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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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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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DAWN OF THE DEAD LIMITED EDITION 4K UHD RELEASE & LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY

This Autumn, Second Sight Films presents the horror release to end all horror releases. Fans, aficionados and collectors are in for a treat as horror maestro George A. Romero's long-awaited, highly anticipated Dawn of the Dead, finally gets the home entertainment release it deserves.

Widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest horror films of all time, this seminal work has been painstakingly restored and arrives in two separate format releases: Dawn Of The Dead Limited Edition 4K UHD and Dawn Of The Dead Limited Edition Blu-ray on 16 November 2020.

Both Box Sets arrive in stunning packaging featuring the original iconic poster art plus newly commissioned artwork inside. These include a whopping four discs - with three versions of the film: The Theatrical Cut, The Extended ('Cannes') Cut and The Argento Cut, plus stacks of special features that take in new and archive interviews, including the previously unreleased The Lost Romero Dawn Interview. With commentaries and documentaries galore, soundtrack CDs and a stunning brand new 160-page hardback book Dissecting the Dead complete with brand new writing, this is a veritable treasure trove and a must have for any collector. Please see list in full below.

The film originally arrived 10 years after the seminal Night of the Living Dead and ushered in a new era of zombie films. It showed Romero once again ahead of the curve, mixing biting political satire with state-of-the-art-gore for a genre defining masterpiece that packs as much of a punch today as it did 40 years ago.

With a zombie epidemic escalating, a small band of survivors seek refuge in that shrine to capitalism, the shopping mall. But the undead, still possessed by an instinctive desire to consume, have had the same idea...What follows is a nail-biting thrill-ride and fight to survive. Oh, and watch out for those helicopter blades!



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The South Westerlies on Acorn TV

This charming Acorn TV Original series gets its Worldwide Premiere on Monday, November 9 exclusively on Acorn TV in the UK, Canada, U.S., Australia, and New Zealand with all six episodes and follows environmental consultant and single mother Kate Ryan (Orla Brady), who 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?

A delightful, bingeworthy, six-part drama THE SOUTH WESTERLIES features an impressive ensemble of acclaimed actors including Orla Brady, Patrick Bergin, Eileen Walsh (Catastrophe, Patrick Melrose), Steve Wall (Raised by Wolves, The Witcher), Ger Ryan (Little Dog, Rialto), and a guest role from Sorcha Cusack (A Discovery of Witches, Father Brown) as Kate's mother, Goldie.

Kate is on the verge of a lucrative promotion at Noreg Oil and a move to their HQ in Oslo...until her employer adds a last minute caveat - a final assignment in Ireland for their company's new wind-power subsidiary, NorskVentus. Despite getting planning permission for their wind farm offshore from the West Cork town of Carrigeen, ongoing local protests are creating a PR nightmare. Kate must return to her hometown under the cover of a family holiday, so she can smooth over any objections to the wind farm before the appeals deadline.

When Kate arrives with teenage son Conor (Sam Barrett, The Happy Prince), she faces an eco-battle as she quickly discovers that the anti-wind farm lobby is much stronger than she was led to believe. Going up against Patrick Bergin who plays 'Big Mike' Kelleher, the town's local councillor, it's not just the spectacular scenery that's under pressure - Kate's personal history in the town adds yet more stress to her situation. As tensions rise for Kate both personally and professionally, she must rally her strength to face the changing tides.



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Nuclear digital release

Grippingly tense, claustrophobic thriller Nuclear, the directorial debut from Cannes Un Certain Regard winning writer Catherine Linstrum (California Dreamin'), is set for its World Premiere at the prestigious Raindance Film Festival this October and is released digitally on 9 November 2020 courtesy of 101 Films.

Two of Britain's greatest young acting talents Emilia Jones and George MacKay star in this haunting psychological drama. Brutalised, traumatised teenager Emma (Emilia Jones - Utopia, Locke and Key) and her mother (Sienna Guillory - Luther, Resident Evil) are on the run from a harrowing past. Seeking refuge in a remote village, she meets a mysterious boy (George MacKay - 1917, True History of the Kelly Gang) who may be more than he appears...

As Emma grows closer to him, fascinated by his obsession with the defunct nuclear power plant that poisons the lake water, she soon realises that in order to overcome her fears she must face them...including the toxic, terrifying past which is determined to catch up with her.



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South of the River digital release

An ode to rock 'n' roll and the beauty of Brixton and London life, South of the River follows front man Aaron as he navigates life, love and cancer. This funny and touching debut feature from Joe Watkins, produced by Little Dude Films, is released digitally on 2 November 2020 courtesy of Patriot Films.

