"The movie business is macabre. Grotesque.
It is a combination of a football game
and a brothel."
-- Federico Fellini
Apr 062016


Acorn TV April 2016 Schedule

Friday, Apr. 1

Fast Girls (Friday Feature)

When Shania (Lenora Crichlow, Being Human, Suspects) is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to join the National Women’s Relay Team, she’ll need to overcome her pride, set aside her rivalry with rich-girl athlete Lisa (Lily James, Downton Abbey, Cinderella), and learn what it means to be part of a team. It will take more than speed for this group of fiercely competitive women to band together and chase their dream across the finish line at the World Championships. The film was originally released in June 2012.

Monday, Apr. 4

Detectorists, Series 2 (Exclusive National Premiere)

Striking comedy gold, this BAFTA Award-winning series for best comedy charms with “an astute script, sublime acting, and deft characterization” (The Daily Telegraph, UK).The eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club return in this critically acclaimed dramedy about two misfits searching for Saxon treasure in the English countryside. Andy (Mackenzie Crook, Pirates of the Caribbean) has completed his archaeology degree at last, but he worries about providing for his wife, Becky (Rachael Stirling, The Bletchley Circle), and newborn son—while also trying to live up to the expectations of his imperious mother-in-law (Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones). Lance (Toby Jones, The Hunger Games), meanwhile, is still looking for love, and then someone unexpected walks into his life. The world of metal detecting proves just as tumultuous as their personal lives when a young German man enlists the DMDC to uncover a mysterious World War II plane wreck. Series 2 originally premiered on BBC Four. (6 episodes)

Also, Janet King, Series 1, Episode 5; Moving On, Series 3; Nothing Trivial, Series 3; and Vera, Series 6, Eps. 3

Friday, Apr. 8

Turning Green (Friday Feature)

16-year-old James Powers finds himself lost after his mother dies and he is forced to live with his three Irish aunts. Displaced and distressed, he longs to come back to America. One lucky weekend, desperate for cash after learning the ropes with bookies, gamblers, and crooks, James starts a wildly successful business of selling illegal magazines on the black market. Tough, street smart, and with cash in his pocket, he must now decide where home really is. The 2005 movie stars Timothy Hutton (American Crime), Alessandro Nivola (Face/Off, American Hustle), and Colm Meaney (Law Abiding Citizen, Get Him to the Greek, The Driver).

Monday, Apr. 11

Birds of a Feather, Set 1 (Series 10, U.S. Premiere)

Returning after a 15-year hiatus, this beloved comedy “has stood the test of time and come out on the other side more brilliant and chaotic than ever” (Belfast Telegraph, UK).The birds are back in this British sitcom classic, but sisters Sharon (Pauline Quirke, Broadchurch) and Tracey (Linda Robson, Shine on Harvey Moon) have gone their separate ways and have not spoken for years. The British sitcom originally broadcast on BBC One from 1989-1998 and returned on ITV from 2014-present.

Also, Janet King, Series 1, Episode 6; Moving On, Series 4, and Vera, Series 6 Finale, Episode 4

Friday, Apr. 15

Complicit (Friday Feature)

From acclaimed writer Guy Hibbert (Blood and Oil, Five Minutes of Heaven, Omagh) and starring David Oyelowo (Selma, Lincoln), Complicit is a stunning, fast-paced thriller that delivers a penetrating insight into the dangerous world of counterterrorism. The TV movie originally debuted on Channel 4 in February 2013.

Monday, Apr. 18

Where the Heart Is, Series 3

Pam Ferris (Call the Midwife) and Thomas Craig (Murdoch Mysteries) co-star in this long-running UK drama set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Warmhearted and humane, the series follows a group of nurses who are fiercely dedicated to both their jobs and their families. Series 3 originally broadcast on ITV in April 1999.

Also, Janet King, Series 1, Episode 7 and Moving On, Series 5

Friday, Apr. 22

Frenchman’s Creek (Friday Feature)

Swashbuckling action and romance combine in Daphne du Maurier’s famous and enduring historical novel. Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, The Woman in White, Brassed Off) stars as the wealthy Dona, who leaves the corrupt sophistication of London to seek peace and solitude in the family home in Cornwall but gets more than she bargains for when she discovers that her home is in the hands of a handsome French pirate. The film originally premiered in December 1998.

Monday, Apr. 25


It’s business as usual when Mack Carter (Danny Webb, The Bill)—felonious breadwinner for a dysfunctional family of lowlifes—gets charged with robbery. But when Mack is sentenced to four years in jail, his wife Lindsay (Amanda Redman, New Tricks), resolves to clean up her life. She’s determined to drag her conniving children back to the straight and narrow as well. The ITV British comedy-drama first aired in January 2008.

Also, Janet King, Series 1, Finale, Episode 8 and Moving On, Series 6

Monday, Apr. 25

Murdoch Mysteries, Season 9 (Full Series U.S. Premiere)

Exuding plenty of period charm, this critically acclaimed mystery series centers on the brilliant detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a pioneer of crime-solving technologies in Victorian Toronto. Inspired by Maureen Jennings novels, Murdoch Mysteries airs on the CBC in Canada and Season 9 is currently airing in the U.S. as The Artful Detective on Ovation. Season 9 includes a guest turn from William Shatner (Star Trek) as Mark Twain. (18 episodes)

Friday, Apr. 29

Bertie & Elizabeth (Friday Feature)

This enchanting feature-length portrayal of the life of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, focuses on her courtship by the shy, future George VI (known as Bertie), the love story that followed, and the birth of their daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. This fascinating adaptation also covers the abdication crisis of Edward VIII, the Coronation of George VI as British King, and the strong relationship forged between them and Churchill during the War and Bertie’s early death. The TV movie was first broadcast on ITV1 in 2002 and stars James Wilby (Island at War, The Woman in White), Juliet Aubrey (The White Queen, Primeval), Eileen Atkins (Doc Martin, Psychoville), and Alan Bates (Oliver’s Travels, Hard Times).

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