ACORN TV ORIGINAL SEASIDE MURDER MYSTERY WHITSTABLE PEARL DOCKS MONDAY, MAY 24





ACORN TV ORIGINAL SEASIDE MURDER MYSTERY WHITSTABLE PEARL DOCKS MONDAY, MAY 24

Starring Kerry Godliman (Ricky Gervais’ After Life) as the titular Pearl Nolan, the new six-part British detective drama Whitstable Pearlwill make its exclusive worldwide debut on Monday, May 24, 2021 on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streaming service specializing in British and International television. The series will debut day-in-date across Acorn TV internationally in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand. Based on the much-loved novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare by Julie Wassmer (EastEnders), Whitstable Pearl is brought to the screen for the first time by iconic Norwegian filmmaker Øystein Karlsen (Exit, Dag, Lilyhammer). Episodes 101-102 of the Acorn TV Original coastal mystery series Whitstable Pearl are now available to watch on Screeners.com.

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

When local celebrity Pearl Nolan, chief proprietor of the eponymous Whitstable Pearl restaurant and a newly formed detective agency, 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 (Howard Charles, The Musketeers), 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 seedy 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.

More about Whitstable Pearl

Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman, After Life) has always dreamed of becoming a detective, however an unplanned pregnancy in her early twenties left her police career in tatters before it ever truly began. Instead, Pearl resolved to pour all her energy into raising her son, Charlie (Rohan Nedd, Safe), alongside working with her mum, Dolly (Frances Barber, Mr. Holmes, Doctor Who), to build the family seafood restaurant into a thriving business.

Eighteen years have passed since then, and the restaurant has become an iconic feature of their coastal hometown, Whitstable. With Charlie all grown up and making plans for his gap year, Pearl can’t help shaking the feeling that there is more to life than just serving oysters and cava. Determined to rekindle her passion for life, Pearl sets up a private detective agency. Known amongst the community for her caring and compassionate nature, locals soon flock to her with all manner of cases. When a new mysterious client arrives in Whitstable and demands Pearl investigate an old family friend, she is left feeling conflicted over what she should do. Pearl reluctantly agrees to take on the case, believing she can help get her friend out of whatever trouble he’s managed to land himself in this time. However, when his body is discovered under gruesome circumstances, Pearl is unwilling to accept the official verdict that it was a tragic accident.

Pearl’s refusal to believe it pure coincidence, leads her into conflict with DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers), a new arrival in Whitstable. Despite getting off to a bad start, the two investigators find themselves bonding over a shared desire to help those overlooked by the system. Resolving to put their differences aside the two strike up an unlikely partnership that sees them investigate a range of crimes together from an estate agent force fed marmalade to a cold case that proves anything but.

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 Øystein Karlsen and Julie Wassmer.

Distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights, the series will exclusively premiere on Acorn TV in North America, New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom in 2021.

Episode 1: The Free Waters

Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman, After Life) has always dreamed of becoming a detective; however, an unplanned pregnancy left her police career in tatters. When the body of a close family friend is found under mysterious circumstances, Pearl suspects foul play and teams up with new arrival, DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers), to learn the truth.

Directed by: David Cafferty

Written and Created for TV by: Øystein Karlsen

Produced by: Guy Hescott, Brett Wilson

Episode 2: Random Acts

After an estate agent is found tied up having been tortured, DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers) is left baffled over what could have driven someone to act so viciously. Meanwhile, Pearl investigates a string of anonymous donations and whether Whitstable has its very own Robin Hood…

Directed by: David Caffrey

Written and Created for TV by: Øystein Karlsen

Produced by: Guy Hescott, Brett Wilson

About Acorn TV

Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR), 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 2021, Acorn TV will feature several commissioned original series including the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, British crime drama Whitstable Pearl, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines and British detective drama Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, popular Canadian period drama Murdoch Mysteries, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. Acorn TV offers a free 7-day trial and thereafter is just $5.99/month or $59.99/year.



