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The Pilot

The critically acclaimed Russian WWII action thriller The Pilot: A Battle for Survival, celebrated its World Premiere in December 2021 in its homeland and is now set to make an impact with British audiences as it lands on UK digital on 28 February 2022 courtesy of Koch Films. Renat Davletyarov, this powerful, hard-hitting actioner - based on true events - follows a Russian pilot, played by Sputnik star Pyotr Fyodorov, who crash-lands behind enemy lines and will stop at nothing to survive. His battle to escape takes him on a treacherous journey, where he must endure starvation, extreme cold, packs of hungry wolves out for a kill and ruthless Nazi soldiers...But the biggest battle of his life is yet to come.

Synopsis:

December of 1941, Northwestern Front. A German tank column is moving towards Moscow. During a mission to stop the enemy advance, Nikolai Komlev's IL-2 is shot down. Komlev manages to crash-land his plane in a remote forest clearing. He's alive, but far away from friendly territory. Ahead of him lies a relentless trial of severe physical and mental endurance. After battling hunger and extreme cold, evading packs of hungry wolves and detachments of Nazi soldiers, the broken Komlev finally makes it back to safety. Now he must face another challenge, the most life-changing of them all...

The Pilot: A Battle for Survival is a gripping, nail-biting, formidable journey that will stay with you long after the credits roll.



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Kin

Kin is a powerful, enthralling and slick new eight-part Irish gang drama, from AMC Networks that's set for its UK Premiere exclusively on Sundance Now via Amazon Prime Video Channels on 24 February 2022.

This thrilling, critically acclaimed drama follows the Kinsella clan - who, when their boy is killed - set off a gangland war with an international cartel - a war that is impossible to win. As the violence escalates, the in-fighting begins and the body count rises. There will be blood...lots of it.

With a sterling cast including Charlie Cox (Daredevil, Spiderman, Boardwalk Empire), Clare Dunne (Herself, Spireman: Far From Home), Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, The Wire), and Ciaran Hinds (Game of Thrones, The Terror) and Peter McKenna (The Last Kingdom, Red Rock) as showrunner/executive producer, writer, and creator, alongside Ciaran Donnelly (Altered Carbon, Vikings) who also serves as executive producer, this hard-hitting drama packs real punch.

In a tale of David versus Goliath, the Kinsellas are out-numbered, out-financed and out-gunned. They find themselves holed up in their Dublin stronghold while their businesses fail, and family members and associates are picked off by one by one... But the Kinsellas have something the cartel does not...the unbreakable family bond and the power of their brood.

Kin is a dark and thrilling tale of gangsters who on the surface appear to live ultimate celebrity lifestyle with a world of power, glamour and riches, but underneath lurks a deadly world of drugs, guns, undercover assassins and murder.

Is blood truly thicker than water in Kin?

Sundance Now, the streaming service from AMC Networks, is available as an Amazon Prime Video Channels add on in the UK.

Exclusive Premiere: Thursday 24th February

Episodes: 8



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Sweetie, You Won't Believe It

Berserk, bloody hilarious and not for the faint hearted; Sweetie, You Won't Believe It gets its UK release on digital and Blu-ray from 101 Films on 21 February 2022, following its barnstorming UK Premiere at FrightFest 2021, and receiving huge praise as horror of the year.

Director Yernar Nurgarliyev brings us a splattering of blood, guts and laughter in an original and dark - yet hilarious - killer Kazakhstan thriller starring Daniar Alshinov and Asel Kaliyeva as bickering husband and wife, Dastan and Zhanna. Desperate for one last weekend of fun before his baby is born and he has to settle down, Dastan rounds up his two best pals for a boys' weekend of fishing and fun, but little do they know their plan for a chilled trip to the lake is about to turn into mad and deadly mayhem.

After accidentally witnessing a murder by a group of thugs, the three friends are suddenly on the run to escape their violent clutches and then things turn even wilder. With a mysterious one-eyed man out for blood and a desperate wannabe bride and her pushy father in the mix, the body count starts to rise. Never mind fishing, will Dastan make it out alive and get to the hospital in time to witness the birth of his child?

Filled with bucket loads of blood, sweat and tears of laughter with Sweetie, you Won't Believe it. Absurd and hysterical - not to mention unapologetically brutal - you really won't believe it.



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Echoes of the Psst

The late Max Von Sydow (The Exorcist, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Flash Gordon) gives a striking and tender-hearted final performance in Echoes of the Past, a poignant and powerful drama inspired by true events - one of the darkest moments in modern Greek history.

Helmed by lauded Greek director Nicholas Dimitropoulos (Alter Ego), Echoes of the Past is the first film to explore the Kalavryta Holocaust and the infamous massacre of Kalavryta by Nazi troops on December 13, 1943. The film opened in Greece in November 2022 to the #1 spot at the Greek Box Office and won the Youth Audience Award at Thessaloniki International Film Festival, now this moving and momentous feature is set to arrive on digital platforms on 21 February from Reel 2 Reel Films.

