The Acorn TV schedule for 2020 is packed with new and returning Original series, as well as the highly-anticipated “Miss Fisher” movie.
Acorn TV has announced its 2020 lineup of international programs, which features new and returning Acorn TV Original series, series commissions and acquisitions, English-subtitled original language dramas from Europe, and the feature-length film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.
All of these titles will premiere in the US exclusively on Acorn TV.
The Brokenwood Mysteries: Series 6 — January 6, 13, 20, 27 (new episode per week)
Filmed amid the beautiful landscape of the greater Auckland region in New Zealand, the acclaimed The Brokenwood Mysteries returns with four feature-length, standalone mysteries featuring compelling characters, dry humor, and piquant wit. Read this article for details about the new season.
Murdoch Mysteries: Season 13, Episodes 4-18 — January 6 through April 13 (new episode per week)
Garnering more than two dozen Gemini® nominations and the sole Fan’s Choice Award for lead actor Yannick Bisson at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards, Murdoch Mysteries has found a huge audience in North America for its period charm, entertaining mysteries, and likeable characters. Set in Toronto in the late 1890s and early 1900s during the age of invention, the mystery series centers on Detective William Murdoch (Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.
Ackley Bridge: Series 3 — January 13 (8 episodes)
From the creators of the original British version of Shameless comes the return of this hit British dramedy set in a multicultural academy school in a small West Yorkshire mill town. The character-driven Ackley Bridge offers a gritty, funny, truthful, and mischievous angle into the daily drama of the teachers, teenagers, and families. Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey) joins the Series 3 cast, which includes Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Sunetra Sarker (Broadchurch), Poppy Lee Friar (Mr. Selfridge), Amy-Leigh Hickman (EastEnders), and Megan Parkinson (Game of Thrones).
Agatha Raisin: Series 3 — February 10, 17, 24 (new episode per week)
Primetime Emmy® nominee Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty) returns in three new adaptations — including “The Deadly Dance,” “Love from Hell,” and “As the Pig Turns” — of M.C. Beaton’s best-selling comedic mystery novels. In the new season, Agatha is now an official private investigator and has just opened her first detective agency, where pressures are high to keep new business flowing. She’s also living with on-and-off-again beau and British history author, James Lacy (Jamie Glover, Waterloo Road). (Agatha Raisin is an Acorn TV-commissioned Original series.)
Blood: Series 2 — March 9 (first two episodes of six)
Irish psychological mystery drama Blood stars BAFTA nominee Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) as Jim Hogan, a respected doctor in a small Irish town with a family full of secrets. In Series 2, Jim returns home a year after the suspicious death of his wife, determined to make amends and reconnect with his family. But when eldest daughter Fiona (Gràinne Keenan, Victoria, Black Mirror) is in an accident, a disturbing discovery threatens to tear them apart again. (Blood is an Acorn TV co-produced Original series.)
Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears — mid-to-late March in select theatres and on Acorn TV
This highly-anticipated feature film continues the story of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, one of the most popular Australian series worldwide, which stars Essie Davis (The Babadook, Game of Thrones) as the slinky, seductive, and risk-taking detective — a role for which she received five Logie nominations. Set in the late 1920s, Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears follows the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher on a Middle Eastern adventure in search of an ancient treasure. The film also features series regular Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinson.
Dead Still (6 episodes)
Set in 1880s Ireland, during the Victorian era of “postmortem photography,” this period drama follows renowned memorial photographer Brock Blennerhasset (Michael Smiley, Luther, Kill List) as he investigates the murders of his recently deceased subjects. Dublin Detective Frederick Regan (Aidan O’Hare, Jackie, Vikings) suspects that Ireland may have its first serial murderer at large, and with Blennerhasset as a possible suspect and his family put in harm’s way, the police must track down the killer before he strikes again. Inspired by a true-life Irish tradition in the 1800s, the series costars Kerr Logan (Game of Thrones, Alias Grace) and Eileen O’Higgins (Brooklyn, Mary Queen of Scots). (Dead Still is an Acorn TV-commissioned Original series.)