DANISH DRAMA BLINDED – THOSE WHO KILL DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ACORN TV ON MONDAY, MAY 10





DANISH DRAMA BLINDED – THOSE WHO KILL DEBUTS EXCLUSIVELY ON ACORN TV ON MONDAY, MAY 10

The highly-anticipated follow-up to Darkness – Those Who Kill, the dark gritty Danish drama Blindness – Those Who Kill comes exclusively to AMC Networks’ streaming service Acorn TV on Monday, May 10, with all eight episodes available to binge (Danish with English subtitles). The series revolves around an unsolved case in which three young men were killed within a few months. One of the victims was Alice’s (Solbjørg Højfeldt) only son, 18-year-old Markus. Alice, who is an old friend of Louise’s (Natalie Madueño) mother and has now been diagnosed with terminal cancer, contacts Louise and asks her to help find her son’s killer before she dies.

Louise, an acclaimed criminal profiler, delves into the case without hesitation and initiates an intense investigation with the police. When another young man is found killed, Louise discovers a distinct pattern in the murders, but while hunting for the killer she overlooks that he is hiding in plain sight – and that their paths may intertwine in ways she didn’t think possible.

Blinded – Those Who Kill is written by Ina Bruhn, Per Daumiller, Tine Krull Petersen, and Bo Hr. Hansen, and produced by Miso Film and Nordic Entertainment Group. FremantleMedia handles international distribution.



SUSPENSEFUL BRITISH MINISERIES THE DROWNING COMES TO U.S. AND CANADA





SUSPENSEFUL BRITISH MINISERIES THE DROWNING COMES TO U.S. AND CANADA IN EXCLUSIVE JOINT PREMIERE ON SUNDANCE NOW AND ACORN TV
All Four Episodes Available to Binge on Thursday, May 6 on Both Streaming Services

“A well-paced, twist-laden script and strong performances make The Drowning a compulsive watch” – The Evening Standard

Following its record-setting ratings for Channel 5 in the UK, The Drowning, a gripping, four-part identity thriller, makes an exclusive, joint U.S. and Canadian premiere on AMC Networks streaming services Sundance Now and Acorn TV on Thursday, May 6, with all episodes available to binge immediately. The Drowning follows Jodie Walsh (Jill Halfpenny, Humans, Liar) years after her four-year-old son, Tom, vanishes from a lakeside picnic and is presumed to have drowned. But his body was never found, and Jodie’s always believed he was abducted. Nine years later she sees a boy on his way to school and is convinced it’s her missing son. Suddenly the life she’s painstakingly rebuilt is jeopardized as she embarks on a dangerous and morally dark journey to prove the boy really is the son she lost. Will she convince the police and her own family that the man now looking after the boy isn’t his actual father, but his abductor? The Drowning also stars Rupert Penry-Jones (The Strain, Whitechapel) and Jonas Armstrong (Ripper Street).

The Drowning is written by Tim Dynevor (Emmerdale), Francesca Brill (Cuckoo, The Bait) and Luke Watson (Britannia, Ripper Street), directed by Carolina Giammetta (Vera) and is produced by Mary McCarthy. The executive producers are Noel Clarke (Bulletproof), Jason Maza (Bulletproof), Alexandra Stone and Catriona Mckenzie. It is created by Francesca Brill and Luke Watson.

Episode Synopses

Episode 1

A small boy vanishes by a lake, presumed drowned. Nine years later his mother is certain she sees him on his way to school.

Episode 2

Jodie opens old family wounds when she sets off on a dangerous journey to prove the boy is her abducted son.

Episode 3

Jodie is arrested trying to take the boy out of the country, but a DNA test suggests that he is her missing son.

Episode 4

In a desperate bid to keep the boy alive, Jodie learns the horrific truth of what happened to her son that day by the lake.



