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Jericho (Monday, July 11)

“Satisfyingly set-up potboiler…cinematically epic”Forbes

Love, loss, and intrigue abound in Acorn TV’s new British period drama set in 1870s Yorkshire. Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife, Wolf Hall, Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime) stars as a widowed mother-of-two who is forced to start a new life in the Culverdale Valley, where an enormous railway viaduct is being built. She sets up a lodging house in Jericho, a lawless shanty town full of rough and rowdy workers. Among the other new arrivals are Johnny Jackson (Hans Matheson, The Tudors), a kind and handsome Yorkshire native, and Ralph Coates (Clarke Peters, The Wire), an ambitious and enigmatic American. But in a town where people come to start afresh, it seems that everyone has something to hide—and a desperate crime soon threatens to shatter her family’s chance at a new life.  (8 episodes)

 

Cradle to Grave (Monday, July 18)

“Savvy, up-to-the-minute comedy…whip-smart editing…niftily scripted plot.”The Daily Telegraph

Co-written by Oscar® nominee and BAFTA® Award winner Jeff Pope (Philomena, Cilla), this new comedy is set in 1974 and follows the real life events of British broadcaster Danny Baker and his family. Starring BAFTA Award winning comedian Peter Kay (Peter Kay’s Car Share, Phoenix Nights), Lucy Speed (EastEnders) and Laurie Kynaston as fifteen-year-old Danny Baker, the BBC Two series is full of humor, warmth, drama, and an excellent soundtrack. A second series has been commissioned.

 

Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas (Monday, July 25)

“If you haven’t seen it, you must…Smart, fast-paced fun” Globe & Mail

Special feature length episode of the hit Canadian and Ovation (Artful Detective) mystery series includes guest stars Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.). Garnering more than two dozen Gemini® nominations and the sole 2016 ‘Fan’s Choice Award’ at the Canadian Screen Awards for Yannick Bisson, Murdoch Mysteries has found a huge audience in North America for its period charm, entertaining mysteries, and likeable characters. When a philanthropist is found dead before the holidays and the presents he distributes to Toronto’s orphans go missing, it is up to Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), Ogden (Hélène Joy) and the team at Station No. 4 to solve the mystery and save Christmas.

 

Winter (Monday, July 25, 2016)

Rebecca Gibney (Packed to the Rafters) stars as Detective Eve Winter in this gripping Australian murder mystery series. In the feature-length pilot episode, when a teen girl named Becky goes missing in the small country town of Mingara, an extensive search uncovers the corpses of five dead women in a field. Is Becky still alive, or has she been taken by the same killer?  Detective Winter leads an elite team of homicide detectives in the investigation. A six-episode first season follows the team in a new case. (6 episodes plus feature-length pilot)

 

Agatha Raisin (Mon., Aug. 1; Mon., Aug. 8) – Acorn TV Original Series

“Ashley Jensen has a knack for making us laugh out loud…and this latest comedy is no exception.”Sunday Mirror

Based on MC Beaton’s best-selling novels, a London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth, Agatha Raisin (Emmy®-nominated actress Ashley Jensen, Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty), becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem, and murder when she opts for early retirement in the Cotswolds, only to find herself implicated in the deadly case of the Quiche of Death. In the fun and witty eight-part mystery series, Agatha finds her hopes of a quiet life are dashed when more murders start occurring in her village. Drawn into their mysteries, Agatha attempts to solve the crimes…often in rather unorthodox ways. The pilot and series co-star Mathew Horne (Gavin & Stacey, Drunk History) as Agatha’s best friend and former assistant Roy, and Jamie Glover (Waterloo Road) as Agatha’s on-off love interest, James.

 

The Disappearance (Mon., Aug 15)

“France’s answer to BroadchurchDeadline Hollywood

This critically-acclaimed French drama series follows the disappearance of Léa, a teenage girl in inner-city Lyon, and the subsequent police investigation to find her. As more of Léa’s secrets come to light, her family wonders how well they really knew their daughter. The eight-episode series stars Alix Poisson (The Returned) and Pierre-François Martin-Laval as Léa’s parents.

 

The Syndicate: All or Nothing (Mon., Aug. 22)

“A thrilling reversal of fortunes which throws up more than a few twists and turns along the way. Settle in for a treat”The People (UK)

At the crumbling stately home of Hazelwood Manor, life for its few remaining downstairs staff is about to take a dramatic leap upstairs, when their small syndicate beats the unlikely odds and wins the lottery. The stellar ensemble features Lenny Henry (Broadchurch), Cara Theobold (Downton Abbey), Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), and Alice Krige (Tyrant, Thor: The Dark World). (6 episodes)

 

Janet King, Series 2 (Beginning weekly Mon., Aug. 29 – Mon., Oct. 10)

“Acorn’s superior legal drama”TV Guide

“Marta Dusseldorp is effortlessly cool as Janet King, a fully developed female character that we don’t see often enough on our screens.” –The Hoopla

Award-winning Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish) returns as Janet King, a senior crown prosecutor who is pulled from a case of psychological abuse in the armed services to head up a Royal Commission into gun crime. Still reeling from her own personal tragedy, Janet and her team leave the courtroom to investigate the rise in gun crimes. (8 episodes)

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