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‘Bloodlands’ Renewed For Season 2

The show is set to launch on AMC Networks streamer Acorn TV in the U.S. on March 15. Acorn has the option on future seasons but has yet to commit to the second season.
 

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Shudder Buys Supernatural Horror-Thriller ‘Fried Barry’
AMC Networks’ genre streamer Shudder has picked up South African horror-thriller Fried Barry for domestic and a host of international territories.

Shudder will debut the movie in North America, the UK and Ireland, and Australia and New Zealand on May 6.
 

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Spy City Official Trailer | Premieres Exclusively on AMC+ April 15

Spy City follows Fielding Scott (Dominic Cooper), an English spy who is sent to Berlin in 1961 to sift out a traitor, one within the UK Embassy or amongst the Allies, shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall...

 

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Shudder Acquires ‘The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula’ For Season 4
 

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Acorn TV Scores ‘Midsomer Murders’ U.S. Premiere Rights
By Naman Ramachandran

AMC Networks’ British programming-focused streamer Acorn TV has acquired exclusive SVOD and U.S. premiere rights to the new season of “Midsomer Murders” from distributor All3media International.

Acorn TV will premiere the first two feature-length episodes of season 22 from April 19 and will bow the remaining four episodes this fall after production concludes.

In “Midsomer Murders,” detective chief Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) and detective sergeant Winter (Nick Hendrix) investigate homicides, blackmail, greed and betrayal in England’s most murderous county. The long-running series inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham began in 1997 on U.K. broadcaster ITV and has been a hit for Acorn TV, where the first 21 seasons are also available.

“’Midsomer Murders’ remains one of the most popular mystery series of all-time and is beloved by our subscribers, so Acorn TV is thrilled to exclusively offer new episodes on April 19, as soon as they are available, as well as four more mysteries later this year,” said Matthew Graham, general manager of Acorn TV. “Given the importance of this series to the mystery genre and British television lovers worldwide, we know fans have been anxiously awaiting the new season, so we’re excited to be the only place in the U.S. to watch all 22 seasons.”

Acorn TV’s 2021 programming includes commissioned original series like U.K. crime drama “Whitstable Pearl,” starring Kerry Godliman (“After Life”), U.K. detective drama “Dalgleish” starring Bertie Carvel (“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell”), the second season of Australia-set Miss Fisher spinoff “Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries,” New Zealand romantic comedy “Under the Vines,” as well as Northern Ireland crime thriller “Bloodlands,” starring James Nesbitt and co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio, and Australian detective series “My Life Is Murder,” starring Lucy Lawless.
 

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Courtney Thomasma Named GM Of AMC+, Blake Callaway To Oversee BBC America & Matt Graham Given Sundance Now Oversight As Part Of Exec Shuffle
By Peter White

AMC Networks is shuffling its pack.

The company has named BBC America exec director Courtney Thomasma as general manager of its streaming service AMC+, with Blake Callaway now taking over responsibilities for the Killing Eve broadcaster and Acorn TV boss Matt Graham being given oversight of Sundance Now.

The move gives the company its first real boss of AMC+ with Thomasma working under Miguel Penella, AMC Networks’ President of SVOD. There are no departures as a result of the moves.

Callaway, who is executive director of the IFC and SundanceTV television networks, becomes general manager of BBC America. He will continue to report to AMC Networks COO Ed Carroll. Graham, general manager of Acorn TV will also become general manager of Sundance Now and will continue to report to Penella.

“Courtney, Matt and Blake are accomplished leaders who have all made meaningful contributions to the success of our company, particularly through their dynamic oversight of many of our most important brands and businesses,” Carroll said. “We are pleased to recognize their contributions with these expanded roles, as we continue to reorient our company around our targeted streaming services and delivering our high-quality original content to viewers on an expanding array of platforms.”

 

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AMC Sets Date For ‘Spy City’ Series With Dominic Cooper; FilmRise Promotion — Global Briefs
By Andreas Wiseman

Leonine Confirms U.S. Date For Spy City

Leonine has confirmed that Odeon Fiction and Miramax’s high-end spy thriller series Spy City has sold to AMC Networks and will launch on AMC+ in the United States on April 15, 2021.

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Jane Seymour To Headline Irish Mystery Series ‘Harry Wild’ For AMC Streamer Acorn TV
By Jake Kanter

Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Jane Seymour is to star in and executive produce the latest original series for AMC Networks streamer Acorn TV, taking the title role in Irish mystery thriller Harry Wild.

