Monday, February 5th
THE HEART GUY, Series 2, Episodes 1 & 2 (Exclusive North American Premiere)
“A satisfying, funny and touching redemption fable…This Heart Guy is a heartthrob for sure, and the show’s another fine and entertaining discovery by Acorn.” –TV Guide
Akin to an Aussie Doc Martin with its fish-out-of-water premise and eccentric characters, the series follows a charming and genius doctor (Rodger Corser, Glitch, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) forced to return to his hometown and become a local doctor after his personal life spins out of control. Known as Doctor, Doctor in Australia. Co-starring Ryan Johnson (Rake) and Nicole da Silva (Wentworth). In Series 2, Hugh is determined to live out his probation in peace. However, there is no peace in Whyhope. Relationships will be tested; with an election scandal, a kidney transplant and a wedding on the horizon. The dysfunctional Knight family faces a tough decision: will their struggles bring them closer together or tear them apart?
DOCTOR FINLAY, Series 1
The popular mid-1990s PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre series based on Scots author A. J. Cronin’s stories about the fictional medical hero, Dr. Finlay. Doctor Finlay updates the popular BBC series of the 1960s – Doctor Finlay’s Casebook. Set in the 1940s, the series chronicles life in the town of Tannochbrae as people come to terms with post-war problems and Doctor Finlay (David Rintoul, Game of Thrones, Pride and Prejudice) prepares to cope with upheaval in his personal and professional life returns from war service. Early storylines include the setting up of the new National Health Service and the modernization of the medical practice at Arden House, Tannochbrae, Scotland. The series co-stars Ian Bannen (Waking Ned Devine, Braveheart) as his semi-retired practice partner, Dr. Cameron, Annette Crosbie (Henry IX, Little Dorrit, One Foot in the Grave) as his housekeeper, Janet., and Finlay’s assistant, Dr. Neil, played by Jason Flemyng (The Missing, X-Men: First Class, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). (6 EPS)
GIRLFRIENDS, Episode 2
From BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor (Love, Lies & Records), the Acorn TV Original drama series with ITV stars two-time Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson (Tom & Viv, The Crying Game, Churchill, The Hours, Harry Potter’s Rita Skeeter), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey,The Good Karma Hospital), and Zoe Wanamaker (Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone) with Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom in Harry Potter series) and Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). The six-part drama follows three friends struggling with the responsibilities that come with being a modern woman of a certain age. After the dramatic and sudden death of her husband, Linda reunites with two childhood friends. Each is facing their own issues, from a looming divorce to the loss of a high-powered job through age discrimination and juggling the responsibilities of their grandchildren and aging mothers. But as questions over the circumstances of Micky’s death arise, accusations reveal secrets, deception and doubts that tear at the Girlfriends’ friendship. (6 EPS, 1 per week)
MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Season 11, Episode 7 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, US Only)
Acorn TV’s hit period mystery series returns. Garnering more than two dozen Gemini® nominations and the sole 2016 ‘Fan’s Choice Award’ at the Canadian Screen Awards for Yannick Bisson, Murdoch Mysteries has found a huge audience in North America for its period charm, entertaining mysteries, and likeable characters. Set in Toronto in the late 1890s and early 1900s during the age of invention, the mystery series centers on Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective, who enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Inspired by Maureen Jennings’ novels, Murdoch Mysteries airs on the CBC in Canada and in the U.S. after Acorn TV as The Artful Detective on Ovation. (1 EPS each week)
Monday, February 12th
“THE JOY OF” Documentaries
BBC Four’s gleefully fun and nerdy, award-winning maths films: The Joy of Data, The Joy of Logic, The Joy of Chance, and The Joy of Stats. The Joy of Data offers a witty, exhilarating and mind-expanding exploration of THE word of our times – data – with mathematician Dr. Hannah Fry. This high-tech romp reveals exactly what data is and how it is captured, stored, shared and made sense of, featuring topics on Scrabble and Wikipedia. The Joy of Logic offers a sharp, mind-expanding and exuberant foray into the world of logic with Computer Scientist Dave Cliff. In The Joy of Chance, Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance is and how it works in the real world. Winner of the Grierson Award for Best Science/ Natural History Documentary in 2011, The Joy of Stats takes viewers on a roller coaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power stats have to change our understanding of the world we live in. The host is superstar boffin Hans Rosling whose eye-opening, mind-expanding, and very funny online lectures have made him an international internet legend.
DOCTOR FINLAY, Series 2 (6 EPS)
GIRLFRIENDS, Episode 3 (Acorn TV Original Series, Exclusive North American Premiere)
THE HEART GUY, Series 2, Episodes 3 & 4 (Exclusive North American Premiere)
MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Season 11, Episode 8 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
Monday, February 19th
SCOTCH – THE STORY OF WHISKEY
2016 BBC Two documentary follows David Hayman (Trial & Retribution) as he surveys the state of the Scotch whisky industry and examines the threats to its world dominance. The story of whiskey embraces craftsmanship, culture, identity, land, science, marketing and ties itself to great historical events. A drink, certainly, but so much more: the story of Scotch is one of a multinational, multi-billion-dollar super-industry.
Here, for the first time, that story is told in detail through a warm, elegant miniseries. Scotch: the Story of Whisky marries the allure of scenic Scotland with engrossing storytelling, rich characters and frequent revelations. The tale of whisky is the tale of Scotland’s gift to the world, and so it follows that Scotch embroils itself in U.S history and travels to Sweden, Japan and Australia.
DOCTOR FINLAY, Series 3 (7 EPS)
GIRLFRIENDS, Episode 4 (Acorn TV Original Series, Exclusive North American Premiere)
THE HEART GUY, Series 2, Episodes 5 & 6 (Exclusive North American Premiere)
MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Season 11, Episode 9 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
Monday, February 26th
ACKLEY BRIDGE, Series 1 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
An original new British series set in a 50/50 multicultural school in West Yorkshire, Ackley Bridge offers a character-driven, gritty, funny, truthful, and mischievous angle into the daily drama of the teachers, teenagers and families whose lives and cultures collide in a fictional 21st century Northern town. With the modern British family at its heart, the series explores its glorious dysfunctionality and provides an authentic account of the very real issues that emerge from a modern so called ‘community’. Combining sharp wit with emotional storylines, big characters and contemporary view of multi-cultural teenage life – the show promises smiles, laughs and tears. The series is set in Ackley Bridge, a Yorkshire town which has a large white community and a large Asian community – which don’t mix but now merge into one school. Will the new academy sink, swim… or implode? (6 EPS)
DOCTOR FINLAY, Series 4 (7 EPS)
GIRLFRIENDS, Episode 5 (Acorn TV Original Series, Exclusive North American Premiere)
THE HEART GUY, Series 2, Episodes 7 & 8 (Exclusive North American Premiere)
MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Season 11, Episode 10 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
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