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ACORN TV DECEMBER 2022 HIGHLIGHTS

Monday 5 December, Whitstable Pearl Series 2 Eps 3 - 6 (Complete 1 - 2 Box set + Bonus Features available on 12 Dec)

We return to the stunning Kent coast for the second series of Whitstable Pearl, a gem of a show just waiting to be discovered. Kerry Godliman (After Life, Save Me, Adult Material) is back as the eponymous Pearl, a restaurateur who also runs a detective agency. She's joined once again by Frances Barber (Silk, Mr Holmes) and Howard Charles (The Musketeers, Liar, Shadow and Bone) alongside a stellar returning cast and guest stars.

It's six months on, and Pearl and Mike are just good friends. Mike has found a new vigour for life, and his pursuit of open-air swimming has led him into the arms of a new woman, Kat, a sunny, outgoing, eternal optimist. Pearl also has a new person in her life, Tom, a supply teacher, who's the definition of a 'nice guy.'

This series sees Pearl hired by local ex-soldier Dan Tomlin whose son has disappeared under questionable circumstances; Mike tackling a case involving his neighbour who says he has night terrors, but Mike suspects there's foul play and calls in Pearl to help investigate; and a woman despised by the locals who is planning to sell her mother's beloved local pub to the highest bidder rather than sell it back to the community who hires Pearl to help find the perpetrator of a hate campaign. Cases also include a 70s film icon found at home unconscious, her housekeeper the prime suspect - but has she been framed? Strange things are happening at Pearl's Mum Dolly's home so she calls in her daughter to investigate. And when a bride is murdered at the wedding that Pearl is catering, she must put on her detective hat once again to find out who could have possibly wanted the woman dead...

Monday 5 December, A Place to Call Home Series 6 (Complete 1 - 6 Box set)

The final series of the hugely popular, multi-award-winning Australian drama. This critically acclaimed, sweeping romantic drama is set in 1950s rural Australia, and follows the lives of Nurse Sarah Adams and the Blighs, a wealthy and complicated Pastoralist family living in Inverness, New South Wales where love, death and secrets are never far below the surface.

Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish) leads the cast as Sarah Adams, a woman with a mysterious past who has returned to Australia after 20 years abroad. The final chapter of the Bligh saga, the resilient Sarah returns, finally marrying wealthy landowner George Bligh and taking her place as the lady of Ash Park... but it's not quite home yet. As the family journey back to each other, they face tragedies, betrayals, and new beginnings that will challenge their relationships and change the course of their lives forever. Will each member of Australia's first family finally find happiness and a place to call home?

Monday 12 December, Vise le Coeur

This gripping French crime drama, aka Aim for the Heart follows the lives of Julia Scola (Claire Keim), a courageous and respected police captain, and her best enemy, Novak Lisica (Lannick Gautry), a criminal lawyer, spanning across three decades. From childhood to their teenage years, the former couple has not spoken to each other for 20 years. When Novak leaves his law firm to become a police chief with Julia's squad, fate brings them together again. Between past and present, their investigations explore childish terrors and adult nightmares - and reveal that the monsters are not always what we think they are.

Monday 19 December, Aftertaste Series 2 (Complete 1 - 2 Box set)

This highly entertaining Australian chef drama returns for its second series as the volatile celebrity chef Easton West (Erik Thomson, The Luminaries) returns to his hometown in the Adelaide Hills after his outburst goes viral, seeking to reinvent his image by partnering with his wunderkind pastry chef niece.

Monday 19 December, The Sister

From Neil Cross, writer of international hit series Luther and Spooks this thrilling psychological drama features a stellar cast of British acting talent, including Russell Tovey (Him and Her), Bertie Carvel (Dalgliesh), Amrita Acharia (The Good Karma Hospital) and Nina Toussaint-White (Witness Number Three).

Nathan Tovey seems to have it all - a loving wife, a lovely home and a great job. But he's never been able to forget the worst night of his life: a party that led to the sudden, shocking death of a young woman, Elise, many years ago. Only he and Bob, an old acquaintance, know what really happened, and they have resolved to keep it that way. But when Bob resurfaces after years away, unpredictable, and unhinged, Nathan has to decide how far he will go to keep his secret safe and protect his new life. As the story unfolds and the shocking events surrounding Elise's disappearance are revealed, surprising connections come to light between the past and present, with devastating consequences.

Monday 26 December, Line of Duty Series 6 (Complete 1 - 6 Box set)

For the perfect boxing day box set binge, Line of Duty Series 6 arrives on Acorn TV joining series 1 to 5. Kelly Macdonald (Trainspotting) joins the outstanding cast in the explosively thrilling TV behemoth from award-winning scribe Jed Mercurio (Bodyguard, Bloodlands). Our favourite characters are back, but change is afoot at police corruption unit AC-12. Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Blood, Broken) is still at the helm and ready to tackle more 'bent coppers', even with a cloud hanging over him. The series also sees the return of Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure, This Is England, The Secret Agent) and Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston, The Nest, Traces) to tackle another major case of police corruption, alongside some old faces and new. But who can be trusted?

Chief Inspector Joanne Davidson is the senior investigating officer of a high-profile unsolved murder. Could she be the most enigmatic and dangerous adversary AC-12 has ever faced? Davidson's unconventional conduct raises the anti-corruption squad's suspicions, and they start to question whether Davidson is really doing everything in her power to find the perpetrator. As they launch an urgent investigation, upheavals within AC-12 threaten to tear their work apart.  Could she be the downfall of the crack, tight-knit team?

Monday 26 December, The Garage Sale Mysteries Series 2

Another six films in this brilliantly fun mystery series about consignment-store owner turned amateur detective Jennifer Shannon (Lori Loughlin, Full House) who can't help falling into crime wherever she turns - and then trying to solve it. The caseload in her middle-class neighbourhood is a varied one. Everything begins when Jenn notices that a series of mysterious burglaries are somehow related to local garage sales, but then matters escalate... to murder!



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