home from their vintage treasure-trove stomping grounds in the South of France.

Things are about to take a darker turn for poor Jean when she discovers that along with her husband, all of their money has disappeared, their shop re-mortgaged to the hilt and their assets pawned off. With the final thousands in their joint account ironically spent on Rory’s funeral, Jean’s life is set adrift…until her solicitor informs her of one thing her beloved did not sell: their cottage in French antiques hub, Saint Victoire. And when Jean finds out that the lavish ring Rory was bringing back to her is nowhere to be found, she quickly realises something is amiss and does the first thing she can think of; arriving in Saint Victoire, will Jean get the answers she is searching for?

The creator of The Reluctant Madame Blanc (w.t) is Sally Lindsay (Cold Call, Mount Pleasant) who will also star as Jean White. Sally has co-written the series with Sue Vincent (Mount Pleasant, Shameless) who will also have an on-screen role. Full casting will be announced later this year.

The series will be directed by Dermot Boyd (Mount Pleasant) and produced by Andy Morgan (Tin Star). Acorn Media Enterprises’ Catherine Mackin serves as executive producer on the series for Acorn TV, whilst Mike Benson (Cold Call) is Executive Producer for Clapperboard and Caroline Roberts-Cherry (The World According to Grandpa) for Saffron Cherry.

Creator and Lead Writer Sally Lindsay, Creative Director of Saffron Cherry, said: “I’ve always been fascinated by the worlds of antiques and Agatha Christie, so putting the two together and creating the world of St.Victoire with Sue has been an absolute joy. We are so excited to show the audience the stunning sunny locations and beautiful antiques cloaked in a veil of mystery and can’t wait for you to see what Jean unravels as she embarks on her new life in the sun.”

Sebastian Cardwell, Channel 5 Deputy Director of Programmes, ViacomCBS Networks UK commented: “Channel 5’s return to original Drama has been a great success, especially with Sally Lindsay starring in Cold Call in 2019, which was a real hit with our viewers. With a brilliant creative team at the helm, I have no doubt that this series will also have viewers hooked from the very beginning, impatiently waiting for the mystery to unravel in Saint Victoire!”

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director for Acorn Media Enterprises and Executive Producer for Acorn TV noted: “Sally Lindsay and Sue Vincent have created an exciting, immersive world with a beautiful setting, fascinating characters and enjoyable mysteries that Acorn TV’s subscribers across the globe are going to absolutely love.”

Mike Benson, Executive Producer for Clapperboard TV, said: “When Sally told me about her idea for an antique-centric crime series on the Mediterranean I was sold instantly! Along with Sue, Sally has created a world packed with hilarious characters, intricate mysteries and a quaint, sun-kissed town in St Victoire which I think viewers will want to escape to again and again.”

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About AMC Networks

Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on ad-supported cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Portlandia, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the Oscar-winning Boyhood. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The company also operates AMC+, its premium subscription bundle; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now, and UMC; AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.

About Channel 5

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third largest commercial TV station. Launched in March 1997, Channel 5 has been owned by ViacomCBS Networks International since September 2014. Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select and My5 TV reach 3 in 4 of the UK viewing public each month with a diverse schedule including issue-led documentaries, popular factual, accessible history, stunning natural history, inclusive entertainment and reality, top level sport, high quality scripted programming and critically acclaimed children’s, news and current affairs programming. Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 has led on societal issues from inequality to inner city gang life, homelessness to mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation. My5 is an on-demand service allowing viewers to watch content online for free from Channel 5, 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select and 5Spike, as well as selected third-party channels. In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald and was named ‘Channel of the Year’ at the Edinburgh TV Festival. In 2019, Chanel 5 won best documentary award for The Abused at the RTS Awards, Edinburgh TV Awards and the Association of International Broadcasters Awards. In 2020, Channel 5 was crowned Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards and Channel of the Year at the RTS awards.

About Viacom International Media Networks:

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA and COLORS. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 600 million households in 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties. For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com. Keep up with Viacom news by following Viacom’s blog at blog.viacom.com and Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/Viacom

About Clapperboard:

Clapperboard is a new scripted label from iZen and the partner company of UK indie Chalkboard, producers of Cold Call, — the first original drama commission from the UK’s Channel 5’s in its history. The company will also be headed up by Chalkboard MD Mike Benson and has been established to fully focus on developing and producing scripted programming across the UK broadcasters.

iZen is the Producer-led content group comprising of a network of independent production companies in Spain, the Middle East and the UK. iZen’s experience in scripted also extends to one of Amazon Prime Video’s largest original scripted series in Europe, El Cid.

Clapperboard uniquely aims to offer a commercial and creative home for leading writers and directors in the UK by offering partnerships with enhanced commercial terms more akin to a co-producer.

About Saffron Cherry Productions:

Saffron Cherry Productions founded by managing director Caroline Roberts-Cherry, is a scripted and non- scripted TV and film company based in Manchester. Currently with script commissions at ITV and BBC and producing a twenty-five part live action and animation series, The World According to Grandpa, starring Don Warrington for Channel 5’s Milkshake! Recent factual commissions include The Great Staycation; Dot’s Farm for BBC One and Emmeline Pankhurst; The Making of a Militant (BBC One/BBC 4) presented by Sally Lindsay.



