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Paradise Z digital release

The undead don't have any plans to self-isolate in Paradise Z, a gore-splattered, gut-spilling, survival of the fittest (and sexiest) zombie thriller.

When girlfriends Sylvia (Milena Gorum) and Rose (Alice Tantayanon) try to escape the Apocalypse by heading to a remote idyllic ranch, for some together-time, death decides to take a vacation too in zombiefest Paradise Z, coming to digital on 4 January 2021 courtesy of (Yet) Another Distribution Company.

Life in isolation might be the new normal, but Sylvia and Rose's plans are ruined when the luxury paradise resort they are hunkering down in is attacked by the zombies that have taken over the rest of the world. The girls must fight their way out in this heart-pounding battle for survival...who will make it out alive?



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Bingeworthy Box Sets on Acorn TV

With the nights drawing in and more time at home what better time to delve into a new box set? Acorn TV has something for everyone: murder mysteries from the queen of mystery Agatha Christie to the new detectives on the block Queens of Mystery, exotic escapes from the stunning landscapes of New Zealand's The Sounds to the Irish coastal retreat of The South Westerlies. From monster crowd-pleasers like Line of Duty, golden TV classics such as Foyle's War, to cracking comedies Bucket, Finding Joy and much, much more - dive into Acorn TV for the perfect binge. You can now share the love and give a gift with heart with the Acorn TV Gift Membership.

EXOTIC ESCAPES like THE SOUNDS

Worn down by the oppressive influence of his family, Tom Cabbot (Matt Wheelan, The Luminaries, Narcos) and his wife Maggie (Rachelle Lefevre, Twilight, White House Down) escape to New Zealand's idyllic Marlborough Sounds to start afresh.

But when Tom disappears just days after they start their new business together, it becomes clear that their new paradise is far from perfect, and it's only a matter of time before buried secrets rear their ugly heads. Streaming now.

CLASSIC TV like FOYLE'S WAR: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

This much-loved, long-running TV classic sees Michael Kitchen as Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, a hard-working policeman in Hastings during the Second World War. Anxious to join the war effort, he has repeatedly had his applications turned down and has returned to the South Coast, sidelined and frustrated; but it soon becomes apparent that his detective skills are vitally needed on the Home Front. Enjoy every episode front start to finish. Complete Box Set streaming now.

MAGNIFICENT MYSTERIES like QUEENS OF MYSTERY

This contemporary murder-mystery series might be set in the glorious Kent countryside, but the events that take place are far from idyllic, as perennially single DS Matilda Stone gets to work solving a string of 'whodunit' murders with the help of her three crime-writing aunts.

An Acorn TV exclusive starring Olivia Vinnall (The Woman in White), Julie Graham (Shetland), Siobhan Redmond (Unforgotten) and Sarah Woodward (The Pale Horse). Streaming now.

CRACKING COMEDY like FINDING JOY

Amy Huberman (Striking Out, Cold Feet) writes and stars alongside Aisling Bea (Living With Yourself) and Jenny Rainsford (Fleabag) in this hilarious six-part comedy series that follows the trials and tribulations of a journalist turned accidental superstar vlogger Joy, who is catapulted headlong into the unknown and unwelcome world of social media stardom.

Streaming now, with Series 2 arriving exclusively to Acorn TV early next year.



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Acorn TV December 2020 Highlights

7 Dec: BLOOD SERIES 2

Line of Duty favourite Adrian Dunbar stars in darker than dark drama, Blood. This tense psychological series sees Unforgotten's Carolina Main in a stand-out turn as Cat Hogan, an estranged daughter who must return to the family home in rural Ireland, following the sudden, seemingly accidental death of her mother...but someone has Blood on their hands.

7 Dec: OPERATION BUFFALO

Inspired by true events, Operation Buffalo is a satiric thriller with a dark edge, that shines a light on a little known and highly controversial part of Australia's modern history - the British nuclear testing in the South Australia Outback at the height of the Cold War. It tells the tale of undercover operations and questionable behaviour at a time where no one knows who to trust or what to believe. It will have you hooked from its action-packed start. Stars Ewen Leslie, James Cromwell and Jessica De Gouw.

