Acorn TV Winter 2020 Lineup: New Seasons of Agatha Raisin And First Miss Fisher Film
In winter 2020, Acorn TV will feature the return of riveting Acorn TV Original series: British mystery (and Acorn TV’s first sole commission) Agatha Raisin (series 3) and Irish thriller Blood (series 2), as well as the exclusive premiere of its first feature-length film Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears starring award-nominated actress Essie Davis (The Babadook, Game of Thrones).
Other returning favorite series on Acorn TV are British school dramedy Ackley Bridge, New Zealand detective drama The Brokenwood Mysteries, and new episodes of Canadian hit drama Murdoch Mysteries.
The full lineup for winter 2020 season includes the following shows and movies:
THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES, Series 6 – Monday, January 6 through January 27 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, new episodes to premiere weekly every Monday)
This acclaimed New Zealand detective series filmed amid the beautiful landscape of the country’s North returns with four 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 (Neill Rea, Go Girls) and Detective Kristin Simms (Fern Sutherland, The Almighty Johnsons) uncover more macabre goings on and investigate murderous rivalries and lethal grudges. (4 EPS)
MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Season 13 (Episodes 4-18) – Monday, January 6 through April 13 (new episodes to premiere weekly every Monday)
Garnering more than two dozen Gemini® nominations and the sole 2016 “Fan’s Choice Award” at the Canadian Screen Awards for lead actor Yannick Bisson, 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 – Monday, January 13 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
From the creators of Shameless (UK) comes the return of this hit British dramedy set in a multicultural academy school in a small West Yorkshire mill town. Ackley Bridge offers a character-driven, gritty, funny, truthful, and mischievous angle into the daily drama of the teachers, teenagers and families.
The series 3 cast includes Jo Joyner (EastEnders), Sunetra Sarker (Broadchurch), Poppy Lee Friar (Mr. Selfridge, In The Club), Amy-Leigh Hickman (EastEnders), Megan Parkinson (Game of Thrones) and new cast additions Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey) and Charlie Hardwick (Emmerdale). (8 EPS)
AGATHA RAISIN, Series 3 (Acorn TV Original Series) – Monday, February 10, 17 and 24
Emmy®-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty) returns in the acclaimed adaptations of MC Beaton’s best-selling comedic mystery novels. The series follows a London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth, whobecomes entangled in mischief, mayhem, and murder when she opts for early retirement in the country.
In series 3 of this contemporary mystery, Agatha is now an official private investigator and has just opened her first detective agency, where pressures are high to keep new business flowing. In addition, she’s now living with on-and-off-again beau and British history author, James Lacy (Jamie Glover, Waterloo Road). Stay tuned for more of her wild, hilarious adventures in three new movies premiering weekly in Series 3: The Deadly Dance, Love From Hell and As The Pig Turns. (3 EPS)
BLOOD, Series 2 (Acorn TV Original Series) – Monday, March 9 (two episodes to premiere March 9, with weekly premieres every Monday)
Compared to Broadchurch and The Killing by critics and called “a dark, addictive and unmissable crime drama” by The Guardian, this highly-rated Irish psychological mystery 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 Hogan returns home a year later 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. (6 EPS)
MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS (Movie) – Exclusive U.S. Premiere
This highly anticipated and gorgeously-shot feature film continues the story of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, which aired for three seasons (2012-2015) and is one of the most popular Australian series worldwide. Essie Davis (The Babadook, Game of Thrones) returns in the five-time Logie-nominated role that made her a worldwide star.
Set in the late 1920s, The Crypt of Tears follows the slinky, seductive and risk-taking detective 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. (Feature length)
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