Acorn TV’s Acclaimed Foreign Language Dramedy “Reunions” Premieres





Acorn TV’s Acclaimed Foreign Language Dramedy “Reunions” Premieres Exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, January 25
This contemporary French-language series (with English subtitles) centers on two half-brothers of different races and economic backgrounds who meet each other for the first time after the death of their father and inherit a failing hotel on the paradise island of Réunion.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
Acorn TV’s Acclaimed Foreign Language Dramedy RÉUNIONS Premieres Exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, January 25

All Six Episodes Available in Binge Premiere w/English Subtitles

“Pure entertainment” – Le Parisien (France)

“Breathtaking setting” – Télé Loisirs (France)

“Very sunny, endearing, funny and full of good humor” – Télé 7 (France)

Cozy up during these wintry days with the new heartwarming, whimsical French family dramedy set in sunny paradise: RÉUNIONS streams exclusively in the U.S. and Canada on Acorn TV starting Monday, January 25, 2021, with a binge premiere of all six episodes. This contemporary French-language series (with English subtitles) centers on two half-brothers of different races and economic backgrounds who meet each other for the first time after the death of their father and inherit a failing hotel on the paradise island of Réunion. The two long-lost siblings and their families must make huge sacrifices and band together to save the resort.

During one fateful day, Jérémy Riviere (Loup-Denis Elion, Scènes des ménages) learns not only the identity of his estranged father who had just died, but also that he has a half-brother, Antoine Bouville (Nicolas Bridet, You Will Be My Son, Mr. Bean’s Holiday), with whom he has inherited a hotel on the paradise island of Réunion. As he soon learns, the Hotel de Lagon is far from perfect and is on the brink of bankruptcy. Jérémy’s partner Chloé (Laëtitia Milot, La Femme du Boulanger) considers this the ideal opportunity to start a new life and is eager to relocate here – relaxing on the island’s stunning white sandy beaches and far from the mounting debts she has accumulated back in Roubaix. She becomes fully committed to the management of the hotel with the two brothers.

Adding to the commotion is the presence of Chloé’s ex, Dom (Nicolas Chupin) – the father of her two eldest children, the discovery of a new Reunionese family, and Chloe’s struggles with her daughter who only wants to return to Roubaix. Change of life, even if it is under the sun, isn’t always easy. This island may look like a paradise, but these two very different families must work hard- if they want it to be one too. This series explores the importance of family, parenthood and the class divide.

U.S. Premiere: Monday, January 25, 2021 (Binge premiere)

Episodes: 6 (one-hour each, English subtitles)

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television. Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter @AcornTV



Award-Winning Irish Actress and Writer Amy Huberman Reprises Acclaimed Role





Award-Winning Irish Actress and Writer Amy Huberman Reprises Acclaimed Role as Online Lifestyle Video Personality in Series 2 of Highly-Rated, Irreverent Dramedy “Finding Joy”
All six episodes will premiere as a binge Monday, January 11 Acorn TV.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
“Delightful and often ribald screwball comedy” – WashingtonPost.com

“Huberman brings traces of Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig and Anna Faris…

Deceptive sweetness full of gleeful, nasty surprises” -Irish Times

“Charmer… Huberman has warm, almost effortless likeability in spades” -Independent

Award-Winning Irish Actress and Writer Amy Huberman Reprises Acclaimed Role as Online Lifestyle Video Personality in Series 2 of Highly-Rated, Irreverent Dramedy

FINDING JOY

Exclusive U.S, Canada, and United Kingdom Premieres on Acorn TV on Monday, January 11, 2021 with All Six Streaming Episodes

Silver Spring, MD (December 15, 2020) -Irish Film & TV Academy winner Amy Huberman (Striking Out, The Clinic) is back in the acclaimed starring role of the Acorn TV Original offbeat comedy drama series FINDING JOY as newly single thirtysomething and once stand-in lifestyle vlogger Joy Morris becomes a full-time online entrepreneur with the creation of her own video channel. Series 2 follows Joy as she takes on new personal video challenges that she hopes will help establish her new brand of finding happiness and fulfillment in everyday life and attract many more subscribers and sponsors, which leads to wildly varying results. Created by, executive-produced and written by Huberman, FINDING JOY is a warm, irreverent show with a lot of heart and laughs as Joy struggles with life, her friends and her world. FINDING JOY, Series 2 will premiere exclusively in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom on Monday, January 11, 2021 on Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service devoted to British and international television. All six episodes will premiere as a binge.

Series 1 found Joy reeling from a painful breakup of a long-term relationship, but her fortunes reversed when she became an internet sensation covering for a happiness vlogger. Encouraged by her unexpected success, Joy feels that going back to her former life of spell-checking and grammar at News Today doesn’t hold much appeal, so she decides to go it alone and set up her own online vlogging channel. Based out of a slightly-too-small co-working space with just four desks, Joy’s new team is completed by Stan (Paul Reid, The Ritual) back on camera, and new-hire Emer (Ruth Kearney, Sanditon) on everything else.

Joy 2.0 is more confident than she used to be, but a new set of challenges provided by her channel and her personal life test her and teach her a valuable lesson about being there not only for herself, but for other people as well. We see Joy go back to her roots, revisiting some faces from her teen years, become one with nature in the countryside, explore motherhood, reconnect with fun cousin Maeve (Justine Mitchell), learn a bit about betrayal and forgiveness, and maybe get a bit closer to finding Joy. At times she subjects herself to a variety of outrageous – and often embarrassing – situations. Amidst the constant pressure of producing content, the glossy lifestyles she wanted starts to lose its shine. With new tarot-reading roommate, Christie (Kerry Howard, Him & Her) unable to pay rent and best friend Trish (Hannah James-Scott) needing help with her new baby, Joy’s home life isn’t any easier, but she has it all under control… kind of.
AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV featured several commissioned series including the return of Agatha Raisin starring Ashley Jensen, period mystery Dead Still, New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as the return of Irish thriller Blood; Essie Davis in feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears; David Tennant in Deadwater Fell; Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes in Gold Digger; BBC One comedy The Other One; groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War; among much more.

Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter @AcornTV – Instagram @Acorn_tv



Celebrate the Holidays with Unique Concert Special from the Makers of Canada’s Beloved “Murdoch Mysteries” Period Drama





Celebrate the Holidays with Unique Concert Special from the Makers of Canada’s Beloved “Murdoch Mysteries” Period Drama with Contemporary Classical Pieces and Series Highlights Performed by Toronto Symphony Orchestra Musicians
“A Music Lover’s Guide to Murdoch Mysteries” will premiere in the U.S. and Canada, on Christmas Eve, on Thursday, December 24, 2020 on Acorn TV.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
Celebrate the Holidays with Unique Concert Special from the Makers of Canada’s Beloved MURDOCH MYSTERIES Period Drama with Contemporary Classical Pieces and Series Highlights Performed by Toronto Symphony Orchestra Musicians

A MUSIC LOVER’S GUIDE TO MURDOCH MYSTERIES

Hosted by Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson)

U.S. & Canada Streaming Premiere on Acorn TV on Christmas Eve

Silver Spring, MD (December 14, 2020) -Acorn TV typically delights fans every Christmas with the new season of Canada’s long-running, award-winning period drama Murdoch Mysteries. But since shoots were delayed this fall due to COVID-19, Acorn TV and the producers of this series have gifted their fans with a one-of-a-kind event: a one-hour intimate concert special celebrating the evocative music popular during the series’ turn of the 20th Century era, including much-loved highlights from the drama’s well-revered score along with contemporary pieces by Brahms, Ravel, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and more. This stirring classical music program was performed by a seven-piece ensemble from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on the set of Murdoch Mysteries – aka Toronto’s fictional Station House 4 – on September 25, 2020 and was hosted by the Detective William Murdoch himself, Yannick Bisson. A MUSIC LOVER’S GUIDE TO MURDOCH MYSTERIES will premiere in the U.S. and Canada, on Christmas Eve, on Thursday, December 24, 2020 on Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service devoted to British and international television.

Between each song, Detective Murdoch entertains viewers with fascinating, whimsical anecdotes about the composers and the works featured in the special, while the performances themselves are peppered with fanciful visuals from the series. This special provides a fun, fresh new alternative way to experience Murdoch Mysteries, its characters and that era until season 14 premieres in 2021. The ensemble is conducted by the series’ composer, Robert Carli.

The musical selections are:

-Opening Theme from Murdoch Mysteries – ROBERT CARLI

-Pavane pour une infante défunte- MAURICE RAVEL

-Clarinet Quintet in B Minor, Op. 115-Mvt. IV – JOHANNES BRAHMS

-Suite from Murdoch Mysteries – ROBERT CARLI (containing motifs heard regularly in series, including the opening theme and moments when Murdoch is either deciphering puzzles or solving crimes)

-Excerpt from Mazurka No. 2 – LAURA GERTRUDE LEMON

-Adagio Molto – PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY

-String Quartet, Op. 76 No. 2, “Fifths” – Mvt. IV – JOSEPH HAYDN

-On The Beautiful Blue Danube, Op. 314 – JOHANN STRAUSS II (fun fact: Detective Murdoch and future wife Julia danced to this waltz while they were dating)

-Maple Leaf Rag – SCOTT JOPLIN

The musicians are: Yolanda Bruno (violin), Eri Kosaka (violin), Theresa Rudolph (viola), Emmanuelle Beaulieu Bergeron (cello), Jeffrey Beecher (double bass), Eric Abramowitz (clarinet) and Sanya Eng (harp).

Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ acclaimed novels, Murdoch Mysteries has garnered 45 Gemini(R) and Canadian Screen Award nominations from the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television during its run, and Yannick Bisson won Canadian Screen Award’s ‘Fan’s Choice Award.’ Set in the late 1890s and early 1900s in Toronto, the methodical and dashing Detective Murdoch and his impassioned wife Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s associates, including his gruff boss Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Henry Higgins (Lachlan Murdoch) and eccentric Detective Llewellyn Watts (Daniel Maslany), are valuable allies to help solve cases across the many stratums and evolving manners of Victorian society.

U.S. and Canada Premiere: Thursday, December 24, 2020 TV Special (58 min.)

** CHRISTMAS DAY PREMIERE: BIRDS OF A FEATHER CHRISTMAS SPECIAL!!

When done partaking in your eggnog, unwrapping gifts or other traditions on Christmas Day, tune in to Acorn TV’s brand-new and timely Christmas special edition of the long-running British sitcom Birds of a Feather – filmed this year. After months cooped up during the pandemic in Chigwell, longtime friends Tracey (Linda Robson, The Likely Lads) and Dorien (Lesley Joseph, Night & Day) find that quarantine is more than enough time together. Dorien is back to her old tricks with a rich dentist, and Tracey misses her sons and sister Sharon, who’s stuck on a Covid cruise on the other side of the world. Tracey wants to invite her former cellmate for Christmas, but can a lockdown holiday be jolly?

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV featured several commissioned series including the return of Agatha Raisin starring Ashley Jensen, period mystery Dead Still, New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as the return of Irish thriller Blood; Essie Davis in feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears; David Tennant in Deadwater Fell; Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes in Gold Digger; BBC One comedy The Other One; highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair; and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War; among much more.

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Acorn TV’s “My Life Is Murder” Starring Lucy Lawless to Return in 2021





Acorn TV’s “My Life Is Murder” Starring Lucy Lawless to Return in 2021
The 10-episode series moves from Melbourne, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand and is currently in pre-production, starring Lucy Lawless alongside her season one cohort Ebony Vagulans.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
LUCY LAWLESS DRAMA

MY LIFE IS MURDER

GETS NEW SEASON UNDERWAY THROUGH DCD RIGHTS, ACORN TV AND GREENSTONE PARTNERSHIP

London, October 29 – Leading UK-based distributor DCD Rights has raised significant production finance and secured distribution rights to a new season of the murder mystery drama series My Life Is Murderstarring Lucy Lawless (Top of the Lake, Spartacus, Xena: Warrior Princess). This new season of the ratings-hit crime dramahas been greenlit by a consortium consisting of AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV, which will take a package of English-speaking rights (North America, the UK and Australia premiere rights with secondary rights for NZ), DCD Rights for rest of world and producer Greenstone TV, with New Zealand broadcaster TVNZ and Network 10 in Australia also on board.

