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DI Ray

Discover DI Ray, a refreshing and necessary addition to the detective drama genre, that sees the talented and acclaimed Parminder Nagra (13 Reasons Why, ER, Bend It Like Beckham), give an impressive, powerful performance as the titular lead. Created and written by Line of Duty star, and one-to-watch scribe Maya Sondhi (Ackley Bridge, EastEnders) with Jed Mercurio as Exec Producer, this riveting and groundbreaking new series is set to arrive on DVD this July courtesy of Acorn Media International, following its transmission on ITV.

After a heroic arrest brings her to the attention of the decision makers on the force, DI Rachita Ray (Nagra) a British Asian policewoman is promoted to homicide... But her initial excitement on the promotion is quickly quashed by the underlying feeling that she landed the role as a box-ticking exercise, rather than on her merit as a detective.

Assigned to investigate a suspected honour killing of a young Muslim man, she quickly realises the two suspects - brothers from a British Hindu family - aren't guilty. The evidence against them is flimsy at best, but her attempts to convey this to her superiors and colleagues falls on deaf ears.

Hidden biases and a desire to close the case as soon as possible, means no one is listening... that is, until she discovers a much more sinister crime. As Ray uncovers a complex web of deceit within organised crime, she also lays bare deep-seated issues about her own identity - that she has buried for many years - wounds born out of a desperate desire to belong after a lifetime of being made to feel like an outsider.

This Birmingham set crime-drama, features a stellar cast including Gemma Whelan (White House Farm, Gentleman Jack, Game of Thrones) and Jamie Bamber (Marcella, The Smoke, Law & Order UK), the four-part series is directed by Bridgerton's Alex Pillai and produced by Code 404's Charlotte Surtees, and arrives on DVD and digital 11 July 2022.



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18 1/2

On the 50th Anniversary of Watergate - one of the biggest political scandals in history that sent shockwaves across the globe and set a new bar for serious constitutional misconduct - a fresh take on the story has been brought to light in 18 1/2. This inventive, fun, and thrilling feature, with twists and turns galore is set for its UK release this Summer from 101 Films.

An enthralling original from award-winning director Dan Mirvish (Bernard and Huey, Between Us) - who has been described as a 'cheerful subversive' (New York Times) and named as one of Variety's Top 50 Creatives to Watch - this slick, smart and thoroughly entertaining caper takes use on a whirlwind ride, set against the backdrop of political corruption, deception and double-dealing.

The year is 1974, and America is up in arms over the Watergate scandal. When loyal White House transcriber Connie Lashley (Willa Fitzgerald - Reacher, Little Women), inadvertently stumbles across the only copy of the infamous 181/2 minute gap in the Nixon tapes, she quickly finds herself completely out of her depth...

Holding the very thing that could prove the momentous conspiracy, she contacts Times reporter Paul Marrow (John Magaro - The Big Short, First Cow) for help, and the unlikely duo dive headfirst into the heart of the scandalous affair and a whole world of trouble.

An engrossing and compelling mystery, with a darkly comic edge, 18 1/2 boasts stunning cinematography and an exceptional cast including Bruce Campbell (Ash vs Evil Dead, Bubba Ho-Tep), Richard Kind (Argo, Inside Out), Vondie Curtis Hall (Romeo and Juliet), Catherine Curtin (Stranger Things), Ted Raimi (Creepshow) and Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men).

Scandalously sharp and staggeringly savvy 18 1/2 is a must-watch movie.



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Clean

World renowned actor Adrien Brody (The Pianist, The French Dispatch, Blonde), makes a welcome return to our screens in his self-penned thrilling new revenge feature Clean from director and co-writer Paul Solet (Bullet Head) which gets its UK premiere on 4 July 2022 courtesy of 101 Films.

The film boasts stand-out performances from an impressive cast including Wu-Tang Clan's RZA, Glenn Fleshler (Joker, Billions), Mykelti Williamson (Forrest Gump, Fences), Richie Merritt (White Boy Rick) and rising star Chandler DuPont (Charm City Kings) and is set to a brilliant soundtrack.

Brody takes the lead as a trashman who is tormented by his violent and criminal past and is hell-bent on making amends. Haunted by personal tragedy he is determined to find redemption by helping those around him.

He dedicates his life to his broken community, and the safety of young girl who reminds him of his daughter. When her life is put in danger, it reignites the darkness and brutality he has worked so hard to leave behind.

In his attempts to save the girl, can he save himself and at what cost?



