Crazy Aunties, Younger Boyfriends and Dead Husbands – Happy New Year from Acorn TV

Kick 2022 off right with some great entertainment from Acorn TV. Check out these highlights coming to air in January.

Gold Digger

At the age of 60, Julia (Julia Ormond, Mad Men, Legends of the Fall) meets and hits it off with the devilishly good-looking Benjamin (Ben Barnes, The Chronicles of Narnia, Westworld), a man half her age with a shrouded history.

The whirlwind romance is marred by Julia’s disapproving adult children, who sense something more sinister may be at play and believe Benjamin is more interested in Julia’s money. Is Julia’s age just a number or has it made her a target? Can true love be tainted by unproven accusations? Is Benjamin the manipulative opportunist that Julia’s family believe him to be? Gold Digger is an enigmatic, contemporary relationship thriller about second chances, family and betrayal.

“Bold and hugely entertaining” – The Guardian

“Will captivate you instantly” – TV Guide

Queens of Mystery Season 2

Follow the adventures of the three crime-writing Stone sisters Beth (Sarah Woodward, The Pale Horse), Cat (Julie Graham, The Bletchley Circle), Jane (Siobhan Redmond, Unforgotten) and their 28-year-old niece, Detective Sergeant Mattie Stone (Florence Hall, The Princess Switch: Switched Again) in this charming and quirky yet darkly humorous series.

Using their knowledge of crime – both real world and fictional – three quirky crime-writing sisters meddle in the career of their Police Detective niece to solve murders in the picturesque English village of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they are able to crack, the unsolved mystery that haunts all the characters is the disappearance of their niece Mattie’s mother some twenty- five years ago.

“A surefire crowd-pleaser” – Los Angeles Times

“A treat with fans of classic crime drama” – The Daily Mail

The Madame Blanc Mysteries

A brand new six-part thriller series created by and starring former Coronation Street favourite Sally Lindsay.

Jean White (Lindsay, Mount Pleasant), a renowned and respected antiques dealer is running a successful business in leafy Cheshire with her husband, Rory (Peter Gaynor, Vikings). When we meet her on a rainy Manchester morning, she is overcome with grief. Rory has tragically died on his way home from their vintage treasure-trove stomping grounds in the South of France.

Things take a darker turn when she discovers that along with her husband, all their money has disappeared, their shop has been re-mortgaged and their assets have been pawned off. With the final thousands in their joint account spent on Rory’s funeral, Jean’s life is set adrift… until her solicitor informs her of one thing her beloved did not sell: their cottage in French antiques hub, Saint Victoire. Jean sets off for the South of France to investigate Rory’s mysterious death.

Cracker Series 2

The brash and brilliant forensic psychologist, Dr. Edward “Fitz” Fitzgerald’s (Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter, Ocean’s Twelve) astonishing insights into the criminal mind prove invaluable, but his arrogance and boorishness make him barely tolerable as a colleague. For his family, Fitz’s self-destructive compulsions – scotch, women, and gambling – bring only pain and turmoil.

With more than 25 major awards including BAFTAs for Best Drama series and Best Actor, Cracker ranks as one of British television’s most acclaimed crime series.

“Compared with most television crime investigators, Fitz is still the king” – New York Times

“The show’s enduring success comes down to two elements —gifted writer Jimmy McGovern, and perfect casting in Robbie Coltrane” – Empire