ACORN TV RELEASES TRAILER FOR POWERFUL FILM, HELP, STARRING EMMY® WINNER, JODIE COMER





ACORN TV RELEASES TRAILER FOR POWERFUL FILM, HELP, STARRING EMMY® WINNER, JODIE COMER AND STEPHEN GRAHAM

The Award-Winning Film Debuts Exclusively in the U.S. on Acorn TV on January 31

New York, NY – January 10, 2022 – Acorn TV today released the official trailer for the Rose d’Or Award-winning film Help, starring Emmy winner Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham premiering exclusively in the U.S. on Acorn TV Monday, January 31. In Help, young care worker Sarah (Jodie Comer, Killing Eve, Free Guy), forms an unlikely bond with nursing home resident Tony (Stephen Graham, The North Water, Line of Duty), living with young onset dementia. But when the Covid-19 pandemic hits, her character and their relationship are put to the test under horrifying circumstances. The film originally released in the U.K. on Channel4 in September, 2021, was acclaimed by critics and is now available to view on Screeners.com.

Written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Enola Holmes, His Dark Materials) and directed by Marc Munden (The Third Day, The Secret Garden), the drama Help also stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls).

It’s executive produced by Beth Willis (Doctor Who, Eric & Ernie), George Faber (Collateral, The White Queen), Christopher Moll(Lady Macbeth, Apostasy), as well as Thorne, Munden, Graham, and Comer. Help is a Forge Production, in association with One Shoe Films and Liverpool Film Office for Channel 4 Television. All3Media handles the international distribution.

About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Emmy®-nominated Queens of Mystery, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), and the hit Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, to name a few. Upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough), Darby and Joan (Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 22 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders, highly-rated drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy, among others.



AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES JANUARY HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES

NEW SERIES, FILMS, SPECIALS AND MORE NOW STREAMING ON AMC NETWORKS’ SUITE OF TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES THIS JANUARY
New York, NY – December 10, 2021 – This January, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Queens of Mystery, Season 2 (Acorn TV Original)
Three 2-Part Mysteries Premiere Mondays Beginning January 10 Through January 24

Queens of Mystery follows the adventures of three crime-writing sisters, Beth (Sarah Woodward, The Pale Horse), Cat (Julie Graham, The Bletchley Circle, Shetland, Penance), and Jane (Siobhan Redmond, Unforgotten) Stone, and their 28-year-old niece, Detective Sergeant Mattie Stone (Florence Hall for S2, The Princess Switch: Switched Again). Using their knowledge of crime – both real world and fictional – together they solve murders in the picturesque English region of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they are able to crack, the unsolved mystery that haunts all the characters is that of Mattie’s mother’s disappearance 25 years ago.

Help (Acorn TV Exclusive)
Film Premieres Monday, January 31

In the Rose d’Or Award-winning film Help, young care worker, Sarah (Emmy® winner Jodie Comer, Killing Eve, Free Guy), forms an unlikely bond with nursing home resident, Tony (Stephen Graham, The North Water, Line of Duty), living with young onset dementia. But when the Covid-19 pandemic hits, her character and their relationship are put to the test under horrifying circumstances. Written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Enola Holmes, His Dark Materials), Help also stars Ian Hart (The Terror, The Last Kingdom) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls).

The Larkins (Acorn TV Exclusive)
New Episodes Continue Mondays; Season Finale January 17

This exciting new adaptation of H.E. Bates’ classic novel The Darling Buds of May follows the warm-hearted, wheeler-dealing adventures of the iconic Larkin family in the idyllic Kent countryside. Set in the late 1950s, each episode contains a story of the week concerning their personal family sagas, and the politics of their village life alongside series arc stories. Starring Bradley Walsh (Law & Order UK), Joanna Scanlan (No Offence) and Sabrina Bartlett (Bridgerton). The first season ends with a Christmas special, where all the talk in the village is about the pantomime and an ongoing slate of burglaries.

On ALLBLK:

Equal Standard (ALLBLK World Premiere Movie)
Premieres Thursday, January 6

New York City police officers’ lives collide in interweaving stories of race, rank, loss, and betrayal (2020)

Cast: Ice-T, Jules Willcox, Marc John Jefferies, Tobias Truvillion, Robert Clohessy, Maurice Benard, Fredro Starr

A House Divided Season 4 (ALLBLK Original)
Premieres Thursday, January 13

The Sanders family saga continues in full swing as Carissa struggles with learning to trust again, while fighting for her life. Cameron Sr. navigates an international extortion plot while trying to maintain his freedom, but to no avail. Jupiter, uses her wits and sex appeal to outsmart just about everyone, as Auntie Mae and Cam Jr. make power moves in order to exert their power. Truths are revealed, more lies are told, and the family unravels further in the fourth season of A House Divided

Social Society Season 2 (ALLBLK Original)
Premieres Monday, January 24

A one-hour sketch comedy variety show bringing some of your favorite “instafamous” sketch comedians together for laughs, live performances, and the latest in today’s entertainment news. View Title Treatment.

On AMC+:

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks
New Year’s Day Special Premieres Saturday, January 1

Jodie Whittaker stars in BBC America’s all-new special premiering New Year’s Day. Mandip Gil and John Bishop will also appear in the annual holiday tradition, as well as several notable guest stars including Aisling Bea (This Way Up), Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black) and Pauline McLynn (Father Ted). In the new special, Sarah (Bea) owns and runs ELF storage, and Nick (Salmon) is a customer who visits his unit every year on New Year’s Eve. This year, however, their night turns out to be a little different than planned.

A Discovery of Witches Season 3
New Season Premieres Saturday, January 8

In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final instalment.

La Fortuna (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursday, January 20 with First Two Episodes

In La Fortuna, Álex Ventura (Álvaro Mel), a young and inexperienced diplomat, unintentionally becomes the leader of a mission that will put all his convictions to the test: to recover the sunken treasure stolen by Frank Wild (Stanley Tucci), an adventurer who travels the world plundering items of common heritage from the depths of the sea. Forming a unique team with Lucía (Ana Polvorosa), a combative public official, and Jonas Pierce (Clarke Peters), a brilliant American lawyer with a passion for old pirate tales, Álex sets out on the adventure of a lifetime, on which he learns about the importance of love, friendship and commitment to your own beliefs.

Firebite (AMC+ Original)
New Episodes Continue Thursdays; Season Finale February 3

A high-octane, highly original spin on the Vampire genre and fantasy series, Firebite follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson (Rob Collins) and Shanika (Shantae Barnes-Cowan), on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert. Set in a remote desert mining town, a hive for the last vampire stronghold shipped from Britain to Australia in 1788 by the colonial superpower to eradicate the Indigenous populations. Sheltering from the sun in the underground mines and tunnels that surround the town until the present day, the colony’s numbers and hunger is growing. War is coming. Tyson and Shanika stand vanguard to the war. But what hope does an expertly reckless man full of bravado and a 17-year-old orphan possibly have to defeat these vicious blood-thirsty parasites, when legions of warriors before them have failed?

