Acorn TV has announced the titles that are coming to the AMC-owned streaming service in August. The Acorn TV August 2022 lineup adds to the service’s wide variety of acclaimed English and foreign-language dramas, engaging comedies, documentaries, and more.
The Acorn TV August 2022 schedule includes The Brokenwood Mysteries season finale, Darby & Joan, Anne, and more.
ACORN TV AUGUST 2022 HIGHLIGHTS
The Brokenwood Mysteries (Acorn TV Exclusive) – Season Finale on Monday, August 1
The charred remains of a body are discovered in the burned-out remnants of a rural shed, but no one lived there, and no one was meant to be there at all.
As DSS Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea, Go Girls) and DC Kristin Simms (Fern Sutherland, The Almighty Johnsons) are tasked with identifying the unidentifiable, it becomes apparent this is the third in a run of “accidental” deaths, all attended by the Brokenwood Fire Brigade. Could one of its members be Brokenwood’s first serial killer?
Darby & Joan (Acorn TV Exclusive) – New Series Premieres Monday, August 8, with Two Episodes Weekly Through August 28
In this lively road trip mystery drama, retired Australian homicide detective Jack Darby (Bryan Brown, Cocktail) has taken to the open road with his dog Diesel to flee his past, while recently widowed English nurse Joan Kirkhope (Greta Scacchi, The Player) is on a pilgrimage to find answers about her husband’s mysterious death.
They couldn’t be more different: the low-key, ruggedly charming Aussie and the tightly-wound yet warm and witty Englishwoman, but when they collide in the Australian outback and become drawn into a series of unexpected mysteries, this unlikely investigative duo soon realize the most intriguing puzzle they face is each other.
The series shines a light on fascinating and often unseen areas of the continent, from isolated, sweeping coastlines to lush hinterland to small communities in the Outback, and many fascinating characters moving through a world where everyone seems to be searching for something – or trying to escape it.
Danger and secrets lurk for those who bother to look. The series asks: can you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?
Anne (Acorn TV Exclusive) – All Episodes Premiere Monday, August 22
This 2022 UK drama is about Anne Williams (Maxine Peake, The Village), who lost her 15-year-old son Kevin in the Hillsborough Disaster – he was one of 96 fans who lost their lives at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Anne refused to believe the verdict of accidental death and was determined to discover the truth of what happened in the disaster.
Over the next 24 years, Anne tracked down witnesses, sought medical advice, enlisted political support and campaigned tirelessly for new inquests for Kevin and the other victims. This is the story of one mother’s quest for truth and justice.
ACORN TV SCHEDULE
AVAILABLE AUGUST 1
The Brokenwood Mysteries Season 8 (Acorn TV Exclusive) – Episode 6 of 6 – SEASON FINALE
“Four Fires and a Funeral”
A series of “accidental” deaths, all attended by the Brokenwood Fire Brigade, leave Mike and Kristin wondering if they are up against the town’s first serial killer. (1 EP, 2022)
Murdoch Mysteries Season 15 (Acorn TV Exclusive) – Episodes 23 and 24 of 24 – SEASON FINALE (U.S. Only)
Episode 23: “Pay the Piper”
After a man resembling Murdoch is murdered, William must find the killer before the killer finds him. Violet Hart’s scheming father returns, and Crabtree and bride-to-be Effie visit her hometown for him to meet his new in-laws. But he’s more intrigued by the community’s mystical reputation and the possibility of aliens, and his interest turns investigative after Effie’s maid of honor goes missing.
Episode 24: “Close Encounters”
After finding a bomb at their home, Murdoch secures Ogden and baby Susannah at a seedy hotel with a panic button while he pursues the threat. Meanwhile, Crabtree is hunting the otherworldly beings who seem to have abducted Effie’s maid of honor to the glee of his future father-in-law and disdain of his mother-in-law-to-be. Both Brackenreid and Hart are being blackmailed by her nefarious father. (2 EPS, 2022)
Genius of the Ancient World | All episodes
Historian Bettany Hughes travels to India, Greece, and China on the trail of three giants of ancient philosophy: Buddha, Socrates, and Confucius. All three physically traveled great distances, philosophizing as they went and drawing conclusions from their journeys.
