Acorn TV announces its January U.S. Premieres, including the supernatural British thriller Midwinter of the Spirit, which follows an exorcist in training; and the U.S. debut of one of Canada’s top series with the award-winning, character-driven cop drama 19-2 starring Adrian Holmes (Arrow) and Jared Keeso (Elysium, Falling Skies).
MIDWINTER OF THE SPIRIT
U.S. Premiere beginning Monday, January 11, 2016
Acorn TV features the U.S. Premiere of the new supernatural thriller Midwinter of the Spirit on consecutive Mondays, beginning Monday, January 11, 2016. Based on the novel by Phil Rickman, the three episode ITV crime drama stars two-time BAFTA-Award winning actress Anna Maxwell Martin (The Bletchley Circle, Death Comes to Pemberley, Bleak House) as a country vicar and exorcist-in-training who aids the police in solving a grisly murder. BAFTA-Award winner David Threlfall (Shameless) co-stars as her mentor.
Country vicar Merrily Watkins (Anna Maxwell Martin) is in training to be an exorcist, or “deliverance minister,” for the Church of England. Although guided by the sardonic, no-nonsense Reverend Huw Owen (David Threlfall), Merrily contends with self-doubt in her tough new role. Her faith deeply shaken by her husband’s recent death, she also struggles to raise her teenage daughter on her own. When Merrily is called in to consult on a grisly murder investigation, the inexperienced exorcist finds herself battling supernatural terrors that threaten to overwhelm her.
Midwinter of the Spirit also stars Kate Dickie (Game of Thrones), Nicholas Pinnock (Fortitude), Leila Mimmack (Mayday), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), and Ben Bailey Smith (Law & Order: UK).
U.S. PREMIERE BEGINS MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2016
Acorn TV features the U.S. Premiere of the gripping, Canadian crime drama 19-2, Season 1 beginning Monday, January 18, 2016 with its first two episodes and a new episode every Monday through March 14. In Canada, the series has been a huge ratings and social media hit for Bell Media’s Bravo channel. The intense 10-part character-driven drama stars Adrian Holmes (Arrow, Elysium) and Jared Keeso (Elysium, Falling Skies) as partners in the Montreal Police Department who must put their differences aside as their lives intertwine professionally and personally. An English-language remake of a popular Quebec show, 19-2 has won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Actor for Jared Keeso, and was nominated for numerous other Canadian Screen Awards, including Best Dramatic Series, Best Direction, Best Writing, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
Officers Nick Barron (Adrian Holmes) and Ben Chartier (Jared Keeso) patrol the urban sprawl of downtown’s 9th Precinct in Cruiser No. 2, working alongside the varied cast of characters that make up the close knit squad of Station 19. With very different temperaments and life experiences, Nick and Ben’s mistrust and antagonism for each other is evident from the outset, but, as season one progresses, moments of mutual respect give way to a wavering chance of a true partnership. As we come to know the team, we see friendship and loyalty, but we also see betrayal as Ben learns of a mole in the squad, whose actions may have fatal consequences.
Season 2 of 19-2 will premiere on Acorn TV later in 2016 and a third season is in production.
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