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

Olympic Dreams
Film Premieres Wednesday, January 5

Set against the splendor of the Winter Olympic Games, an intimate and unexpected love story develops between two lonely hearts, each at their own crossroads in life. Penelope (Alexi Pappas) is a first time Olympian and introverted cross-country skier, who, after finishing her event early on in the games, finds herself spending time in Athletes Village with the gregarious and outgoing volunteer dentist, Ezra (Nick Kroll). The first movie on location during the Olympics in Athletes Village, Olympic Dreams offers audiences a never-before-seen side of the Games.

Resistance
Film Premieres Wednesday, January 5

Before he was the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, he was Marcel Mangel, an aspiring Jewish actor who joined the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. Based on the inspiring true story, Jesse Eisenberg stars in this compelling drama about a group of unsung heroes who put themselves in harm’s way to rise above the hatred and oppression during World War II.

Greener Grass
Film Premieres Wednesday, January 19

In a day-glo-colored, bizarro version of suburbia where adults where braces on their already-straight teeth, everyone drives golf carts, and children magically turn into golden retrievers, soccer moms and best friends Jill (Jocelyn DeBoer) and Lisa (Dawn Luebbe) are locked in a passive aggressive battle-of-the-wills that takes a turn into the sinister when Lisa begins systematically taking over every aspect of Jill’s life – starting with her newborn daughter. The hilariously demented, Stepford Wives-on-acid satire is destined to be an instant cult classic.

On SHUDDER:

A Discovery of Witches Season 3
New Season Premieres Saturday, January 8

In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final instalment. Trailer – Key Art

The Last Thing Mary Saw
New Film Premieres Thursday, January 20

The Last Thing Mary Saw begins in Southold, New York, 1843: Young Mary (Stefanie Scott, Insidious: Chapter 3), blood trickling from behind the blindfold tied around her eyes, is interrogated about the events surrounding her grandmother’s death. As the story jumps back in time, we witness Mary, raised in a repressively religious household, finding fleeting happiness in the arms of Eleanor (Isabelle Fuhrman, Orphan), the home’s maid. Her family, who believe they are seeing, speaking, and acting on God’s behalf, view the girls’ relationship as an abomination, to be dealt with as severely as possible. The couple attempt to carry on in secret, but someone is always watching, or listening, and the wages of perceived sin threaten to become death, with the tension only heightened by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger (Rory Culkin, Waco, Halston) and the revelation of greater forces at work. Photos

Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster
New Film Premieres Thursday, January 27

Beginning just before his debut as Frankenstein’s creation, Boris Karloff: The Man Behind The Monster compellingly explores the life and legacy of a cinema legend, presenting a perceptive history of the genre he personified. His films were long derided as hokum and attacked by censors. But his phenomenal popularity and pervasive influence endures, inspiring some of our greatest actors and directors into the 21st Century – among them Guillermo Del Toro, Ron Perlman, Roger Corman & John Landis all of whom and many more contribute their personal insights and anecdotes. Directed by Thomas Hamilton.

On SUNDANCE NOW:

The Pact (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season Finale Premieres Thursday, January 6

Gripping six-part thriller, shot in beautiful Wales. When a young brewery boss (Aneurin Bernard, Dunkirk) is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws his four employees Anna (Laura Fraser, Better Call Saul), Nancy (Julie Hesmondhalgh, Broadchurch), Louie (Eiry Thomas, Keeping the Faith), and Cat (Heledd Gwynn, Ordinary Lies) into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever.

A Discovery of Witches
New Season Premieres Saturday, January 8

In the final season of A Discovery of Witches, Matthew (Matthew Goode) and Diana (Teresa Palmer) return from their trip to 1590 to find tragedy at Sept-Tours. They must find the missing pages from the Book of Life and the Book itself before it’s too late. Their enemies are gearing up against them, and a monster from Matthew’s past who has been lying in wait will return for revenge. A Discovery of Witches Season 3 is based on the ‘The Book of Life’ novel from Deborah Harkness’s bestselling All Souls trilogy and is the third and final instalment.

Total Control (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 2 Premieres Thursdays, Beginning January 20

In Season 1, fearless Indigenous senator Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman) engineered a remarkable coup, unseating the Prime Minister and the woman who betrayed her, Rachel Anderson (Rachel Griffiths). But now she faces the ultimate test in a democratic system: the nation is going to the polls and Alex will have to face the judgement of the people by running as an Independent. She’ll be ready for the inevitable dirty campaign tactics and to compete again the well-financed machinery of the major parties, but that won’t make things easier. Alex will be confronted by vile online trolls, threats to her family and political opponents riled by the audacity of a Black woman using her voice. Can she survive a system determined to shake everything she values?

Close To Me
Season Finale Premieres Thursday, January 20

Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen, Gladiator, Wonder Woman) is a woman who has a perfect life with her partner (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who) until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life was in fact far from perfect.

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. 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 25/7 Media, its production services business.



Acorn TV and TVNZ Renew New Zealand-Based Romantic Comedy UNDER THE VINES





Acorn TV and TVNZ Renew New Zealand-Based Romantic Comedy UNDER THE VINES

Rebecca Gibney & Charles Edwards will return to scenic Central Otago for a second season

Paul Yates (Wellington Paranormal) joins series as Producer

New York, NY; December 10/Auckland, NZ; December 11, 2021 – AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and TVNZ today confirmed the renewal of New Zealand romantic comedy Under the Vines on the heels of its December 6 season one premiere on Acorn TV and early 2022 primetime broadcast on TVNZ 1 in New Zealand. Created and co-written by Erin White and produced by Libertine Pictures(Daffodils, Mystic) and EQ Media Group (Troppo, At Home with Julia, Timothy, Rake, Jack Irish and Doctor Doctor) in association with Hardy White Pictures, Under the Vines stars Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters, Winter) and Charles Edwards (The Lord of the Rings prequel, The Crown, Downton Abbey) as two unlikely city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand.

Season two will see lovable socialite Daisy Monroe (Gibney) and London lawyer Louis Oakley (Edwards) continue to navigate running the Otago winery they inherited. They also have to navigate their feelings for each other but love, like a fine wine, is always complicated. Along the way, Oakley Wines’ up-and-coming winemaker Tippy (Trae Te Wiki) faces challenges of her own when a rockstar French vintner is hired by a rival winery. Production on the six-episode second season will commence early 2022 in picturesque Central Otago, New Zealand. Acorn TV has all rights worldwide with the exception of TVNZ in New Zealand.

Series lead and Executive Producer Rebecca Gibney said: “I am beyond thrilled that we were commissioned to commence Season 2 of Under the Vines even before it has gone to air. It shows such enormous faith in our series and I am very grateful to Acorn TV and TVNZ for their amazing support. To be given the opportunity to work with the phenomenally talented Charles Edwards and to showcase not only the incredible talent here in New Zealand but the majesty of the location in the South Island was such a gift and I have no doubt Season 2 will bring as much joy and heart this time around.”

Award-winning producer Paul Yates joins Under the Vines to helm Season 2, having recently wrapped production on the final series of hit Kiwi horror-comedy Wellington Paranormal. He said: “I was stoked to be asked to produce the next series of this delightful show with such an incredible cast of local and international actors. The idea of making a fun romantic comedy in the heart of New Zealand’s best wine region during these tough times really appealed. And looking forward to having no spooky monsters to deal with!”

