Acorn TV March New Releases

Acorn TV continues to bring fantastic new options to American audiences, and in March there are some very special additions. If you aren’t familiar with Acorn TV, and even if you are, the streaming service is a must for fans of British television, new and classic, but also offers an increasing selection of hit shows from points further afield.

Head over to Acorn TV to keep up on the full list of their offerings, and what’s new and upcoming, but here are some highlights.

ACCUSED, Series 1-2 (BBC One Drama Series) Hitting March 4th

Accused is a solid addition for fans of crime drama, especially as it features several actors that American audiences are now familiar with.

International Emmy-winner for Best Drama Series and two-time Best Performance by an Actor (Sean Bean and Christopher Eccleston)

Murder, arson, and other deadly offenses all have a flash point, when a person loses control over something, or someone, in their life. This star-studded, acclaimed anthology series turns the classic crime drama on its head and takes a compelling look at the true nature of guilt and innocence. Each episode follows a different character and reveals the crime through the eyes of the perpetrator, revealing how—and more importantly, why—it happened. Some characters are guilty, some are innocent, and others fall somewhere in between. But they’re all ordinary people whose lives have quickly gone sideways—and they all stand accused. Series 1 and 2 stars Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Mackenzie Crook (Detectorists), Peter Capaldi (Doctor Who), Andy Serkis (Black PantherLord of the Rings trilogy), Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Crown), Stephen Graham (Line of DutyBoardwalk Empire), and Sean Bean (Game of ThronesThe Lord of the Rings). Each hour-long episode is a separate story about how one ordinary individual ended up in the dock to face his or her fate. Written by Jimmy McGovern (Cracker) (10 EPS, 2010-2012)

THE BOY WITH THE TOPKNOT (Streaming Exclusive) Also March 4th

Acorn TV The Boy with the Topknot

Based on the critically acclaimed memoir The Boy with the Topknot by journalist Sathnam Sanghera and starring Sacha Dhawan (Iron Fist, Mr Selfridge). Born to traditional Punjabi parents and growing up in Wolverhampton, Sathnam moves to London after graduating from Cambridge University. Living with his English girlfriend in London and excelling in his career as a columnist for The Times, he keeps his life very separate to the one he has in Wolverhampton with his family. This is a touching, humorous and emotional story of a second-generation Indian growing up in Britain and how he juggles his family, love life and career. (Feature-length, 2017)

MY WELSH SHEEP DOG (Documentary)

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BBC documentary with Kate Humble setting out to learn more about the endangered Welsh sheepdog breed. (3 EPS, 2016)

MURDOCH MYSTERIES, Season 12, Ep 12/18 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere) Also March 4th – new episodes premiere weekly throughout March

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If you aren’t like me, one of the few Americans lucky enough to get CBC, Murdoch Mysteries is likely all you need to sell you on Acorn TV. While the show’s most recent seasons have wandered down some strange roads, and seem overly fascinated with annoying side characters, it’s a show to binge.

A new season 12 episode from one of Acorn TV’s and Canada’s most popular series. Garnering an amazing 45 Gemini® and Canadian Screen Award nominations, 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, a methodical and dashing detective, who enlists radical new forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s murders.

MANHUNT (Acorn TV Original, Exclusive U.S., Canada and Mexico Premiere) Hitting March 11th

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Manhunt will hopefully serve as a catalyst to help send Acorn TV to another level. With fantastic ratings on ITV and the incomparable Martin Clunes, if this incredible police drama (review soon) doesn’t pull you in, nothing will.

Earning the highest ratings for a new ITV drama in more than six years (since Broadchurch) and 9 million UK viewers, new British crime drama MANHUNTstars Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as former London Metropolitan police detective DCI Colin Sutton who determinedly and tenaciously pursued serial killer Levi Bellfield. Written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Strike Back) and directed by Marc Evans (Trauma, Safe House, Hinterland), Manhunt is the real-life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green in August 2004 was eventually linked to two other murders. With no forensics, motive or witnesses, DCI Sutton’s painstaking approach and the diligence of his fellow officers gradually led to breakthroughs in the case and to suspected serial killer Levi Bellfield. But now the hunt is on for enough evidence to arrest him and make sure he’s found guilty at trial. (3 EPS)

THE TRUTH WILL OUT (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, Foreign Language) Hitting March 25th

New Swedish crime drama

The Truth Will Out Acorn TV

Detective Peter Wendel’s goal of creating a new, super-group cold case team encounters a set-back when an unknown killer leaves a message for the police. It states that Sweden’s most notorious serial killer is actually a fraud. In order to uncover the truth, Peter has to pull his cold case group together quickly, limited to the misfits of the police force – the only officers currently available in Stockholm. His newly formed team find themselves at odds with the powerful group of people who got the serial killer convicted in the first place. (8 EPS)

Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.