The Sounds (8 episodes)
Created and written by bestselling author Sarah-Kate Lynch, this New Zealand psychological thriller centers on a happily married couple (Rachelle Lefevre, Proven Innocent, Under the Dome and Matt Whelan, The Luminaries, Narcos) who move to a sleepy town to start a new business venture and set themselves on a new life path. But when husband Tom disappears, unsettling facts about him soon come to light, and the search brings long-buried wounds to the surface. As wife Maggie struggles to navigate the escalating events, it becomes clear that in this small, seemingly close-knit community, nothing and no one is quite what they seem. (The Sounds is an Acorn TV-commissioned Original series.)
Balthazar: Series 2 (10 episodes)
This acclaimed French mystery-crime thriller, one of the top ten highest-rated French dramas of 2018, centers on a forensic pathologist with an unusual talent: the brilliant and unconventional Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley, Philharmonia, The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch), who can make the dead speak like no one else to help solve Paris’ most baffling crimes. New, tough-as-nails police commander Hélène Bach (Hélène de Fougerolles, Le Secret d’Elise, The Beach, Va Savoir) must learn to collaborate with Raphaël on these investigations. Read this article for details about Series 1.
Finding Joy: Series 2 (6 episodes)
Created, written by, and starring Irish Film & TV Academy winner Amy Huberman (Striking Out, The Clinic), this comedy series follows a single woman, Joy, after a painful breakup, who looks for happiness in all the wrong places. It’s a warm, irreverent show with a lot of heart and laughs as Joy struggles with life, her friends, and her world. (Finding Joy is an Acorn TV-commissioned Original series.)
Rebecka Martinsson: Series 2 (8 episodes)
Based on Åsa Larsson’s celebrated and popular crime novels, this Swedish mystery-crime drama series, set beyond the Arctic Circle in Kiruna, revolves around Rebecka Martinsson (Ida Engvoll, The Restaurant, Bonus Family, The Team), a lawyer who has succeeded professionally but still hasn’t found herself. In Series 1, Rebecka reluctantly returns to her hometown after a dear friend from childhood suddenly passes away, but she soon discovers that the death is suspicious and cannot tear herself away until she finds answers. Drawn into the gripping pursuit of a killer on the hunt for their next victim, Rebecka is forced to confront the terrible trauma that caused her to abandon her hometown. Read this article for further details about the first season.
Mystery Road: Series 2 (6 episodes)
Voted Most Popular Drama at the 2019 Logie Awards, Series 1 of this acclaimed ABC Australia series featured Emmy®, BAFTA, and Golden Globe® winner Judy Davis (My Brilliant Career, One Against the Wind) and AFCA winner Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, A Place to Call Home) as detectives who investigate the mysterious disappearance of two young men in a remote outback town. (Read this article for further details about the first season). Series 2 will feature the return of Jay Swan (Pedersen) as he investigates a gripping new mystery in a small coastal community alongside a detective played by Danish Film Awards and Kristallen awards winner Sofia Helin (Scandi crime drama The Bridge, The Same Sky). (Mystery Road is an Acorn TV Original series.)
The South Westerlies (6 episodes)
With an ensemble of acclaimed actors including Orla Brady (American Horror Story, Mistresses), Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge), and Ger Ryan (Little Dog, Raw), this sharp Irish comedy-drama focuses on a small coastal town in the southwest of Ireland earmarked for a Norwegian-owned wind farm. Kate (Brady) is a single working mom and environmental consultant who has to go undercover among protesters to quash objections to the project. Her eco-battle is compounded by the return of a surfer with an unmistakable resemblance to her teenage son, as well as the emergence of old secrets she’s keeping under wraps. (The South Westerlies is an Acorn TV-commissioned Original series.)
Line of Duty: Series 6 (5 episodes)
Created and written and by Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard), the highly-anticipated sixth season of Line of Duty brings a new case for police anti-corruption unit AC-12. Primetime Emmy® Awards winner Kelly Macdonald (The Girl in the Café, Boardwalk Empire) guest stars alongside series regulars Adrian Dunbar (Blood), Vicky McClure (The Secret Agent), and Martin Compston (The Great Train Robbery). Read this article for further details about the new season.)
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