The 10 x 60′ series moves from Melbourne, Australia to Auckland, New Zealand and is currently in pre-production, starring Lucy Lawless alongside her season one cohort Ebony Vagulans (Doctor Doctor, The Letdown, The Furies).

Don Klees, SVP Programming for Acorn TV and Executive Producer, noted, “Acorn TV’s subscribers adored the first season of My Life Is Murder, so we’re thrilled to work with DCD Rights, Greenstone TV and Lucy Lawless on a fun new season. We’re excited to come on board as a production partner for the new episodes and bring the show to even more of our subscribers in new territories.”

Nicky Davies Williams, CEO at DCD Rights, adds, “We have seen strong international success with the first series of My Life Is Murder and we want to build on this with a second. Partnering with Acorn TV, TVNZ, Network 10 and local funding in New Zealand means we have raised the necessary investment to get this highly watchable series straight into production. We know this type of feel-good series is being sought out by many platforms and broadcasters for their viewers at this time and look forward to sharing it with our clients around the world in the coming months.”

My Life Is Murder stars award-winning Kiwi actress Lucy Lawless as private investigator Alexa Crowe, who brings her unique brand of investigation to an unsuspecting New Zealand.

Alexa finds herself entangled in compelling new murder mysteries centred on fascinating and dangerous characters who will challenge, flirt with and frustrate Alexa… and sometimes threaten everything she cares about.

There may be new friends and locations to explore, but Alexa’s life is still very much murder. Ably assisted by exuberant Madison Feliciano (Ebony Vagulans), Alexa is ready to use her powers for good and bring her always surprising sleuthing style back at full force in this charming, humorous series. A spectacular new city, ten compelling new crimes and one unstoppable ex-cop… Let the games begin.

My Life Is Murder is a Greenstone TV production for TVNZ, Acorn TV and DCD Rights in association with Network 10.

ACORN TV is North America’s leading streaming service for a specialized audience and the largest streaming service focused on high quality television from Britain and beyond. Featuring “the most robust, reliable selection of European, British, Canadian and Australian shows” (The New York Times), AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is commercial free and commissions, co-produces, and licenses original and exclusive mysteries, dramas, and comedies from across the globe including Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and other European countries. Acorn TV continues to rapidly grow with expanding worldwide to dozens of countries, including the UK, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand.

About DCD Rights

DCD Rights is one of the UK’s leading independent television programming distributors representing 3,500 hours of content across a wide range of genres, including drama, factual entertainment, lifestyle, music, documentary programming and formats. DCD Rights’ catalogue contains shows from top international producers/directors and independent producers and also features classic and cutting-edge concerts. An independent for more than 30 years, the company formerly named NBDtv became part of production and distribution group DCD Media plc in 2006. Find out more on WWW.DCDRIGHTS.COM.

About AMC Networks

Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); RLJE Films; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit HTTP://WWW.AMCNETWORKS.COM.



Acorn TV Secures Exclusive U.S. Premiere for BBC Studios’ Groundbreaking Period Drama A SUITABLE BOY





Acorn TV Secures Exclusive U.S. Premiere for BBC Studios’ Groundbreaking Period Drama A SUITABLE BOY
Directed by Oscar-Nominated Film Director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, Salaam Bombay!)
The Highly Anticipated Lookout Point Production Debuts on Acorn TV This December

New York; October 27, 2020 – AMC Networks’ Acorn TV secures the exclusive U.S. and Canada premieres of the highly-anticipated, critically-acclaimed period drama A Suitable Boy, in a deal brokered by Lookout Point (War And Peace, Les Misérables, Gentleman Jack), the award-winning London-based studio who also produced the series, alongside BBC Studios. Acorn TV will premiere the series to audiences in both the U.S. and Canada beginning Monday, December 7, 2020.

Recently the first ever television series to close the Toronto International Film Festival and part of the ‘Special Presentations’ at the AFI Fest, A Suitable Boy is an epic tale of life and love set in vibrant 1950s India. Based on the classic novel of the same name by Vikram Seth, who is an Executive Producer, the six-part BBC drama is adapted by two-time Emmy® winning screenwriter and executive producer Andrew Davies (Pride And Prejudice, War And Peace, House of Cards) and directed by internationally acclaimed, Academy Award-nominated film director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, Salaam Bombay!) in her television series debut. Nair also serves as an executive producer. Starring an incredible all-Indian cast, A Suitable Boy tells the story of spirited university student Lata Mehra as she comes of age in North India in 1951, at the same time as the country is carving out its own identity as an independent nation and is about to go to the polls for its first democratic general election.

The six-part drama was shot entirely across stunning locations in India and stars Indian screen legend Tabu (The Namesake, Life of Pi, Andhadhun) alongside Bollywood leading man Ishaan Khatter (Beyond the Clouds, Dhadak) and rising star Tanya Maniktala in the central role of Lata.

Mira Nair said, “Vikram tells the story of a free India and our people with wit, clarity and love – I am deeply honoured to be the one bringing this intimate, epic tale of an unseen India to the world. Today, A Suitable Boy is timelier than ever. With a mix of legendary and cutting-edge actors from the subcontinent, shooting entirely on location in palaces, villages and streets across northern India, we will keep the history and dream of an alternate India alive.”

Don Klees, SVP Programming, Acorn TV, noted, “A Suitable Boy is one of the most sought after period dramas in recent years, so Acorn TV is thrilled to partner with BBC Studios to bring Mira Nair’s sumptuous, gorgeously-filmed period drama to U.S. audiences. With acclaimed screenwriter Andrew Davies adapting the landmark novel, beautiful locations and an incredible cast, the six-part series is the latest example of the high quality period dramas that Britain has excelled at for decades and U.S. and Canadian audiences are sure to love.”

