The Anglophile’s cup of tea: streaming service Acorn TV reveals new slate of captivating drama and crime thrillers

Acorn TV drops library of addictive drama and crime thrillers
Fan favourites including Broadchurch, Victoria and Father Ted come together for the first time in one place in New Zealand, with new shows added every week
Acorn TV is offering a free trial as a taster
Monthly subscription of $7.99 or annual subscription of $79.99 is available once hooked

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“The most robust, reliable selection of European, British, Canadian and Australian shows.” -New York Times

“Netflix for the Anglophile.” -NPR



For those after a Brit-fix, a new wave of compelling crime and drama shows is now available for the first time in New Zealand via streaming service Acorn TV from AMC Networks.

North America’s most popular streaming service for a largely British slate of television, the service now sees shows including Victoria, Line of Duty, Foyle’s War, Doc Martin, and award-winning comedy Detectorists S1-2 added to its repertoire, with further anticipated titles in October to include more seasons of Humans, The Politician’s Husband, and Broadchurch.

Better still, the platform is offering a free trial to Kiwis, with monthly and annual subscriptions at $7.99 and $79.99 respectively.

Featuring “the most robust, reliable selection of European, British, Canadian and Australian shows” according to The New York Times, Acorn carefully curates a world-class library of captivating crime thrillers, addictive dramas and intriguing mysteries to offer Kiwi audiences instant access to their favourite British and international shows all in the one place for the first time.

Highlights include:

  • The only place to find all seasons of beloved British police dramas George Gently and Foyle’s War;
  • All three seasons of Irish detective drama Jack Taylor, starring Game of Thrones’ Iain Glen;
  • The first two seasons of popular, long-running medical comedy drama Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes, with more seasons to be added in coming weeks;
  • Record-breaking ratings hit and critically acclaimed series Line of Duty (Seasons 1-4), dubbed “king of the crime dramas” by The Telegraph UK;
  • All series of British period drama The Bletchley Circle, featuring Line of Duty’s Anna Maxwell Martin and Peaky Blinders star Sophie Rundle;
  • Peabody and BAFTA Award-winning serial crime drama Broadchurch, starring Oscar-winner Olivia Colman and Doctor Who’s David Tennant, with Seasons 2 and 3 to be added in the coming weeks;
  • Season One of critically acclaimed costume drama Victoria, starring The Cry and Doctor Who star Jenna Coleman with season 2 to be added in October;
  • Seasons 1-3 of 1950s detective drama Grantchester;
  • Acorn Original Series Agatha Raisin, starring Ashley Jensen as the titular amateur sleuth;
  • The first two seasons of beloved Australian drama Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries starring Essie Davis;
  • Six-part crime series Partners in Crime, starring Little Britain’s David Walliams and Call the Midwife’s Jessica Raine, based on the Agatha Christie Tommy and Tuppence novels;
  • BAFTA-winning comedy Detectorists starring The Office’s Mackenzie Crook and Captain America’s Toby Jones;
  • Season One of British sci-fi drama Humans, starring Crazy Rich Asians’ Gemma Chan (with season 2 to follow in October).

Kerensa Samanidis, GM for Acorn TV International, says, “We know Kiwis have strong ties to Britain – not just familial but also through their darker humour, obsession with the weather and fondness for a cup of tea in front of the telly. We’re proud to launch a destination for lovers of quality British TV, and we’ve carefully curated a wide selection of award-winning and beloved British series for viewers to enjoy.

“Our ambition is to be the go-to service for those who want to enjoy quality drama without having to search through endless choices for something to watch. Acorn TV is a truly unique entertainment service in the market, and we hope you love watching the shows as much as we do.”

New shows will be continually added to the lineup in the coming months, ensuring Acorn viewers are caught never short with great drama to catch up on.

Kiwis can access Acorn TV through a wide range of devices including IOS (iPad and iPhone), Android (phone and Tablet), Android TV, Chromecast or by visiting acorn.tv.

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