Jane Seymour to Star in and Co-Executive Produce Acorn TV’s New Irish Mystery Thriller





Emmy-Winning Actress Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman) to Star in and Co-Executive Produce Acorn TV’s New Irish Mystery Thriller Series HARRY WILD
Eight-Part Drama from Dynamic Television Commissioned by Acorn TV

New York, NY; April 14, 2021 – Hollywood icon and Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award winning actress Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Live and Let Die) has signed on to star in and co-executive produce Irish mystery thriller Harry Wild, which will premiere in 2022. AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is announcing the commissioning with Acorn Media Enterprises of the 8 x 60-minute series from production and distribution company Dynamic Television (Trapped, Madiba, Van Helsing). Created and co-written by David Logan (Lost Christmas), Harry Wild stars Seymour as a recently retired English professor who discovers a real knack for investigation and cannot help but interfere with the cases assigned to her police detective son. Production will begin in May 2021 in Dublin. Acorn TV will feature its world premiere in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, among others in 2022. Dynamic Television will distribute the series.

Harriet “Harry” Wild (Seymour) is a retiring university literature professor who is finding herself at one of life’s crossroads. Jolted from a mugging, she reluctantly agrees to recover in the home of her son, Charlie, a senior police detective. Charlie’s family does their best to tolerate Harry’s inscrutable ways, but Harry speaks her mind. Despite Charlie’s strong objections and warnings, Harry starts to interfere in her son’s particularly baffling murder case when she notices the murderer has followed a pattern from a well-known play.

When she successfully catches the killer by putting herself at great risk in the process, she finds a new lust for life. Harry and her protégé, Fergus, a troubled teen in whom Harry sees great potential where others see only a thug, quickly find new mysteries to solve. Harry’s expertise at her new passion brings her into direct conflict with Charlie, who needs nothing less than his mother causing trouble at work!

A multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner and recipient of the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II, Jane Seymour has proven her talents in virtually all media, the Broadway stage, motion pictures and television. As iconic star of the beloved TV series Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Seymour became a role model to young women and girls throughout the world with her inspiring rendition of a woman who can courageously dare, achieve and improve anything a man can do, investing it with that “woman’s touch” of caring humanity. Additional credits include The Kominsky Method, Live and Let Die, Somewhere in Time, The Wedding Crashers, Onassis: The Richest Man in the World, War and Remembrance, East of Eden, among a wide assortment of film, television and theater projects.

Jane Seymour, star and co-executive producer, noted: “From the first moment I read the script, I fell in love with Harry Wild and am beyond excited to head to Ireland and step into the role of this very curious and passionate retired professor. Acorn TV continues to lead the way in producing original series with strong female leads, so I’m thrilled to partner with them and my friends at Dynamic Television to make this fun new series.”

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, noted: “Jane Seymour, OBE has been a trailblazing celebrity in television, film and theater for nearly a half-century, and Acorn Media Enterprises is honored to have her star in and executive produce this new, captivating drama on our streaming service. We’re confident that our subscribers will be fascinated and entertained by her title role as a fearless retired university literature professor who uses her extensive literary knowledge to solve crimes. Harry Wild is the latest series of Acorn TV’s growing staple of mystery dramas led by strong female investigators – a category that has long resonated with our audiences.”

Dan March and Klaus Zimmermann, Managing Partners, Dynamic Television, commented: “We are thrilled that the amazing Jane Seymour will be bringing the foul mouthed, cigarette smoking, whiskey drinking character of Harry Wild to life. We thank our partners at Acorn for their tremendous confidence in Dynamic and we look forward to delivering a new murder mystery series that audiences won’t soon forget!”

The series’ writers are David Logan, with Jo Spain (Taken Down). The directors are Ronan Burke (Jelly Baby) and Robert Burke (Max Rules.) Executive producers are Jane Seymour, Daniel March (Van Helsing, Trapped, Ginny & Georgia) and Klaus Zimmermann (Trapped, The Sommerdahl Murders) for Dynamic Television, James Gibb (The Outpost, Vwars) for Ardvella Entertainment, and Morgan O’Sullivan (Vikings, The Tudors) and James Flynn (Vikings, Into the Badlands) for Metropolitan Pictures.

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is the leading streaming service specializing in British and international television with subscribers worldwide in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, among other areas. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials. In 2021, Acorn TV will feature commissioned original series including British crime drama Whitstable Pearl starring Kerry Godliman (After Life), Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest starring Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. 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, 3, and 4, Queens of Mystery Series 1 and 2, London Kills Series 1 and 2, Keeping Faith, Whitstable Pearl, Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries Series 2, Dalgliesh, among several other productions.