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director Acorn Media Enterprises said: “We are elated to return to New Zealand’s picturesque wine country with TVNZ for a second season of Under the Vines. With its incredibly talented stars, Rebecca Gibney and Charles Edwards, we are confident this lighthearted, humorous and cozy journey will continue to delight our audiences worldwide.”

Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content said: “Under the Vines has been an incredible co-production from the very start and we’re thrilled to be extending our commitment to the series and to our production partners by confirming a second season. We’re also excited to showcase Under the Vines to Kiwi viewers when season one screens on TVNZ 1 early in 2022.”

The second season of Under the Vines also welcomes New Zealand directors Josh Frizzell (Fresh Eggs, The Brokenwood Mysteries) and Katie Wolfe (Head High, Go Girls). Under the Vines is written by a team from both sides of the Tasman that includes Australian writer/creator Erin White and script producer Kelly LeFever with New Zealand scribes Nick Ward, Kathryn Burnett, Steph Matuku and Harry McNaughton. The show is executive produced by Rebecca Gibney, Richard Fletcher for Libertine Pictures, Brendan Dahill for EQ Media Group and Catherine Mackin for Acorn Media Enterprises. Michelle Hardy andErin White are associate producers for Hardy White Pictures.

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About Acorn TV & Acorn Media Enterprises

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 starring Rebecca Gibney (Wanted) and Charles Edwards (The Crown), British detective drama Dalgliesh starring Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Doctor Foster), 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.

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, London Kills Series 1 and 2, Keeping Faith, Whitstable Pearl, Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries Series 2, among several other productions.

About TVNZ

TVNZ is New Zealand’s state-owned, commercially funded broadcaster. TVNZ’s all about sharing the moments that matter – whether it’s breaking news, following adventures, sharing stories or putting smiles on faces.

Each day, TVNZ reaches more than two million New Zealanders through channels TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE and online platform TVNZ OnDemand. Leading news site 1news.co.nz and socially-driven online news brand Re: connect Kiwis to the important issues throughout the day, however they chose to engage. For more information, visit: www.tvnz.co.nz

About Libertine Pictures

Libertine Pictures is an independent film and television production company founded in 2013, based in New Zealand and led by accomplished producer Richard Fletcher and internationally-acclaimed writer Neil Cross. Libertine produces bold and compelling feature films, documentaries and television drama. It works with established storytellers and filmmakers and nurtures emerging talent. Libertine’s aim is to inspire, challenge and innovate. It is passionate about bringing powerful and distinctive stories to the screen. For more information, visit: www.libertinepictures.com.

About EQ Media Group

EQ Media Group is one of the world’s leading producers of high-quality screen content for international audiences.

An award-winning multi-genre company, EQ Media produces drama, documentaries, non-scripted series and lifestyle programming out of its joint Sydney and Los Angeles head offices in addition to its production hubs in Auckland, New Zealand and Dallas-Fort Worth. Platform partners include Discovery Networks, A&E Networks, Amazon, BBC, ITV, UKTV, National Geographic, PBS, Sundance, History Channel, Arte, Curiosity Stream, Netflix, Foxtel, Seven Network, SBS Australia, Network 10, ABC Australia, TVNZ, Prime NZ.

EQ Media’s recent successes include the six-part history series The Pacific with Sam Neill (Foxtel, Prime NZ, Ovation), the four-part true crime series The Night Caller (Sky UK, Sundance, Stan), science adventure series Body Hack (Network 10 and Discovery), Selling The Big Easy (HGTV), Texas Flip N Move (DIY Channel), Restored (DIY Channel), Koala Rescue (Ch7), Griff’s Great Australian Adventure & Great Kiwi Adventure (ABC / Prime NZ / ITV), and the 4K TV series and feature film Living Universe (ABC, Arte France, Curiosity Stream & UKTV). Further details at: www.eqmedia.group



Acorn TV Sets Premiere Date for Powerful and Award-Winning Film “Help”





Acorn TV Sets Premiere Date for Powerful and Award-Winning Film “Help”
“Help,” which recently won the Rose d’Or Award for Best Drama, premieres Monday, January 31 on Acorn TV.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
ACORN TV SETS PREMIERE DATE FOR POWERFUL AND AWARD-WINNING FILM “HELP”

Compelling Drama, Featuring Scintillating Performances by Emmy(R) Winner Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham, Debuts Exclusively on Acorn TV on Monday, January 31

Four Stars: “The fantastic performances of Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham were at the center of a film that brimmed with humanity” – The Telegraph

Four Stars: “One of the most evocative and harrowing depictions of recent history we have yet seen” – The Guardian

Five Stars: “It is rare that a TV drama manages to be agonizing and compelling; unbearable yet utterly immersive. Help was such a drama” – The Times

Four Stars: “The drama shines a light on a community that didn’t get enough credit for their work last year, emphasized even further by the seminal performances of Graham and Comer” – The Radio Times

New York, NY – December 7, 2021 – In the film Help, young care worker, Sarah (Emmy(R) winner Jodie Comer, Killing Eve, Free Guy), forms an unlikely bond with nursing home resident, Tony (Stephen Graham, The North Water, Line of Duty), living with young onset dementia. But when the Covid-19 pandemic hits, her character and their relationship are put to the test under horrifying circumstances. Help, which recently won the Rose d’Or Award for Best Drama, premieres Monday, January 31 on Acorn TV. See below for a personal note from the writer Jack Thorne, explaining how the film came to be.

Sarah (Comer) has few qualifications and prospects in life, but she finds confidence, unexpectedly, working as a care assistant in a nursing home. She has a special talent for looking after the residents; in particular Tony (Graham), who is only 47, but has early onset dementia which causes him moments of confusion and aggression that the other members of staff find hard to handle. They begin to build a real bond, but everything Sarah has gained is thrown into doubt with the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic. Sarah and her colleagues have to fight tooth and nail, ill equipped, and badly lead by an overwhelmed manager (Ian Hart, The Terror, The Last Kingdom) to try to protect the residents. Confronted with the grim and imminent reality of losing Tony, Sarah may have to go to extreme measures to save her friend.

Written by BAFTA winner Jack Thorne (Enola Holmes, His Dark Materials) and directed by Marc Munden (The Third Day, The Secret Garden), the drama Help also stars Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Three Girls).

It’s executive produced by Beth Willis (Doctor Who, Eric & Ernie), George Faber (Collateral, The White Queen), Christopher Moll (Lady Macbeth, Apostasy), as well as Thorne, Munden, Graham, and Comer. Help is a Forge Production, in association with One Shoe Films and Liverpool Film Office for Channel 4 Television. All3Media handles the international distribution.

Statement from the Writer – Jack Thorne

Help was written in extreme anger about the state of care – not just in the UK but around the world – and the lack of priority it was given around the world. Too many disabled people died in the pandemic because their needs weren’t prioritized. It was also written as a love song, to the care industry, my mom was a carer and I saw firsthand the beautiful effort she put in to looking after her clients and residents. An underpaid job, that is vital in our times, and those that kept going into those homes, despite of the risk to themselves, and despite the poor pay, are our true heroes.