14 Dec: BANG SERIES 2

BAFTA Cymru-winning, dual language Welsh-English drama set in Port Talbot follows a brother and sister on opposite sides of the law. Criminal Sam (Jacob Ifan, I'll Find You, Hinterland) and his ambitious policewoman sister Gina (Catrin Stewart, Doctor Who, Misfits) face new challenges in this second series as Sam is due to be released from prison and Gina must track down what seems to be a serial killer...but could there be a personal motive that puts the troubled pair in danger?

21 Dec: HAPPY AT SEA SERIES 1

This Swedish comedy drama with a lot of heart follows the trials and tribulations of the King family. When their mother Maud dies, Klara and Thomas return home to support their father, with their own families in tow. They decide to stick around for the whole season, to spend the summer at the family paradise, among the rocks and cliffs of Stockholm's archipelago. Three generations, one family and a lot of personalities...how will they manage together for five weeks?

21 Dec: ELIZABETH I

Acting royalty Helen Mirren (The Queen, Catherine the Great), plays the great eponymous monarch with aplomb in this 2005 period miniseries. With a star-studded court that includes the stellar talents of Hugh Dancy (Hannibal, Homeland), Toby Jones (Capital, Detectorists), Jeremy Irons (Watchmen, The Borgias), Eddie Redmayne (The Trial of the Chicago 7, The Theory of Everything), and Ian McDiarmid (Britannia, Star Wars), we delve in to both the public and private life of Queen Elizabeth I in her later years.



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Cup of Cheer digital release

If you've had your fill of the usual festive fare, sit back, switch on the fairy lights and enjoy CUP OF CHEER, a cheeky Christmas cracker to titillate at tinsel time.

When a big city journalist returns to her small hometown for Christmas in search of a holiday scoop, she literally runs into a down-on-his-luck hot-chocolate shop owner. It's not long before they begin a picture-perfect, Christmas-movie romance, exactly like all the ones you've seen before...or is it? This laugh-out-loud romp from director Jake Horowitz lampoons every Christmas movie you've ever watched and arrives just in time for the festive season on 7 December 2020 from (Yet) Another Distribution Company.

Mary (Storm Steenson - The Olympus Project, Forbidden: Dying for Love) is a successful journalist who heads back to her charming hometown of Snowy Heights to write an article about the town's world-famous Christmas cheer. When she runs into the sullen but endearing Chris (Alexander Oliver - Freelancer, From the Thunder),the owner of Cup of Cheer, Mary learns that his charming business is going to be shut down on Christmas Eve...and it's her ex-boyfriend that's responsible. Using her big city smarts and her festive spirit, Mary unites the town in an effort to save Cup of Cheer and have the Christmas they've always wanted.

This X-mas rated comedy Cup of Cheer spills over with festive fun.



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Operation Buffalo on Acorn TV

Inspired by true events, OPERATION BUFFALO is a satiric thriller with a dark edge, that shines a light on a little known and highly controversial part of Australia's modern history - the British nuclear testing in the South Australia Outback at the height of the Cold War. This six-part series is set for its exclusive UK premiere on Acorn TV and tells the tale of undercover operations and questionable behaviour at a time when no one knew who to trust or what to believe. It will have you hooked from its action-packed start.

The year is 1956 and the Menzies Government has welcomed British atomic bomb testing at remote, 'uninhabited' Maralinga. Major Leo Carmichael, played by Ewen Leslie (The Luminaries, The Cry) is the high-ranking military engineer running the show. He must pick up the slack left by the ageing and incompetent General 'Cranky' Crankford (James Cromwell, Succession, Boardwalk Empire) and get the base ready for a surprise visit from some very important guests.

With the imminent arrival of the British High Commissioner (William Zappa, Mad Max 2) along with Australian Attorney-General (Tony Martin, Heartbreak High) and Defence Minister (Alan Dukes, The Secrets She Keeps), things start to fall apart. First a woman disappears from the base, then meteorologist Eva Lloyd-George (Jessica De Gouw, The Secrets She Keeps, Vienna Blood) sent by M16, arrives to investigate a critical data leak.

