Heads up for fantastic British TV fare heading your way from Acorn.
Compared to The Wire and The Shield, and critically acclaimed for its taut plotting, remarkable performances, and hard-hitting realism, BBC’s Line of Duty, Series 1 stars Martin Compston as a London police officer forced to transfer to the anti-corruption department, where he quickly discovers that a celebrated officer, DCI Gates (Lennie James, Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead, Jericho), has much to hide in both his personal and professional lives.BBC documentary Masters of Money explores the lives of influential economists - Keynes, Hayek, and Marx - whose theories continue to influence policy. The program presents an engaging take on the crucially important subject of the global economic crisis, the causes, and ramifications.
ACORN TV: “Best British TV” streaming service Acorn TV is now streaming the exclusive U.S. premieres of three hugely popular UK series - Doc Martin, Series 6, Lynda La Plante’s Above Suspicion starring Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds, and Vera starring two-time Oscar®-nominee Brenda Blethyn.
This week/October 15: Called “a Silence of the Lambs-style game of wits.” (Mail) and “addictive and provocative” (The Daily Beast), the BBC thriller THE FALL, Series 1 features Emmy® and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, Bleak House) as a steely detective on the trail of a serial killer. Called “Powerfully addictive” (TIME), THE PALLISERS: 40th Anniversary Edition is a sprawling, star-studded BBC and PBS saga of an aristocratic dynasty.
“Gripping cat-and-mouse thriller” —The Daily Telegraph
“A tightly plotted BBC cop show” —Slate
“Unmissable” —The Times
“Hugely compelling” —Daily Mail
“Intelligent drama” —Huffington Post
LINE OF DUTY, SERIES 1
Debuts on DVD October 29, 2013
The smash-hit British police drama makes its DVD debut
Compared to The Wire and The Shield, and critically acclaimed for its taut plotting, remarkable performances and hard-hitting realism, Line of Duty, Series 1 makes its DVD debut on October 29, 2013 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand. Martin Compston (Monarch of the Glen) stars as Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott, a London police officer who refuses to participate in a bureaucratic cover-up following a botched counterterrorism raid.
Made a pariah by his colleagues, Arnott is forced to transfer to the anti-corruption department, where he quickly discovers that a celebrated officer, DCI Gates (Lennie James, Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead, Jericho), has much to hide in both his personal and professional lives. Broadcast in 2012 on BBC Two and Hulu, a second installment of the series has already been commissioned. The DVD 2-Disc set includes five episodes, plus 47 min. bonus interviews with the writer, directors, and cast and 10 min. of behind-the-scenes footage ($39.99, AcornOnline.com).
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Gates (Lennie James) is an exemplary cop. He’s got the best crime stats on the force and a loyal team working under him. But the head of the police anticorruption unit, Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar, Ashes to Ashes), has his doubts about Gates. Is he really that good? And more importantly, is he really that clean?
Hastings decides to find out and calls on a new arrival to his department, Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), to help him do it. As the net tightens around Gates, reputations are on the line—and lives are at risk. Guest stars include Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Gina McKee (The Forsyte Saga), Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead), Craig Parkinson (Misfits), and Neil Morrissey (Waterloo Road).
BONUS: Interviews with the writer, directors, and cast (47 min.) and behind-the-scenes footage (10 min.)
Street Date: Oct. 29, 2013 SRP: $39.99
DVD 2-Disc Set – 5 episodes - Approx. 305 min., plus bonus – SDH subtitles - UPC 054961210695
Contains coarse language and disturbing images...
BBC documentary explores the lives of influential economists;
What would Keynes, Hayek, and Marx do today?
MASTERS OF MONEY
Debuts on DVD from Athena October 29, 2013
“Absorbing” –The Daily Telegraph
“Lucid and entertaining” –The Times
A three-part documentary exploring the lives of prominent economic thinkers whose theories continue to influence policy, the BBC documentary Masters of Money debuts on DVD on October 29, 2013 from Athena, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. Narrated by BBC economics editor Stephanie Flanders, a Kennedy Scholar at Harvard and Oxford-educated broadcast journalist with a degree in economics, the program presents an engaging take on the crucially important subject of the global economic crisis, the causes, and ramifications. Broadcast on BBC Two and BBC World News in late 2012, the documentary explores the lives of John Maynard Keynes, Friedrich Hayek, and Karl Marx. audiences. The DVD 2-Disc set includes three episodes, plus bonus Adventures in Economics shorts (6 min.), 12-page viewers guide, and more ($39.99, AcornOnline.com).