Doing research for this was a process unlike any other. I’ve written bleak stories before, but very few when the temperature of the room was still so hot. There is no doubt that many carers and residents are still struggling with shielding and with PTSD and I do think TV – that vital empathy box in the corner of the room – can help to shed light on this, and hopefully lead to an increased focus on the needs of the care home.

It started as a provocation from Stephen Graham, write something for me and Jodie, write something about Liverpool. As it grew so we all took authorship of it, and we all grew together, inspired by the firsthand stories we were hearing. I am immensely proud of what we all made.

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About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Emmy(R)-nominated Queens of Mystery, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), and the hit Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, to name a few. Upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough), Darby and Joan (Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 22 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders, highly-rated drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy, among others. “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” – The Hollywood Reporter “Netflix for the Anglophile” – NPR Acorn TV is available for $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv



The Emmy-Nominated British Crime Series “Queens of Mystery” Returns for Season Two





The Emmy-Nominated British Crime Series “Queens of Mystery” Returns for Season Two on Monday, January 10 on Acorn TV
Three two-part mysteries are set to debut weekly, as back-to-back episodes, with the final premiering on Monday, January 24.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
THE EMMY(R)-NOMINATED BRITISH CRIME SERIES “QUEENS OF MYSTERY” RETURNS FOR SEASON TWO ON MONDAY, JANUARY 10 ON ACORN TV

Florence Hall Joins Series Stars Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond and Sarah Woodward for Season Two; All Episodes of the Acorn TV Original Series are Available Now on Screeners.com

“A welcome return… ” – TV Times

“… sleuthing with a lightness of tone akin to Midsomer Murders or indeed stable mate Agatha Raisin” – Radio Times

“Whimsical whodunnit” – What to Watch

New York, NY – Thursday, December 2 – One of Acorn TV’s most popular crime series, Queens of Mystery returns for season two on Monday, January 10 on Acorn TV in the US and Canada. Three two-part mysteries are set to debut weekly, as back-to-back episodes, with the final premiering on Monday, January 24.

Called a “surefire crowd-pleaser” by the Los Angeles Times and created for television by writer Julian Unthank (Doc Martin, New Tricks), Queens of Mystery follows the adventures of three crime-writing sisters Beth (Sarah Woodward, The Pale Horse), Cat (Julie Graham, The Bletchley Circle, Shetland, Penance), and Jane (Siobhan Redmond, Unforgotten) Stone and their 28-year-old niece, Detective Sergeant Mattie Stone (Florence Hall for S2, The Princess Switch: Switched Again). Using their knowledge of crime – both real world and fictional – together they solve murders in the picturesque English region of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they are able to crack, the unsolved mystery that haunts all the characters is that of Mattie’s mother’s disappearance twenty-five years ago.

The wickedly offbeat Amelie-esque style contemporary murder mystery series features bold visuals, quirky characters, fast-paced dialogue and darkly comic murders. Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson (Riviera, The Hour) received a Primetime Emmy(R) nomination for Outstanding Narrator for the first season and returns to narrate the new season.

The second season of Queens of Mystery is scripted by Julian Unthank and Matthew Thomas (Marcella, Agatha Raisin) with Oscar(R) and BAFTA(R) winner Ian Emes returning as lead director. Theresa Varga joins as 2nd director. Sly Fox Productions’ Linda James and Savannah James-Bayly are producing with Tim Vaughan as associate producer. Also returning from the filmmaking team are Paul Englishby (Luther, The Witness for the Prosecution) as composer and Charlie Knight (The Bodyguard, Ted Lasso) as costume designer. The director of photography is Sarah Bartles-Smith (Call the Midwife), production designer Maria Dagher (The Covenant), and hair and make-up designer Lisa Halstead (Back).
About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Emmy(R)-nominated Queens of Mystery, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), and the hit Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, to name a few. Upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough), Darby and Joan (Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 22 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders, highly-rated drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy, among others. “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” – The Hollywood Reporter “Netflix for the Anglophile” – NPR Acorn TV is available for $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv

About Sly Fox Productions

Sly Fox Productions is the company of Linda James and Tim Vaughan. Having worked together previously to produce WITHOUT MOTIVE, WILDERNESS and WYCLIFFE at Red Rooster Film and Television Entertainment – one of the UK’s most successful drama production companies which Linda co-founded in the nineties – Linda and Tim re-united with Sly Fox Productions to produce quality, prime-time drama and scripted comedy. The company’s first series QUEENS OF MYSTERY, created by Julian Unthank and starring Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward and Olivia Vinall, was produced for Acorn TV, and launched in 2019 to critical acclaim, picking up an Emmy-nomination for Juliet Stevenson’s narration. The information transmitted in this email and any of its attachments is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information concerning AMC Networks and/or its affiliates and subsidiaries that is proprietary, privileged, confidential and/or subject to copyright. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance upon, this information by persons or entities other than the intended recipient(s) is prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this in error, please contact the sender immediately and delete and destroy the communication and all of the attachments you’ve received and all copies thereof.



Cozy Family Series, “The Larkins,” Premieres December 13 on Acorn TV





Cozy Family Series, “The Larkins,” Premieres December 13 on Acorn TV
Set in the late 1950s, this exciting new adaptation of H.E. Bates’ classic novel “The Darling Buds of May” follows the golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh) and his wife Ma (Joanna Scanlan) as they bask in their idyllic and beautiful patch of paradise in Kent.
[via press release from Acorn TV]
COZY FAMILY SERIES, “THE LARKINS,” PREMIERES DECEMBER 13 ON ACORN TV

POPULAR UK PERIOD DRAMA PERFECT FOR THE FAMILY DURING THE HOLIDAYS

“Joyous, comforting and homely show which feels like you’re getting a big old hug”- RadioTimes

“Great fun” – Daily Mail

Dive into winter with the cozy, British, family-oriented period drama, The Larkins, premiering Monday, December 13, exclusively on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer devoted to British and international television. The first two episodes of this UK ratings hit will debut December 13, with later episodes to follow weekly on Mondays through January 17th, 2022.

Set in the late 1950s, this exciting new adaptation of H.E. Bates’ classic novel “The Darling Buds of May” follows the golden-hearted wheeler dealer Pop Larkin (Bradley Walsh, Law & Order UK, Doctor Who) and his wife Ma (Joanna Scanlan, Getting On, No Offence), together with their six children, including the beautiful Mariette (Sabrina Bartlett, Bridgerton, Victoria), as they bask in their idyllic and beautiful patch of paradise in Kent. Each episode contains a story of the week concerning their personal family sagas, and the politics of their village life alongside series arc stories.

With an endless supply of delicious, hearty meals alongside the odd cocktail or two, the Larkins are always happy to share what they have with others, though it’s sometimes obtained by unusual means! Sadly, their good heartedness is not always shared by certain members of the local community and village gossip about the family is often rife.

From government officials and snobbish second homeowners to aggressive urban developers, the Larkins never take threats to their idyllic way of life lying down, but when Cedric ‘Charley’ Charlton (Tok Stephen, Grantchester) arrives to inspect their taxes, things are looking bleak for the Larkins. Soon distracted by the beautiful Mariette, Charley quickly discovers that he has a romantic rival in the form of the handsome and mysterious Tom Fisher (Stephen Hagan, Lucky Man). Mariette, on the other hand, may have plans of her own, which don’t involve men. From May Day Fairs to straw-man pram races and donkey derbies, there’s never a dull moment with the Larkins.