Seymour, who has starred in The Kominsky Method, Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, and Live And Let Die, will play a recently retired English professor who cannot help but take an active interest in the criminal cases assigned to her police detective son, Charlie.

Set in Dublin and produced by Dynamic Television, Seymour will play Harriet Wild in the eight-part series. She displays her flair for investigation by interfering in her son’s baffling murder case, noticing the murderer has followed a pattern from a well-known play. When she successfully catches the killer by putting herself at great risk, she finds a new lust for life.

Harry Wild is created and written by David Logan (Lost Christmas), with Jo Spain (Taken Down). The directors are Ronan Burke (Jelly Baby) and Robert Burke (Max Rules.) Executive producers are Seymour, Daniel March (Van Helsing) and Klaus Zimmermann (Trapped) for Dynamic Television, James Gibb (The Outpost) for Ardvella Entertainment, and Morgan O’Sullivan (Vikings) and James Flynn (Vikings) for Metropolitan Pictures.

“From the first moment I read the script, I fell in love with Harry Wild and am beyond excited to head to Ireland and step into the role of this very curious and passionate retired professor,” Seymour said.

The series will premiere in 2022 on Acorn TV in the U.S., Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Dynamic Television will distribute the series internationally. Acorn TV commissioned the series with Acorn Media Enterprises, the streamer’s UK-based development arm.

 

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AMC+ MAY 2021 HIGHLIGHTS
One Wild Day – Season Finale Premieres Saturday, May 1
BBC AMERICA’s stunning, modern natural history series continues the 24-hour journey with the most extraordinary animals on our planet as they thrive at different moments in the day to survive in some of the toughest landscapes. For some animals 24 hours is the blink of an eye – for others, it’s an entire lifetime.

Bottomless Brunch at Colman’s – New Specials Sunday, May 2 and Sunday, May 30
Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead) brings guests together for conversation and a delicious cocktail over brunch. Join Colman as he celebrates Cinco de Mayo (May 2) and Pride (May 30). Guests to be announced.

The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs – Season 3 Double-Features Every Sunday
Experience Shudder’s hit original series with Joe Bob Briggs, the world’s foremost drive-in movie critic, as he presents eclectic horror movie double features, interrupting the films to expound upon their merits, histories and significance to genre cinema. The show’s hashtag, #TheLastDriveIn, has trended in the top 10 on Twitter in the US during the premiere of every episode and special, often reaching No. 1. Episodes will be available on-demand on AMC+ every Sunday following the live stream on Shudder on Fridays.

Framing John Delorean – Premieres Wednesday, May 5
Starring Alec Baldwin in reenactments, discover the untold story of the controversial automaker’s meteoric rise and shocking fall. *IFC Films Unlimited

The Clovehitch Killer – Premieres Wednesday, May 5
Starring Dylan McDermott, a picture-perfect family is torn apart after Tyler finds a cache of disturbing images in his father’s possession. He begins to suspect that the man he trusts most in the world may be responsible for the murder of 13 girls ten years prior. *IFC Films Unlimited

Fear the Walking Dead – Early Access to New Episodes Continue Every Thursday Ahead of AMC Sunday Broadcast
As Morgan’s (Lennie James) bid to free the remaining members of the group becomes bolder, Virginia (Colby Minifie) grows increasingly desperate to find her sister and protect the settlements from forces working inside and outside her walls. The second half of Season 6 reveals the impact of what living under Virginia’s control has done to each person in this group, who once saw themselves as a family. New alliances will be formed, relationships will be destroyed, and loyalties forever changed.

The Walking Dead: Episode Diaries – Full Season 10 Binge Available Starting Thursday, May 6
Special re-watch of the penultimate season featuring never-before-seen footage and interviews with cast and creators, available only on AMC+.

The Drowning – Full Series Binge Premieres Thursday, May 6
Starring Jill Halfpenny (Liar) as Jodie, a woman whose son has disappeared eight years earlier. Having struggled to rebuild her life, everything is thrown into turmoil once again when she catches sight of a teenage boy that she is convinced is her missing child. *Sundance Now/Acorn TV Exclusive

Fried Barry – Premieres Friday, May 7
Feature film debut from award-winning director Ryan Kruger, Shudder’s outrageous alien horror comedy follows the story of a drug-addled degenerate who, after yet another bender, gets abducted by aliens. What follows is an onslaught of drugs, sex and violence as our alien tourist enters the weird and wonderful world of humankind. *Shudder Original

Attenborough’s Journey – Premieres Saturday, May 8
New special celebrating iconic natural history presenter Sir David Attenborough on his 95th birthday documents his extraordinary life — from his boyhood days as a fossil hunter to his early years as a presenter. Combining exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, candid on-location interviews and stunning moments from his groundbreaking documentaries, this intimate special follows Attenborough’s years on the road – from the islands of the Galapagos, to the mountains of Canada, to the jungles of Borneo, revealing an Attenborough you have never seen. *BBC AMERICA

Swimming with Men – Premieres Wednesday, May 12
From IFC Films Unlimited, comedian Rob Brydon (The Trip) stars in this hilariously offbeat ode to following your calling. It’s sink or synchro for a ragtag group of middle-aged men chasing aquatic glory.

