Acorn TV Announces Exclusive U.S. Premieres in April:
Irish drama DOMINION CREEK, Season 2
BBC Four documentary series THE ART DETECTIVES
British sitcom PARENTS starring Tom Conti and Sally Phillips
And the final Season 10 episodes of smash hit series MURDOCH MYSTERIES
Following the exclusive premieres of Acorn TV Original Series and #1 Irish drama STRIKING OUT and detective series JACK TAYLOR starring Iain Glen (Game of Thrones), Acorn TV announces its April schedule featuring the exclusive U.S. Premieres of award-winning Irish drama DOMINION CREEK, Series 2 (Trailer, 4/24), new BBC Four documentary series THE ART DETECTIVES (4/10, Trailer), British sitcom PARENTS (4/17, Trailer) starring Tom Conti and Sally Phillips, and the final Season 10 episodes of smash hit series MURDOCH MYSTERIES (4/24). Series 2 of DOMINION CREEK (aka An Klondike) was recently nominated for a record ten Irish Film & TV Awards, after winning four awards, including Best Drama, for Series 1.
Throughout April, Acorn TV is also adding BBC One miniseries THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY (Trailer) starring Luke Evans (Beauty and the Beast, The Girl on a Train) and Academy Award-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris), Australian comedy-drama RAKE, Series 2, British drama TRUST starring Mark Strong (Kingsman, Imitation Game), fascinating documentaries on great thinkers and the mystery of the Roman skulls, as well as classic series PIE IN THE SKY starring Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter) and FRENCH FIELDS starring Julia McKenzie (Marple).
The detailed calendar is below as well as links to the press watch site and images. Please cover our upcoming slate.
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April Acorn TV Calendar
Monday, April 3
The Great Train Robbery (British miniseries)
Called “a superior game of cops and robbers” (The Sun) and from the acclaimed writer of Broadchurch, comes a thrilling drama that is both a classic heist movie and a fascinating real-life mystery. On August 8, 1963, Britain awakens to the news of the biggest robbery in the nation’s history. The Royal Mail train from Glasgow to London has been hijacked, and a gang has made off with millions in cash. Who could have executed such an audacious raid? And who can catch them and get the money back? Part One follows the robbers’ perspective, while Part Two changes to the copper’s perspective. Stars Luke Evans (The Girl on the Train), Martin Compston (Line of Duty), and Oscar-winner Jim Broadbent (Iris). (2 parts, 180 minutes) Trailer.
French Fields, Series 1-3 (Brit-com)
Broadcast continually on PBS since the 1990s, the lighthearted empty nester Brit-com stars beloved actors Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple) and Anton Rodgers (May to December, Lillie). Frustrated with his daily commute and clients who don’t pay their bills, accountant William Fields is ready for a change. His wife of 27 years, Hester, is always up for something new, so when William gets headhunted for a job in France, both seem willing to give it a try. (19 episodes)
The Falklands Play
Patricia Hodge, James Fox, and John Standing star in this gripping 2002 docudrama about Margaret Thatcher and the British government’s actions leading up to and during the conflict over the Falkland Islands in 1982. (90 min.)
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 15
Monday, April 10
The Art Detectives (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, documentary series)
Dr. Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein seek out the work of some of the biggest names in art, lying hidden in local museums and country houses all across Britain. Britain’s publicly owned art collection contains over 210,000 paintings. But at any one time, over 80% of these are locked away in storage. Among this secret treasure trove of mystery paintings are some of the finest works of art the public owns – but didn’t know they had. There might even be some priceless Old Masters lost in the vaults. (3 parts, released as Britain’s Lost Masterpieces in the UK) International trailer.
Rake, Series 2 (Aussie dramedy)
Richard Roxburgh (Hacksaw Ridge) is Cleaver Greene, a brilliant barrister battling self-destructive tendencies in this hit Australian comedy-drama. As a lawyer, Cleaver prefers to defend those who are utterly hopeless and probably guilty. An alcoholic and former cocaine addict, Cleaver runs up huge gambling debts and makes enemies of gangsters and politicians alike. Despite his roguish ways, Cleaver’s wit and charm have won him many cases and loyal friends over the years. Series 2 guest stars Toni Collette (The United States of Tara) and Maeve Dermody (And Then There Were None). (8 episodes) International trailer.