The Larkins’ executive producers are Ben Farrell and Charlotte Lewis for Objective Fiction, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise and Simon Nye for Genial Productions, and Toby Stevens for Objective Media Group Scotland. Bradley Walsh is also an executive producer. The director is Andy De Emmony (The Nest, Him, Kenneth Williams: Fantabulosa) and the producer is Serena Cullen (Buffering, Lady Chatterley’s Lover, Me and Mrs Jones).
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About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Emmy(R)-nominated Queens of Mystery, Kiwi romantic dramedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), and the hit Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, to name a few. Upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough), Darby and Joan (Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 22 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders, highly-rated drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy, among others. “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” – The Hollywood Reporter “Netflix for the Anglophile” – NPR Acorn TV is available for $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv



Watch a Sneak Peek of Under the Vines premiere from Acorn TV





UNDER THE VINES, STARRING REBECCA GIBNEY (Wanted, Halifax: Retribution) AND CHARLES EDWARDS (Downton Abbey, The Crown) PREMIERES DECEMBER 6 ON ACORN TV

WATCH A SNEAK PEEK FROM THE PREMIERE EPISODE OF THE ROMANTIC DRAMEDY HERE

Check out a sneak peek clip from the upcoming lighthearted series, Under The Vines, premiering with the first two episodes on Monday, December 6 on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer devoted to British and international television. New episodes of the six-part Acorn TV Original will premiere weekly on Mondays through January 3rd, 2022.

Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters, Halifax: Retribution) and Charles Edwards (The Crown, The Terror, Downton Abbey) star as two unlikely city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand. Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe (Gibney) heads to Peak View, New Zealand for a vacation at her recently deceased stepfather’s winery, which she intends to sell. Little does she know that the vineyard has a co-owner, grumpy UK-born lawyer, Louis Oakley (Edwards), who also travels to the wine region to escape a spiraling series of unfortunate events in his life. Despite neither having done a hard days’ work in their lives and both despising each other, the two must somehow make Oakley Winery successful so they can sell up, split up and get out. But as they dig into the project, they discover it’s never too late to come of age.

The ensemble cast includes Dean O’Gorman (One Lane Bridge, The Hobbit trilogy), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home), John Bach (The Sounds, Janet King), Matt Whelan (The Sounds), Simon Mead (Nothing Trivial), Sarah Peirse (Poor Boy), Cohen Holloway (Top of the Lake), Carrie Green (Mystic), Catherine Wilkin (Stateless), Robbie Magasiva (Wentworth) and newcomer Trae Te Wiki.

Under the Vines is produced by Carmen J Leonard and executive produced by Gibney and Richard Fletcher for Libertine Pictures, and Brendan Dahill for EQ Media Group. Acorn Media Enterprises, the company’s London-based development division, co-produces. The series’ writers are Tim Balme (The Sounds, The Brokenwood Mysteries) for the first episode with other episodes written by Nick Ward, J C Stewart-Te Whiu, Kathryn Burnett, Harry McNaughton, and series creator/director Erin White.

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

EPISODE 1 (Premieres Monday, December 6)

When Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe and London lawyer Louis Oakley jointly inherit a New Zealand vineyard, they discover that they are not the “sole heirs” as they believed and that the vineyard itself is a dilapidated money pit. The disenchanted pair plan to sell the estate to influential locals, but after a surprise at a wine show, they wonder if the vineyard may not be worthless after all.

EPISODE 2 (Premieres Monday, December 6)

Daisy gets her hands dirty with Tippy and Gus, while Louis gets more insight from Hilary than he bargained for. Daisy and Louis hope to ease their financial woes with a visit to the bank but discover that failing to comply with the “law of the land” can have consequences. Daisy makes the ultimate sacrifice to give the run-down vineyard a chance of survival­­—or will it merely be a stay of execution?



AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES DECEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES

HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING, NEW SERIES, FILMS, SPECIALS AND MORE NOW STREAMING ON AMC NETWORKS’ SUITE OF TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES THIS DECEMBER
New York, NY – November 18, 2021 – This December, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of festive holiday programming, compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Holiday specials for the month include the following:

AMC+ brings the holiday cheer with a collection of new films and specials, festive classics and family favorites including:
The new AMC+ Exclusive dark holiday feature Silent Night, starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode, debuting Friday, December 3, in theaters and on AMC+.
AMC’s annual month-long “Best Christmas Ever” event featuring holiday favorite films, including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Polar Express, Fred Claus, Four Christmases Jack Frost, The Legend of Frosty the Snowman, A Christmas Carol, and more
New holiday romances Cape Cod Christmas (beginning Thursday, December 2) and Christmas with Felicity will be available all month long.
Acorn TV is celebrating the holidays in British style with several specials including:
Mary Berry’s Country House Secrets: Mary Berry’s Country House Christmas, a sumptuous and heartwarming special premieres Monday, December 6, where Mary visits Harewood House in Yorkshire to meet its army of skilled staff and dedicated volunteers as they prepare the house for Christmas.
Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye special, premiering Monday, December 20, features Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen, Catastrophe, Ricky Gervais’ After Life) hired to protect a woman from her ghosts of Christmas past, but when she’s found dead, Agatha has a murder investigation on her hands.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join forces with cookery legend, Mary Berry, on four special visits in A Berry Royal Christmas, premiering December 20, in which Mary cooks some of her favorite Christmas recipes for viewers to try out at home.
Shudder delivers special holiday scares including:
The annual tradition, iconic horror host Joe Bob Briggs returns with a yuletide Shudder Original, Joe Bob Ruins Christmas, premiering Friday, December 17 at 9pm ET on Shudder and on demand beginning Sunday, December 19.
Shudder Original film The Advent Calendar premieres Thursday, December 2
Additional highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Under The Vines (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning December 6

In this lighthearted romantic drama, Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe (Rebecca Gibney, Wanted) heads to New Zealand for a vacation at her recently deceased stepfather’s winery, which she intends to sell. Little does she know that the failing vineyard has a co-owner: grumpy UK-born lawyer, Louis Oakley (Charles Edwards, The Crown), who also travels to New Zealand to escape a spiraling series of unfortunate events in his life. Despite neither having done a hard days’ work in their lives and despising each other, both must somehow make the vineyard successful so they can sell up.

The Larkins (Acorn TV Exclusive)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning December 13

This exciting new adaptation of H.E. Bates’ classic novel The Darling Buds of May follows the warm-hearted, wheeler-dealing adventures of the iconic Larkin family in the idyllic Kent countryside. Set in the late 1950s, each episode contains a story of the week concerning their personal family sagas, and the politics of their village life alongside series arc stories. Starring Bradley Walsh (Law & Order UK), Joanna Scanlan (No Offence) and Sabrina Bartlett (Bridgerton.)

