Acorn TV has dropped its February Line Up and we couldn’t be any more excited. If you are looking for something to entertain you now you can check out January 2021’s line up, but start marking your calendar for these releases.
Monday, February 1
Just William – Based on the classic comedy classics by Richmal Crompton, this BBC series follows the exploits of mischievous 11-year-old William Brown, played by Daniel Roche, and his band of adventurous “outlaws” in 1950s England. He reminds us of a time when the country really was the country – a time when children were as free as birds with nothing to feed on but their imaginations – a time when they could leave the house at breakfast and not come home until teatime. Called a “charming romp” by The Guardian, this BAFTA-winning drama is voiced by Martin Jarvis who worked on the classic “Just William” recordings.
Monday, February 8
Balthazar, Series 3 (Acorn TV Exclusive, French, with English subtitles) – The suave, clever and slightly strange forensic pathologist Raphaël Balthazar, played by Tomer Sisley, returns in this highly-viewed and acclaimed French mystery drama, where he helps make the dead speak like no one else to solve Paris’ most disturbing crimes. Compared favorably to Castle, The Mentalist, and Bones, this procedural picks up the action six months following the tragic consequences of his investigation into the murder of his wife, Lise, a dozen years ago. He and chief inspector Hélène Bach, played by Hélène de Fougerolles, team up to tackle darker cases this season, including victims treated as guinea pigs by a mad scientist, an evil, psychopathic clown who kills randomly, and a mysterious island that hides many secrets.
Love My Way, Series 1 – This Australian primetime drama centers on a thirtysomething woman, played by Claudia Karvan, who negotiates the web of contemporary relationships, while juggling the priorities of family obligations. From the producer of the Golden Globe-nominated On The Beach and internationally renowned TV series Police Rescue, this Logie Award-winning series is an exploration of the love that binds us, the relationships that define us, and the dreams of grownups.
Muse of Fire: A Shakespearean Road Movie – As schoolboys, Giles Terera and Dan Poole were made to feel that Shakespeare wasn’t for them – as actors, they now feel very differently. This documentary follows Dan and Giles over the course of four years on their extraordinary journey around the world trying to get to the heart of the greatest storyteller of all. Along the way, they meet acting royalty, including Dame Judi Dench, Sir Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Ralph Fiennes, and Jude Law.
Monday, February 15
The Circuit, Series 1 and 2 – This riveting drama series follows a magistrate and an entourage of court officers and lawyers on a regular five-day 2000 kilometer round-trip to dispense justice to the remote communities of north Western Australia. It’s a tough gig for anyone, but for newly-hired Aboriginal lawyer Drew Ellis, played by Aaron Pedersen, who had a white upbringing and has a white wife, it’s a rude awakening as he quickly comes to realize that one law for the black and white communities, does not always equal a fair go. More importantly, Drew begins to learn about himself, as he begins a journey of self-discovery, allowing him to finally acknowledge his heritage and the family he never knew. But at what cost?
The Real Prince Philip – This documentary celebrates the life and achievements of Prince Philip, emphasizing the role his military experiences played in his later achievements and suggesting that his admirable ethos of “service” and “duty” was forged during his impressive Naval career. The film draws upon a rare interview with the Duke of Edinburgh on his Second World War experiences, archival footage from around the world, and interviews with historians and royal experts about key moments in his life.
Monday, February 22
The Cry – The abduction of a baby from a small coastal town in Australia is the catalyst for a journey into the disintegrating psychology of a young woman, Joanna, played by Doctor Who Alum, Jenna Coleman. As she and her partner, Alistair, played by Ewen Leslie, deal with an unthinkable tragedy under both the white light of public scrutiny and in their private lives. The Cry, the 2019 AACTA Award winner for Best Miniseries, is a layered, taut, psychological thriller that will grip you from the start and keep you guessing along the way.