Damian Keogh, Managing Director of Lookout Point said, “Mira, Andrew and Vikram are three of the world’s greatest creative minds and they have come together to create something very special. This is a visually rich series full of humanity, which brings to life an India we’ve never seen before and puts centre stage two young characters embarking on eventful journeys of self-discovery as they come of age. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Acorn TV to showcase this beautiful, enduring, relatable story to audiences across North America.”

A Suitable Boy follows nineteen-year-old university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala), who seems to have her life already mapped out thanks to old traditions and an overbearing mother who wants to find her a suitable husband. Torn between romance and responsibility and inspired by rebellious writers and daring new ideas, Lata is determined to decide her own future in a newly independent India, boldly breaking free of its past. Connected to Lata through their siblings’ marriage, wayward Maan (Ishaan Khatter) wants every drop of excitement from life. However when he becomes infatuated with the glamorous courtesan Saaeda Bai (Tabu), the consequences could be catastrophic…

Additional executive producers include Faith Penhale, Laura Lankester, and Will Johnston for Lookout Point, Lydia Dean Pilcher and Aradhana Seth, who were also the producers of the series; as well as Mona Qureshi and Ayela Butt for the BBC. BBC Studios is distributing internationally.

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with well over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada as well as subscribers worldwide in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV has featured the Irish period mystery series Dead Still, British dramas Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, Gold Digger starring Julia Ormond, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest, BBC One sitcom The Other One, and New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as several returning favorites including Acorn TV’s first feature film with Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears and award-winning Australian drama Mystery Road, Series 2. Coming up, Acorn TV has the U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia and New Zealand premiere of Acorn TV co-commissioned Irish drama The South Westerlies (Monday, Nov. 9). Website: Acorn.TV

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About AMC Networks

Known for its ground-breaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); RLJE Films; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.

About Lookout Point

Lookout Point, which is owned by BBC Studios, is one of the UK’s leading producers of television drama, known for delivering highly authored series with scale, ambition, and global impact. Their 2019 Bafta-nominated show Gentleman Jack, created by Sally Wainwright for BBC One and HBO, has been recommissioned for a second series and won the RTS Award for Best Drama Series. 2019 also saw their epic adaptation of Les Misérables from Andrew Davies, starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins, for the BBC. Alongside their latest production A Suitable Boy, directed by renowned film-maker Mira Nair, and the hugely acclaimed 2016 production of Tolstoy’s masterpiece War & Peace, this completes a trilogy of world classics from Andrew Davies. Earlier this year Lookout Point produced Series 5 of Sally Wainwright’s award-winning and much loved series Last Tango in Halifax, also for the BBC, starring Anne Reid MBE and Sir Derek Jacobi.

About BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC. Able to take an idea seamlessly from thought to screen and beyond, its activities span content financing, development, production, sales, branded services, and ancillaries across both its own productions, and programs and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programs made by the business are internationally recognized across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Dancing with the Stars/Strictly Come Dancing, Top Gear, Doctor Who and Bluey. BBC Studios has offices in 22 markets globally, including ten production bases in the UK and production bases or partnerships in a further nine countries around the world. The company, which ordinarily makes around 2,500 hours of content a year for both the BBC and third parties including Apple, Amazon and China Mobile, is a champion for British creativity around the world. It is also a committed partner for the UK’s independent sector through a mix of equity partnerships, content investment and international distribution for program titles. To the BBC, BBC Studios contributes both cash dividends and funds for program-making, supporting the license fee and enhancing programs for UK audiences.

In the Americas, BBC Studios – with team members across the region – manages joint venture relationships with AMC Networks for flagship channel BBC AMERICA (U.S.) – home of original series Killing Eve and global brands Seven Worlds: One Planet, Doctor Who, and Top Gear – and with ITV for SVoD service BritBox (U.S./Canada), as well as strategic partnerships in Canada with Blue Ant Media for BBC Earth Channel and Corus for BBC Canada. The company also operates a robust linear and digital content sales and co-productions operation, as well as a franchise management business. In addition, BBC Studios operates its major production unit in Los Angeles and is responsible for ratings juggernaut and Emmy®-nominated Dancing with the Stars and multi-award-winning Life Below Zero. In Brazil, through a production partnership with Endemol Shine, local production Dancing Brasil has become a breakout hit.



Acorn TV commissions British crime drama WHITSTABLE PEARL from Buccaneer Media





Acorn TV commissions British crime drama WHITSTABLE PEARL from Buccaneer Media
Based on the beloved novels by Julie Wassmer; Kerry Godliman (Ricky Gervais’ After Life) cast in lead role

London, UK; October 2, 2020 – AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is excited to announce the commissioning of new British crime drama Whitstable Pearl with Acorn Media Enterprises from Buccaneer Media (Marcella). Based on the much-loved novels – “The Whitstable Pearl Mystery” and “Disappearance at Oare” – by Julie Wassmer (EastEnders) and brought to the screen for the first time by iconic Norwegian filmmaker Øystein Karlsen (Exit, Dag, Lilyhammer), the new six-part series (6 X 45’) will feature Kerry Godliman (Ricky Gervais’ After Life) in the lead role as Pearl Nolan.

Whitstable Pearl explores the dark undercurrents of murder and debauchery swirling beneath the surface of the picturesque 16th century English seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its native oysters and buffeted by the prevailing winds and spray of the North Sea.

Distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights, the Acorn TV Original Series will begin production in Whitstable on October 26, 2020. The series will exclusively premiere on Acorn TV in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom in 2021.