About AMC Networks

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK (formerly branded “UMC”). AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business.

About Dynamic Television

DYNAMIC TELEVISION is an independent production and distribution company with a global strategy to bring premium television programming to worldwide audiences. Dynamic’s series include CREEPSHOW, Shudder’s hit horror anthology series; Netflix’s hottest new show in 2021 GINNY & GEORGIA, the #1 rated teen series from CBBC in the UK, ALMOST NEVER; TRAPPED, the critically acclaimed Icelandic crime drama from award-winning filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur; THE DAY, the critically acclaimed Flemish heist series; from DR and creator Christian Torpe the Danish suspense thriller DELIVER US; the hit Scandinavian crime procedural THE SOMMERDAHL MURDERS; SYFY’s hit series VAN HELSING now in production on Season 5; the five-time Emmy nominated series EAST LOS HIGH (Hulu); SYFY’s live-action series VAGRANT QUEEN and MADIBA (BET), a six-part mini-series starring Laurence Fishburne.



ACORN TV SECURES EXCLUSIVE US PREMIERE RIGHTS FOR UPCOMING 22ND SEASON OF MIDSOMER MURDERS





ACORN TV SECURES EXCLUSIVE US PREMIERE RIGHTS FOR UPCOMING 22ND SEASON OF MIDSOMER MURDERS FROM ALL3MEDIA INTERNATIONAL
One of the most popular British mysteries worldwide returns with two feature-length mysteries on April 19; followed by four more mysteries this fall ONLY on Acorn TV

London, UK; April 7, 2021 – In a major coup for the service, AMC Networks’ Acorn TV has secured the exclusive SVOD and U.S. Premiere rights to the highly-sought after new season of MIDSOMER MURDERS from leading international distributor all3media international. With more than two decades of intriguing mysteries, Midsomer Murders is one of the most popular and longest-running mystery series of all-time and remains one of Acorn TV’s top performing franchises and a fan favorite.

Acorn TV will exclusively premiere the first two feature-length episodes of Series 22 beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. Series 22’s remaining four feature-length mysteries will debut this fall shortly after production concludes. In Midsomer Murders, Detective Chief Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and Detective Sergeant Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate homicides, blackmail, greed, and betrayal in England’s most murderous county. Subscribers can also watch the first 21 seasons of the series anytime on Acorn TV.

Matthew Graham, General Manager of Acorn TV, said “Midsomer Murders remains one of the most popular mystery series of all-time and is beloved by our subscribers, so Acorn TV is thrilled to exclusively offer new episodes on April 19th, as soon as they are available, as well as four more mysteries later this year. Given the importance of this series to the mystery genre and British television lovers worldwide, we know fans have been anxiously awaiting the new season, so we’re excited to be the only place in the U.S. to watch all 22 seasons.”

Called “A must for British mystery fans” (Los Angeles Times), “Powerfully entertaining” (The Wall Street Journal) and “Phenomenally enjoyable… this show has only gotten better and better through the years” (Paper Magazine), Midsomer Murders has thrilled since its first broadcast on ITV on March 23, 1997 and soon thereafter on Acorn home video and later streaming on Acorn TV. Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the ongoing series starred John Nettles (Bergerac) as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby in the first 13 seasons and now stars his cousin Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, Neil Dudgeon (Series 14-22). In its first 21 seasons, victims have met their bizarre ends via a candlestick, a slide projector, a poisonous frog, a Celtic spear, toxic fungi, vintage claret, decapitation, King Neptune’s trident, among many other ways. Midsomer Murders is shown in over 200 territories worldwide, and Foyle’s War and Alex Rider creator Anthony Horowitz was an early scriptwriter for the series and suggested its title.

Over the years, the Barnabys have solved more than 300 murders and the series has featured an incredible mix of up-and-coming guest stars in early roles, including Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean, Lord of the Rings), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Henry Cavill (Justice League), Colin Farrell (True Detective), Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey), Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom), and Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey).