The Reckoning – Premieres Thursday, May 13
Shudder Exclusive Film from director Neil Marshall (The Descent). Charlotte Kirk stars as Evelyn, a young widow haunted by the recent suicide of her husband Joseph and is then falsely accused of being a witch by her landlord after she rejects his advances.

China: Nature’s Ancient Kingdom – Premieres Saturday, May 15
BBC AMERICA’s three-part series reveals the world’s largest conservation project and breathtaking wildlife hidden inside China’s stunning national parks. Narrated by Vanessa Kirby (The Crown).

Top Gear – New Episodes Continue Every Sunday with Season Finale Premiering on May 16
Weekly episodes of BBC AMERCA’s Top Gear features hosts Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness as they continue a series of challenges designed to push them and their cars to the limit. The Season Finale will premiere on Sunday, May 16. *BBC AMERICA

Too Close – Full Series Binge Premieres Thursday, May 20
AMC+ Original starring Emily Watson, Too Close is a three-part psychological thriller that centers around forensic psychiatrist Emma Robinson (Watson), who must assess criminal suspect Connie (Denise Gough) – only to fall victim to Connie’s insightful, yet manipulative nature. Connie has a searing insight into Emma’s deepest insecurities and starts to brutally exploit them. Ultimately, the sessions are meant to uncover what happened on the night of someone’s death. To do that, Emma must uncover the truth around Connie’s complex relationship with her beautiful best friend, Ness (Thalissa Teixeira), which seemingly triggered Connie’s psychological descent.

Spy City – Season Finale Premieres Thursday, May 20
An AMC+ Original, this Cold War espionage series follows English spy Fielding Scott (Dominic Cooper, Preacher, Captain America: The First Avenger) as he is sent to Berlin in 1961 on a mission to find the source behind the leak of vital security information. The Russians, it seems, know everything. The Western powers – United States, United Kingdom, and France – maintain their uneasy alliance. Scott must find out who the traitor is and expose, arrest, or eliminate that person, all against the backdrop of what Nikita Khrushchev coined “the most dangerous place on earth.”

The Nest – Full Series Binge Premieres Thursday, May 20
This psychological thriller follows a wealthy New Zealand couple who would do anything to have a baby. *Sundance Now

Psycho Goreman – Premieres Thursday, May 20
After unearthing a gem that controls an evil monster looking to destroy the Universe, a young girl and her brother use it to make him do their bidding. *Shudder Exclusive

Between Black and Blue – Series Binge Premieres Tuesday, May 25
The extraordinary true crime story of two New York City detectives who are convicted of a sensational murder, their decades-long fight to clear their names, and the hunt for one of the confessed gunmen who may hold all the answers. *Sundance Now Exclusive

TWD World Beyond: Episode Diaries – Premieres Thursday, May 27
Dive deeper into the newest franchise in The Walking Dead Universe with World Beyond: Episode Diaries, featuring bonus editions of the first season with behind-the-scenes footage and exclusive interviews.

Skull: The Mask – Premieres Thursday, May 27
A Shudder Original, this action-packed and outrageous slasher flick depicts a supernatural serial killer based on pre-Colombian mythology in a hunt for revenge in the metropolis of São Paulo.

The Gulf – Season 2 Premieres Thursday, May 27
Season 2 of the Sundance Now Exclusive picks up with detective Jess Savage finding herself involved in a puzzling new case.

Meerkat Manor: Rise of the Dynasty – Early Access to the Premiere on Saturday, May 29, One Week Ahead of BBC AMERICA’s Premiere on June 5
Narrated by BAFTA-winning actor Bill Nighy, the compelling saga continues the heartstring-tugging, dramatic tale of survival revolving around three families of meerkats who are descendants of the legendary meerkat matriarch, Flower. Neighbors and rivals who share a bloodline are forced to compete for food and resources in an environment that is undergoing a great deal of change: the Kalahari Desert in South Africa. Subsequent episodes will be available every Saturday, alongside their airing on BBC AMERICA.

