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Acorn TV July 2020 Highlights

6 July: AGATHA CHRISTIE'S THE ABC MURDERS

Acting maestro John Malkovich (The New Pope, Being John Malkovich)takes on the iconic role of detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot in this critically acclaimed BBC Agatha Christie adaptation from renowned writer Sarah Phelps.

13 July: THE SOMMERDAHL MURDERS

This hit scandi-noir police drama follows Dan Sommerdahl (Peter Mygind) and his best friend, detective superintendent Fleming Torp (Andre Babikian) as they investigate complex murders in the Danish coastal town of Helsingor. When Dan's wife Marianne (Laura Drasbaek) has an affair, their personal lives become almost as complicated as the mysteries they're trying to solve.

27 July: STRAIGHT FORWARD

This gritty, dual language (English and Danish) drama, takes us on an adrenaline-fuelled ride across the globe in a tale of revenge, danger and redemption. Danish con-woman Sylvia Petersen (Cecilie Stenspil), has her life turned upside down when her father is murdered in cold blood. Reeling from his death, she plots revenge on crime kingpin Ravn (Mark Mitchinson).

27 JULY: THE RESTAURANT SERIES 1

This award-winning Swedish drama has been lauded as the next Downton Abbey. A sprawling ensemble drama that begins at the end of WWII and runs across two decades, it follows the ever-changing lives of the Lowander family and the renowned restaurant that they run. Starring Suzanne Reuter, Mattias Nordkvist and Adam Lundgren.

31 JULY: ELIZABETH IS MISSING

This critically acclaimed, BAFTA-nominated drama based on Emma Healey's riveting debut novel originally aired on BBC One, and stars the multi-award-winning, legendary actor-turned-politician Glenda Jackson, who returns to the screen in a powerful, thought provoking role. She plays Maude, an 80-year-old grandmother with Alzheimer's who is determined to find her best friend Elizabeth, who has mysteriously disappeared. But dementia threatens to erase all the clues, giving the search a poignant urgency. Also starring Maggie Steed, Sophie Rundle and Mark Stanley.



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The Luminaries DVD & digital release

AN EPIC tale of star-crossed lovers, destiny, gold and greed, The Luminaries is a lush six-part period drama based on the Man Booker prize-winning novel by Eleanor Catton. After its run on BBCOne this summer, this stunning story of fate and fortune arrives on DVD and digital on 20 July 2020 from Acorn Media International.

1865, New Zealand: welcome to the Gold Rush. Fresh-faced young woman Anna Wetherell (Eve Hewson - The Knick, Robin Hood) sets out for a new life, and has a romantic encounter with fellow passenger Emery Staines (Himesh Patel - Yesterday, Eastenders) on the voyage to New Zealand. But fate has other plans for them...and so does scheming fortune-teller Lydia (Eva Green - Penny Dreadful, Casino Royale), who takes Anna under her wing; while naive Emery falls in with ex-convict Francis Carver (Marton Csokas - Into the Badlands, Aeon Flux).

As the lovers try to find their way back to each other, they are confronted with magic and murder, romance and revenge, all fuelled by the gold-lust that seems to infect everyone around them. Both looking for a fresh start in this new land of opportunity, the pair are soon caught up in events beyond their control, and start to question: do we make our fortunes, or do our fortunes make us?



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Rockfield: The Studio on the Farm

Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm, the riveting new feature-length music documentary from award-winning Welsh production company ie ie Productions, and director Hannah Berryman (The Brick in the Wall Kids), in her feature debut, produced by Catryn Ramasut (American Interior, Queerama), is set for its World TV Premiere on BBC Four and simultaneously on BBC Wales this July.

Black Sabbath, Queen, The Stone Roses, Oasis, Coldplay, Simple Minds, Robert Plant, Manic Street Preachers are some of the greatest bands and musicians of our time, but what is the one thing these titans of music have in common?

They've all created music at Rockfield, a recording studio on a farm in Wales, run by two farming brothers who had a dream...a dream that led to Rockfield becoming the birthplace of some of the biggest hits ever made. It's where Queen recorded their seminal Bohemian Rhapsody and featured in the Hollywood blockbuster of the same name, but Rockfield's own story has never been told...until now.

Rockfield: The Studio On The Farm features the studio's founders, Kingsley and Charles Ward, recounting how their humble farm became the stuff of legend. They're joined by a cast featuring some of the biggest names in rock history through the ages, from heavy metal and psychedelic rock, punk and new wave, to Madchester, Britpop and beyond. The film takes us to this unlikely inner sanctum of rock n roll history, where songs everybody knows and loves were made, songs such as I Am The Resurrection, Wonderwall, Yellow, If You Tolerate This, to name but a few...



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Agatha Raisin Series 3 & Series 1-3 Box Set DVD & digital release

International star Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, After Life) returns as the titular, beloved amateur detective Agatha Raisin, in the hit series, that sees her solve murder mysteries in a sleepy Cotswolds village, all while sporting a fabulous wardrobe and dangerously sharp wit.

Based on the best-selling novels by M.C. Beaton, the third series of Agatha Raisin airs this June on Sky One and new streaming service AcornTV. Agatha Raisin Series Three arrives on DVD and digital alongside the Agatha Raisin Complete Series One - Three Box Set on 6 July from Acorn Media International.

