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Acorn TV Quick Takes –Halloween Agatha Raisin Movie, Holiday Gift Guide, Nov/Dec Premieres, Doc Martin, New Logo, More!



Our favorite ultra-chic amateur sleuth, AGATHA RAISIN, is back with a contagious vengeance in a fright-and-humor packed installment of Acorn TV’s acclaimed comedic mystery series, AGATHA RAISIN & THE HAUNTED HOUSE. In this hilarious feature-length Halloween special, Ashley Jensen (Extras, Catastrophe, Ugly Betty) returns to her beloved titular character as she opens her own detective agency and investigates a legendary haunted house as the perfect opportunity to drum up business, until things get quite unexpectedly frightening. This 90-minute movie is the latest installment of the humorous acclaimed mystery series AGATHA RAISIN, based on M.C. Beaton’s bestselling novels. Keep your eyes glued for new AGATHA RAISIN Series 3 mysteries in early 2020. Watch trailer or series.



As new series 9 of this hit British dramedy starring Martin Clunes (Manhunt) continues through November 14, our favorite brilliant yet boorish medic DOC MARTIN avoids his approaching birthday, PC Penhale investigates a break-in at Ruth’s house, Al finds a way to make up for his lackluster proposal to Morwenna and Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa (Caroline Catz, Murder In Suburbia) invites her study group over to their home for a presentation. New episodes premiere exclusively in the U.S. every Thursday at 5:00 pm ET, only on Acorn TV – a day after they air for the first time in the UK on ITV. Watch exclusive featurettes on Bert Large’s failed ventures, and Clunes talks about meeting the adorable actor who plays his 3 year-old son, and more. Watch series 9 trailer and Series 9. Catch all previous 8 seasons on Acorn TV. Read release.


Acorn DVD has a mix of premium boxed sets and unique collectibles that are ideal for holiday gift guides, including a beautiful complete series collection for one of Acorn TV’s most popular series A Place to Call Home, separate holiday pop-up collectibles for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Midsomer Murders and The Brokenwood Mysteries; a limited edition Midsomer Murders compilation with episodes chosen by series star Neil Dudgeon; the first five seasons of one of BBC’s most popular series, the edge-of-your-seat thriller Line of Duty; Sundance Now’s record-setting supernatural thriller A Discovery of Witches; among many other discounted DVD collections and gift subscriptions for Acorn TV. Read release.



-Acorn TV has signed on to co-commission an Irish comedy-drama, The South Westerlies, which boasts an impressive ensemble of acclaimed actors including Orla Brady (American Horror StoryMistresses,) Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Women on the Verge, Can’t Cope Won’t Cope), and Ger Ryan (Little Dog, Rialto, Raw). It will premiere in 2020 as an Acorn TV Original series. Read release.

– Acorn TV is also co-commissioning New Zealand thriller The Sounds with Sky NZ, featuring Rachelle Lefevre (Proven Innocent, Under the Dome, White House Down), Matt Whelan (The Luminaries, Narcos) and Matt Nable (Arrow, Dead Lucky, Riddick). It will premiere in 2020 as an Acorn TV Original series. Read release.


-Acorn TV has unveiled a new logo in time for their latest milestone: exceeding over a million paid subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Download high-res versions HERE. Read release.



A nonstop supply of highly entertaining binge options:

  • THE PROMISED LIFE– “Fans of drama with epic sweep, glorious scenery and great emotional stakes should sample “The Promised Life,” raves United Features Syndicate. The Euro TV Place calls it “poignant, gripping and addictive.” This new eight-episode Italian saga follows a courageous mother’s quest to make a better life for her family in the face of tragedy and hardship. In the early 1920s, Carmela Carrizzo (Luisa Ranieri, Letters to Juliet) and her husband farm lands in Sicily belonging to the unscrupulous Vincenzo Spanò (Francesco Arca, Spectre). After a series of misfortunes, Carmela resolves to leave Italy for an uncertain but hopeful future in New York.
  • JACK IRISHThe New York Times just called this gritty Australian crime drama series “terrific noir with a sense of humor about itself.Guy Pearce (Memento, Iron Man 3) is an ex-lawyer turned PI who takes on cases that plunge him into Melbourne’s criminal underbelly, aided by journo-occasional girlfriend Linda Hillier (Marta Dusseldorp, A Place to Call Home.)
  • THE TIME OF OUR LIVES– Starring Claudia Karvan (Newton’s Law) and a winning ensemble cast, this Australian family-oriented series is called by The Guardian “quality drama with genuine heart and integrity.” It follows the adult siblings of the Tivolli clan as they try to cope with the ceaseless pressures of marriage, family, and career, chronicling the frantic, funny, messy, joyful, and sometimes awful times in one’s life. Series 2 begins with a shocking accident that irrevocably changes the lives of the Tivollis. Series 1-2 now streaming.

About Acorn TV: Called a “glorious streaming service… an essential must-have” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR), AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television and is now serving more than one million paid subscribers in the U.S. and Canada. Acorn TV adds exclusive new programs every week with a deep library of mysteries, dramas, and comedies with no set end dates or commercials. Subscribers can stream many of their favorite international series and discover new and classic programs previously unavailable to U.S. audiences. In 2019, Acorn TV features several commissioned series including British crime drama London Kills, fun British mystery Queens of Mystery and the final Series 2 movie of Agatha Raisin (Series 3 to premiere in late 2019 and early 2020); new episodes of fan favorites Line of Duty from Jed Mercurio, British sensation Doc Martin, Welsh sensation Keeping Faith, medical drama The Good Karma Hospital, Paul Abbott’s No Offence, Aussie dramedy The Heart Guy, and Canadian hit Murdoch Mysteries; along with several new series, including British crime drama Manhunt, Lucy Lawless’s My Life is Murder, BBC One Wales family drama Pitching In, New Zealand crime drama Straight Forward and Dutch drama The Oldenheim Twelve; and a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas A Place to Call Home, Blood, Mystery Road, Detectorists, Jack Irish, George Gently, and Foyle’s War; among much more. Acorn TV is available via Apple TV, Roku, iOS, YouTube TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire, Comcast/Xfinity, Android, among many other devices and offers a free trial and thereafter is just $5.99/month or $59.99/year. Facebook: OfficialAcornTV – Twitter @AcornTV