Abduction and Murder – Still Easier Viewing than the 1pm Press Conferences

While we wait in hope for Alert Levels to come down further so we can get out and socialise, Acorn TV is taking it up a level with some big-name stars being unleashed this October. 

Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, The Crown) has his hands full with a psychopathic killer for a daughter in Fallen Angels, Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders) is thrown into a small-town storm when a young girl is abducted in Mayday, while Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn is back and better than ever in Vera Series 8 and 9.

The spooky season kicks off with the return of Vera (series 8). Brenda Blethyn returns as the unorthodox but brilliant Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, to investigate deeply chilling crimes in her own unique way. Set in contemporary Northumberland and Newcastle, Brenda is reunited with co-stars Kenny Doughty, Cush Jumbo, Jon Morrison, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lisa Hammond and Riley Jones.

Plus this gives you a great excuse to binge the first seven series in preparation!

You see, there’s no question Rosie Byfield is the devil in disguise but what, or who, made her that way? That’s the question Fallen Angel tries to answer when it hits the screens on October 11.

Based on the acclaimed Roth Trilogy by crime writer Andrew Taylor, this riveting British mini- series takes us on an enthralling journey back in time, exposing a tangle of secrets and betrayal, in turn revealing the tragic web of circumstances which turned a beautiful but neglected teenager into a twisted killer.

An outstanding ensemble cast including Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders) and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda) anchors the engrossing crime drama Mayday.

In a quaint English village steeped in pagan traditions, the highlight of May Day is the traditional parade. When the May Queen, 14- year-old Hattie Sutton, disappears shortly before the event, locals grow suspicious that someone among them has abducted her

The sobering realisation of a potential killer in their midst shatters the façade of idyllic small town life, while the search for Hattie threatens to reveal everyone’s darkest secrets. Upending the typical whodunnit, this intoxicating drama hinges not on the police investigation, but on the unthinkable prospect of a loved one committing an abhorrent crime.

Exclusively on Acorn, from October 25, you can follow the activities of the Metropolitan Police’s Murder Investigation Team in the second series of a spin-off from long-running, beloved series, The Bill.

Murder Investigation Team, led by D.S. Rosie MacManus (Lindsey Coulson), deciphers clues and follow leads in horrific homicide inquiries, taking you along for the ride from the discovery of a body, through to the tragic satisfaction of justice being served to those responsible.

The show offers a unique, contemporary take on the procedural genre that gives a strong sense of what a real murder investigation is like, offering the raw and harsh reality of this gruelling profession.

Plus there are other great mystery and murder shows, so get your detective hat on this freaky season with Acorn!