Check out what’s coming to Acorn TV this April!
Monday, April 5
Bloodlands (Acorn TV Original) – SERIES FINALE – When an expensive car containing a possible suicide note is pulled from the sea, veteran Northern Ireland police detective Tom Brannick (James Nesbitt) instantly sees the connection to an infamous cold case that holds enormous personal significance for him. It seems someone is trying to force the police to re-open their investigation into a notorious and long-buried series of mysterious disappearances over 20 years ago during a dark period in Northern Ireland history. This intense Irish crime thriller follows Brannick’s obsessive campaign to identify and unmask the legendary assassin behind these events, a semi-mythical figure nicknamed Goliath: it’s an explosive cat-and-mouse game where the stakes have never been higher. Bloodlands premiered on BBC One prior to its North American launch on Acorn TV.
The Brokenwood Mysteries, Series 7 – (Acorn TV Exclusive) – Regarded by many as the New Zealand version of Midsomer Murders, this acclaimed detective series filmed amid the beautiful landscape of the country’s North Island returns with six feature-length, standalone mysteries featuring compelling characters, dry humor, and piquant wit. After transferring from a big city to the quiet, little, murder-ridden town of Brokenwood, Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd and Detective Kristin Simms uncover more macabre goings on and investigate murderous rivalries and lethal grudges.
Only Foals and Horses – Friends and horse vets Lisa Durham and Philippa Hughes are passionate about caring for their four-legged clients. From their clinic in Wales, they head up an all-female team tackling all kinds of medical dilemmas around the clock and in all weather. We follow a year in the lives of the vets as they cover 3,500 square miles of mid and southwest Wales treating horses valued between £1 and £1 million. Different seasons bring different challenges from foaling in spring to an equine flu outbreak in the summer.
The Norman Conquests – The Emmy-nominated drama presents a trilogy adapted from the hit plays by Alan Ayckbourn about a comically fraught weekend from three different perspectives. The family and in-laws gather at the decaying country house of their bedridden mother, while intimate secrets and rising tempers will soon emerge.
Monday, April 12
Keeping Faith, Series 3 – This highly-watched, award-winning BBC thriller comes to a close in this dramatic, final season. Series 3 finds small-town lawyer Faith Howells (Eve Myles) attempting to navigate the disillusion of her marriage while taking on an emotionally wrenching legal medical case involving a gravely ill young boy. Into this mix, Faith is confronted by a terrible and long-buried figure from her past: her mother, Rose Fairchild (Celia Imrie), whose reappearance uncovers secrets in Faith’s background and will force audiences to ask the question: “Who is Faith Howells?”. Faith’s ordeal across the series transforms her from a stay-at-home, fun-loving, and carefree mother to a detective, action hero, and lover. She takes risks and gambles to keep her family out of danger and finds new inner strength.
In Deep, Series 3 – A crime drama exploring the lives of undercover detectives Liam Ketman (Nick Berry) and Garth O’ Hanlon (Stephen Tompkinson). While experiencing the pressure of living double lives, they are in for a shocking awakening when they realize just how unpredictable life can be.
Monday, April 19
Off The Beaten Track, Series 2 – Following the success of the first series, BBC host Kate Humble and her Welsh Sheepdog Teg are back on the road, exploring the Welsh countryside; seeking to understand how the rugged, rural, landscapes of Wales are being shaped and how they are shaping the people who live, work and play on it. Kate and Teg take the audience on a journey to discover and celebrate the areas often forgotten or overlooked, through surprising and revelatory stories. Packed with stories full of emotion, intrigue, humor, and surprise at their heart, Off The Beaten Track delivers epic sweep and ambition through beauty, celebration, exploration, and revelation.
Monday, April 26
Bäckström (Acorn TV Exclusive, Foreign Language, Swedish w/English subtitles) –
Based on Leif GW Persson’s popular Swedish crime novels, this series centers around detective Evert Bäckström (Kjell Bergqvist) – a rock star among cops who is famous for having solved 99% of all cases he has taken on. Starring as a TV expert doesn’t help his ego or reputation -he thinks he’s a genius—and he is, at solving crimes. When a woman’s skull is found, it seems she was murdered recently, but DNA points to her death in the 2004 tsunami. Prosecutor Hanna Hwass (Livia Millhagen) believes it’s a mistake, but Bäckström sees a case only he can solve: a woman who has died twice.
One Lane Bridge – A dark crime drama with a supernatural edge, One Lane Bridge takes us to a small town upended by a mysterious killing. The story revolves around unexplained events that occur on an infamous One Lane Bridge that connects two ends of town. While investigating the murder, an ambitious Maori detective Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki), inadvertently reawakens a spiritual gift that endangers his life but may help solve the mystery of One Lane Bridge.
Belonging – In this bittersweet drama set in the picturesque market town of Shrewsbury, Jess (Brenda Blethyn) and Jacob Copplestone (Kevin Whately) have been happily married for twenty years and now live with Jacob’s cantankerous and demanding mother, May (Rosemary Harris), his sweet and good-natured aunt, Brenda (Anna Massey) and his devout and elderly cousin, Nathan (Peter Sallis). With selfless dedication, Jess has given up her job as a librarian to care for “the oldies.” But when her husband disappears, Jess’s world starts to fall apart. She now has to question the entire basis upon which her life has been built and come to terms with her newly found freedom while contending with her exasperating relations.