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Taken Down on Acorn TV

This critically acclaimed, gripping six-part Irish crime drama stars Lynn Rafferty (Dead Still) as the detective investigating the violent death of a young Nigerian migrant on the streets of Dublin. Inspector Jen Rooney and her team soon discover a world where refugees exist in limbo, and the impact that their investigation has on fragile lives.

When an asylum seeker Abeni (Aissa Maiga) and her two sons Isiah (Aaron Edo) and Oba (Sean Edo) are caught up in the investigation, the precariousness of their position in Ireland becomes even more apparent, as does their desperation to stay, leading the police into a shady underworld where criminals are all too willing to take advantage of these vulnerable communities.

Also starring Brian Gleeson (Phantom Thread, Logan Lucky),Orla Fitzgerald (The Wind that Shakes the Barley), and Slimane Dazi (Only Lovers Left Alive)



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The Bureau Seasons 1- 5

Garnering critical acclaim across the globe and winning awards galore, French spy thriller THE BUREAU is probably one of the greatest TV series you've never heard of...But that's about to change as Sundance Now UK, the AMC Networks' streaming service available as an Amazon Prime add on, is set to air the exclusive UK premiere of THE BUREAU, Season 5. This exclusive Sundance Now series arrives in full on September 17, 2020.

Seasons 1 and 2 arrive exclusively on the streaming service from August 27, 2020 to join seasons 3 and 4, so viewers can binge ahead of the season 5 premiere. THE BUREAU, Complete 1 - 5 Seasons will be available exclusively on Sundance Now.

Hailed as 'the smartest and most authentic-feeling procedural espionage series anywhere in the world' by The New York Times, the suspense filled series, from creator and showrunner Eric Rochant (Mafiosa, The Patriots) takes us into the undercover world of French agents at the DGSE, France's leading intelligence centre.

Within the DGSE (Directorate General of External Security), the 'Office of Legends' operate the most valuable members of the French intelligence services: secret agents. Spending prolonged amounts of time immersed in hostile countries, these operatives are tasked with identifying potential sources of intelligence among the people they come into contact with. Operating under a fabricated identity, they live for years in a permanent state of double identity, between an apparently normal life and their covert intelligence activity.

The thrilling first series begins with one of the top agents, Malotru, (Mathieu Kassovitz - Amelie, The Fifth Element) recalled from a lengthy undercover mission in Damascus. Although lauded as a hero by the Bureau, can he settle back into his old life after six years as someone else? And what about the Syrian girlfriend he left behind...is she who she says she is, or could she be his downfall?

The highly anticipated 10-part fifth season features two episodes directed by renowned award-winning director Jacques Audiard (Rust and Bone, A Prophet).



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The Sounds on Acorn TV

Get ready for your new TV obsession as Acorn Original The Sounds, a brand new eight-part psychological thriller, premieres exclusively in the UK on Acorn TV this September.

A riveting multi-layered drama, set against the spectacular backdrop of one of New Zealand's greatest hidden secrets, the remote, idyllic Marlborough Sounds in South Island, we meet successful Canadian couple Maggie and Tom played by Rachelle Lefevre (Proven Innocent, White House Down) and Matt Whelan (Narcos, The Luminaries) who have upped sticks to start a new life in this paradise on the other side of the world.

Determined to escape the rat race, particularly Tom's family business and overbearing father, the pair are ready for a new chapter. Tom has gone ahead to lay down the groundwork for his new business venture, a salmon fishery in the town of Pelorus, where he hopes to reinvigorate their struggling economy. But the day after Maggie arrives, Tom mysteriously disappears on a boating trip and Maggie must come to terms with the fact that she may not have known her husband as well as she thought...

Local cop Jack McGregor (Matt Nable, Arrow, Riddick) spearheads the search, revealing disturbing secrets and bringing long-buried wounds to the surface. As Maggie struggles to navigate the escalating events, it becomes clear that in this small, seemingly close-knit community, nothing and no one are as they appear. Did they choose the wrong town for their happy ending?

Episodes 1 & 2 premiere September 3rd, 2020, with further episodes airing on subsequent Mondays through October 12th.



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Walkabout Limited Edition Blu-ray Box Set release

Seminal classic and one of the first Australian New Wave films, Walkabout, from legendary director Nicolas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth, Don't Look Now) is a coming-of-age story of survival and transcending cultural differences starring lauded actor Jenny Agutter (Call the Midwife, The Railway Children) and the director's son Luc Roeg.

Although it received mixed reviews on its Cannes premiere in 1971, the film has gone on to become an internationally renowned, cult favourite loved by audiences and critics alike, and now Second Sight Films is giving Walkabout the Limited Edition Blu-ray box set treatment.

Following the suicide of their father, Mary (Agutter) and her younger brother Peter (Luc Roeg) are left stranded in the blistering heat of the vast Australian outback. Facing exhaustion and starvation, their salvation comes when they cross paths with an Aboriginal boy (David Gulpilil - The Leftovers, Cargo) on 'walkabout', a ritual in which he must leave his home and learn to survive off the land. He teaches them how to survive in the wilderness, but a clash of cultures leads to terrible and tragic consequences...