Agatha Raisin: Kissing Christmas Goodbye (Acorn TV Original) *Holiday Special
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning December 20

Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen, Catastrophe, Ricky Gervais’ After Life) is hired to protect a woman from her ghosts of Christmas past, but when she’s found dead, Agatha has a murder investigation on her hands, with everyone in the village a would-be suspect – including the woman’s children. Co-starring Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey.) Season 4 of this Acorn TV Original series to premiere in March 2022.

On ALLBLK:

A Closer Look: Anthony Hamilton (ALLBLK Original Music Docuseries)
Premieres Tuesday, December 23

A Closer Look is a music documentary series that profiles R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop artists whose song(s) have and continues to top the billboard charts and re-shape the music industry. The series highlights the artist’s career from the beginning to present day. Each episode consists of a one-on-one sit-down interview between the artist and highlights music videos/live performances, studio sessions, archival interviews, B-roll footage, and guest interviews, placing, “A Closer Look” on the artist’s career and life.

The Color Purple (ALLBLK Feature Film)
Premieres Thursday, December 2

It’s about life. It’s about love. It’s about us. Academy Award winner Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, and Oprah Winfrey star in director Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple. From 1909 to 1949, Celie, a Southern Black woman, gradually gains self-respect as she strives to educate herself and to find love–despite an abusive spouse and a society biased against her race and her sex.

On AMC+:

Anne Boleyn (AMC+ Original)
New Limited Series Premieres Thursday, December 9

Starring Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) in the titular role, the three-part psychological thriller explores the final months of Anne Boleyn’s life from the eponymous Queen’s perspective, as she struggles to secure a future for her daughter and to challenge the powerful patriarchy closing in around her. Anne Boleyn depicts the key moments that cause Anne to topple, unpicking her immense strength, her fatal vulnerabilities and her determination to be an equal among men. The ensemble cast includes Emmy® and BAFTA® Award nominated actor Paapa Essiedu (I May Destroy You, AMC+’s Gangs of London) as Anne’s brother and Tudor nobleman George Boleyn. Mark Stanley (Game of Thrones) is Henry VIII, one of the most famous Kings in British history, and Lola Petticrew (Bloodlands) is Anne’s love rival, Jane Seymour. Barry Ward (White Lines, Sundance Now’s Des) is King Henry VIII’s closest and most powerful advisor Thomas Cromwell, Jamael Westman (West End’s Hamilton) is Jane Seymour’s ambitious brother Edward, Amanda Burton (Marcella, Silent Witness) is stoic Governess, Lady Anne Shelton, and Thalissa Teixeira (AMC+’s Ragdoll and Too Close) is Anne’s loyal confidante and cousin Madge Shelton.

Firebite (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning December 16

A high-octane, highly original spin on the Vampire genre and fantasy series, Firebite follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson (Rob Collins) and Shanika (Shantae Barnes-Cowan), on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires in the middle of the South Australian desert. Set in a remote desert mining town, a hive for the last vampire stronghold shipped from Britain to Australia in 1788 by the colonial superpower to eradicate the Indigenous populations. Sheltering from the sun in the underground mines and tunnels that surround the town until the present day, the colony’s numbers and hunger is growing. War is coming. Tyson and Shanika stand vanguard to the war. But what hope does an expertly reckless man full of bravado and a 17-year-old orphan possibly have to defeat these vicious blood-thirsty parasites, when legions of warriors before them have failed?

Ragdoll (AMC+ Original)
New Episodes Premiere Thursdays; Season Finale December 16

From the award-winning producers of Killing Eve, this modern-day Faustian thriller stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Irregulars, Killing Eve), Thalissa Teixeira (Too Close, The Musketeers) and Lucy Hale (The Hating Game, Pretty Little Liars). Six people have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body suspended from a ceiling in a block of flats in London– nicknamed the “Ragdoll.” Assigned to this shocking case are newly reinstated DS Nathan Rose (Lloyd-Hughes); his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale). The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name at the very end. And with those victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny. A gruesomely imaginative serial killer thriller, Ragdoll captures the fascinating but flawed friends struggling with the consequences of institutionalization and trauma.

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

Three Christs
Film Premieres Wednesday, December 1

Based on the true-life 1959 experiment at Michigan’s Ypsilanti State Hospital, Three Christs is the story of psychiatrist Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) and his paranoid schizophrenic patients — Joseph (Peter Dinklage) Leon (Walton Goggins), and Clyde (Bradley Whitford) — each of whom believes they are Jesus Christ.

The Sound of Silence
Film Premieres Wednesday, December 15

Lucian (Peter Sarsgaard) is a New York City “house tuner” who works hyper-methodically to diagnose discordant ambient noises that adversely affect his clients’ moods. When he takes on a particularly difficult case of Ellen (Rashida Jones), a lonely woman plagued by exhaustion, Peter finds that the mysteries of the soul may be even greater than the mystery of sound.

Depraved
Film Premieres Wednesday, December 15

The legend of Frankenstein gets a modern update from indie horror master Larry Fessenden. Suffering from PTSD following a stint as an army medic, Henry (David Call) now works feverishly in his Brooklyn laboratory to forget the death he witnessed overseas by creating life in the form of a man cobbled together from body parts. After procuring a brain from an unwitting victim, his creation – Adam (Alex Breaux) – is born. But it soon seems that giving life to Adam was the easy part; teaching him how to live in a dark and troubled world may be perilous.

On SHUDDER:

The Advent Calendar *Holiday Special
New Film Premieres Thursday, December 2

Written and directed by Patrick Ridremont, Eva (Eugénie Derouand, Paris Police 1900), an ex-dancer, is now living in a wheelchair, unable to walk. When her friend Sophie (Honorine Magnier, Tomorrow is Ours) gives her an old wooden antique advent calendar before Christmas, she realizes each window contains a surprise that triggers repercussions in real life. Some of them are good, but most of them are bad, really bad. Now Eva will have to choose between getting rid of the calendar or walking again – even if it causes death and destruction to everyone she holds dear around her.

Death Valley
New Film Premieres Thursday, December 9

A group of battle-weary guns for hire are commissioned to rescue an imprisoned scientist from a secret Cold War bunker. Upon entering the facility, they find themselves in a fight for survival when they come under attack from a terrifying creature of unknown origin. Written and directed by Matthew Ninaber (PG: Psycho Goreman). Starring Jeremy Ninaber (Escape the Dark), Ethan Mitchell (Escape the Dark) and Kristen Kaster (If I Should Die).

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Shudder Original)
New Episodes of Season 4 Continue Every Tuesday; Season Finale Premieres December 21

The groundbreaking Shudder Original series follows ten drag artists from around the world competing for a $100,000 grand prize – the largest in show history. Season four will feature a spectacular lineup of guest judges including Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical film series), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Misha Osherovich (Freaky), Queer country music icon Orville Peck, pop metal star Poppy, Ray Santiago (Ash vs. The Evil Dead), Bob the Drag Queen (We’re Here), and more.

On SUNDANCE NOW:

The Pact
New Series Premieres on Thursday, December 2

When young brewery boss (Aneurin Bernard, Dunkirk, War & Peace) is found dead, a chain of events is triggered that draws his four employees Anna (Laura Fraser, Better Call Saul, Breaking Bad), Nancy (Julie Hesmondhalgh, Broadchurch, Happy Valley), Louie (Eiry Thomas, Keeping the Faith, The Accident), and Cat (Heledd Gwynn, Ordinary Lies) into a fragile pact of silence, bound by a secret that will change their lives forever.