The series follows local celebrity Pearl Nolan, a chef-proprietor of the eponymous Whitstable Pearl restaurant which she runs alongside her son, Charlie, waitress Ruby, and in spite of her mother Dolly. She is also the proprietor of a newly-formed detective agency, finally putting her distant police-training to good use.

When Pearl discovers the body of Vinnie, a close family friend, she takes it upon herself to investigate what she believes to be murder. Standing in the way of her detective work is DCI Mike McGuire, the new Kent police chief who has transferred from London in an attempt to escape from his past. Pearl and Mike clash at first, but then Mike becomes the only other person to share Pearl’s belief that Vinnie was murdered. When a second body shows up, Pearl finds herself pulled into the dark underbelly of this picturesque town. The British seaside holiday will never be the same again. . .

Set beneath huge skies and amid the lengthening shadows of a picture postcard town just miles from London, the friction between the locals and the moneyed arrivals from the city is palpable as centuries of village tradition grates against the inevitable pressure of money and gentrification.

Julie Wassmer said, “I am absolutely thrilled that the dream team of Buccaneer and Acorn is about to begin shooting the TV series based on my Whitstable Pearl Mystery crime novels and that a wealth of talent is involved in the entire production – in which Whitstable itself will have a starring role alongside the brilliant Kerry Godliman!”

Kerry Godliman said, “I’m over the moon to be portraying Pearl Nolan in ‘Whitstable Pearl’. Her character has such a big heart and I can’t wait to get stuck into bringing Julie’s vision of Pearl’s life juggling Whitstable, murder, seafood and romance to life!”

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, noted, “Acorn Media Enterprises is excited to commission television adaptations of Julie Wassmer’s popular seaside mysteries. We’re thrilled to have Kerry Godliman in the lead role and are sure our subscribers worldwide will love this character, picturesque seaside setting and intriguing mysteries.”

Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart, joint CEOs of Buccaneer Media said “Building a show with Acorn has been a terrific experience and has led to so many exciting collaborations, behind and in front of the camera. We’re delighted to be bringing Julie’s hugely-loved world to the screen for the first time”.

Alongside lead writer Øystein Karlsen, the rest of the writing team includes Mike Walden (Marcella, The Frankenstein Chronicles, Uwantme2killhim), Rachel Flowerday (Malory Towers, Father Brown, The Moonstone) and Alastair Galbraith (Strike Back, Doc Martin, River City). David Caffrey (The Alienist, Peaky Blinders, Line of Duty) is lead director and will helm the first two episodes.

The producer of the series is Guy Hescott (Agatha Raisin) and the casting director is Rob Kelly. Executive Producers are Tony Wood, Anna Burns, Richard Tulk-Hart and Nadia Jaynes for Buccaneer as well as Oystein Karlsen and Julie Wassmer.

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with well over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada as well as subscribers worldwide in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV has featured the Irish period mystery series Dead Still, British dramas Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, Gold Digger starring Julia Ormond, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest, BBC One sitcom The Other One, and New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as several returning favorites including Acorn TV’s first feature film with Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears. Coming up, Acorn TV has the U.S. Premieres of award-winning Australian drama Mystery Road, Series 2 (Oct. 12) and Acorn TV co-commissioned Irish drama The South Westerlies (Nov. 9). Website: Acorn.TV

Acorn Media Enterprises is Acorn TV’s UK-based development arm which works with producers, distributors, writers and broadcasters in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and beyond to commission, co-produce and co-finance the best international, English-language scripted shows. AME has commissioned Agatha Raisin Series 2 and 3, Queens of Mystery, London Kills Series 1 and 2, as well as Keeping Faith, among several other productions.

About AMC Networks

Known for its ground-breaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); RLJE Films; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.

About Buccaneer Media

Buccaneer Media is a London-based international content production company led by joint CEOs Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart.

The company’s mission is to partner with the industry’s best talent, global streaming platforms and broadcasters around the world to create premium scripted content for the international marketplace. Buccaneer currently has projects with partners including ITV, Viaplay, Netflix, Wildbrain, NRK and Acorn.

Buccaneer is currently collaborating with a world-class stable of literary and directing talents including Lars Lundström, Oystein Karlsen, Charley Miles, Ingeborg Topsoe, Harry Wootliff, Irvine Welsh, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth MacNeal, Rose Lewenstein, Baltasar Kormakur and John Brownlow.

Previous productions include ‘Desi Rascals’, the award-winning co-production with Gurinder Chadha (‘Bend It Like Beckham’) for Sky and scripted drama ‘Marcella’ which aired to global critical acclaim and saw Anna Friel winning an Emmy for her lead performance as Marcella Backland. The crime thriller for ITV and Netflix was written and created by Hans Rosenfeldt (‘The Bridge’). Season 3 is currently airing on Netflix worldwide and ITV in the UK and Ireland in Autumn 2020.

Buccaneer Media was formed as a joint venture with Cineflix Media in 2013.



AMC Networks’ Acorn TV expands to Portugal on MEO and NOS





AMC Networks’ Acorn TV expands to Portugal on MEO and NOS
North America’s leading streaming service for world-class TV from Britain and Beyond is available beginning October 1st in the Portuguese market
Launch series include Britain’s Doc Martin and Foyle’s War, Ireland’s Jack Taylor and Striking Out, and much more

New York, NY; September 30, 2020 – AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service for world-class TV from Britain and beyond, is arriving in Portugal on October 1st and will be available on leading telecommunications companies’ MEO and NOS, with a catalogue consisting of British drama, mystery and comedy series from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada. AMC Networks International Southern Europe (AMCNISE) will support Acorn TV in Portugal, providing affiliate sales, marketing, PR and versioning services, among others, due to the company’s leadership and market expertise in the region.

With a monthly cost of 2.99 euros and Portuguese subtitles, Acorn TV – the biggest streaming service specialized in British series in the United States, with well over one million subscribers, expects to expand its catalogue every month, following its plan for ongoing growth in Portugal.