When the Greek government launches a multi-billion legal claim for war reparations, Caroline Martin (Astrid Roos - Dreamland) a high-flying lawyer representing the German government visits Kalavryta to investigate.

An unexpected encounter with the last survivor of the tragedy, Nikolaos Andreou (Max Von Sydow) leads them both down a dark chapter of history as the traumatic past comes to light once again. As the pair grapple with the painful Echoes of the Past they are changed forever...

Starring in a role that was conceived with him in mind, Max Von Sydow gives a powerfully nuanced and heart-wrenchingly human performance in this commanding, compelling and strikingly shot historical drama. Harrowing yet resoundingly hopeful, Dimitropoulos' feature tenderly pleas with us all to honourably remember the Echoes of the Past and ensure that, against all odds, humanity prevails.



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Soulmates

Written by Emmy Award-winner and co-creator Will Bridges (Stranger Things, Black Mirror) with co-creator and producer Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso, Adult Life Skills), Soulmates is a thrilling sci-fi anthology, exploring an entirely new science that unequivocally tells you who your soulmate is.

Delving into six standalone stories of love, loss and betrayal, Soulmates arrives on DVD and digital 7 February 2022, courtesy of Acorn Media International.

Approximately 15 years in the future, a company called Soul Connex has developed a test that can determine the person you were most meant to love...with 100 percent accuracy. Each self-contained, star-studded episode explores the results of this new test and its impact on a myriad of complex relationships.

The line-up includes: Bill Skasgard (Stephen King's It, Deadpool 2), Nathan Stewart Jarrett (Misfits, Utopia), Sarah Snook (Succession, Steve Jobs), Kingsley Ben-Adir (One Night in Miami, Peaky Blinders), JJ Feild (Lost in Space, Turn up Charlie), Malin Akerman (Chick Fight, Watchmen), Shamier Anderson (Wynonna Earp, Destroyer), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad, Life in Pieces) and Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things, The New Mutants).

From crumbling marriages, the exciting possibility of new love, the grief of mourning a soulmate you never knew, and the leap of faith required to jump into a life with someone new, Soulmates asks the ultimate question: is love destiny or choice?



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The Chelsea Detective - Episode 1

One episode per week on subsequent Mondays

Complete Box set and bonus features available from 28th February

Adrian Scarborough (Killing Eve, Gavin & Stacey, The King's Speech, 1917) takes the lead in this brand-new Acorn TV Original drama created and co-written by Peter Fincham. This four-part series makes its UK TV debut exclusively on Acorn TV.

Detective Inspector Max Arnold (Scarborough) lives on a houseboat on the Thames, in Chelsea, after separating from his art dealer wife Astrid (Anamaria Marinca - 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; Sex Traffic), just yards from some of the most valuable real estate in Europe. The beautiful borough is full of beautiful people, but it has a dark underside of deprivation, violence, greed - and murder. Bodies have a way of showing up, and things are rarely what they seem, but Max's determination and acuity mean he'll find a way to root out the truth and bring those responsible to justice - regardless of their wealth or status.

DC Arnold and his trusty colleague Streatham-born D.C. Priya Shamsie, played by Sonita Henry (Luther, Krypton), investigate a slew of enthralling cases from the strange to the complex, including the death of a lonely stonemason on the London Underground which , at first, seems like a real life haunting to Max. Might a more down-to-earth explanation be found as they uncover the truth about his life?



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ACORN TV FEBRUARY 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

MONDAY 7 FEB - THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE - EPISODE 1

ACORN TV ORIGINAL UK PREMIERE

STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

One episode per week on subsequent Mondays Complete Box set and bonus features available from 28th February

Adrian Scarborough (Killing Eve, Gavin & Stacey, The King's Speech, 1917) takes the lead in this brand-new Acorn TV Original drama created and co-written by Peter Fincham. This four-part series makes its UK TV debut exclusively on Acorn TV.

Detective Inspector Max Arnold (Scarborough) lives on a houseboat on the Thames, in Chelsea, after separating from his art dealer wife Astrid (Anamaria Marinca - 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days; Sex Traffic), just yards from some of the most valuable real estate in Europe. The beautiful borough is full of beautiful people, but it has a dark underside of deprivation, violence, greed - and murder. Bodies have a way of showing up, and things are rarely what they seem, but Max's determination and acuity mean he'll find a way to root out the truth and bring those responsible to justice - regardless of their wealth or status.

DC Arnold and his trusty colleague Streatham-born D.C. Priya Shamsie, played by Sonita Henry (Luther, Krypton), investigate a slew of enthralling cases from the strange to the complex, including the death of a lonely stonemason on the London Underground which , at first, seems like a real life haunting to Max. Might a more down-to-earth explanation be found as they uncover the truth about his life?

MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2022

DALGLIESH UK PREMIERE

STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) plays the eponymous lead in this critically acclaimed detective drama based on the bestselling Adam Dalgliesh Mysteries novels by renowned author P.D. James. The enigmatic detective and poet take on extraordinary murder cases in the gripping six-part series which will be available to stream exclusively on Acorn TV.