Hollington Drive (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season Finale Premieres Thursday, December 9

Hollington Drive focuses on the lives of two sisters, Theresa (Anna Maxwell Martin, Line of Duty, Motherland), and her older head teacher sibling, Helen (Rachael Stirling, The Bletchley Circle, Detectorists). After Theresa’s ten-year-old son, Ben (Fraser Holmes), asks to play in the nearby park with his cousin Eva (Amelie Bea Smith, The Haunting of Bly Manor, EastEnders) and the children don’t return on time, Theresa goes in search. Her suspicions are heightened when she finds the children on the edge of a woodland area, and they appear to be fighting. Immediately her instincts tell her something terrible has happened. This is all too realize when later that evening a distraught neighbor, Jean (Jodie McNee, Judy, Britannia), learns her ten-year-old son Alex (Hugh Hamer, Brave Bunnies, Medici) has gone missing.

Close To Me
New Series Premieres Thursday, December 16

Jo Harding (Connie Nielsen, Gladiator, Wonder Woman) is a woman who has a perfect life with her partner (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who) until a fall erases an entire year from her memory. As she struggles to piece events together, Jo discovers that her life was in fact far from perfect.

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. 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 25/7 Media, its production services business.



WATCH NOW: LIGHT ROMANTIC DRAMA, UNDER THE VINES PREMIERES 12/6 ON ACORN TV





WATCH NOW: LIGHT ROMANTIC DRAMA, UNDER THE VINES, STARRING REBECCA GIBNEY AND CHARLES EDWARDS PREMIERES 12/6 ON ACORN TV

All six episodes of the new humorous, romantic drama series Under the Vines will make its U.S. and Canada debut on Monday, December 6, exclusively on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streamer devoted to British and international television. New episodes of this six-part series will follow weekly on Mondays through January 3rd, 2022.

Rebecca Gibney (Wanted, Packed to the Rafters, Halifax: Retribution) and Charles Edwards (The Crown, The Terror, Downton Abbey) star as two unlikely city slickers who inherit a failing vineyard in rural New Zealand. Sydney socialite Daisy Munroe (Gibney) heads to Peak View, New Zealand for a vacation at her recently deceased stepfather’s winery, which she intends to sell. Little does she know that the vineyard has a co-owner, grumpy UK-born lawyer, Louis Oakley (Edwards), who also travels to the wine region to escape a spiraling series of unfortunate events in his life. Despite neither having done a hard days’ work in their lives and both despising each other, the two must somehow make Oakley Winery successful so they can sell up, split up and get out.

The ensemble cast includes Dean O’Gorman (One Lane Bridge, The Hobbit trilogy), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home), John Bach (The Sounds, Janet King), Matt Whelan (The Sounds), Simon Mead (Nothing Trivial), Sarah Peirse (Poor Boy), Cohen Holloway (Top of the Lake), Carrie Green (Mystic), Catherine Wilkin (Stateless), Robbie Magasiva (Wentworth) and newcomer Trae Te Wiki.

Under the Vines is produced by Carmen J Leonard and executive produced by Gibney and Richard Fletcher for Libertine Pictures, and Brendan Dahill for EQ Media Group. Acorn Media Enterprises, the company’s London-based development division, co-produces. The series’ writers are Tim Balme (The Sounds, The Brokenwood Mysteries) for the first episode with other episodes written by Nick Ward, J C Stewart-Te Whiu, Kathryn Burnett, Harry McNaughton, and series creator Erin White.

EPISODE SYNOPSES:

EPISODE 1 – As mutual soul heirs, Daisy and Louis quickly realize that inheriting a vineyard may not be the delightful and rewarding experience they had hoped for.

EPISODE 2 – Daisy and Louis struggle to get on the same financial page while learning that making a go of the vineyard is going to take hard work and sacrifice.

EPISODE 3 – The Oakley gang begin preparations for the Behind the Vines Showcase, while Louis attempts to repair his marriage.

EPISODE 4 – Daisy is ecstatic over Griffin’s visit, while everyone is fed up with Louis’ self-pity following his marriage break up. Nic asks Daisy and the Oakley gang for support.

EPISODE 5 – Both Gus and Tippy struggle with dilemmas while Daisy’s plan to wow the Showcase attendees with a new and improved Oakley seems to fall apart at every step, and Marissa keeps a close watch on it all. Louis receives a distressing phone call about Julian.

EPISODE 6 – Oakley Wines enjoys new-found fame and welcomes a surprise visitor, while gala preparations at Shimmering Lake take an explosive turn, putting the entire Showcase at risk.

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About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Emmy®-nominated Queens of Mystery, Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines, British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), and the hit Miss Fisher spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, to name a few. Upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough), Darby and Joan (Bryan Brown, Greta Scacchi) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 22 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders, highly-rated drama The Nest, and groundbreaking period drama A Suitable Boy, among others.

“glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Netflix for the Anglophile” – NPR

Acorn TV is available for $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter: @AcornTV – Instagram: @Acorn_tv



AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES





AMC NETWORKS ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER HIGHLIGHTS FOR TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES

NEW SERIES, FILMS, SPECIALS AND MORE NOW STREAMING ON AMC NETWORKS’ SUITE OF TARGETED STREAMING SERVICES THIS NOVEMBER

New York, NY – October 25, 2021 – This November, AMC Networks’ targeted streaming services will bring viewers an extensive catalogue of compelling dramas, fan-favorite franchises, highly-anticipated films and timely collections on AMC+, Acorn TV, ALLBLK, IFC Films Unlimited, Shudder and Sundance Now.

Highlights from across the suite of services include (in alphabetical and chronological order):

On ACORN TV:

Dalgliesh (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning November 1; Season Finale on November 15

Based on P.D. James’s global bestsellers, this riveting mystery series stars Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, The Tragedy of Macbeth, Doctor Foster) as enigmatic Inspector Adam Dalgliesh. A recent widower and acclaimed poet, Dalgliesh employs his exceptional empathy and insight to plumb the darker depths of the human psyche while investigating complex crimes in 1970s England. The series consists of three two-part mysteries that each feature its own unique setting and extraordinary cast.

The Madame Blanc Mysteries (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays Beginning November 15

In this six-part cozy mystery, antiques dealer Jean White (Sally Lindsay, Mount Pleasant, Cold Call is nearly bankrupt after her husband’s sudden death, and so she heads to their one last asset: a cottage in antiques hub Sainte Victoire, France. There, Jean begins investigating his death, aided by sympathetic taxi driver Dom (Steve Edge). She soon finds the colorful locals have a treasure trove of other mysteries for her to assess, too. Photos

Manhunt: The Night Stalker (Acorn TV Original)
New Episodes Premiere Mondays; Season Finale on November 8

The highest-rated UK drama returns with BAFTA and SAG Award-winning actor Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) reprising his acclaimed role as former London Metropolitan Police detective DCI Colin Sutton. Based on the real-life Sutton’s diaries, Manhunt: The Night Stalker is the true story of the police pursuit of a notorious burglar and serial rapist whose 17-year reign of terror left thousands of elderly people in Southeast London living in fear. The drama explores how Colin came late to the inquiry and helped solve it in a matter of weeks, taking an incredibly dangerous criminal off the streets.

