Acorn TV’s April schedule is out, and it’s full of new and returning favorites to spice up your spring. Highlights include Irish mystery thriller Harry Wild starring Jane Seymour, and Hidden Assets, both Acorn TV Originals that will debut two episodes every week. Plus, this month also includes the complete season 4 of Balthazar dropping, so you can binge it all at once, exclusively on Acorn TV.
ACORN TV FULL SCHEDULE – APRIL 2022
Monday, April 4
Harry Wild (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 1 and 2 of 8 – SERIES PREMIERE
EPISODE 1: When Harry Met Fergus
When retired literature professor, Harriet “Harry” Wild (Jane Seymour, The Kominsky Method) becomes the victim of a mugging, it starts a series of events that lead Harry to a whole new life. Harry goes to stay with her son, Charlie, a senior Guard. When she realizes Charlie’s latest investigation bears striking similarities to an obscure Elizabethan play and her offer of help is rudely rejected, Harry decides she will find the killer herself to prove she was right. When her path crosses that of her mugger, Fergus Reid, rather than turning him in, Harry employs him as her sidekick and together they catch a killer.
EPISODE 2: Samurai Plague Doctors Kill for Kicks
Experiencing fifteen minutes of fame after the events of episode one, Harry and Fergus are approached by a woman desperate to find out how her husband died. Initially reluctant to get involved, Harry’s interest is soon piqued when Fergus discovers there’s a lot more to this than meets the eye. Employing their own inimitable style, Harry and Fergus discover gamblers are running a snuff game in Dublin. Adamant not to repeat the same mistakes, Harry turns over the evidence they uncover to Charlie, vowing to stay out of it. Unfortunately, the killers, whose game Harry has ruined, have other ideas.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 15 (Acorn TV Exclusive) | Episode 6 of 24 (U.S. Only)
“The Incorrigible Dr. Ogden”
When Murdoch’s investigation into a woman’s death at a reformatory is stalled, he sends Ogden undercover as a prisoner. (1 EP, 2022)
The Good Karma Hospital, Season 4 (Acorn TV Original) | Episode 4 of 6
Episode 4 – A tragic case leads Samir and Mari to grow closer still. A familiar face returns to Good Karma, but will he find the forgiveness he’s looking for? (1 EP, 2022)
The Straits |All episodes
This exotic and darkly humorous crime series is centered on a family smuggling operation in the Northern Straits of Australia and stars Brian Cox (Succession) and Rena Owen (The Orville). When
Harry, the head of the family, starts to plan his succession, a power struggle is sparked between brother and brother, wife and daughter. Under attack from different gangs, the family must hold together through torture, assassination and imprisonment. (10 EPS, 2012)
Walking Through History, Season 3 |All episodes
Tony Robinson embarks on spectacular strolls through some of Britain’s past. Tony discovers the hidden stories to many of the country’s landmarks and infuses each walk with an appreciation of some of the striking landscapes and geographical features Britain contains. (6 EPS, 2015)
Monday, April 11
Harry Wild (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 3 and 4 of 8
EPISODE 3: Mincemeat
When a body is pulled out of the river near Harry’s local pub, something about the dead man feels familiar to Harry. When she remembers how she knows him, she realizes she’s stumbled onto the ultimate misdirect. Harry and Fergus go undercover at the house of the “grieving widow,” a Polish restaurant, a girls’ boarding school (with the admirable assistance of Harry’s teenage granddaughter, Lola), and a greyhound racetrack to uncover the sinister truth. Along the way, Harry starts to grow closer to Ray, Charlie’s boss and mentor. This will get messy.
EPISODE 4: An Unhappy Happy Is a Dangerous Thing
Harry and Fergus agree to help local loan shark, Happy, find out who murdered his employee in return for Happy ripping up Fergus’ father’s sizeable debt. Seeing links between the killing and Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment brings Harry to the attention of the fledgling serial killer, Billy Lund. A very disturbed young man, Billy becomes fixated on Harry, seeing her as his natural nemesis, but when Harry gets too close for Billy’s liking, he turns the tables on her. Harry and Fergus have to race against the clock to decipher Billy’s warped mind and save the life of someone Harry loves.
