The Perfect Recipe for Thrills and Feels on Acorn TV

Spring into the addictive selection of outstanding shows new to Acorn TV this September.

Acorn TV carefully curates a world-class library of compelling crime thrillers, addictive dramas and intriguing mysteries providing Kiwi audiences with instant access to their favourite British and international shows, all in the one place. 

A deadly concoction of love, murder and scams is the perfect recipe for thrills and feels this month. Check out Acorn TV’s September highlights, with the full schedule below!

Recipes for Love and Murder

Series 1, New Zealand Premiere Monday, September 5

This Acorn TV Original, based on Sally Andrew’s acclaimed, bestselling “A Tannie Maria Mystery” novels, is a dangerously delicious drama following advice columnist, Tannie Maria (Maria Purvis), who dishes out guidance and tasty recipes for a small-town newspaper in the vibrant region of the Karoo, South Africa. Things take an unexpected turn when a correspondent who writes to Maria about her abusive husband is found dead. Maria’s worlds collide as she begins working through her own mysterious past trying to solve the case. She joins forces with a local, risk-taking, rookie journalist – and sometimes rival – Jessie September (Kylie Fisher), to investigate the murder and catch the killer, before the local police find more victims. But will they make too many enemies in the process and risk the perpetrator catching them first?



Series 4, Premieres Monday, September 5

The Hustlers are back and they’re off to sunny Los Angeles for their first con without their old leader, Mickey Stone. New boss, Danny Blue (Marc Warren), is out to prove himself and talks them into a scam which might prove to be way over their heads. In the land of movies and stardom, can the gang really get away with selling the Hollywood sign from the famous Hollywood hills?

This full-blooded season follows the hustlers through several compelling con missions featuring a ruthless porn baron, the grifter’s favourite barman and a corrupt Texan industrialist. The season draws to a close in Las Vegas with a dangerous encounter with the mafia, a $5 million jackpot and the thirst for revenge.


The Tunnel

Series 3: Vengeance, Premieres Monday September 26

The emotionally charged finale of this critically acclaimed bilingual crime thriller sees Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) return to his International Emmy® Award-winning role as Karl Roebuck. He is reunited with Elise Wasserman (Clémence Poésy – Harry Potter, Tenet) in a final outing for this beloved, unlikely partnership.

Set amidst post-Brexit hysteria, an escalating refugee crisis and the increasing threat of terror, Karl and Elise take on a toxic and terrifying folie à deux whose mutual defining quality is an existential death wish. When the question posed by the couple – what is a life worth? – is directed straight back at Karl, he is forced to confront an utterly impossible choice that will haunt us long after the closing credits.

Acorn TV Full September Schedule

Monday, September 5

Recipes for Love and Murder, Series 1

(EPS 1 & 2 of 10)

EP1: Bereft Woman

When newspaper editor Hattie tells Maria (Maria Doyle Kennedy, Outlander, Orphan Black) that her recipe column is being discontinued, Maria and rookie journalist Jessie compete to write the new advice column—and, of course, Maria squeezes a recipe in there, too. One of Maria’s letter writers is a woman with an abusive husband, and when Jessie happens upon a crime scene, they quickly figure out that the victim is Maria’s letter writer, Martine.

EP2: Sex Cake

Maria and Jessie and local detective Khaya are all trying to solve Martine’s murder. The prime suspects are Dirk, Martine’s husband, and Anna, her best friend, who was also in love with her. Meanwhile in Scotland, two people are trying to trace down Maria.


Hustle, Series 4

(6 EPS, 2007)

The Hustlers are back and they’re off to Los Angeles for their first con mission without their old leader, Mickey Stone. Determined to prove himself, The Hustlers’ new boss Danny Blue (Marc Warren) convinces the gang to sell the Hollywood sign from the famous Hollywood hills – a scam which might prove to be way over their heads. 


Monday, September 12

Recipes for Love and Murder, Series 1

(EPS 3 & 4 of 10)

Episode 3: Do You Lick Everything

While scrutinizing the crime scene late at night, Jessie and Maria hear another murder taking place, as Martine’s gardener, Lawrence, is killed. Scared off from investigating, Maria tries to help a man who has been deceiving his fiancée, and Jessie helps her mother solve a mystery at the local hospital.

Episode 4: Operation Vetkoek

Martine’s cousin Candy arrives in town to plan the funeral, and she quickly gets in the way of Jessie and Regardt’s budding romance. With Jessie avoiding the office, Maria focuses on a letter writer in search of her father and tries to avoid her Scottish connections, who are still looking for her. After learning what Grace had to say about Martine, Candy is convinced she knows who the killer is.


Monday, September 19

City of Vice, Series 1

(5 EPS, 2008)

Set in late 18th Century London, the new Magistrates of Westminster, novelist Henry Fielding (Ian McDiarmid) and his blind half-brother John (Iain Glen) want to set up a police force to tackle London’s soaring crime epidemic. With the help of Saunders Welch, the High Constable of Holborn, the brothers set out to show Lord Newcastle they can rid the streets of violent criminal gangs.


Recipes for Love and Murder, Series 1

(EPS 5 & 6 of 10)

EPISODE 5: A Shoe Murder

Maria and Candy confront John, Martine’s ex, but he insists he’s innocent. Marius Rabie, a local property developer, puts pressure on Dirk to sell his land to him and tries to get the Gazette to stop running articles with a political angle. Maria unravels the misunderstanding about what happened between Regardt and Candy.

EPISODE 6: Breakfast for Dinner

Prison escapees Dirk and Anna attack John, believing him to be the killer. While Candy begins a flirtation with Khaya, Maria tries to help a letter writer with a very unusual doughnut problem. At Martine’s funeral, her father collapses and is rushed to the hospital. Khaya confides in Maria that he suspects Martine’s brother could be the killer.


Monday, September 26

The Tunnel, Series 3: Vengeance

(6 EPS, 2017)

Beloved and unlikely partners Karl Roebuck (Stephen Dillane – Game of Thrones) and Elise Wassermann (Clemence Poesy) reunite for an emotionally charged finale, The Tunnel: Vengeance. Set amidst post-Brexit hysteria, an escalating refugee crisis and the increasing threat of terror, Elise and Karl must piece together an arsenal attack in the dead of night out at sea, a child swap and plague of rats. When the question posed by the couple – what is a life worth? – is directed straight back at Karl, he is forced to confront an utterly impossible choice.


Recipes for Love and Murder, Series 1

(EPS 7 & 8 of 10)

EPISODE 7: Enough Sweet Potatoes

A last-minute will by Martine’s dad is not what it seems, and the doctor reveals the truth about his collapse. While Maria tries to help some sparring siblings, she gets a death threat and is placed under police protection. Maria’s memories of the past keep haunting her, and she and Jessie start to wonder if they have been missing something obvious all along.

EPISODE 8: Pomegranate Juice and Vodka

Maria helps a letter writer struggling with her faith and finally figures out who has been following her around town. Jessie’s cousin who works at the Koop has a tip-off for her. Khaya and Maria bond over dinner, but their evening is cut short when they get a shocking call.

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