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is the leading streaming service specializing in British and international television with subscribers worldwide in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, among other areas. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials.

In 2021, Acorn TV will feature commissioned original series including British crime drama Whitstable Pearl starring Kerry Godliman (After Life), British detective drama Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell), the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of Australian detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest starring Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. Website: Acorn.TV

About AMC Networks

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK (formerly branded “UMC”). AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business.



Acorn TV is now available on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain





Acorn TV is now available on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain
Acorn TV, the streaming service of AMC Networks with the best television from Britain and from other English-speaking countries, is now available on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Spain as an add-on subscription. With a monthly price of 3.99 euros, the Acorn TV channel offers members a wide range of drama, mystery and comedy series from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Canada, in both their Castilian dubbed and subtitled versions. The content can be accessed and streamed via the existing Prime Video app to watch anytime, anywhere on hundreds of devices. Acorn TV is the biggest streaming service specializing in British series in North America

According to Matthew Graham, Acorn TV’s General Manager, “Acorn TV has been remarkably successful at bringing some of the most iconic and critically acclaimed international mysteries and drama series to subscribers worldwide, so we’re very excited to expand our distribution in Spain with our partners at Amazon Prime Video.”

At its launch on Amazon Prime Video Channels, Acorn TV includes smash hit drama series like “Doc Martin”, the Irish production “Striking Out”, “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.

For fans of British comedy, 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, as well as Kingdom”, a series 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 awarded 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 the first seasons of “Agatha Christie’s Poirot” starring David Suchet as the iconic detective.

Acorn TV will also offer, starting on April 8th, the first season of the beloved detective drama “Inspector Morse”, based on the novels by Colin Dexter, about a detective and his trusted partner in Oxford. On April 15th, the praised Canadian crime series following the personal and professional lives of two patrol officers in Montreal, “19-2”, will arrive on the service. According to The New York Times, “the writing [of 19-2] is sublime …a slice of urban and police life carefully observed”. April will also feature additional seasons of acclaimed mystery series Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Endeavor. Furthermore, on May 6th, members will be able to enjoy the intriguing “Picnic at Hanging Rock”, an Australian period drama about a group of schoolgirls who mysteriously disappear during a trip to the historical and geological site Hanging Rock.

About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is a premium streaming video service specializing in mysteries, dramas and comedies from Britain and beyond. North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British series, Acorn TV is also available in the UK, Ireland, Iberia, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America.

Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter), Acorn TV commissions, co-produces and licenses a wide range of acclaimed productions, adding exclusive new programs every week.



MURDOCH MYSTERIES RETURNS APRIL 2 on ACORN TV





MURDOCH MYSTERIES RETURNS APRIL 2 on ACORN TV
Season 14 of Popular, Award-Winning Period Drama to Debut with Six Episodes!

“Victorian CSI” –The Wall Street Journal

“Real treat for mystery lovers”- The Daily Telegraph

“Smart, fast-paced fun” —The Globe and Mail

“Terrific procedural police drama” —The Philadelphia Inquirer

Crank up the virtual time machine to the late 19th century in Toronto with the methodical and dashing Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) in the new season of the internationally-renowned period drama Murdoch Mysteries as he and his crack team solve new cases using radical forensic techniques and other new innovations like fingerprinting, ultraviolet lighting and trace evidence to solve gruesome murders. Murdoch Mysteries Season 14 will stream on Acorn TV starting Friday, April 2, debuting with six episodes then continuing weekly on Mondays starting April 5 through May 3. All previous seasons of the series are also available on Acorn TV, North America’s leading streaming service devoted to British and international television.

Set in the late 1890s and early 1900s, this top-rated series produced in Canada continues to explore the personal and professional developments in the lives of Detective William Murdoch, Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Constables George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) and Henry Higgins-Newsome (Lachlan Murdoch), and Detective Llewelyn Watts (Daniel Maslany) as they tackle Toronto’s toughest mysteries, from the serious and historic to the comical and unusual. Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ novels, Murdoch Mysteries has garnered 45 Gemini® 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.”