Meanwhile, Cranky starts to question official government policy that there are no Aboriginal people in the area and embarks on a walkabout in the desert to find out for himself. When he meets an indigenous family - matriarch Ruby (Frances Djulibing, Charlie's County) and her children Sam (Shaka Cook, Black Comedy) and Peggy *Shantae Barnes-Cowan, Total Control) - he learns they too are searching for answers about mysterious clouds and the even more mysterious disappearances in their community.



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My Day digital release

A darkly gripping drama shedding light on the grim realities of street life, My Day, the feature debut from one-to-watch South London director Ibrahim Miiro, premiered at Raindance Film Festival 2019 to critical acclaim and is set for its UK digital release on 7 December 2020 courtesy of Patriot Films.

Life isn't easy for Ally (Hannah Laresa Smith), a deprived young woman living between an East London Estate and the streets of London, but she tries her best to makes ends meet by delivering drugs, keeping her head down and staying out of trouble...That is until what starts out as a normal day quickly turns sour when a customer takes advantage of her, leaving her hurt, humiliated, and in deep trouble.

Now she owes money to unforgiving dealer Carol (Sallyann Fellowes) and dangerous mob boss Ilyas (Gediminas Adomaitis). With the sharks circling, Ally searches for help from those close to her - can she rely on her street-savvy friend Josie (Lisa Sheerin), Carol's son Kevin (Karl Jackson), who she has recently bonded with, or could there be someone else looking out for her in the most unlikely of places?



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Acorn TV November 2020 Highlights

2 Nov: LINE OF DUTY SERIES 1-4

The TV juggernaut from award-winning scribe Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard) has been lauded as the 'king of crime dramas' (The Telegraph), and follows AC-12 investigators Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) as they investigate corruption within the police.

9 Nov: APPLE TREE YARD

Emily Watson (Chernobyl) stars as Dr Yvonne Carmichael, a respected scientist who begins an affair with the mysterious Mr X. But a harrowing, life-changing attack on Yvonne, leads to the pair being questioned about a murder...who is really to blame?

9 Nov: THE SOUTH WESTERLIES

Environmental consultant and single mother Kate Ryan (Orla Brady), must return to her hometown, undercover, in order to quell opposition to her company's offshore wind farm...but there's a reason she hasn't been back in 15 years. Will her complicated personal history get in the way of the prized promotion she is working towards? Also starring Hollywood star Patrick Bergin and Eileen Walsh.

23 Nov: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

The beloved classic - based on the life and times of veterinary surgeon and writer James Herriot (aka James Alfred Wight OBE) - gets a brand spanking new remake with all the charm of the original. This critically acclaimed and widely loved new version sees newcomer Nicholas Ralph as the young vet who is taken under the wing of renowned veterinary surgeon Seigfried Farnon (Samuel West) in the stunning countryside of 1940s Yorkshire.

23 Nov: BANG

Dual language Welsh-English drama set in the steel town of Port Talbot follows a brother and sister on opposite sides of the law. Loner Sam's (Jacob Ifan) life is transformed when he comes into possession of a gun and embarks on a life of crime, but his ambitious policewoman sister Gina (Catrin Stewart) is determined to find out who is responsible for the offences . Will they uncover the truth, and is blood really thicker than water?



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Upright DVD & digital release

Internationally acclaimed, award-winning all-rounder Tim Minchin (Matilda the Musical) turns his hand to TV with another winner, writing and starring in eight-part Aussie roadtrip comedy drama Upright. The hit series comes to DVD and digital on 23 November 2020 courtesy of Acorn Media International after airing to unanimous praise on Sky Atlantic last year.

Minchin leads the irreverent series as the ironically named Laclan 'Lucky' Flynn, a down-on-his-luck middle-aged man roadtripping across Australia to deliver an old upright piano to his dying mother. In a dramatic twist of fate, his path collides with teenage runaway Meg (Milly Alcock - A Place to Call Home, The Gloaming), who has some secrets of her own...

Set against a backdrop of stunning outback scenery, this unlikely pair throw in their lot with each other and slowly reveal, through a series of quirky happenings along the way, what each of them might be running away from, and what it is they're seeking on the road.

Juggling grief and complex family dynamics with gleefully dark humour, and with the touching surrogate father-daughter relationship that develops between the duo at its heart, this series 'begs to be binged' (★★★★ Pilot TV), and now you can do just that, either Upright, horizontal, or anywhere in between.



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