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Martyrs Lane

For a night of haunting dread and claustrophobic terror visit Martyrs Lane if you dare. Acclaimed writer and director Ruth Platt (The Black Forrest) brings the chills in this powerful ghost story starring respected actor Denise Gough (Too Close, Guerrilla), that has been certified fresh with 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. Now this Shudder Original is set to arrive on UK DVD and digital courtesy of Acorn Media International on 4 July 2022.

Leah (Kiera Thompson - The Emily Atack Show) feels like a stranger in her own home - a large, creaky, old Victorian vicarage where she lives with her distant mother Sarah (Gough) and distracted father Thomas (Steven Cree - Outlaw King, Outlander). Leah's days are spent tip-toeing the house in isolation, where during the night, the dark empty spaces provide plenty of room for her nightmares to creep in.

One night, Leah is visited by a mysterious young girl in a white dress (Hannah Rae - Carmilla, City of Tiny Lights), who offers her a sense of comfort. In the hope that her shadowy guest might be able to answer some questions about Leah's absent mother, the two girls begin to play a game. But fun quickly becomes fearsome as Leah realises that her guest holds knowledge that could be incredibly dangerous...

Boasting compelling performances from two young actresses, Platt's ghostly gothic fairy-tale is a highly atmospheric and breathtakingly evocative exploration of loss, grief, and fear. Conjuring the sense of dread of childhood bad dreams, this unsettling yet deeply moving psychological thriller promises exhilarating anxiety and foreboding fear.

Take a trip down Martyrs Lane for a hauntingly intense cinematic fearfest.



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True Things

Following its critically acclaimed theatrical release, psychological drama TRUE THINGS is set for its home entertainment release this Summer from Picturehouse Entertainment.

Ruth Wilson takes the lead in a mesmerising, critically acclaimed performance as a disillusioned benefits officer who embarks on an intoxicating affair with the mysterious blonde (Tom Burke) and her world is turned upside down. Hayley Squires also stars.

Adapted from Deborah Kay Davis' book True Things About Me and directed by BIFA- winning and BAFTA-nominated British director Harry Wootliff, who has been described as -'unreservedly one of the most fearless young filmmakers around' (Film Stories), the film is produced by Tristan Goligher, Ben Jackson, Ruth Wilson and Jude Law. TRUE THINGS will be released on DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Monday 4 July 2022.

Synopsis

Bored by the daily tedium of her office job, Kate (Ruth Wilson) is sleepwalking through life when a chance sexual encounter with a charismatic stranger (Tom Burke) awakens her. High on infatuation and the exhilaration of this new relationship, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to this mysterious new man. Hoping he will provide the escape she so desperately desires, she embarks on an emotionally dangerous journey that slowly begins to consume her. Adapted from Deborah Kay Davies' acclaimed novel 'True Things About Me', Harry Wootliff's new film is an intense and absorbing psychological drama.



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Acorn TV July 2022 Highlights

Monday 4 July, The Sommerdahl Murders Series 3 (1-3 Box set)

Hit Scandi police drama The Sommerdahl Murders is back for its third season. This enthralling mystery series set on the stunning Danish coast follows DCI Dan Sommerdahl (Peter Mygind, The Kingdom, Last Christmas), an investigator who has devoted his life to protecting his beloved town, at the unfortunate cost of his marriage.

Based on the bestselling Dan Sommerdahl books from Anna Grue, one of Scandinavia's most successful crime fiction writers, it follows new murder cases and the ongoing love triangle that sees his ex-wife Marianne (Laura Drasbaek, Park Road, Grow) involved with Detective Flemming Torp (Andre Babikian, Those Who Kill, The Protectors), who besides being his police-partner, is also his best friend.

The new series finds Dan grieving for his mother and while he is slowly adjusting, Marianne has let him stay on the sofa, but she feels it's now time for him to leave. She and Flemming are also working out how to break the news to Dan that they're officially in a relationship.

A new case finds a family-man found dead in a wet-suit by the harbour apartments, seemingly pushed off the building. Then a developer is found dead in a boat at sea, the day after his long-awaited marina project was finally green-lighted by the city council. Could they be connected?

Monday 25 July, Total Control Series 2 (1 & 2 Box set available)

Following the success of season one of this compelling, critically acclaimed political thriller, Total Control returns for its second series. When the Australian PM Rachel (Rachel Griffiths, Six Feet Under, Hacksaw Ridge) seeks to exploit the popularity of force to reckon with, Indigenous woman Alex Irving (Deborah Mailman, Mystery Road, Jack Irish), for her own means, it sparks a battle for power and revenge.

