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MIDSOMER MURDERS and Acorn TV originals, WHITSTABLE PEARL and THE SOUNDS, coming in May

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May will feature a solid line-up of world-class riches new to Acorn TV, the premium streamer specialising in British and international television. Search no further for bingeable, acclaimed English, international and foreign language dramas, offbeat comedies and documentaries.

Midsomer Murders (image – Acorn TV)

This month, relax in front of your favourite screen and stream the following shows on Acorn TV:

Cold death is served up alongside warm fish and chips in the Australian Premiere of the new Acorn TV Original, Whitstable Pearl, starring Kerry Godliman (After LifeDerek). This seaside murder mystery series is based on Julie Wassmer’s much loved series of novels.

Following its Australian Premiere, new episodes of Season 1 of the compelling Acorn TV Original Kiwi thriller, The Sounds. Starring Rachelle Lefevre (TwilightWhite House Down), Matt Whelan (American Playboy: The Hugh Hefner StoryNarcos) and Matt Nable (The DryArrowRiddick), this is a riveting story combining the multiple layers of Big Little Lies with the marital microscope of The Affair and the unexpected twists of Ozark.

Series 20 of Midsomer Murders, the beloved English village mystery series with a contemporary spin. Homicide, blackmail, greed and betrayal are just a taste of what goes on behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County.

Ben Whishaw (SpectreBrideshead Revisited), Romola Garai (EmmaCrimson Petal and the White) and Dominic West (The AffairTestament of Youth) headline an all-star cast that includes Anna Chancellor (Ordeal by Innocence) and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who) in Series 2 of The HourAbi Morgan’s (The Iron LadySuffragetteShame) Primetime Emmy-winning miniseries is set in the high-stakes world of 1950s TV news.

Plus plenty more with Acorn TV’s ever-growing list of quality and compelling series from Britain, Australia and beyond. Read on for the full list of May releases… 


Monday, 3 May 2021

THE SOUNDS – SERIES 1, EPISODE 5
ACORN TV ORIGINAL | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Maggie (Rachelle LefevreTwilightWhite House Down) and Tom Cabbott (Matt WhelanAmerican Playboy: The Hugh Hefner StoryNarcos) move to the town of Pelorus to escape the oppressive influence of Tom’s family. But when he disappears, unsettling facts about Tom soon come to light and the search brings long-buried wounds to the surface.

MIDSOMER MURDERS – SERIES 20
Homicide, blackmail, greed and betrayal: just a taste of what goes on behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County in this deliciously sinister series.

MARTHA’S VINEYARD MYSTERIES – SERIES 1
After being forced into early retirement, former detective Jeff Jackson (Jesse MetcalfeDesperate HousewivesDallas) returns to a quiet life on Martha’s Vineyard. Quiet, at least, until a body washes up and he’s drawn back into crime solving.

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As the first woman police constable to serve in her West Midlands hometown, Gina Dawson (Jennie JacquesLondon KillsVikings) is determined to prove she belongs as a 1950s policewoman working in a man’s world. She’s excited to be the lead on cases, but her independent, outspoken style clashes with the expectations others have for her new assignment: to make the tea for the men and do their typing.


Monday, 10 May 2021

THE SOUNDS – SERIES 1, EPISODE 6
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HUNTED
Samantha (Melissa GeorgeThe Slap) is an espionage operative for private intelligence agency Byzantium. She survives an attempt on her life, which she strongly suspects was orchestrated by members of the company for which she works. After recovering and returning to active duty, she goes back to work undercover as a nanny, not knowing who tried to kill her or whom to trust. It becomes evident that the attempt on her life is tied into a horrific event from her childhood.

AMBER
The disappearance of 14-year-old Amber Bailey sets off a two-year search during which her family go through unimaginable pressures.


Monday, 17 May 2021

THE SOUNDS – SERIES 1, EPISODE 7
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CANDICE RENOIR – SERIES 1 (French with English subtitles)
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A mother of four children resumes her job as a policewoman after having stopped for ten years following a layoff in this beloved, long-running French crime drama.

THE HOUR – SERIES 2
Set in the 1950s, this Emmy®-winning and Golden Globe®-nominated BBC drama delves into the high-stakes world of TV news. Ben Whishaw (SpectrePaddington), Romola Garai (Emma) and Dominic West (The Affair) headline an all-star cast, including Anna Chancellor (Ordeal by Innocence) and Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), in this series labelled “among the best of [its] genre… with a style and intelligence all its own” (The New York Times).

MURPHY’S LAW – SERIES 4 & 5
Detective Tommy Murphy (James NesbittCold FeetBloodlands) has nothing left to lose. Guilt-ridden over the death of his young daughter, who was slain by the IRA, he flees to London to work undercover assignments for the Metropolitan Police in this gritty and “eminently watchable” (San Francisco Chronicle) mystery series.


Monday, 24 May 2021

WHITSTABLE PEARL – SERIES 1, EPISODES 1 & 2
ACORN TV ORIGINAL | AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
Based on Julie Wassmer’s much loved series of novels, this series follows big-hearted local restaurant owner Pearl Nolan (Kerry GodlimanAfter LifeDerek) who sets up a local detective agency after undergoing police training in an earlier career. She is soon embroiled in her first case when she discovers the body of close friend and forms an unlikely partnership with a new local police chief who has transferred from London to escape his past.

THE SOUNDS – SERIES 1, EPISODE 8 (SERIES FINALE)
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CLEAN BREAK
Car dealer Frank Mallon (Adam FergusBeing Erica) is watching his life fall apart around him. His wife has left, his cars aren’t selling and his teenage daughter is out of control. Desperate for a solution, Frank devises a plan to fix his money problems while also getting revenge on the people who make his life miserable.


Monday, 31 May 2021

WHITSTABLE PEARL – SERIES 1, EPISODE 3
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DEATH COMES TO PEMBERLEY
Based on the PD James novel that continues the events of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, this series takes place six years after Austen’s story. On the eve of the annual Lady Anne ball at the Darcys’ Pemberley home, post-supper festivities are brought to an abrupt halt with the arrival of an unexpected visitor and news of a murder in nearby Pemberley Woods. Sensing something is wrong, Fitzwilliam Darcy (Matthew RhysA Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood), the family’s patriarch, begins to retreat from wife Elizabeth (Anna Maxwell MartinThe Bletchley Circle)as he tries to protect the household from a scandal. Matthew Goode (The Crown) and Jenna Coleman (Victoria) also star.

EMMA FIELDING MYSTERIES – SERIES 1
Based on the best-selling mystery novels by famed historian-archaeologist turned fiction writer Dana Cameron, this series follows archaeologist Emma Fielding (Courtney Thorne SmithAlly McBealMelrose Place) who is hired to consult on the acquisition of a castle-like estate that local legend states is cursed. But Emma soon finds herself in the middle of a murder case…

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