Hughes gets under the skin of these three great minds and shines a light on the overlooked significance of the 5th century BC in shaping modern thought across the world. (3 EPS, 2015)
AVAILABLE AUGUST 8
Darby and Joan (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 1 and 2
Episode 1: A shock collision forces Jack (Bryan Brown, Cocktail) and Joan (Greta Scacchi, The Player) to travel together as her search for answers brings them to a beachside paradise. But all is not as it seems when they realize an accidental drowning was, in fact, murder.
Episode 2: When Jack takes a detour to help an old mate recover some stolen guns, he and Joan learn there’s more to the robbery than it first appeared… and Joan begins to suspect that there is more to Jack than he’s letting on. (2 EPS, 2022)
AVAILABLE AUGUST 15
Darby and Joan (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 3 and 4
Episode 3: Overwhelmed by new details about her late husband’s past and spooked by their growing connection, Joan is desperate to get some space from Jack but finds herself alone and in danger when thieves target her motorhome.
Episode 4: Preparations for Joan’s first Australian Christmas are put on hold after a SCUBA dive goes horribly wrong, and Joan and Jack discover the near drowning was really a case of sabotage. (2 EPS, 2022)
Inside the Ritz Hotel London | All episodes
For the first time in nearly 40 years, this fascinating documentary series invites cameras behind the scenes at one of the most famous hotels in the world. Showing life both upstairs and downstairs — with characters like head hall porter Michael de Cozar, who’s been at the Ritz in London for 46 years, resident pianist Ian Gomes, who used to play for Frank Sinatra, and Michelin-starred executive chef John Williams, who regularly cooks for the royal family — this series offers a glimpse into a glamorous, gilded world of afternoon tea, celebrity parties, and old-fashioned British gentility. (2 EPS, 2019)
AVAILABLE AUGUST 22
Darby and Joan (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 5 and 6
Episode 5: Sparks fly when Jack and Joan are forced to share a hotel room in a small town pub on New Year’s Eve. When a blaze breaks out after midnight, Jack and Joan are determined to discover who is really behind the blaze.
Episode 6: Jack must face his past mistakes when he’s asked to help a young woman, a professional athlete, navigate a sports doping scandal. (2 EPS, 2022)
Anne | All episodes
This captivating UK drama is about Anne Williams (Maxine Peake, The Village), who lost her 15-year-old- son Kevin in the Hillsborough Disaster- he was one of 96 fans who lost their lives at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest. Anne refused to believe the verdict of accidental death and was determined to discover the truth of what happened in the disaster.
Over the next 24 years, Anne tracked down witnesses, sought medical advice, enlisted political support and campaigned tirelessly for new inquests for Kevin and the other victims. This is the story of one mother’s quest for truth and justice. (4 EPS, 2022)
AVAILABLE AUGUST 29
Darby and Joan (Acorn TV Original) | Episodes 7 and 8 – SEASON FINALE
Episode 7: Jack and Joan’s search for a missing boy is complicated by the shocking arrival of Joan’s daughter, Rebecca.
Episode 8: The return of a familiar figure from her travels enables Joan to piece together the truth about her husband, while an ominous threat from Jack’s policing days emerges. (2 EPS, 2022)
Inside the Bank of England | All episodes
This timely two-part series goes behind the scenes at the Bank of England as Britain faces severe economic uncertainty. On June 23, 2016, the UK voted to leave the EU – and the economy was sent into freefall. After the shock referendum result, the Bank declared itself ready to provide a staggering £250 billion of additional funds to support markets through a “period of uncertainty.”
What will happen in reality? Will the process be “measured and orderly,” or will desperate times call for desperate measures? This is the story of an economy on the edge – told through the eyes of the Bank of England and its staff as they work tirelessly to keep the country’s finances in check over one unprecedented year. (2 EPS, 2019)
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