This series finds Alex trying to find a new way to take control of the political establishment that is determined to shake everything she values. Returning home, she is determined to get her grassroots campaign off the ground but the PM makes a surprise announcement that sees her facing off with Alex on live television.

Monday 4 July, Detectorists complete series 1 - 3 inc. Christmas Special

Seek and you will find the wonderful gem of a series Detectorists, on Acorn TV this month. The BAFTA-winning hit, written by and starring Mackenzie Crook (Worzel Gummidge, The Office, Pirates of The Caribbean) is loved by critics and fans alike - comedy gold that deserves to be watched over and over again.

Best friends Andy (Crook) and Lance (Toby Jones, Marvellous, Captain America: The First Avenger) share a passion for metal detecting and spend their time scouring the English countryside hoping for the one rare find that could change their lives forever.

Along the way the pair face the ups and downs of their own lives from relationships to challenges and enemies old and new, but they always have each other and the dream of something waiting not too deep beneath the soil, something that will inspire the legendary Gold Dance. With The Danebury Metal Detecting Club - the best bunch of friends anyone could ask for - and arch-rivals 'Simon and Garfunkel' (Paul Casar and Simon Farnaby) never far away, there's never a dull moment.

Monday 11 July, Cheat

TV favourites Katherine Kelly (Happy Valley, Innocent, Liar) and Molly Windsor (Three Girls, Traces) face off as a professor and a wronged student in this tense, enthralling four-part scandalous thriller. Directed by Louise Hooper (Lucky Man, Inside No. 9), Cheat is a twisted tale of revenge and mystery slowly revealed through gripping flashbacks and arrives on Acorn TV this month.

When Cambridge University lecturer Dr Leah Dale (Kelly), suspects final year student Rose (Windsor) of cheating, she fails her. Feeling humiliated, Rose embarks on a campaign of revenge for the perceived injustice. As the stakes are raised things begin to spiral out of control as Rose and Leah become tangled in a web of lies, murder and cheating...

Monday 18 July, The Cry

Featuring a spellbinding performance from Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Victoria), that earned her a nomination for best actress at the International Emmys, this engrossing psychological drama tells the story of young parents Joana (Coleman) and Alistair (Ewan Leslie, The Nightingale, Operation Buffalo), who must travel to Australia from Scotland to regain custody of Alastair's daughter from his ex-wife, Alexandra (Asher Keddie, X-men Origins: Wolverine, Offspring).

During the journey to the small seaside town Wilde Bay, the couple's baby son Noah goes missing. Under intense public scrutiny and immense pressure, Joana's mental state starts to deteriorate, and as their relationship collapses, they both become more and more desperate.

Monday 18 July, Trivia Series 1 & 2

Irish Comedy Trivia is guaranteed to brings the laughs and quench your thirst for knowledge at the same time. This fun drama follows 'The Team with No Name', the quirky quizzers whose quest is to win the pub quiz every week for a year. All the while they must navigate their relationships with each other and their own everyday lives.

Series two sees Ruth (Aisling Bea, This Way Up, Finding Joy) as a new love interest, as life becomes more hilariously complicated for the team. Starring David Pearse (The Guard, The Foreigner) and Keith McErlean (The Vikings, Kin), Trivia is worth putting your mind to the test.

Monday 11 July, United

From lauded writer Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch, Doctor Who) and director James Strong (Broadchurch, Vigil, Vanity Fair) comes an emotional, stirring tribute to the seminal late 1950s Manchester United team.

This feature length one-off drama features a stellar all-star cast including David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), Dougray Scott (Batwoman, Mission Impossible II), Dean Andrews (Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, Last Tango in Halifax) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, Sanditon) who bring the tale of 'Busby's Babes' to life with aplomb.

It retells a crucial period of football history, recounting the title-winning team Matt Busby (Scott) put together in the 1950s, followed by the tragedy that befell them in the form of the Munich air disaster, and Jimmy Murphy's (Tennant) subsequent management. Told mainly through the eyes of Murphy and Bobby Charlton (Jack O'Connell, This is England, Skins), United is a deeply touching eulogy sure to bring a tear to the eye.



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Drive

Fasten your seatbelt for the ride of a lifetime as the 'very brutal, very slick LA pulp thriller' (The Guardian), Drive gets the Limited Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray treatment. Arriving on 6 June 2022, the exquisite collectable, bonus-filled box set is presented by Second Sight Films and Nicolas Winding Refn. The film will also be available individually as a Standard Edition 4K or Blu-ray.