On ALLBLK:

LACE (ALLBLK Original Legal Drama)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 4

Lace follows the courtroom, boardroom, and bedroom chess matches of Lacey McCullough as she and her firm navigate clients, cases, exclusive call-girl (and boy) services, and their personal lives.

Covenant (ALLBLK Original Anthology Drama)
Episode 5 (“The Retribution,” Part 3) Premieres Monday, November 8

“The Retribution” is the story of Aiden Whitfield, a devoted husband, and her apparent to the illustrious Whitfield dynasty, must fight for his life and family when his world is turned upside down after a near fatal accident, and the ultimate betrayal occurs. Featuring Phaedra Parks and Duane Finley.

Partners in Rhyme (ALLBLK Original Sitcom)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 18

A legendary rapper (MC Lyte) manages the budding career of her niece (Precious Way) in order to save her own while also managing massive debt.
On AMC+:

Ragdoll (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 11

From the award-winning producers of Killing Eve, this modern-day Faustian thriller stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes (The Irregulars, Killing Eve), Thalissa Teixeira (Too Close, The Musketeers) and Lucy Hale (The Hating Game, Pretty Little Liars). Six people have been murdered, dismembered and sewn into the shape of one grotesque body suspended from a ceiling in a block of flats in London– nicknamed the “Ragdoll.” Assigned to this shocking case are newly reinstated DS Nathan Rose (Lloyd-Hughes); his best friend and boss, DI Emily Baxter (Teixeira); and the unit’s new recruit, DC Lake Edmunds (Hale). The ‘Ragdoll Killer’ taunts the police by sending them a list of his next victims, with Rose’s name at the very end. And with those victims to protect, our heroes soon come under intense public scrutiny. A gruesomely imaginative serial killer thriller, Ragdoll captures the fascinating but flawed friends struggling with the consequences of institutionalization and trauma.

Anna (AMC+ Original)
New Series Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 18

Based on the critically-acclaimed Italian novel, Anna is a dystopian story of a ravaged world destroyed by a virus which kills adults but spares children. Set amongst parched fields and mysterious forests, the crumbling hulks of shopping malls and abandoned cities pierce deserted wide-open spaces on an island reclaimed by nature and run by savage communities of survivors, most of whom are children. Anna only has one guide: a book left by her mother with instructions on how to survive. But, with each passing day she discovers that the old rules no longer apply, and instead has to make up new ones as she goes along.

Fear The Walking Dead
Early Access to New Episodes Continue One Week Ahead of Linear Premieres; Season 7A Finale Premieres Sunday, November 28

Alicia enlists Morgan’s help to search for a new home for her people, but Morgan soon learns the search is more complicated than he imagined.

On IFC FILMS UNLIMITED:

The Nightingale
Film Premieres Wednesday, November 3

Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (Aisling Franciosi), a 21-year-old Irish convict, who, after serving time, is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Caflin). She becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies and when British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, with the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track him down.

Death of Stalin
Film Premieres Wednesday, November 3

The one-liners fly as fast as political fortunes fall in this uproarious, wickedly irreverent satire from Armando Iannucci (Veep, In the Loop). Moscow, 1953: when tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin drops dead, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to be the next Soviet leader.

Vita & Virginia
Film Premieres Wednesday, November 24

Set amidst the bohemian high society of 1920s England, Vita & Virginia tells the scintillating true story of a literary love affair that fueled the imagination of one of the 20th century’s most celebrated writers. Vita Sackville-West (Gemma Arterton), the brash, aristocratic wife of a diplomat refuses to be constrained by her marriage, defiantly courting scandal through her affairs with women. When she meets the brilliant but troubled Virginia Woolf (Elizabeth Debicki), she’s immediately attracted to the famed novelist’s eccentric genius and enigmatic allure. Their intense relationship leaves both women profoundly transformed and inspires one of Woolf’s greatest works.

On SHUDDER:

The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula (Shudder Original)
New Episodes of Season 4 Continue Every Tuesday

The groundbreaking Shudder Original series follows ten drag artists from around the world competing for a $100,000 grand prize – the largest in show history. Season four will feature a spectacular lineup of guest judges including Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical film series), Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Misha Osherovich (Freaky), Queer country music icon Orville Peck, pop metal star Poppy, Ray Santiago (Ash vs. The Evil Dead), Bob the Drag Queen (We’re Here), and more.

Behind the Monsters (Shudder Original)
New Episodes Continue Every Wednesday

The new original docu-series Behind the Monsters takes a deep dive on cinematic horror icons, including Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Candyman, Chucky and Pinhead, and features interviews with horror experts and the writers, directors and actors from the original films that made each character the stuff of genre legends. Written and directed by Gabrielle Binkley and Anthony Uro and produced by Stage 3 Productions, Behind the Monsters is executive produced by Phil Nobile Jr., Kelly Ryan and Mark Shostrom.

Great White (Shudder Exclusive)
New Film Premieres Thursday, November 11

A blissful tourist trip turns into a nightmare when five seaplane passengers are stranded miles from shore. In a desperate bid for survival, the group tries to make it to land before they either run out of supplies or are taken by a menacing terror lurking just beneath the surface. Starring Katrina Bowden (30 Rock), Aaron Jakubenko (Tidelands), Kimie Tsukakoshi (Riptide), Tim Kano (Neighbours) and Te Kohe Tuhaka (Love and Monsters)

On SUNDANCE NOW:

Stella Blómkvist (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Season 2 Binge Premieres Thursday, November 11

Set two years after the events in the Ministry, that changed the political landscape of Iceland, season two of Stella Blómkvist finds our eponymous character back to her old tricks defending criminals and hustling her way through the court system. Meanwhile Stella’s ex-lover/current Prime Minister Dagbjört is causing massive social upheaval with her war chest full of money from the Chinese government. This is a changed world, and not to everyone’s liking. But when a series of new cases demand Stella’s attention, she will have her wits, her sense of justice and even her belief in herself, truly tested. And of course, there will be diabolical murders to solve. *Icelandic foreign language drama

Hollington Drive (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Premieres Thursdays Beginning November 18

On a Summer evening in the seemingly idyllic suburb of Hollington Drive, 10-year-old Alex is declared missing. As grief tears through the community, sisters Theresa and Helen fight to hold their lives and their families together. Secrets and lies begin to surface as long-held facades falter.

Too Close
Season 1 Binge Premieres Thursday, November 4

AMC+ Original’s three-part psychological thriller centers around forensic psychiatrist Dr. Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), who must assess criminal suspect Connie Mortensen (Denise Gough, The Fall, Colette) – only to fall victim to Connie’s insightful, yet manipulative nature. Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them. Ultimately, their sessions are meant to uncover what happened on the night when Connie’s despicable crime occurred. To do that, Emma must uncover the truth around Connie’s complex relationship with her beautiful best friend, Ness (Thalissa Teixeira, Two Weeks to Live, Trigonometry), which seemingly triggered Connie’s psychological descent.

About AMC Networks:

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