As season 14 begins, Detective Murdoch continues his inventive detective work with Ogden’s unflinching support even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. Brackenreid and Margaret’s marriage, now on the mend, is tested once more, and Crabtree’s relationship with Effie Newsome is threatened by a potentially volatile interloper. Family relations also loom large for Higgins now that Ruth is pregnant. Unfortunately, Watts’ secret love affair faces dangerous scrutiny, while Violet Hart’s now public liaison with a wealthy playboy causes social outrage. Season 14 will feature 11 episodes.

Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, IPF’s COGECO Television Production Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series. Murdoch Mysteries is filmed in Toronto and Southern Ontario.



“Backstrom” – Acorn TV Sets US Premiere of Swedish Detective Drama on Monday, April 26





Valkommen, “Backstrom” – Acorn TV Sets US Premiere of Swedish Detective Drama on Monday, April 26
Evert Bäckström (Kjell Bergqvistist) is a respected detective, famed for having an unparalleled world record for solving murder cases.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
VÄLKOMMEN, BÄCKSTRÖM

Acorn TV Sets US Premiere of Swedish Detective Drama on Monday, April 26

Based on Leif GW Persson’s Bestselling Novel, Kan man dö två gånger? (Can You Die Twice?)

Evert Bäckström (Kjell Bergqvistist, The Wedding Photographer, A Summer Tale) is a respected detective, famed for having an unparalleled world record for solving murder cases. But when a bullet-ridden skull is found in the Swedish archipelago, DNA results confirm it belongs to a victim of Thailand’s 2004 tsunami. Bäckström is faced with an inexplicable mystery that even he could not have imagined: Can you die twice? A thrillingly dark noir, Bäckström is based on the novel Kan man dö två gånger? (Can You Die Twice?) by Leif GW Persson, whose books also inspired the US TV series Backstrom starring Rainn Wilson as the title character.

Streaming in the US and Canada exclusively on Acorn TV, Bäckström premieres Monday, April 26.
About Acorn TV

Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR), 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 2021, Acorn TV will feature several commissioned original series including the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, British crime drama Whitstable Pearl, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines and British detective drama Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of Australian detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. Acorn TV offers a free 7-day trial and thereafter is just $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv



Acorn TV Commission in Co Production with ZDF Expectation’s New UK Mystery Drama THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE





Acorn TV Commission in Co Production with ZDF Expectation’s New UK Mystery Drama THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE Starring Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, Killing Eve)

London, UK; March 24, 2021 – AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and ZDF are excited to announce the commissioning of UK drama The Chelsea Detective with Acorn Media Enterprises from Expectation (In My Skin, Guilt).

Created by Peter Fincham, the 4 x 90-minute series stars Adrian Scarborough (Gavin & Stacey, Killing Eve) as Detective Inspector Max Arnold, who lives on a battered houseboat at the end of Cheyne Walk. Max is the son of a local bookshop owner and was born and bred in Chelsea, but he’s a far cry from the affluent elite whose crimes he’ll help solve. Recently separated from his art dealer wife Astrid (Anamaria Marinca – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; Sex Traffic), Max still hopes one day to move back into their apartment in nearby Cadogan Square.

Each episode sees Max and Streatham-born D.C. Priya Shamsie played by Sonita Henry (Luther, Krypton) investigate a wide range of crimes. Storylines in the first series feature a stonemasons’ workshop at Brompton Cemetery; a fashionable school for international students; a family-owned Italian restaurant which is on the brink of expansion; and a local garden centre linked to the unsavoury past of Chelsea FC football hooliganism.

The feature-length episodes are written by Glen Laker (Vera, Prime Suspect), Peter Fincham and Liz Lake (Riviera; Call the Midwife). Production will begin in April 2021.

Acorn TV will feature its world premiere in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, among others in 2022. BBC Studios is distributing the series internationally.

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, noted: “We’re thrilled to work with ZDF, Expectation and BBC Studios on this riveting UK mystery series set in and around picturesque Chelsea as we follow this fascinating detective both on the clock during his investigations and at home on his houseboat. Acorn TV is thrilled to have Adrian Scarborough in the lead role and we’re confident that our subscribers worldwide will be captivated by this charismatic drama.”

