Acorn TV Announces 12 New Exclusives

Family Enjoying Movie Night At Home TogetherToday Acorn TV the on-demand streaming service that focuses on UK programming announced a dozen new exclusive programs. Here is everything they announced:

Wednesday, August 15th

800 WORDS, Season 3, Part 2 Premiere, Episode 9 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

*NEXT DAY Premiere follows Australian world premiere

“The Best Show You’re Not Watching” Inquisitr

“Amiable and touching…it’s easy to get sucked in by its scenic and anthropological charms” The New York Times

The second half of Season 3 of this hugely popular and award-winning New Zealand family drama returns weekly on Wednesdays, the day after its New Zealand broadcast. Logie winner Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, The Code) returns as George Turner, a man making a home for himself and his family in a beautiful and quirky New Zealand coastal town. (1 EP weekly)

Monday, August 20th

MYSTERY ROAD (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere, Acorn TV Original Series)

“Australia’s answer to ‘True Detective’… Judy Davis is phenomenal.” -Junkee

“Stellar cast and outstanding cinematography” -The Guardian

ABC Australia’s hit new drama series stars multiple Emmy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe winner Judy Davis and AFCA winner Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, A Place to Call Home). This beautifully filmed and highly-anticipated series follows two detectives investigating the mysterious disappearance of two young men in a remote outback town. The 6-part series is currently a major ratings success for ABC Australia in primetime and has been featured at several festivals, including Denver’s SeriesFest, the Munich Film Festival, Saint-Tropez Film Festival, BANFF World Media Festival ‘Master Class Series’, MIP-TV and Series Mania. (6 EPS)

Monday, August 27th

TANGLED LIES (US Premiere, Italian Language)

New Italian drama series known as Scomparsa in Italy. The life of a single mother is thrown into anguish when her only daughter and a friend disappear on their way home one night. The whole community joins in a race against time to find the girls, uncovering the seemingly tranquil town’s dirty secrets. (6 Feature-Length episodes)

Monday, September 3rd (Labor Day)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6: The Final Season, Episode 1 (Exclusive US Premiere)

“Instantly irresistible saga…captivatingly filmed, deeply romantic drama of immense intelligence distinguished by a uniformly superb cast” –The Wall Street Journal

Acorn TV’s addictive Aussie period drama returns for its final season starring Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish) and Noni Hazlehurst (Little Fish). Against the backdrop of post-World War II Australia, A Place to Call Home follows Sarah Adams, a nurse who becomes involved in the affairs of the wealthy Bligh family. Dealing with themes such as anti-Semitism, sexuality, and social class, this rich and meaningful, high-quality production has been hailed as one of the best television series of the year by The Wall Street Journal. (10 EPS, Weekly)

Monday, September 10th

JACK IRISH, Season 2 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

“Tight, taut, high-powered viewing… highly addictive” –The Guardian

“Terrific… a perfectly imperfect hero whose company you’ll relish… with romance, exotic suspense and dry wit, Jack’s the whole package.” -TV Guide

Popular film and Emmy-winning tv star Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Memento, When We Rise, Mildred Pierce, The King’s Speech) returns again to his Aussie roots as the late Peter Temple’s antihero in a new six-part thriller. Jack stumbles into the world of manipulative Pharmaceutical companies, corrupt educational institutions aimed at international students and fatal clinical trials. The apparent suicide of a foreign student triggers a chain of events that will see Jack risking his life to uncover the truth. Season 2 features returning favoritesMarta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Janet King)Roy Billing, and Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road). (6 EPS)

September TBD

ACKLEY BRIDGE, Series 2 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

“Humorous, mischievous… an assured, cleverly cinematic school comedy drama” The Australian

From the creators of the BAFTA Best Drama Winner Shameless and BAFTA Best Miniseries winner National Treasure comes the return of school-based British drama.  Set in a 50/50 multicultural school in West Yorkshire, Ackley Bridge offers a character-driven, gritty, funny, truthful, and mischievous angle into the daily drama of the teachers, teenagers and families whose lives and cultures collide in a fictional 21st century Northern town. (12 EPS)

October TBD

BANG, Series 1 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

Following in the acclaimed footsteps of Keeping Faith and Hidden, Bang is a Welsh crime drama about blood, love and human relationships from BAFTA award-winning writer Roger Williams. Set in the steel town of Port Talbot, loner Sam has his life transformed when he comes into possession of a gun and starts to break the law. His ambitious policewoman sister Gina is paid to uphold it and makes it her mission to find the owner of the weapon. The family saga plays out against an inquiry into the shooting of a local businessman that raises questions for Sam and Gina about their father’s murder when they were young children. (8 EPS)

November TBD

AGATHA RAISIN, Series 2:  The Fairies of Fryfam (Movie 1 of 3) (Acorn TV Original Series)

WORLD PREMIERE

*Acorn TV’s first sole commission

“My favorite show of the summer…comic mystery with delightful Ashley Jensen” The New York Times

Emmy®-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty) returns in the adaptations of MC Beaton’s best-selling novels. The series follows a London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem, and murder when she opts for early retirement in a small village in the Cotswolds. The first TV movie of three in production follows the 2016 pilot and 8-episode Series 1. (TV Movie)

THE HEART GUY, Series 3 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

“A satisfying, funny and touching redemption fable…This Heart Guy is a heartthrob for sure, and the show’s another fine and entertaining discovery by Acorn. TV Guide

Acorn TV’s must-see Aussie medical dramedy returns. Called Doctor Doctor in Australia and akin to an Aussie Doc Martin with its fish-out-of-water premise and eccentric characters, the series follows a charming and genius doctor (Rodger CorserGlitch, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) forced to return to his hometown and become a local doctor after his personal life spins out of control. (10 EPS)

November/December TBD

FINDING JOY (Acorn TV Original Series)

New Irish comedy created, written and starring Irish Film & TV Academy winner Amy Huberman (Striking Out, The Clinic)The six-part comedy series follows a single woman, Joy, after a painful breakup who looks for happiness in all the wrong places. Finding Joy is a warm, irreverent show with a lot of heart and laughs as Joy struggles with life, her friends and her world. (6 EPS)

THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Series 5 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

“Must-see TV…Awesome… Mike Shepherd is an immensely likable guy…Easygoing, intelligent, and depending on the situation, funny or downright witty.” British TV Place

Acorn TV’s New Zealand detective series is filmed amid the beautiful landscape of New Zealand’s North Island, and returns with four feature-length, standalone mysteries featuring compelling characters, dry humor, and piquant wit. After transferring from a big city to the small town of Brokenwood, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill ReaGo Girls) works cases alongside methodical young assistant, Detective Kristin Sims (Fern SutherlandThe Almighty Johnsons). (4 TV Movies)

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