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Acorn TV August 2020 Highlights

3 August: BALTHAZAR SERIES 2

Tomer Sisley (Messiah), returns as the handsome, intelligent and quick-witted forensic pathologist Raphael Balthazar who can speak to the dead, for a second gripping series of the critically acclaimed hit French drama.

10 August: FINDING JOY SERIES 1

Amy Huberman (Striking Out, Cold Feet) writes and stars alongside Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living With Yourself) and Jenny Rainsford (Fleabag) in this hilarious six-part comedy series that follows the trials and tribulations of a millennial journalist turned accidental superstar vlogger.

17 August: THE RESTAURANT SERIES 2

This award-winning Swedish drama, described as the next Downton Abbey, returns for a second mesmerising series. This sprawling ensemble period piece begins at the end of WWII and runs across two decades, following the ever-changing lives of the Lowander family and their renowned restaurant. Season two spans a decade beginning in 1955, as new faces and old must face new challenges.

24 August: FAMILY BUSINESS SERIES 1

This award-winning French series follows mother and daughter Astrid and Aubrey, two hot shot lawyers who make the perilous decision to work together. As they set up their legal firm specialising in family law, the harsh realities soon set in. They must face the complexities of their wide-ranging clients, alongside their own delicate working partnership.

31 August: CAPITAL

Based on John Lanchester's hit novel and featuring an all-star cast, this BBC miniseries takes place in the fictional South London street, Pepys Road, right in the heart of London's melting-pot. The residents include wealthy couple Roger and Arabella played by Toby Jones (Captain America) and Rachael Stirling (Detectorists), elderly widow Petunia (Gemma Jones, Gentleman Jack) and her daughter Mary (Lesley Sharp, Scott and Bailey), corner shop keeper Ahmed (Adeel Akhtar, Four Lions) and his family, and Quentina (Wunmi Mosaku, Luther), an asylum seeker facing deportation. When they all receive identical postcards bearing the message 'We want what you have', how will they react?

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PAYDIRT DVD & digital release

Hollywood heavyweights Luke Goss and Val Kilmer face off in a brand new rip-roaring, all-action heist thriller, PAYDIRT, which gets its UK Premiere this Summer courtesy of 101 Films and Octane Entertainment.

Set in the scorching Californian desert, the heat is on as career criminal Damien Brooks aka The Brit (Luke Goss), fresh from prison after a five-year stretch, is determined to find the buried stash of cash that landed him in a cell after a DEA bust gone wrong. He's served his time...now he wants his pay.

As he rounds up his old crew of mismatched badasses, all with their own problems, a plan starts to form...but the word is out that a real-life treasure hunt is going down and other criminal firms want in on the act.

Then there's retired Sheriff William Tucker (Val Kilmer)...he's on the warpath, obsessed with righting past wrongs and he'll stop at nothing to find the perpetrators, whatever the cost.

A slick pulse-pounding thrill ride with guns galore and a body count to die for...but who will hit PAYDIRT?



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The Secrets She Keeps DVD & digital

The cat is out the bag...Brand-new nail-biting drama The Secrets She Keeps is set to have viewers hooked this summer. This six-part small-screen adaptation of Michael Robotham's best-seller follows the lives of two pregnant women in wildly different circumstances, whose meeting may be more than a coincidence.

This 'domestic noir' drama arrives on digital 8 July and DVD 10 August 2020 from Acorn Media International, following its run on BBCOne.

Successful mummy-blogger Meghan (Jessica De Gouw - The Crown, Vienna Blood) meets shelf-stacker Agatha (Laura Carmichael - Downton Abbey, The Spanish Princess) in the supermarket of her affluent Sydney suburb. The pair are both pregnant, bonding over the similar due dates of their babies, but as they grow closer, Agatha becomes more and more obsessed with Meghan's ''perfect'' life. However under the surface, problems with her high-flying TV exec husband Jack (Michael Dorman - Patriot, The Invisible Man) and tension with his best friend Simon (Ryan Corr - Cleverman, Hacksaw Ridge) mean Meghan is keeping plenty of secrets of her own...

Meanwhile, the father of Agatha's child, Hayden (Michael Sheasby - The Luminaries, A Place to Call Home) is away on duty and might not be as excited about the baby as Agatha is, forcing her to confront the question: when the life you want isn't yours, how far will you go to get it?

A fascinating exploration of female friendship, urban class divide, social media, and motherhood, all wrapped up in an edge-of-your-seat thriller, you'll be guessing The Secrets She Keeps until the very end.



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Echoes of Fear DVD & digital release

Creating waves on the US festival circuit and garnering best feature awards galore Echoes of Fear is set to scare the living daylights out of UK audiences as it arrives on digital and DVD this summer from Second Sight Films.

Turning the haunted house genre on its head, this chilling scare-fest, will have you clamouring for a cushion as the horror creeps up to a truly disturbing climax. The supernatural chiller from Brian and Laurence Avenet-Bradley, has garnered huge critical acclaim and arrives on digital formats on 20 July, followed by its DVD release on 3 August 2020.

When her grandfather dies suddenly, Alisa (Trista Robinson - Purgatory Road) inherits his house and moves in to fix it up. But strange things start to happen, first there's weird sounds in the night and then she senses a supernatural presence. Looking for answers Alisa starts to investigate her grandfather's mysterious death, uncovering the horrific truth and shocking events of the past. Will they be the death of her?



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