Acorn TV, the North American streaming service for television from Britain and beyond, is heading across the pond to the UK.
Acorn TV, which has more than one million paid subscribers in the US, is launching in the UK on Wednesday, April 29th.
Acorn TV UK will be available in England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Starting April 29, consumers can visit acorn.tv to subscribe and watch Acorn TV online with an extended 30-day free trial for a limited time. After the free trial, Acorn TV UK will be £4.99 GPB per month or £49.99 per year.
In addition to the website, the service will also be available on your favorite devices, including Roku, Fire TV, Android and Apple mobile, and Apple TV. It will arrive soon on Amazon Channels and Apple TV Channels.
Exclusive new programs will be added to Acorn TV UK every Monday, and all programs will be free of advertising and include English subtitles.
The Acorn TV Original series Queens of Mystery makes its UK premiere on Acorn TV UK. Created and co-written by Julian Unthank (Doc Martin, New Tricks), this cozy mystery series is a contemporary, warmhearted spin on the classic whodunit.
The series follows perennially single female detective Matilda (Olivia Vinall, The Woman in White, Apple Tree Yard) and her three crime-writing aunts — the motherly Aunt Beth (Sarah Woodward, The Politician’s Husband, New Blood), the rebellious Aunt Cat (Julie Graham, Shetland, The Bletchley Circle), and the book smart Aunt Jane (Siobhan Redmond, Unforgotten, Between the Lines) — who help Matilda solve murder mysteries in the picturesque region of Wildemarsh, as well as give her a helping hand with her love life.
But no matter how many cases they crack, there’s one mystery that continues to haunt Matilda: the disappearance of her mother — a crime she will never stop trying to solve.
Featuring bold visuals, quirky characters, fast-paced dialogue, and darkly-comic murders, Queens of Mystery is narrated by four-time BAFTA Award nominee Juliet Stevenson (Riviera, The Politician’s Wife), who was nominated for a Primetime Emmy® for Outstanding Narrator.
Also in Acorn TV UK’s launch line-up are all nine seasons of Foyle’s War, the universally-adored wartime detective drama starring Michael Kitchen; star-studded Agatha Christie adaptations, including And Then There Were None, Partners in Crime, and The Witness for the Prosecution; and Series 1 of Keeping Faith, the record-breaking BBC Wales drama starring Eve Myles.
Additionally in April, Acorn TV UK will feature the following international TV programs:
- ITV crime drama Above Suspicion
- BAFTA Award-winning BBC drama Accused
- Scandinavian crime drama Black Widows
- Series 1 & 2 of ITV period drama The Bletchley Circle
- All five series of ITV cop drama The Commander
- Award-winning Australian drama Deep Water
- The complete Australian crime drama East West 101
- Star-studded ITV drama Girlfriends
- BBC miniseries The Great Train Robbery
- New Zealand detective drama Harry, starring Sam Neill and Oscar Kightley
- Classic Irish period drama The Irish R.M.
- Irish detective drama Jack Taylor, starring Iain Glen
- BBC miniseries The Last Enemy, starring Benedict Cumberbatch
- ITV drama The Level
- Australian mystery series Mr. & Mrs. Murder
- Australian comedy Sando
- Irish legal drama Striking Out, starring Amy Huberman
- Australian thriller Winter, starring Rebecca Gibney
- Plus dozens of classic television programs featuring stars such as Brenda Blethyn, David Tennant, John Hannah, Stephen Fry, David Morrissey, James Purefoy, Robson Green, Toby Stephens, Jemma Redgrave, Brenda Fricker, Lennie James, Olivia Colman, Matthew Rhys, and Martin Clunes.
Matthew Graham, General Manager, Acorn TV, said:
“Acorn TV has been phenomenally successful in North America, and we’re excited to bring our slate of exceptional programming from around the world to UK viewers. The United Kingdom has a long-standing tradition of producing first-rate dramas and mysteries, so we’re thrilled to feature so many popular, award-winning programs in one place like ITV’s Foyle’s War and BBC’s Keeping Faith, as well as introduce UK audiences to the charming, British-produced Acorn TV Original Queens of Mystery. For the last eight years, Acorn TV has curated and produced the very best in global television with a diverse mix of shows from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and Scandinavia with the singular focus of satisfying a rapidly growing fanbase seeking high quality mysteries and dramas. As one of the best values in television, Acorn TV will make an excellent add-on to British consumers’ streaming options.”
Added Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, the UK-based development division for Acorn TV:
“We continue to greatly expand our commission and co-production slate and are extremely excited for UK viewers to get the opportunity to see the wonderful Queens of Mystery filmed in the beautiful countryside of Kent as well as several other productions later this year, including Irish period mystery series Dead Still and New Zealand thriller The Sounds, among many others.”
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