 
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Spy City Official Trailer | Premieres Exclusively on AMC+ April 15

Spy City follows Fielding Scott (Dominic Cooper), an English spy who is sent to Berlin in 1961 to sift out a traitor, one within the UK Embassy or amongst the Allies, shortly before the construction of the Berlin Wall...
Good first episode. Enjoyed the 60's vibe and scene portrayed of West and East Berlin.
 

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ACORN TV MAY 2021 SCHEDULE
AVAILABLE MAY 3
The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 7 (Acorn TV Exclusive) (Season Finale)
A thrilling New Zealand drama surrounding the unconventional Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea, Go Girls) and his journey in the crime-filled small town of Brokenwood. With the assistance of his witty counterpart, Detective Kristin Simms (Fern Sutherland, The Almighty Johnsons), Shepherd investigates mysterious murders happening in town and unveils ground-breaking revelations. (1 EP, 2021)

Keeping Faith Series 3 (Acorn TV Original) (Episode 5 of 6)
This record-breaking, award-winning BBC thriller comes to a close in this dramatic, final season. Series 3 finds small town lawyer Faith Howells (Eve Myles, Broadchurch, Torchwood, Victoria) attempting to navigate the disillusion of her marriage, while taking on an emotionally wrenching legal medical case involving a gravely ill young boy. Into this mix, Faith is confronted by a terrible and long-buried figure from her past: her mother, Rose Fairchild (Celia Imrie, Better Things, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), whose reappearance uncovers secrets in Faith’s background and will force audiences to ask the question: “Who is Faith Howells?”

Faith’s ordeal across the series transforms her from a stay-at-home, fun-loving and carefree mother to detective, action hero and lover. She takes risks and gambles to keep her family out of danger and finds a new inner strength. (1 EP, 2021)

Murdoch Mysteries Season 14 (Season finale)
An award-winning series taking place in early 1900s picturesque Toronto. The action-packed mystery follows the epic adventures of the renowned Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, Casino Jack). Murdoch explores the impactful mysteries occurring in the city along with his partners, Constable Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Still Standing), Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), and Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Hidden). (1 EP, 2021)

VE Day: Minute by Minute
Marking the 75th anniversary of VE day, this one-hour special guides us through the events of May 8,1945, as they took place across the world. From key moments such as the surrender of all German forces to the untold stories of soldiers tentatively stepping out of Prisoner of War camps into an era of peace, this is the definitive account of a day like no other.

Narrated by Tony Robinson and featuring historians Sam Willis and James Holland. (TV Movie, 2020)

AVAILABLE MAY 6
The Drowning (Acorn TV and Sundance Now Exclusive)
Since losing her son eight years ago, Jodie (Jill Halfpenny, Dark Money, Liar) has been rebuilding her life, but when she catches sight of a teenage boy Daniel (Cody Molko), she is convinced she has found her missing son. Whether she is right or not, in that moment her spark of hope is reignited, and she commits to a dangerous and transgressive path that will take her to the edge of reason. How far will she go to find her missing child?

Also starring Jonas Armstrong (Ripper Street, Line of Duty), Deborah Findlay (Vanity Fair) and Rupert Penry-Jones (Whitechapel, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man). (4 EPS, 2021)

AVAILABLE MAY 10
Blinded – Those Who Kill (Acorn TV Exclusive, Foreign Language, Danish, with English subtitles)
This captivating psychological crime drama sees leading criminal profiler Louise Bergstein (Natalie Madueño, Bedrag) delve into the dark desires and psychology of the potential suspects surrounding a murder case. This spinoff follows the format of its parent series Darkness – Those Who Kill, perfectly combining a tense thriller with a gripping human drama, focusing on the psychological and behavioral patterns behind a serial killer.

When Louise embarks on a new murder case, she quickly uncovers a distinct pattern in the unsolved murders of three young men, killed within a few months of each other. We soon discover that she has a blind spot clouding her judgement and analysis of the case: Louise may have a personal connection to the killer, who is more intelligent than she had dared to imagine. She desperately wants to solve the case before the next brutal killing, but could she herself be in the killer’s sights? (8 EPS, 2021)

Keeping Faith Series 3 (Acorn TV Original) – Episode 6 of 6 (Series finale)
See series description above (1 EP, 2021)

Amber
Living in Dublin’s suburbs, Sarah Bailey (an IFTA winning role by Eva Birthistle, Waking the Dead) and Ben (David Murray, Zonad) are recently separated yet doing their best to get on with their lives while remaining good parents to their children, Amber (Lauryn Canny, A Thousand Times Good Night, Normal People) and Eamon (Levi O’Sullivan). Then, in one day, their lives are turned upside down when Amber fails to return home one evening.

The disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Bailey sets off a two-year search during which time her family experiences unimaginable guilt, fear, and devastating grief as they live out every parent’s worst nightmare. Investigating the case of the missing teenager from different viewpoints, each episode plays with the chronology of events and focuses on the perspective of one individual connected to the case as first her family, then friends, then complete strangers become drawn into the quest to find out what happened. (4 EPS, 2014)

AVAILABLE MAY 17
Digging for Britain Series 5-6
In this captivating documentary series, Professor Alice Roberts visits archaeological excavations around the U.K. over a yearlong period, linking together the results of digs and investigations of the country’s history. Among the astonishing – and occasionally disturbing – stories explored: The theatre where Shakespeare premiered Romeo and Juliet and Henry V – complete with sound effect props and evidence that Shakespeare’s original audience was much rowdier than you might expect; evidence for the first Roman Siege in Britain, including the biggest cache of Roman bullets discovered anywhere, and Britain’s most famous monastery – Lindisfarne – rediscovered for the first time since it was violently sacked by the Vikings 1000 years ago. (Series 5 – 3 EPS, 2016; Series 6 – 4 EPS, 2017)

Like Father Like Son
Dee Stanton (Jemma Redgrave, Holby City) seems to have it all – she’s progressing up the career ladder and has just had a marriage proposal from her boyfriend Dominic. It’s a far cry from the day 11 years ago when she arrived home with her young son to discover that her husband Paul has been arrested for brutally murdering four young women. Dee has moved on from those dark days, but her 15-year-old son Jamie is determined to find out more about his father. He researches the case on the internet and finally meets his dad, with his interest verging on obsession.

Then one day, Dee is forced to face a mother’s worst nightmare when Jamie is accused of strangling a fellow pupil at school. Is he turning out like his father – a serial killer serving life for four counts of murder? Is nature stronger than nurture, or is prejudice going to condemn Jamie anyway? Starring Robson Green (Grantchester) and Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones). (2 EPS, 2005)

AVAILABLE MAY 24
Whitstable Pearl (Acorn TV Original) (Episodes 1-2 of 6; Weekly episodes through June 14)
Whitstable Pearl explores the dark undercurrents of murder and debauchery swirling beneath the surface of the picturesque English seaside town of Whitstable, famous for its native oysters. Kerry Godliman (Ricky Gervais’ After Life) stars in the titular role as Pearl Nolan, the big-hearted local restaurant owner who had just opened up a detective agency, a dream long delayed by an unplanned pregnancy that left her police career in tatters. When the body of a close family friend is found under mysterious circumstances in the series premiere, Pearl suspects foul play and teams up with new arrival, DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles, The Musketeers), to learn the truth.

In episode two, an estate agent is found tied up having been tortured, and McGuire is left baffled over what could have driven someone to act so viciously. Meanwhile, Pearl investigates a string of anonymous donations and whether Whitstable has its very own Robin Hood. Also starring Frances Barber (Dr. Who, Silk) as Pearl’s mother, Dolly. This series is based on the adored novels by Julie Wassmer (EastEnders). (2 EPS, 2021)

Joanna Lumley in The Land of The Northern Lights
An amazing journey in Norway’s far North as award-winning actress Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous) pursues a lifelong dream to track down the elusive, stunningly beautiful Northern Lights – “the true wonder of the world,” as she puts it. Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia, and as a little girl never saw snow or felt cold.

Inspired by fairytales and picture books, she always longed to make the journey north. At last she travels north across the Arctic Circle, up through Norway to Svalbard, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth, where she has to cope with temperatures approaching minus 30 degrees centigrade. (TV Movie, 2008)

AVAILABLE MAY 31
Whitstable Pearl (Acorn TV Original) – Episode 3 of 6
When a Civil War re-enactment ends in tragedy, Pearl and Mike find themselves on opposing sides. Their inquiries reveal a community bitterly divided by the memory of a miner’s strike and the possibility that there is more to the accident than first meets the eye. (1 EP, 2021)

Candice Renoir, Series 1 (Exclusive, Foreign language series, French w/English subtitles)
Candice Renoir (Cécile Bois), a French policewoman and single mother of four, resumes her job in a port town in the South of France after putting her career on hold for a decade. Soon she is faced with the reality of juggling her demanding job along with motherhood, while trying to gain the acceptance of her colleagues and keeping up with the latest trends. Each episode focuses on one case, always in different walks of life and always solved at the end. (7 EPS, 2013)

 
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