Trust(TV Movie Drama)
Caroline Goodall (Disclosure, Schindler’s List, Berlin Station) stars as Anne, a successful young lawyer married to a psychiatrist (Mark Strong, Kingsman, Imitation Game, Our Friends in the North). While they seemingly lead a charmed life, their marriage is rocked by infidelity, and later, murder. (2000, 2-parts, 120 min.)
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 16
Monday, April 17
Parents (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, British sitcom)
After losing her management job following an altercation with a colleague, Jenny Pope (Sally Phillips, Bridget Jones’s Diary), her husband Nick (Tom Conti, DNA) and their children Sam and Becky find themselves in desperate straits when their house is repossessed. They have no choice but to up sticks and move from London to live in Kettering with Jenny’s parents – Len and Alma. Just till the Popes get back on their feet…which may take a little longer than Jenny expected. (6 episodes, International Trailer)
Genius of the Modern World (documentary)
Historian Bettany Hughes retraces the lives of three great thinkers whose ideas shaped the modern world – Karl Marx, Frederick Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. (3-parts) International trailer.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 17
Monday, April 24
Dominion Creek, Series 2 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
Known as An Klondike in Ireland and winner of four Irish Film and TV Awards for Series 1, including Best Drama, Lead Actor and Script, Series 2 has been nominated for a record 10 IFTA awards, including Best Drama, Best Actor, Best Director, and Best Cinematography. The gripping 4-part miniseries stars Owen McDonnell (Single Handed), Seán T.Ó Meallaigh (Vikings, Charlie), and IFTA’s Best Lead Actor winner Dara Devaney (Above Suspicion, Camelot) as the Connolly brothers; three Irish emigrants seeking riches in the American Gold Rush. The miniseries co-stars Siobhán O’Kelly (Jack Taylor, George Gently), Steve Wall (Vikings, Silent Witness), and 2017 IFTA nominee Ned Dennehy (Peaky Blinders, Versailles). In the second season of this award-winning Irish drama, the Connolly brothers are struggling to forge an empire for themselves during the gold rush of the 1890s. They stand united, having established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the territory, but against a backdrop of growing lawlessness in Dominion Creek, they must face a challenge that threatens to take from them all that they hold dear – family, friends and gold. (4-parts) International trailer.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 18 (Season Finale) (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
Season finale of the smash hit period mystery series tenth season
Pie in the Sky, Series 1-5 (lighthearted British police drama)
Detective Inspector Henry Crabbe (Richard Griffiths, Harry Potter, The History Boys) has been a policeman for 25 years, but he’s craving a change. Crabbe finally leaves the force and opens his dream restaurant, Pie in the Sky, with his penny-pinching accountant wife (Maggie Steed, Shine on Harvey Moon). He hopes to while away his retirement serving up his favorite dishes, but his old boss puts his plans on the back burner. In these five complete series Griffiths gives a “brilliantly understated performance” (The Times) in the hit that’s been called “an enjoyably British mix of character comedy and murder mystery with a light touch” (MSN Entertainment). Guest stars include Michael Kitchen (Foyle’s War), Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings), Pete Postlethwaite (In the Name of the Father), Julian Fellowes (Monarch of the Glen), Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes), Jane Wymark (Midsomer Murders), Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes), and Nicola Walker (Touching Evil, MI-5). (40 episodes) Trailer.
Mystery of the Roman Skulls(documentary)
In 2012 and again in 2015, human skulls have been unearthed during engineering projects in London. Since the 1800s, hundreds of skulls have been found in the city – it is one of the most intriguing mysteries of archeology in London. In this documentary, researchers, archaeologists and other specialists reveal their current research and possible explanations for how and why so many skulls have been discovered. (60 mins.) International trailer.
Acorn Media Enterprises is the exclusive U.S. partner for several Acorn TV Originals, including 2016’s Agatha Raisin, a fun mystery series starring Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe); star-studded, wartime drama Close to the Enemy; and British thriller The Level. In 2017, in addition to Striking Out, Acorn TV Originals include the critically-acclaimed new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s A Witness for the Prosecution, #1 Irish drama Striking Out, ITV murder mystery drama Loch Ness starring Laura Fraser (Breaking Bad), and Irish thriller Acceptable Risk, and British drama Love, Lies & Records.
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