It's 1970s England, and Dalgliesh is brought in to investigate a series of strange mysteries including a student nurse poisoned during training, a homeless man and a retired Tory politician found dead with their throats slashed in a London church and a very suspicious death at a care home. Also starring Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Natasha Little (War of the Worlds) and Mirren Mack (Sex Education).

MONDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2022

AFTERTASTE UK PREMIERE

STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

Erik Thomson (The Luminaries, 800 Words) plays the internationally renowned, volatile celebrity chef Easton West who has a spectacular fall from grace and returns to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills, Australia, in this comedy drama. He endeavours to rebuild his career and restore his reputation with the help of his talented, young, pastry-chef niece Diana (Natalie Abbott). Starring Rachel Griffiths (Total Control, Brothers & Sisters), and Wayne Blair (Mystery Road).

MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2022

THE A WORD SERIES 2 STREAMING EXCLUSIVE, SERIES 1- 2 AVAILABLE

When Joe says the 'A word' for the first time, his parents Paul (Lee Ingleby - Inspector George Gently) and Alison (Morven Christie, The Bay) know they must talk to him about his autism; Maurice (Christopher Eccleston, Doctor Who) is catapulted back into Louise's (Pooky Quesnel, Doctors) life and Eddie (Greg McHugh, Fresh Meat) and Nicola (Molly Wright, Our Girl) have a secret to keep. Life for Joe's family turns upside down as he starts at a specialist school in Manchester which puts a strain on Alison and Paul. Rebecca halts her plans with James and Louise confides in a stunned Maurice.

MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2022

MARTHA'S VINEYARD MYSTERIES EPISODE 3 UK PREMIERE STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

Forced into early retirement, former detective Jeff Jackson (Jesse Metcalf, Desperate Housewives) returns to a quiet life on Martha's Vineyard. When a body washes ashore near the docks, Jeff finds himself drawn into the investigation - and drawn back into the orbit of old flame Dr. Zee Madieras (Sarah Lind, Cold Blood). The two soon become formidable partners in crime solving. The first two episodes are available now on Acorn TV and the third feature length mystery Ships in the Night arrives this month.

When a robbery at an art gallery that leads to the death of the contemptible venue manager, Jeff Jackson and Dr. Zee Madeiras are brought in to catch the killer.

Monday 28 FEBRUARY

THE WINE SHOW COMPLETE 1 -3 BOX SET

The Wine Show series one is available now on Acorn TV and the second and third series arrive this month for tasty triple of our favourite tipple. The series takes us on a wonderful escapade to the world's best wine regions, with famous faces galore.

The second series takes us to the glorious South of France. Host Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game) is joined by James Purefoy (Rome, The Following) in a beautiful new villa in France. Together they are tasked with putting together a case of wine to match a six-course lunch made by Michelin starred French chef Steephane Reynaud.

Series 3 sees Dominic West joins James Purefoy to taste wines at the beautiful headquarters in the Douro Valley of Portugal; Matthew Goode and James learn about the Portuguese Age of Discoveries; Matthew Rhys explores New York with Joe Fattorini and new star sommelier Charlotte Wilde takes us to the Azores to discover the origins of sparkling wine.

MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2022

CANDICE RENOIR - SERIES 3 (1 - 3 BOX SET available)

UK PREMIERE

STREAMING EXCLUSIVE

The award-winning, much-loved French police drama returns for series three, following Officer Commandant Candice Renoir played with elan by Cécile Bois, who juggles being a single mother of four with her job as a leading police detective.

Candice takes a rare few days off to move into a beautiful new beachfront house...but it's far from relaxing. When Victor Alonso is murdered, she jumps at the chance to return to work to get a brief respite from unpacking and arguing with children. It's all systems go as she embarks on the new investigation with her now much smaller team of just Chrystelle and Mehdi, after Antoine is transferred to the Montpellier force.



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Censor

Prano Bailey-Bond's acclaimed 'thrilling, dizzying debut' Censor stars the incredible Niamh Algar in a mesmerising performance as a dedicated and intense film censor during Britain's infamous 'video nasty' era, whose work slowly becomes intwined with her past. Now this brilliantly dark and disturbing British horror is set for the highly anticipated Limited Edition Blu-ray treatment from Second Sight Films on 31 January 2022.

Enid (Algar - Deceit, The Virtues) spends her days meticulously watching and assessing gruesomely violent and disturbing movies, taking her work as a film censor very seriously. She holds a strong sense of responsibility in protecting audiences from extreme content, subconsciously driven by the guilt she holds from a disturbing childhood trauma.

When a troubling film lands on her desk, Enid finds herself embroiled in the story and slowly starts to uncover some of her lost memories that seem strangely similar to the film. Consumed by the need to find if there is a connection between the production and the disappearance of her sister, her life spirals out of control, descending into darkness and danger.

Censor Limited Edition Blu-ray comes as a two-disc box set presented in a rigid slipcase with new artwork by James Neal and a soft cover book with brand new essays and art cards. The slew of special features include: three brand-new audio commentaries and new interviews with cast and crew and much more, please see full list below.



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