According to Matthew Graham, Acorn TV’s general manager, “Acorn TV has been remarkably successful and we’re very excited about bringing some of the most iconic and critically acclaimed television shows to Portugal. Acorn TV has become a household name in the US thanks to the excellence of its programming content, including award-winning series from major networks, such as BBC, ITV, Channel 4, ABC Australia and RTE as well as series Acorn TV commissions and co-produces.”

At launch, Acorn TV Portugal will include smash hit British drama Doc Martin; Irish legal drama Striking Out; detective drama Jack Taylor, starring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) and based on Ken Bruen’s best-sellers; Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime, a charming adaptation of Agatha Christie; The Level, which has a high-end cast of characters with names like Robert James-Collier from Downton Abbey, and Collision, with Douglas Henshall from Shetland as the leading actor, are some of the most lauded drama series that Acorn TV is bringing to Portugal.

For the fans of British comedy, the highlights include Detectorists, a BAFTA-winning series written and directed by leading actor Mackenzie Crook (The Office), alongside the likes of Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle) and Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones). Finding Joy, starring the Irish comedian Amy Huberman (“Striking Out”, “The Clinic”) and co-starring acclaimed comedian Aisling Bea, is yet another series included in the catalogue. Coming in November is Kingdom, starring Stephen Fry, a legend of British comedy.

In the mystery segment, subscribers will be able to watch George Gently, BBC’s renowned police drama, featuring award-winning actor Martin Shaw (Judge John Deed, The Professionals); Foyle’s War, an awarded British series taking place during World War II, classified by The New York Times as “a gift from the gods”, and Indian Summers, a saga starring Julie Walters (“Harry Potter”) that The Hollywood Reporter found “compelling…delightfully sudsy and sun-dappled” about the final dramatic years of the British Empire in India.

Considered by The Hollywood Reporter as “ a glorious streaming service, an essential must-have” and presenting “the most robust and reliable selection of European, British, Canadian and Australian shows”, according to The New York Times, Acorn TV has become an essential streaming channel across the U.S., Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Latin America, among many other countries. Launched in the U.S. in 2011, Acorn TV has led the way for specialized streamers with commissioning, co-producing and licensing a wide range of first-rate international productions.

According to the Marktest Telecommunications Barometer, about 800 thousand Portuguese citizens subscribed streaming services between February and April this year, raising the number of subscribers of this kind of platform in Portugal to the two-million mark, thus confirming that the Portuguese market is accompanying the growth recorded in other markets.

About AMC Networks

Known for its groundbreaking and celebrated original content, AMC Networks (NASDAQ:AMCX) is the company behind the award-winning brands AMC, BBC AMERICA, IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, and IFC Films. Its diverse line-up of popular and critically-acclaimed series and independent films include Killing Eve, Better Call Saul and The Walking Dead, which has been the #1 show on basic cable television for ten consecutive years, as well as Documentary Now!, Brockmire, Love After Lockup, and the films Boyhood, Death of Stalin, and many more. Its original series Mad Men and Breaking Bad are widely recognized as being among the most influential and acclaimed shows in the history of TV. The Company also operates AMC Studios, its production business; AMC Networks International, its international programming business; the subscription streaming services Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now; and UMC (Urban Movie Channel); RLJE Films; and Levity Entertainment Group, the Company’s production services and comedy venues business. For more information, visit http://www.amcnetworks.com.



Acorn TV’s Original Irish Drama Series “The South Westerlies” Makes Exclusive Worldwide Premiere





Acorn TV’s Original Irish Drama Series “The South Westerlies” Makes Exclusive Worldwide Premiere on Monday, November 9
The lighthearted six-part series follows a single working mom and environmental consultant in Dublin keen on earning a highly-prized job promotion.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
Top-Notch Ensemble Cast Led by Orla Brady (American Horror Story: 1984, Into The Badlands) In New, Lighthearted Acorn TV Original Irish Drama Series

THE SOUTH WESTERLIES

Exclusive Worldwide Premiere on Acorn TV on Monday, November 9 with All 6 Episodes

Silver Spring, MD (September 30, 2020): Acorn TV’s new picturesque Irish drama THE SOUTH WESTERLIES follows a single working mom and environmental consultant in Dublin keen on earning a highly-prized job promotion. However, it requires a return to the town she’s avoided for 15 years, where she’s had a personal, complicated history and prefers to keep old secrets firmly under wraps. Kate Ryan (Orla Brady, American Horror Story: 1984, Into the Badlands, Star Trek: Picard) has to go undercover to quell opposition to her company’s offshore wind farm – but her past with the town threatens to expose more than her hidden mission. The Acorn TV Original series THE SOUTH WESTERLIES premieres Monday, November 9 exclusively on Acorn TV in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand with all six episodes. This bingeworthy, lighthearted six-part series features an impressive ensemble of acclaimed actors including Brady, Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose), Patrick Bergin (Sleeping With The Enemy, Patriot Games), Steve Wall (Raised by Wolves, The Witcher), Ger Ryan (Little Dog, Rialto), and a standout guest role from Sorcha Cusack (A Discovery of Witches, Father Brown) as Kate’s mother, Goldie.

Kate Ryan (Brady) is on the verge of a lucrative promotion at Noreg Oil and a move to their HQ in Oslo until her employer adds a last minute caveat – a final assignment in Ireland for their company’s new wind-power subsidiary, NorskVentus. Despite getting planning permission for their wind farm offshore from the West Cork town of Carrigeen, ongoing local protests are creating a PR nightmare. Kate must go undercover to Carrigeen and pretend to be a vacationer to quash objections before an appeals deadline and smooth the path for imminent turbine installation. When Kate arrives along with her teenage son Conor (Sam Barrett, The Happy Prince), she faces an eco-battle as she quickly discovers that the anti-wind farm lobby is much stronger than NorskVentus led her to believe. Patrick Bergin plays “Big Mike” Kelleher, the town’s local councillor, who’s firmly on the fence about the wind farm.

