SVOD Acorn TV is set to introduce its U.S. audience to three new exclusive series in July.
British western period-drama Jericho, starring Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife) will debut on July 11. Set in 1870’s Yorkshire, the series follows a widowed mother-of-two who sets up a lodging house in the titular lawless shanty town, where an enormous railway viaduct is being built.
BBC Two’s comedy series Cradle to Grave, starring BAFTA award-winning comedian Peter Kay (Peter Kay’s Car Share), premieres on July 18. The show follows the real life events of British broadcaster Danny Baker and his family.
Finally, Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas, a special feature-length episode of the hit Canadian and Ovation (Artful Detective) period-based mystery series, will premiere on July 25. Special guest stars Ed Asner (Up, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) join Murdoch, (Yannick Bisson) as he tries to save Christmas by solving the murder of a gift-bearing philanthropist.
Also premiering in July will be series 18 of long-running British crime drama Midsomer Murders, which will include six feature-length episodes that will be added to the SVOD service on July 4.
The new additions are just the latest in a spree of exclusive program acquisitions by the SVOD, all part of a strategy to drive growth by playing off of the popularity of Brit-focused shows like:Downton Abbey among North American audiences. And it appears to be working:
“Our subscriber base has doubled in the last year, a leading consumer ratings group recently named us the number one streamer in a new voter survey, and we continue to acquire lots of great content, so Acorn TV is rapidly growing,” Chad Campbell, Acorn TV’s senior publicity director, told StreamDaily.
Acorn TV will be announcing even more July additions sometime soon.
Pictured: Jericho’s Jessica Raine.