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Acorn TV April 2021 Highlights

5 Apr: BLOOD SERIES 2

Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty, Broken) stars in the hit psychological thriller from award-winning writer Sophie Petzal (The Last Kingdom, Riviera). After the life-changing events of the first series, when Jim Hogan (Dunbar) is placed under suspicion for the death of his wife (Ingrid Craigie, Striking Out), by his younger daughter Cat (Carolina Main, Unforgotten), the Hogan family are still a long way from finding peace. Series Two sees Jim return after a year away to find his dutiful older daughter Fiona (Grainne Keenan, Black Mirror, The Foreigner) is slowly succumbing to the same Motor Neurone Disease that afflicted her mother. When Fiona is involved in a catastrophic car crash, the family gather again at the bedside of a loved one, but a shocking revelation means the newly promoted Detective Dez Breen (Sean Duggan, Normal People, Clean Break) must delve into the tangled past of this troubled family once more in pursuit of the elusive truth. Could Fiona's husband Paul (Ian Lloyd Anderson - Love/Hate, Herself) be caught up in a criminal enterprise, or is the past simply repeating itself? Either way, there is a dead body to contend with, and someone has Blood on their hands. This enthralling whodunnit will keep you guessing: is Blood really thicker than water?

5 Apr: 19-2

This critically acclaimed, multi-award-winning, Emmy-nominated gritty Canadian police drama takes an alternative look at police life, going beyond the crimes and delving deep into the complicated lives of the crime fighters. Police officers Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes - Arrow, Continuum) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso - Falling Skies, Godzilla) have been thrust into an unwilling partnership after the devastating shooting of Barron's last partner. Nick carries the weight of that shooting with him every day and isn't planning on committing to the country boy who's fresh to the city anytime soon.

Also starring Dan Petronijevic (American Pie Presents The Naked Mile), Benz Antoine (Rookie Blue), Mylene Dinh-Robic (Being Human), Conrad Pla (ReGenesis) and Laurence Leboeuf (Trauma), this gripping long-running series shows life on the brutal and unforgiving streets of Montreal. With drug addicts, rapists, gang-members and murderers on the loose - there's not a safe place to hide and when faced with danger, Nick and Ben need to know they've got each other's backs.

5 Apr: THE PLAGUE SERIES 2

The second series of this lavish and gripping Spanish historical crime-drama set in the late the Plague-riddled 16th-century, from creator-director Alberto Rodriguez sees Mateo (Pablo Molinero) now fighting to survive Chile's harsh Patagonian winter, and his journey on the Spanish galleons traversing the Atlantic. We get a violent introduction to the Garduna crime family and Teresa (Patricia Lopez Arnaiz) goes head to head with human traffickers.

19 Apr: EXILE

Garnering huge critical acclaim when it aired on BBC One, this BAFTA nominated miniseries is a tense, gripping, psychological thriller featuring a stellar line-up of Britain's acting greats including Jim Broadbent (Iris, Moulin Rouge), John Simm (Life on Mars, Doctor Who), Olivia Colman (The Crown, The Favourite) and Timothy West (Gentleman Jack, Last Tango In Halifax). We follow journalist Tom Ronstadt (Simm) who, after losing his job in London, returns to his home town, Manchester, after 18 years in exile. Returning to live with sister Nancy (Colman) and their ageing father Sam (Broadbent) who has Alzheimer's, we soon discover why he has stayed away so long. As Tom begins to unpack the scandal his father has been keeping hidden for decades, his investigations are hampered by his father's deteriorating health and he becomes embroiled in a tangled web of corruption.

19 Apr: THE ADVOCATES SERIES 1 & 2

This gripping Edinburgh-set legal drama features an all-star cast including Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War), Shirley Henderson (Happy Valley), Siobhan Redmond (Queens of Mystery), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), and Robert Carlyle (Trainspotting). When a young prostitute is murdered by a deadly drug overdose, only the Doctor Joe Sangster, the medic who has been treating her at the local health clinic, suspects foul play. In the growing climate of fear over drugs and AIDS in the city, his clinic faces closure due to a local campaign. Sangster turns to Greg McDowell, an up and coming young lawyer who sees the case as a chance to make a name for himself.

In series two, McDowell is hired by a man accused of murdering his own wife. He begins to suspect she may have been the victim of a serial killer, but the case becomes too close for comfort, putting his girlfriend's life in danger.

26 Apr: A FAMILY TALE

This gripping Italian family drama, from the creators of The Young Pope, stars Multi-Golden Globe winner Anna Galiena and Anita Kravos (The Great Beauty) and follows mother and daughter, Emma and Micol, whose relationship is far from traditional. Amid the unrest of a moving to a new city, history repeats itself as Micol becomes pregnant at sixteen, just as her mother did. Also starring Giancarlo Giannini (Casino Royale) and helmed by award-winning director Francesca Archibugi.



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