This cult-classic sees Ryan Gosling as the formidable driver, in an outstanding performance that confirmed his status as a major Hollywood player, alongside another rising star early into her career, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston also stars, and Christina Hendricks gives a show-stealing turn in this stylish, wild, high-octane thrill ride, that's filled with wickedly astounding action and awe-inspiring car chases that will leave you in a spin.

Hollywood stuntman and best in the business getaway driver (Gosling) has a strict professional code, but his loner lifestyle is turned upside down when he falls for his neighbour Irene (Mulligan). With her ex-con husband owing protection money, she's sucked into the dangerous criminal underworld and there's only one person that can her save her... the driver.

Drive Limited Edition comes in stunning premium packaging with new artwork by AllCity and includes a 240-page hardback book with new essays, an exclusive interview with author James Sallis, original storyboards, stills and behind-the-scenes photos; the original novel with exclusive new artwork and art cards. All versions come with new exclusive audio commentary by Nicolas Winding Refn and Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, and a 70-minute conversation with Nicolas Winding Refn, editor Mat Newman and composer Cliff Martinez.

Please see full list of extras below.

Special Features

A Special Edition release presented by Second Sight Films and Director Nicolas Winding Refn

Includes UHD and Blu-ray both with main feature and bonus features

New 4K master produced by the original post production company and approved by Nicolas Winding Refn

UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR graded by the film's original colourist

Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

New exclusive audio commentary by Nicolas Winding Refn and The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw

Drive: a 70-minute conversation with Nicolas Winding Refn, Editor Mat Newman and Composer Cliff Martinez

Cutting a Getaway - a new interview with Mat Newman

3 Point Turns - a new video essay by Leigh Singer

Optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired

Limited Edition Contents

Premium box set packaging with new artwork by AllCity

240-page hardback book with new essays by Travis Crawford, Alison Taylor, Matthew Thrift, Simon Ward, Thomas Joseph Watson, Emma Westwood and Hannah Woodhead, an exclusive interview with Drive author James Sallis by Matthew Thrift, original storyboards, stills and behind-the-scenes photos

The original novel with exclusive new artwork by AllCity

7 collectors' art cards



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Agatha Raisin Series 4 & 1 - 4 Box set

Internationally acclaimed actor Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty, After Life) returns as the titular, adored amateur detective Agatha Raisin, in the hit TV series, that sees the London PR guru turned detective, solve murder mysteries in the sleepy Cotswolds village she calls home, all while sporting a fabulous wardrobe and dangerously sharp wit.

Based on the best-selling novels by the late M.C. Beaton, the fourth series of Agatha Raisin airs on Acorn TV and Sky this May and Agatha Raisin Complete Series Four and One- Four Box Set inc. the Christmas Special: Kissing Christmas Goodbye arrive on DVD and digital 6 June from Acorn Media International.

When glamorous London PR-executive Agatha Raisin retires from the hustle and bustle of the publicity world to live a quiet life in the picturesque Cotswolds, things don't quite go to plan. When she accidentally becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, it leads to a brand-new career as an amateur sleuth. Armed with her trademark tenacity and fashion flair, along with help from her loyal 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 picks up the detective mantle to uncover the perpetrators of a series of heinous crimes and strange murders, lurking in the quaint village of Carsely.

Four series later the Agatha Raisin detective agency continues to thrive, and there's no shortage of mysteries for the savvy sleuth to solve. Resolving not to spend any more time dwelling on her AWOL on-off partner, James (Jamie Glover - Waterloo Road), Agatha and her merry band of helpers have more cases to crack including a jam competition that spirals into a sticky mess when a judge is mysteriously murdered - Wilkes (Jason Barnett - Bridgerton) hires our favourite formidable PI to keep a lid on things.

When James whisks Agatha away on a seaside trip to work on his new book, the last thing she expects is to end up in Snoth-on-Sea and be suspected of murder once again. And in an even more shocking turn of events, she's called in to investigate when her ex-fiance's fiancee is murdered the night before their wedding...

This cracking fourth series promises laughs galore and a corking good time, with our favourite charming detective - the inimitable Agatha Raisin.

Series Four boasts an A-list line up of British talent including: Vincent Regan (300, Troy), Keith Allen (Kingsman the Golden Circle, the Others), Ace Bhatti (Bohemian Rhapsody, Bend it Like Beckham), Sophie Ward (Jane Eyre, Book of Blood), Robbie Gee (Snatch, Underworld), Phil Daniels (Quadrophenia, Chicken Run), and Taz Skylar (Boiling Point, The Kill Team) amongst others.



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