Just what happened to the global economy in 2008? Why did the world react the way it did? Did economic policies help or hurt? These are just some of the questions that BBC economics editor and narrator Stephanie Flanders asks in Masters of Money. For answers, she turns to three economists from the past whose revolutionary thinking helped shape the course of history and transformed the world we live in today
Englishman John Maynard Keynes, Austrian-born Friedrich A. Hayek, and Germany’s Karl Marx all exposed the awesome power of money. At various times and in various countries, their ideas about how to tame it have been put to the test. In looking to the past, Flanders not only considers the impact that these three intellectual giants had during their heyday but also makes the case that they have something special to tell us right now. Masters of Money features appearances by Nobelist Paul Krugman, Ron Paul, P.J. O’Rourke, and other experts in the field.
Program writer and narrator Stephanie Flanders is the BBC’s economics editor and formerly a Financial Times columnist, New York Times reporter, and senior advisor to the U.S. treasury secretary.
Masters of Money is presented by the BBC and Open University, producers of the bestselling documentaries The Story of Math and The Code; available from Athena.
BONUS FEATURES: Adventures in Economics shorts (6 min.); 12-page viewer’s guide with a timeline, articles on the economics in the 20th century and the Wall Street crash of 1929, facts about money, and a glossary of economic terms
Street Date: Oct. 29, 2013 SRP: $39.99 UPC: 054961206698
DVD 2-Disc Set – 3 episodes - Approx. 149 min., plus bonus – Documentary – SDH subtitles
The fan favorite returns with four feature-length mysteries on DVD and Blu-ray; Newly remastered and in original U.K. broadcast order
AGATHA CHRISTIE’S POIROT, SERIES 9
On Blu-ray and DVD October 29, 2013
Starring David Suchet and seen on PBS and A&E
Newly remastered and restored to their original U.K. broadcast order, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Series 9 debuts on Blu-ray and arrives on DVD on October 29, 2013 from Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) brand. David Suchet stars as Agatha Christie’s mustachioed mystery-solver in these four feature-length episodes from the hit series. Poirot solves these complex cases with flair and finesse with the help of Hugh Fraser (Sharpe) as Captain Hastings, Philip Jackson (Little Voice) as Chief Inspector Japp, and Pauline Moran as Miss Lemon. Brimming with opulent 1930s period details and pitch-perfect performances, these lavish adaptations look better than ever in this remastered edition. ITV Studios’ Poirot has aired on ITV1 in the U.K. since 1989 and on PBS and A&E in the U.S. The episodes from Series 9 debuted in 2003-04.The 2-disc Blu-ray and 2-disc DVD sets include all four mysteries from Series 9, now with SDH subtitles ($49.99/$39.99, AcornOnline.com). With the filming of Series 13 completed, David Suchet has now filmed all of Agatha Christie’s works with Poirot (70). The final series of five episodes airs in the UK in 2013-14 with the U.S. premiere in 2014.
Series 9 guest stars include Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada), Kelly Reilly (Above Suspicion, Sherlock Holmes), Toby Stephens (Jane Eyre), Aidan Gillen (The Wire), Edward Fox (Gandhi), Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey), Barbara Flynn (A Family At War), Judy Parfitt (Call the Midwife), Marc Warren (The Good Wife), JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger), Paul McGann (Alien 3), and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
THE MYSTERIES (original U.K. broadcast order):
Five Little Pigs—Fourteen years after Caroline Crale was executed for murdering her husband, Lucy Crale asks Poirot to prove her mother’s innocence.
Sad Cypress—A beautiful young socialite stands convicted of murder, and Poirot races to reinvestigate before her sentence is carried out.
Death on the Nile—Poirot intervenes when a jilted woman harasses a newlywed couple, but their honeymoon river cruise turns deadly nonetheless.
The Hollow—Invited for a weekend in the country with the Angkatell clan, Poirot untangles the family’s love affairs in the quest for a killer.
Acorn released Series 1 – 6 on DVD and Blu-ray in 2012 and Series 7&8 in October 2013.
Street: October 29, 2013
4 mysteries; U.K. broadcast order; SDH subtitles
Blu-ray 2-Disc Set (SRP: $49.99, Approx. 392 min) – UPC: 054961893096
DVD 2-Disc Set (SRP: $39.99, Approx. 392 min.) – UPC: 054961892990
Acorn’s and Athena’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from RLJ Entertainment at (888) 870-8047 or AcornOnline.com. Select series are streaming at Acorn TV, the first British TV-focused streaming service, at www.Acorn.TV