The Undefined are a struggling South London rock band with their sights set on greatness: lead singer Aaron (Alex Gillison) and guitarist Jackson (Joe Watkins) are juggling the usual routine of drink, drugs, gigs and hook-ups, aspiring to be the next big thing, while Aaron ignores his doctor's appointments and tries to run away from the brutal reality of his life-threatening illness.

When he meets the alluring Laura (Alexandra Metaxa), and his estranged, philandering dad (David Spinx) makes a sudden return to his complicated life, only Aaron can decide whether to rock until he drops or grow up to survive.

Will Aaron sink or swim South of the River?



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Adult Material DVD & digital release

I, Daniel Blake star Hayley Squires takes the lead, alongside Quadrophenia's Phil Daniels and Hollywood favourite Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding), in a gritty, eye-popping new Channel 4 drama Adult Material, which takes us deep inside the British porn industry.

This new hard-hitting drama asks, is consent for sale? It examines the porn industry through the eyes of proud mother of three and family breadwinner Jolene Dollar (Squires), who happens to earn her living as one of the top adult entertainers in the UK. Following its run on Channel 4, Adult Material is set to arrive on DVD and digital on 2 November 2020 from Acorn Media International.

Unconventional career-woman Jolene has been involved in the industry her whole adult life and when 19-year-old Amy (Siena Kelly - Temple) arrives on set, Jolene feels responsible for her, since she's barely older than her own daughter Phoebe (Alex Jarret - Les Miserables). Jolene tries to take Amy under her wing...but she can't protect Amy from her own choices, and before she knows it, Jolene's relationship with this unstable young woman leads to her own career, reputation and personal life coming apart at the seams.

Jolene's long-term business partner Caroll Quinn is played by Everett, while Game of Thrones' Joe Dempsie plays her loving and supportive life-partner Rich. Navigating life, work and judgement, Jolene goes up against intimidating US porn mogul Tom Pain (Julian Ovenden - Downton Abbey) and finds an unlikely ally in anti-porn MP Stella Maitland (Kerry Godliman - After Life).

From Olivier Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Lucy Kirkwood (Chimerica) Adult Material is a timely look at how porn has blurred the lines of consent in mainstream culture.



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Acorn TV October 2020 Highlights

12 Oct: NEWTON'S LAW

This Australian drama sees Claudia Karvan (True History of the Kelly Gang, Jack Irish) star as the eponymous Josephine Newton, a local solicitor, who, when her practice is burned down by a disgruntled client, decides to don her wig and barrister's robe once again and resume her briefly glorious career at the Bar. This 'Upstairs, Downstairs' of legal dramas sees Josephine juggling the high-powered barrister's world of Knox Chambers and the haphazard legal tangles of her former solicitor's office.

19 Oct: ONE LANE BRIDGE

This thrilling New Zealand noir sees ambitious young Maori detective, Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki) who arrives in Queenstown with big dreams investigate the death of local legend Grub Ryder who is found dead at the bottom of the infamous One Lane Bridge. As he becomes embroiled in the major investigation, Ariki inadvertently unlocks a supernatural ability that threatens to endanger the case, his career, and his life.

19 OCT: BACK TO LIFE

The hugely talented Daisy Haggard (Breeders) writes and directs this truly original, brilliant comedy drama. After 18 years away, Miri Matteson returns to her childhood home to live with her parents (Geraldine James and Richard Durden) in the coastal town she grew up in, but no longer recognises. As she struggles into this new world of adult life, can she ever escape the shadow of her past?

26 Oct: EAST OF EVERYTHING

After the death of their mother, brothers Art (Richard Roxburgh) and Vance Watkins (Tom Long) return to the neglected holiday resort Broken Bay, in the idyllic most eastern-point of Australia, where they grew up. Their hope is to re-open the doors of 'Far Out East' and become a haven for travellers, adventurers and escapees. But when their estranged father Gerry Watkins (Nick Tate) unexpectedly turns up to stake his claim, will their plans be ruined?

26 Oct: FINGERSMITH

Two young women's lives collide in Victorian England...with terrifying consequences. Plucky orphan Sue Trinder (Sally Hawkins), raised in a den of petty thieves or 'fingersmiths', agrees to help a young con man (Rupert Evans), defraud wealthy heiress Maud Lilly (Elaine Cassidy). As Sue gets to know Maud, a strong bond soon begins to form, but as their pasts catch up with them they start to realise their lives are built on lies...who can they really trust?

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