ZDF, Dr. Simone Emmelius, SVP International Fiction Coproduction and Acquisition said: “As a first outcome of our joint development activities with BBC Studios, The Chelsea Detective coincidently is our first coproduction with Acorn, too. This promising show perfectly expands our portfolio of high quality international crime series, and I´m confident, it will find an enthusiastic audience in Germany.”

Peter Fincham, executive producer, commented: “Working with Acorn, ZDF and BBC Studios to realise the vision for the series has been truly exciting. Chelsea is the perfect precinct for a long-running crime series – it’s known for its wealth and history, but there’s so much more to it than that. Our brilliant cast will be taking the viewers to unexpected places and meeting some unlikely characters.”

The series producer is Ella Kelly (Death in Paradise; Midsomer Murders). The directors are Richard Signy (Death in Paradise; Silent Witness) and Darcia Martin (Call the Midwife; Judge John Deed).

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is the leading streaming service specializing in British and international television with subscribers worldwide in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Spain, Portugal, among other areas. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week to a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no commercials.

In 2021, Acorn TV will feature commissioned original series including British crime drama Whitstable Pearl starring Kerry Godliman (After Life), Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel, the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of Australian detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest starring Martin Compston and Sophie Rundle; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. 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, 3, and 4, Queens of Mystery Series 1 and 2, London Kills Series 1 and 2, Keeping Faith, Whitstable Pearl, Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries Series 2, among several other productions.

About AMC Networks

AMC Networks is a global entertainment company known for its popular and critically-acclaimed content. Its portfolio of brands includes AMC, BBC AMERICA (operated through a joint venture with BBC Studios), IFC, SundanceTV, WE tv, IFC Films, and a number of fast-growing streaming services, including the AMC+ premium streaming bundle, Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and ALLBLK (formerly branded “UMC”). AMC Studios, the Company’s in-house studio, production and distribution operation, is behind award-winning owned series and franchises, including The Walking Dead, the highest-rated series in cable history. The Company also operates AMC Networks International, its international programming business, and Levity Entertainment Group, its production services and comedy venues business.

About Expectation

Expectation is an award-winning, multi-genre, independent production company covering both scripted and non-scripted programming. Formed in 2017 by Peter Fincham and Tim Hincks, Expectation is one of the fastest growing companies in the indie sector and has built an enviable reputation for creating new drama, comedy and entertainment formats as well as breaking new talent.

Under its drama division Expectation produced multi-award winning BBC drama, Guilt which is currently filming it’s second series; secured two commissions of Sky One’s Intelligence which has been an international sales hit including Peacock in US and territories from Australia to Asia, and Europe; whilst Welsh-based drama In My Skin was last week recognised as Best Drama in the RTS Programme Awards, has won four BAFTA Cymru awards for Best Television Drama and Best Actress, and premiered in the US on Hulu last year; and Expectation’s recent comedy pilot with Sophie Willan, Alma’s Not Normal for BBC Two has been commissioned for a further five episodes.

About ZDF

ZDF (Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen) is Germany’s national public television broadcaster. It is run as an independent non-profit corporation under the authority of the Länder, the sixteen states that constitute the Federal Republic of Germany.

The nationwide channel ZDF has been broadcasting since 1st April 1963 and remains one of the country’s leading sources of information. Today, ZDF also operates the two thematic channels ZDFneo and ZDFinfo. In partnership with other public broadcasters, ZDF jointly operates the internet-only offer funk, the German channels PHOENIX and KiKA, and the European channels 3sat and ARTE.

BBC Studios

BBC Studios, a global content company with bold British creativity at its heart, is a commercial subsidiary of the BBC Group. 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 programmes and formats made by high-quality UK independents. Award-winning British programmes made by the business are internationally recognised across a broad range of genres and specialisms, with brands like Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, 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 2500 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 programme titles. To the BBC, BBC Studios contributes both cash dividends and funds for programme-making, supporting the licence fee and enhancing programmes for UK audiences.



