Acorn TV to Bring Bloodlands to the U.S.


AMC Networks’ Acorn TV streaming service has acquired the exclusive U.S. and Canadian rights for the Irish detective drama Bloodlands, executive produced by Jed Mercurio (Line of Duty, Bodyguard).

Written by Chris Brandon (Red Rock), the four-part crime thriller stars James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, The Missing, Cold Feet) as a veteran detective going into his own dark past to try to solve a cold case. The Acorn TV original will make its U.S. and Canadian premieres this fall soon after BBC One’s U.K. debut.

Bloodlands marks the first commission for Jed Mercurio’s production company, Hat Trick Mercurio Television (HTM), a partnership with Hat Trick International.

Don Klees, senior VP of programming at Acorn TV, said, “After Acorn TV’s success with Line of Duty, we’re thrilled to partner with Jed Mercurio again as well as Hat Trick and talented writer Chris Brandon to bring this excellent crime thriller to U.S. audiences. With a powerhouse lead performance from James Nesbitt and a riveting script, we can’t wait for U.S. audiences to see Bloodlands.”

Sarah Tong, director of Sales at Hat Trick International, commented, “I’m delighted that Bloodlands has landed in the US and Canada on Acorn TV. Created by the exceptional combination of Chris and Jed and starring multiple-award-winning James Nesbitt, Bloodlands is a prime example of the type of dynamic and suspenseful drama that audiences throughout the world are eager to see.”