It’s not just the spectacular scenery that’s under pressure – Kate’s eco-battle is compounded by the return of an old boyfriend, a crinkly-eyed surfer, Baz Crowley (Wall), who bears a striking resemblance to Conor. Her old friend Breege (Walsh), who runs the local café, is unhappy with Kate’s reappearance after 15 years of silence and is not so quick to forgive her comrade’s neglect. The pressures mount for Kate as tensions rise from local protestors, Breege is on to Kate on why she has stayed away from Carrigeen all this time and a surfing accident puts things in perspective.

THE SOUTH WESTERLIES is produced by Deadpan Pictures (Ireland) in association with RTÉ, Acorn TV with its UK-based development division Acorn Media Enterprises, ZDF Enterprises and Screen Ireland.

U.S. and Canada Premiere: Monday, November 9 (with all episodes) Eps: 6 (46 mins. each)

Monday, November 9: Finale of Mystery Road Series 2, Australian hit crime drama starring Aaron Pedersen, Fran Alberts and Sofia Helin

Monday, November 23: Light French family drama Reunions

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with well over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV featured several commissioned series including the return of Agatha Raisin starring Ashley Jensen, period mystery Dead Still, New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as the return of Irish thriller Blood; Essie Davis in feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears; David Tennant in Deadwater Fell; Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes in Gold Digger; BBC One comedy The Other One; and highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War; among much more.

Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv



Actor Aaron Pedersen Returns in Intriguing New Season of Mystery Road





Award-Winning Actor Aaron Pedersen Returns in Intriguing New Season of Hit Australian Crime Drama Series “Mystery Road”
Season two premieres on Monday, October 12 exclusively on Acorn TV in the U.S. and Canada with two episodes, followed by a weekly episode to premiere every Monday through November 9.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
“Stellar cast and outstanding cinematography” -The Guardian

“Epic setting… rarely seen on TV: ancient, monumental, remote, spectacular” – Sydney Morning Herald

“A visual knockout” – The New York Times

Award-Winning Actor Aaron Pedersen (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish) Returns in Intriguing New Season of Hit Australian Crime Drama Series

MYSTERY ROAD, Series 2

Exclusive Premiere in U.S. and Canada on Acorn TV on Monday, October 12 with Two Episodes, Followed by Weekly Episodes through November 9

Silver Spring, MD (September 14, 2020): Australian Film Critics Association Best Actor winner Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, A Place to Call Home) reprises his signature role as the gruff yet hard-working Indigenous homicide police detective Jay Swan in this acclaimed, award-winning hit murder mystery. In MYSTERY ROAD, Series 2, Detective Swan takes on a grisly new case in a new town ridden with corruption and to be closer to his family. Set in a coastal Australian community – where the red sand meets the turquoise blue sea and people go for a fresh start or to bury their past – Jay enters a world where secrets past and present run deep and dark and deception is king. The Acorn TV Original series MYSTERY ROAD, Series 2 premieres on Monday, October 12 exclusively on Acorn TV in the U.S. and Canada with two episodes, followed by a weekly episode to premiere every Monday through November 9. MYSTERY ROAD, Series 2 premiered on ABC TV in Australia on April 19, 2020, a month after its world premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. Series one was voted “Most Popular Drama” at the 2019 TV Week Logie Awards, and was also the winner of five AACTA Awards, including Best Television Drama Series, as well as awards from the Australian Directors Guild and the Australian Writers’ Guild.

In pursuit of a drug syndicate boss he’s been chasing for years, Jay Swan (Pedersen) arrives in the coastal town of Gideon, to investigate the case of a decapitated body washed up in the mangroves. Jay teams up with a rookie constable with deep ties to the community, Fran Davis (Jada Alberts, Wentworth) to look into the murder, when he determines the killing is indeed drug related. While a suspect, a truck driver, stews in the cells, Jay and Fran search for enough evidence to charge him. Later they encounter a community protesting a dig by a visiting Swedish archaeologist, Sandra Elmquist (Sofia Helin, The Bridge)- the local natives object to her presence to uncover ancient artifacts and fossils to rewrite their history. Elmquist suffers a crisis of conscience when she finds a modern grave at the archaeological survey site that jeopardizes her quest, yet it could also solve a murder.

Also in the series, Jay also crosses paths with his ex-wife Mary (Tasma Walton, Cleverman, Rake), who moved to Gideon to rebuild her life and is seeing a retired cop, Simon (Callan Mulvey, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). Facing obstruction at every turn and a rising body count, Jay Swan must expose the web of corruption plaguing this coastal town.

Filmed in Western Australia’s picturesque Dampier Peninsular and Broome by acclaimed directors Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country, Samson & Delilah) and Wayne Blair (Top End Wedding, The Sapphires), Mystery Road is supported by a strong ensemble cast including Mark Mitchinson (The Hobbit), Rob Collins (Extraction), Tasia Zalar (The Straits), Stan Yarramunua (Snowy River), Ursula Yovich (Australia) and Joel Jackson (Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries).

U.S. and Canada Premiere: Monday, October 12 (with two episodes; followed by weekly episodes on Mondays, through November 9)

Eps: 6 (46 mins. each)

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with well over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2020, Acorn TV featured several commissioned series including the return of Agatha Raisin starring Ashley Jensen, period mystery Dead Still, New Zealand thriller The Sounds; as well as the return of Irish thriller Blood; Essie Davis in feature film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears; David Tennant in Deadwater Fell; Julia Ormond and Ben Barnes in Gold Digger; BBC One comedy The Other One; and highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War; among much more. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter @AcornTV – Instagram @Acorn_tv