NEW ZEALAND’S THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES SERIES 7 MAKES WORLD PREMIERE





NEW ZEALAND’S THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES SERIES 7 MAKES WORLD PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON ACORN TV ON MONDAY, MARCH 29
New Feature-Length Episodes Every Monday Through May 3

As winter nears its end, look no further for your cozy murder mystery fix than Acorn TV and the beautiful fictitious town of Brokenwood, New Zealand – population 4,900 and steadily declining, depending on the murder rate that week. The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 7 will make its world debut exclusively in the US and Canada on Monday, March 29, 2021, on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streaming service specializing in international television from Britain and beyond. New episodes will debut weekly on Mondays. Episodes are available to screen now on Screeners.com.

Akin to fan favorite Midsomer Murders, The Brokenwood Mysteries is a binge-worthy, charming and addictive detective series perfect for the whole family. Featuring big characters and uniquely Kiwi stories, it’s filled with warm camaraderie and deadpan humor against the background of stunning small-town New Zealand.

After transferring from a big city to the quiet, little, murder-ridden town of Brokenwood, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neil Rea, Go Girls) and Detective Kristin Simms (Fern Sutherland, The Almighty Johnsons) uncover more murderous rivalries and lethal grudges with each new series. With six feature-length, standalone mysteries, series seven will see the murder of a TV host, a Farmer’s Market owner impaled by a gardening tool, a 1970’s theme party gone wrong, and more.

The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 7 is a TVNZ production with executive producers Kelly Martin, Sally Campbell, and Andrew Szusterman.

The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 7 – Episode Synopses

Episode 1 | “The Garotte and the Vinkelbraun”

Mike and his team are thrust into a world of antiquities when a TV crew from the hit series All Things Old and Beautiful arrives in town and one of the hosts is murdered.

Directed by: Katie Wolfe

Written by: Tim Balme

Produced by: Tim Balme

Episode 2 | “The Witches of Brokenwood”

The Brokenwood Health Retreat proves rather unhealthy for one unfortunate visitor, leaving Mike and the team with the very tricky case to solve.

Directed by: Aidee Walker

Written by: Sarah Kate-Lynch

Produced by: Tim Balme

Episode 3 | “Dog Day Morning”

When four masked men attempt to rob the Brokenwood Savings Bank, it’s up to Mike and the team to determine which one of them pulled the trigger and killed the bank manager.

Directed by: Mark Beesley

Written by: Nic Sampson and Tim Balme

Produced by: Tim Balme

Episode 4 | “Something Nasty at the Market”

Mike, Kristin and the team investigate the murder of a Farmer’s Market Owner who staggers into the crowd with a garden implement fatally embedded in her back.

Directed by: Geoff Cawthorne

Written by: Fiona Samuel

Produced by: Tim Balme

Episode 5 | “Exposed to the Light”

A fundraising evening at the historic Brokenwood Empire Cinema turns deadly when a fire breaks out, and when the smoke clears, a local businessman is found strangled.

Directed by: Aidee Walker

Written by: Roy Ward

Produced by: Tim Balme

Episode 6 | “Here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson”

When Mike mysteriously leaves Brokenwood on other police business, Kristin is left to lead the investigation into a 1970s party where several partygoers wind up dead.

Directed by: Mike Smith

Written by: Tim Balme

Produced by: Tim Balme

About Acorn TV

Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR), 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 2021, Acorn TV will feature several commissioned original series including the second season of Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, British crime drama Whitstable Pearl, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines and British detective drama Dalgleish starring Bertie Carvel, as well as Irish crime thriller Bloodlands starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, the return of Australian detective series My Life Is Murder starring Lucy Lawless, and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas that include A Place to Call Home, Detectorists, Jack Irish and Foyle’s War. Recent Acorn TV Original series include Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant, highly-rated BBC One drama The Nest; and groundbreaking BBC One period drama A Suitable Boy from Mira Nair. Acorn TV offers a free 7-day trial and thereafter is just $5.99/month or $59.99/year.