TV Review: LINE OF DUTY

LINE OF DUTY Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

Stars: Martin Cumpston, Vicky McClure, Adrian Dunbar, Craig Parkinson, Lennie James, Keeley Hawes, Thandie Newton Writer: Jed Mercurio Directors: John Strickland, Douglas Mackinnon, David Caffrey, Daniel Nettheim, Michael Keillor, Jed Mercutio, Susan Tully Networks: AMC, Acorn TV Original Airdates: U.K., June 26, 2012; AMC, April 6, 2020 LINE OF DUTY is a British police drama unlike most. For one thing, it just won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for Season 5, Episode 4. For another, LINE OF DUTY deals with a subject that U.S. police dramas so far won’t touch as a series premise: Internal Affairs. […]Read On »

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BLOOD: Creator Sophie Petzal and EP Jonathan Fisher on Season 2 – Exclusive Interview

Adrian Dunbar in BLOOD - Season 1 Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

BLOOD now has all episodes of its first two seasons available on the cable and streaming service Acorn TV. The Irish-made BLOOD is a dark family mystery, touched off by the death of ailing matriarch Mary Hogan (Ingrid Craigie). Younger daughter Cat (Carolina Main), who long ago left the small County Meath town where her family still lives, returns and suspects her father Jim (Adrian Dunbar) of being involved in Mary’s demise. Jim and Mary’s older daughter Fiona (Grainne Keenan) is rigidly loyal to Jim. Cat and Fiona’s brother Michael (Diarmuid Noyes) doesn’t know what to think, but has problems […]Read On »

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Miniseries Review: DEADWATER FELL

DEADWATER FELL Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

Stars: David Tennant, Cash Jumbo, Matthew McNulty, Anna Madeley, Maureen Beattie, Anneika Rose Writer: Daisy Coulam Director: Lynsey Miller Network (North America): Acorn TV Release Date: January 10, 2020 (U.K.); April 6, 2020 (North America) DEADWATER FELL premiered in the U.K. in January 2020, and is now available in North America on Acorn TV’s cable and streaming service. The four-episode miniseries, written by Daisy Coulam and directed by Lynsey Miller, is set in the present, in the charming-looking Scottish village of the title. Everybody knows everybody in Deadwater Fell, where modern amenities like cellphones exist in houses that open the […]Read On »

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BLOOD: Actor Adrian Dunbar on the new mystery series – Exclusive Interview

BLOOD - Season 2 Key Art | ©2020 Acorn TV

Season 2 of Acorn TV’s BLOOD, created by Sophie Petzal, premieres on the cable and streaming service on Monday, March 9. In Season 1 of BLOOD, which originally premiered in 2018 and is also available on Acorn, we meet the Hogan family. Patriarch Jim Hogan, played by Adrian Dunbar, is a well-liked doctor with a small-town practice in County Meath, Ireland. Older daughter Fiona (Grainne Keenan) is uptight, rigidly loyal to her father, with children of her own. Son Michael (Diarmuid Noyes) lives unhappily in his parents’ house, sure he can never please his father. And daughter Cat (Carolina Main) […]Read On »

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AGATHA RAISIN: Ashley Jensen on her comedic murder mystery series – Exclusive Interview

Ashley Jensen in AGATHA RAISIN - Season 3| ©2020 Acorn TV

AGATHA RAISIN is based on the series of comedic murder mysteries by the late M.C. Beaton (real name Marion Chesney Gibbons). Ashley Jensen plays the title character, a well-to-do former p.r. woman who moves to the English countryside and finds herself compelled to investigate local crime. Season 3 premieres on the streaming and on-demand service Acorn TV on Monday, February 10. Seasons 1 and 2 are also available. Jensen, originally from Annan, Scotland, was nominated for both Emmy and BAFTA Awards for her work in the series EXTRAS. In the U.S., she is probably best known for her work as […]Read On »

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GIRLFRIENDS: Actress Phyllis Logan chats about her new TV drama – exclusive interview

Phyllis Logan as Linda and Zoe Wanamaker as Gail in GIRLFRIENDS | © 2018 Acorn

GIRLFRIENDS, originally produced in England for ITV and available in the U.S. on the Acorn.tv streaming service, is a six-part drama that revolves around the friendship between three women “of a certain age,” played by Phyllis Logan, Miranda Richardson and Zoe Wanamaker. Logan’s character Linda finds herself under suspicion when something happens to her husband Micky (Steve Evets). Logan, who hails from Paisley, Scotland, is best known in the U.S. for her six seasons as the steadfast Mrs. Hughes on DOWNTON ABBEY, and for playing the protagonist’s upper-crust benefactor Lady Jane Felsham on LOVEJOY. At a Q&A panel for GIRLFRIENDS […]Read On »

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