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New Acorn TV Originals Slated for January


Two new Acorn TV originals are debuting this January, one of which is Girlfriends, from Love, Lies & Records creator Kay Mellor.

Acorn Media Enterprises co-produced Girlfriends with all3media international and Rollem Productions. The series stars two-time Oscar nominee Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game, Churchill, The Hours), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) and Zoe Wanamaker (Agatha Christie’s Poirot).

Acorn co-produced season three of Detectorists with DRG, Channel X North, Lola Entertainment and Treasure Trove Productions. The BAFTA-winning BBC comedy returns with six new episodes starring Mackenzie Crook (Game of Thrones, The Office UK) and Toby Jones (Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution, Captain America).

Additionally, Acorn TV has bolstered its roster with a new legal drama from New Zealand: Dear Murderer. The series is based on one of New Zealand’s most infamous characters, barrister Michael Bungay.

Mark Stevens, the chief content officer of Acorn Brands at RLJ Entertainment, said, “Following another record year with five Acorn TV Originals plus more than 30 exclusive U.S. premieres of first-rate international dramas and comedies, we’re thrilled to start off 2018 with two more Acorn TV originals. Detectorists has been embraced by our subscribers and the U.S. media for its subtle humor, casting and Mackenzie Crook’s first-rate writing, so we are very excited to join as co-producers for the new season. Additionally, with her addictive storylines and ideal casting, Kay Mellor has charmed our audiences with November’s Love, Lies & Records, and we can’t wait to show them her next series, Girlfriends, soon after ITV’s premiere.”

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