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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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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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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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All Creatures Great and Small DVD release

Beloved classic All Creatures Great and Small - 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, arriving on DVD 23 November 2020 courtesy of Acorn Media International, following its record breaking run on Channel 5. Launching to a whopping 5 million viewers, the series is their #1 British drama ever and highest rated programme so far this year.

Newcomer Nicholas Ralph plays the young vet who is taken under the wing of renowned veterinary surgeon Seigfried Farnon (Samuel West - Darkest Hour, Mr Selfridge) in the stunning countryside of 1940s Yorkshire.

As James settles in to rural professional life, he must prove himself and his credentials under Siegfried's watchful eye, all whilst trying not to be distracted by Siegfried's unruly younger brother Tristan (Callum Woodhouse - The Durrells, Cold Feet), stern housekeeper Mrs Hall (Anna Madeley - Deadwater Fell, Patrick Melrose), and beautiful farmer Helen Alderson (Rachel Shenton - White Gold, Hollyoaks) with whom romance may be on the cards...

Featuring a menagerie of guest stars including screen legend the late Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones, Victoria), Nigel Havers (Chariots of Fire, Coronation Street), Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter, Ripper Street), Philip Gascoyne (The ABC Murders, Peaky Blinders) and Naomi Radcliffe (Three Girls, Coronation Street), our vet heroes must handle everything from horses with injured hooves, feline mix-ups, milk-fever, Mrs Pumphrey's Pekingese Tricky Woo, and of course classic calfing scenes, there's something for every animal lover.

All Creatures Great and Small will love this feel-good, fun family show.



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Skyfire Blu-ray, DVD & digital release

Get fired up for the ultimate action-fest Skyfire, a thrilling new disaster movie from lauded director Simon West (Con Air, Expendables 2, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Gone in 60 Seconds).

This big-budget thrill-ride erupted into Chinese theatres securing the number one box office slot on its opening and now gets its UK premiere on 23 November 2020 courtesy of Patriot Films.

Escape to Tianhuo Island, a beautiful remote paradise...where renowned businessman Jack Harris, played by charismatic screen favourite Jason Isaacs, is about to open a brand new holiday resort. With its breathtaking views overlooking the stunning mountains and the chance to tour the dormant volcano, visitors begin to flock from far and wide to experience the awe-inspiring sights.

But beneath the Island's beauty lies the ultimate danger...when the mountain decides to wake up, it creates terror in its wake. Will anyone survive the volcanic fallout?

Feel the heat with Skyfire, a gut-churning rollercoaster of explosive action.



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Inspector Montalbano Collection 10 & Complete Collection One - Ten DVD & digital release

Our favourite Sicilian detective Inspector Montalbano returns for another enthralling series of intrigue, drama and fine food, set against a stunning sun-drenched backdrop.

From the pen of the late, great Andrea Camilleri, Inspector Montalbano Collection 10 sees two new gripping mysteries, based on some of his final works arrive on DVD and digital on 23 November 2020, following their transmission on BBC Four. The stunning full collection containing 36 feature-length episodes will also be released as Inspector Montalbano Complete Collection One - Ten Box Set.

With all of the thrills of Scandi-noir, but with delicious delicacies, Sicilian culture and the warmth of the Mediterranean sun, this ratings hit stars Luca Zingaretti as the eponymous, much-loved icon of contemporary detective drama. Salvo Montalbano is a sharp, unconventional detective who must fight to succeed within Italy's precarious justice system, alongside his trusted colleagues.

Beloved Salvo, My Livia (Salvo amato, Livia mia)

A gifted young researcher suffers a brutal death in a public records centre, but the leads don't add up: Montalbano discovers a complex personal life but finds no enemies. This case hits particularly close to home, as the victim was a close friend of Montalbano's girlfriend Livia (Sonia Bergamasco). Could their work with immigrant orphans have something to do with her death?

The Safety Net (La rete di protezione)

A Swedish TV period drama production creates a buzz in Vigata, prompting residents to dig out their old home videos. When a local uncovers mysterious old footage in his attic, Montalbano tries to figure out the story behind the videos that are taken on the same day and at the same location over a number of years. Meanwhile, a break-in at a primary school reveals the darker side of social media...could the two cases be linked?



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