Glamorous PR-executive Agatha Raisin turns sleuth in the picturesque Cotswolds after her planned retirement to the country sees her become the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Armed with her trademark tenacity and fashion flair, along with help from her assistant Roy (Mathew Horne - Gavin & Stacey) and her trusty roster of friends: ladies' man Sir Charles Fraith (Jason Merrells - Waterloo Road), cleaner Gemma (Katy Wix - The Windsors), nosy neighbour Mrs Boggle (Marcia Warren - Don't Forget the Driver) and paramour James (Jamie Glover - Waterloo Road), Agatha takes up the detective mantle to uncover the perpetrators of a series of heinous and strange murders, lurking in the quaint village of Carsely.

The new series sees Agatha drumming up business for her new detective agency by investigating a legendary haunted house and even enrolling in dance lessons after disaster strikes a young woman's engagement party. She must put her detective skills to the test when she investigates the death of a woman James is seen arguing with, in an attempt to clear his name, and when a roast pig at the Winter Fayre turns out to be a human corpse, DC Bill Wong (Matt McCooey - Invizimals) must lead the investigation under strict instructions to keep Agatha out of it...luckily for him, Agatha's not so easy to keep away from the action!



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Code 404 DVD & digital

British acting greats Stephen Graham and Daniel Mays join forces as the ultimate dream team, taking the buddy cop genre to another dimension in hilarious new sci-fi mash-up Sky Original comedy series Code 404, which arrives on DVD and digital 6 July 2020 from Acorn Media International.

Detective Inspectors DI John Major (Mays - Temple, Good Omens) and DI Roy Carver (Graham - Line of Duty, The Irishman) are the top crime fighting duo in the Met's Special Investigation Unit, but when an undercover sting goes horribly wrong, Major is gunned down on the job and killed. How will the SIU function without him? Well, it doesn't have to.

As an 'asset' considered too valuable to lose, his body is fast-tracked into an experimental Artificial Intelligence project to bring him back from the dead. The only problem is, Major 2.0 may look like and sound like the original, but something has been lost in translation - quite a lot actually. His arrogant demeanour and gung-ho approach remain, but his crimefighting instincts have completely deserted him...



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Dead Still Series 1

A brand-new Acorn TV Original is ready for its close up; DEAD STILL, a morbidly comic period drama, like never before seen, gets its UK premiere on Acorn TV this summer.

Offering a contemporary take on the genre, we're transported to Victorian Dublin, in the heyday of the macabre practice of post-mortem photography, taking portrait photos of the recently deceased. This six-part series follows a renowned memorial photographer, played by accomplished actor Michael Smiley (Luther, Wire in the Blood), who is drawn into an investigation of a series of suspicious deaths.

After an unfortunate accident and waning patronage take their toll, Brock Blennerhasset (Smiley) must take on his would-be actress niece, Nancy Vickers (O'Higgins), and a new, eager assistant and former grave-digger, Conall Molloy (Logan) to help keep his macabre memorial photography business afloat. Meanwhile, Detective Frederick Regan (O'Hare) of the Dublin Metropolitan Police is following a trail of bodies, closing in on a murderer who appears to be cashing in on the sordid market for 'snuff' imagery. Unfortunately, the bodies seem to lead to Blennerhasset's door... so with his trusty assistants at hand, they take it upon themselves to track down the true perpetrator before he strikes again.



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Save Me Too and Save Me Series 1-2 Box Set

Lennie James makes a welcome return to our screens for the hugely anticipated second series of his gripping, gritty thriller Save Me. The hit Sky original drama is set to have audiences enthralled once again as Save Me Too hits our screens this April and makes its DVD debut alongside Save Me Series 1 & 2 DVD Box Set from Acorn Media International.

From the multi-award-winning producers of Line Of Duty this unflinching British drama is written by and stars the multi-talented Lennie James (The Walking Dead, Line of Duty) as our favourite yellow jacket wearing East End charmer Nelson "Nelly" Rowe, who will stop at nothing to save his loved ones.

The new series, which is set to air on Sky Atlantic and arrives on DVD and digital on 8 June 2020, sees the stunning ensemble cast of great British acting talent return, including Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster, Gentleman Jack), Stephen Graham (White House Farm, The Irishman), Susan Lynch (Killing Eve, Happy Valley), Kerry Godliman (Adult Material, After Life), Jason Flemyng (The Missing, A Christmas Carol) and Adrian Edmondson (Eastenders, Bancroft). They are joined by award-winning actor Lesley Manville (Mum, Phantom Thread), who takes a pivotal role in the thriller.



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Bulletproof Series 2 & Series 1 and 2 Box Set

Dive deep undercover with London's finest, Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters, as they return to the crime-filled streets in the second series of Bulletproof. Mixing drama, action and comedy in a fresh take on the police buddy genre, Bulletproof Series 2 arrives on DVD & digital 8 June and the Series 1 and 2 Box Set 15 June from Acorn Media International.

Acclaimed actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into the Darkness) and chart-topping rapper turned respected actor Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Hustle), lead the action as two undercover cops tasked with bringing down the East End's toughest criminals in this Sky original series co-created by the pair.

Adrenalin-fuelled and packed with laughs as well as high-octane action, as all buddy-cop aficionados know, the key to its success is the bromance and banter between Officer Ronnie Bishop (Clarke) and Senior Officer Aaron Pike (Walters). By-the-book, family man Pike and raised-on-the-streets Bishop may come from different backgrounds, but they work brilliantly together...even if things don't always go to plan.



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