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 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