Candice Renoir, Season 4 (Acorn TV Exclusive – Foreign language) |All episodes
After putting her career on standby for 10 years, Candice Renoir (Cécile Bois) returns from Singapore and joins the police force in a port town in southern France. Despite her rusty detective skills and her unit’s flagrant defiance, and a superior officer whose cynicism doesn’t make her job any easier, Candice is determined to turn her so-called weaknesses into strengths. She solves the most complex cases thanks to her common sense and keen observation skills, boosted by a pragmatic nature honed by a busy daily routine. Candice may seem naive on the outside but she’s savvy on the inside, and no one can resist her. Each episode revolves around a stand-alone police investigation, unfolding in various spheres. Concurrently, Candice’s family life and romantic adventures come up like threads between episodes. Mixing mystery and comedy, Candice Renoir is a family show with a colorful heroine who fully embraces her femininity. (10 EP, 2016, French w/English subtitles)
The Good Karma Hospital, Season 4 (Acorn TV Original) | Episode 5 of 6
Episode 5 – Ruby is shocked when Gabriel reappears in her life. A misstep teaches Niki the dangers of overconfidence and Lydia is forced to confront her past. (1 EP, 2022)
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 15 (Acorn TV Exclusive)| Episode 7 of 24 (U.S. Only)
“I Know What You Did Last Autumn”
At Halloween, Murdoch pursues a killer dressed as a clown who is terrorizing romantic, young couples. (1 EP, 2022)
Coming Home |All episodes
In this TV adaptation of Rosamunde Pilcher’s Coming Home, Judith Dunbar (Emily Mortimer, Mary Poppins Returns) arrives at boarding school and makes friends with the carefree and fun-loving Loveday Carey-Lewis (Katie Ryder-Richardson), who then introduces her to her glamorous and wealthy family and her collection of interesting and bohemian friends. When Judith’s eccentric guardian dies, the Carey-Lewis’ become her surrogate family, and Judith finds the next few years the most joyous of her life, but she is unaware that the specter of war hangs over everything she holds dear. Also starring Peter O’Toole (The Tudors), Joanna Lumley (Finding Alice), David McCallum (NCIS) and Penelope Keith (To The Manor Born). (2 EPS, 1998)
Monday, April 18
Harry Wild (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 5 and 6 of 8
EPISODE 5: A Corpse In My Soup
A stuffy dinner party in the home of one of Harry’s former colleagues, Lawrence Cavendish, turns deadly when a vomiting bug sweeps through the guests, bar one: Harry. Further investigation uncovers the cause of the sickness is the corpse of Cavendish’s wife in the house’s well. With Charlie on holiday, the investigation is led by his sergeant, Vicky Boyle. Too eager to prove herself, Vicky makes some rash choices and when the evidence starts to point to Harry as the culprit, Vicky unwisely arrests her. It is left to Fergus, in the midst of his exams, to prove Harry’s innocence.
EPISODE 6: Best Laid Schemes
A violent storm traps Harry, Fergus and Lola in the local pub. Cut off from the outside world by flooded roads and downed phone masts, events take a dangerous turn when they discover a kidnap victim in the boot of a car in the pub’s car park. Freeing the man, they realize the kidnapper must be one of the handful of strangers trapped in the pub with them. Harry, Fergus and Lola, along with the pub’s landlady and, resident dodgy bloke, Welsh Glenn, have to work together to uncover the identity of the kidnapper. But kidnapping soon turns to murder. (2 EPS, 2022)
Hidden Assets (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 1 and 2 of 6 – SERIES PREMIERE (U.S. Only)
Episode 1: A police raid in Limerick, a dead body in Antwerp and a terrorist bombing campaign – Detective Emer Berry and her CAB team must work out how they are all connected.
