U.S. Premiere of DOC MARTIN, Series 6 Exclusively on Acorn TV Beginning
"Best British TV" Streaming Service Debuts the Highly Anticipated New Season
of the #1 Dramedy Only a Month After Its UK Premiere
Acorn TV is Also Featuring the Premieres of the Newest Seasons of Hit
Detective Dramas VERA Starring Two-Time Oscar® Nominee Brenda Blethyn and
ABOVE SUSPICION Starring Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds
SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- RLJ Entertainment's
(Nasdaq:RLJE) Acorn TV, the first streaming service focused on the best of
British TV in North America, announces the exclusive U.S. premiere of Doc
Martin, Series 6 beginning on October 7, 2013. Called "completely addictive"
(Slate) and "absolutely bloody hilarious" (London Evening Standard), Doc
Martin, starring BAFTA winner Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly, Shakespeare
in Love), is Acorn's newest best-selling series and, after Downton Abbey, is
the biggest success story on public television in recent years. In the U.K.,
Doc Martin is ITV's highest-rated drama series with more than 10 million
viewers, while in the U.S. it's the #1 series on many public television
stations and has millions of viewers across the country. The series is also a
global phenomenon having sold to more than 70 countries, with licensed local
versions in France, Germany, Spain, Russia, among many more. Available at
www.Acorn.TV and via its popular Roku channel, Acorn TV begins exclusively
streaming Series 6 on Monday, October 7, with a new episode added each Monday
through the season final on November 25. Currently, Acorn TV has all previous
episodes readily available for catch-up viewing.
Though the U.S. premiere of most British series are several months after their
initial British broadcast, Acorn TV can greatly reduce the broadcast window
and offer Series 6 only one month after its season premiere on ITV in the U.K.
In the U.S., Series 6 will not begin airing on public television until
February 2014 or be available on DVD until March 25, 2014, so Acorn TV has a
four month exclusive window.
Doc Martin stars Martin Clunes in an uproarious lead performance as a
tactless, self-centered, and uptight doctor. After hotshot London surgeon
Martin Ellingham develops a crippling fear of blood, he reluctantly becomes
the lone doctor in a quirky seaside town, where he quickly offends the
eccentric villagers with his dour and dismissive bedside manner. Series 6
features the highly anticipated wedding of Martin and Louisa (Caroline Catz,
Murder in Suburbia).
On Oct. 7th, Acorn TV will also add the U.S. premieres of Vera, Series 3,
called "one of the best mysteries... in the last decade" (The Baltimore Sun),
and Above Suspicion, Set 3, called "the most talked about cop show on British
TV since Prime Suspect" (BestBritishTV). In Vera, two-time Oscar® nominee
Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies, Pride & Prejudice) stars as Vera Stanhope—a
brilliant police detective with a disheveled exterior, a sharp tongue, and an
uncanny ability to solve crimes. Above Suspicion is based on the bestselling
novels by Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect) and stars Kelly Reilly (Flight,
Sherlock Holmes feature films) as a young detective trying to prove herself
with Ciarán Hinds (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Game of Thrones) as her flawed
and charismatic boss. Acorn TV is also adding the U.S. premiere of Joanna
Lumley's Greek Odyssey documentary as well as The Broker's Man starring Kevin
Whately (Inspector Lewis) and The Last Detective starring Peter Davison (Dr.
Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment, Inc., said, "Doc
Martin is a perfect example of the kind of hugely popular British content that
we are excited to exclusively offer Acorn TV's subscribers. There are millions
of British drama, comedy, and mystery fans in the U.S., so we're thrilled to
offer more exclusive content and shorter timeframes between when programs air
in their home country and the U.S."
Currently, Acorn TV features a catalog of more than 70 series for catch-up
viewing and discovery of new series, with no set end dates. In September,
Acorn TV added the U.S. premiere of Murdoch Mysteries, Season 6, a hit period
detective series, as well as all 22 previous episodes of Foyle's War.
Additionally, the three new Foyle's War episodes are being added the day after
they premiere on MASTERPIECE Mystery! on PBS. Acorn TV also features all
previous episodes of many popular British series, including George Gently,
Midsomer Murders, The Forsyte Saga starring Damian Lewis (Homeland), iconic
miniseries I, Claudius, as well as more than 50 episodes of Agatha Christie's
Poirot and the U.S. premiere of Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce.
Called the "chief curators of the best Brit TV" by TIME magazine, RLJ
Entertainment's Acorn brand holds exclusive North American distribution rights
to the most critically acclaimed British programs, which are available for
streaming on Acorn TV and from Acorn in lavishly packaged DVDs/Blu-rays. RLJ
Entertainment also manages the literary estate of Agatha Christie, the
best-selling novelist of all time, and owns the hugely popular period
detective series Foyle's War.
Full access to Acorn TV is available to press upon request.
To watch Acorn TV via computers, iPhones, iPads, etc.: www.Acorn.TV
To add the Acorn TV channel on your Roku: https://owner.roku.com/add/acorntv
About Acorn TV
Available at www.Acorn.TV, Acorn TV is the first British TV focused streaming
service in North America. Given the limited broadcast options for U.S. viewers
to watch first rate international programs, Acorn TV offers U.S. fans the
opportunity to not only stream many of their favorite series but, more
importantly, discover new and classic programs previously unavailable to U.S.
audiences. Acorn TV offers a free 30-day trial and thereafter is just
$4.99/month or $49.99/year. Acorn TV subscribers also receive free shipping on
all orders from Acorn's catalog and website, AcornOnline.com. Launched in July
2011, Acorn TV is accessible on the #1 streaming player, Roku, as well as
computers, and through the browsers on iPhones and iPads. It is also available
on many other portable devices.
RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and
distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the
United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a
leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn
(British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban),
Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art
films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple
formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast
television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.
Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns
64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some
of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic
sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business,
RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize
existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including
its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct
audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing
interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia
brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.
CONTACT: RLJ Entertainment, Chad Campbell,
301.608.2115 *138, email@example.com
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