Episode 2: With Darren Reid dead and the discovery that another bombing is imminent, Emer and Christian’s attention is drawn to a well-known Irish businessman with a very checkered past. (2 EPS, 2021)
The Good Karma Hospital, Season 4 (Acorn TV Original) | Episode 6 of 6 – SEASON FINALE
Lydia and Greg’s wedding plans are upset by three emergency admissions. Ruby must decide – can she finally forgive an untrustworthy Gabriel? (1 EP, 2022)
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 15 (Acorn TV Exclusive)| Episode 8 of 24 (U.S. Only)
“Murdoch Knows Best”
While investigating a stabbing, Murdoch and Brackenreid inadvertently discover spy Terrence Meyers’ hidden civilian life. (1 EP, 2022)
Take this journey into Hamlet, the play and the man – through the experiences of the major actors and directors who have brought the play to life. This was filmed at the Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon, in London, Canada and Italy, featuring Christopher Plummer, Sir Trevor Nunn, Franco Zeffirelli, John Nettles, John Simm and David Tennant. (Movie, 2016)
Shakespeare – The Legacy
In this one-hour special to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on April 23, 2016, host John Nettles takes us on a journey through the dangerous and dynamic times of Shakespeare’s life and reveals the real man who transformed the London theatre and the English language, yet remained a Stratford man. We unlock some of the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare’s life and the legacy of his work across the globe. (Movie, 2016)
Monday, April 25
Harry Wild (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 7 and 8 of 8
EPISODE 7: The Mystery of Granny Susan’s Fun Time Wig
When the matriarch of a wealthy Dublin family is strangled to death during a video call in front of her horrified relatives, the dead woman’s daughter employs the services of the newly formed Wild/Reid Detective Agency. The agency being Fergus’ brainchild, Harry is as surprised as anyone to discover it exists but agrees to indulge Fergus’ ingenuity. It quickly becomes apparent that the motive for the murder was the sizeable inheritance, but as everyone who stands to benefit was on the video call at the time of the killing, how could one of them have been the killer?
EPISODE 8: No One Here Gets Out Alive – SEASON FINALE
Zoe McCann is a damaged young woman, a recovering addict fighting each day to slay her demons. But when Zoe is abducted only to wake up in a forest wearing a vintage ballgown, her sanity and resolve are pushed to their limit. Terrified that her unknown abductor will come back for her, her path leads to Harry and Fergus. When Zoe is kidnapped a second time, Harry and Fergus put themselves in mortal danger in order to save her life. (2 EPS, 2022)
Hidden Assets (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 3 and 4 of 6 (U.S. Only)
Episode 3: Emer has Fionn Brannigan firmly in her sights. As the net closes in around him, Bibi is feeling the pressure too – especially when her wayward brother reaches out for help.
Episode 4: Emer’s in Antwerp to help search for Fionn Brannigan. Looks like she and Christian have hit a dead end when a forensics breakthrough changes everything.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 15 (Acorn TV Exclusive) | Episode 9 of 24 (U.S. Only)
“The Lady Vanishes”
When Higgin’s sister-in-law is kidnapped, he’s dispatched with the ransom and disappears, leading Murdoch to a manhunt. (1 EP, 2022)
Balthazar, Season 4(Acorn TV Exclusive-French language) |All episodes
“Solid and inviting crime drama with a charming lead” – TV Insider
Seven months after the tragic events at the end of Season 3, everything has changed for Paris forensic pathologist Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer Sisley, Don’t Look Up, Messiah). His police officer partner, friend, and soul mate, Hélène Bach is gone, his wife Maya (Leslie Medina) is in prison awaiting trial and Balthazar is partying harder than ever. It all topples over when Captain Camille Costes (Constance Labbé), a whirlwind of undiluted energy, steps in to replace Hélène and forces Balthazar to face his demons. He will be spared nothing: not even the shrink sessions, nor his colleague catapulted to the helm of the Forensic Institute; nor his own childhood, which comes back to haunt him. (8 EPS, 2021, French, w/English subtitles)