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YouTube TV Adds Subscription Options for AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, Umc

  • Variety
Google’s YouTube TV now offers two more add-on channels to subscribers, under an expanded pact with AMC Networks: British TV service Acorn TV and Umc (Urban Movie Channel), which features a selection of black TV and film titles.

Acorn TV’s add-on channel is now available via YouTube TV for $6 per month and Umc is $5 monthly, the same pricing as through other platforms. They join a trio of AMC Networks services already available through YouTube TV: AMC Premiere ($5 monthly), Shudder ($6 monthly) and Sundance Now ($7 monthly).

The base YouTube TV package, which costs $49.99 per month, offers more than 70 channels including most local TV stations in all U.S. markets.

Other add-on channels available via YouTube TV — with HBO the notable exception — are Showtime ($7 monthly); Starz ($9 monthly); Epix ($6 monthly); CuriosityStream ($3 monthly); Fox Soccer Plus ($15 monthly); and NBA League Pass ($40 monthly).

Programming current available on Acorn TV’s YouTube TV channel includes: “Manhunt,
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BFI Launches Eis Fund Aimed At Boosting UK Production Companies In Face Of Svod Growth

  • Deadline
The BFI has launched a new commercial fund aimed at supporting local production companies. The Eis (Enterprise Investment Scheme) creative content fund has been set up with private firms Calculus Capital and Stargrove Pictures.

After a selection process, Calculus and Stargrove were chosen to manage the fund, which will offer tax breaks for investment in screen content. The partners are looking to raise £20M in the fund’s first year. It will be managed independently, but in association with the BFI.

The fund has been implemented to provide equity finance to local production companies looking to capitalize on (and contend with) the growth of Svod companies in the territory. The idea is to encourage a new wave of investors into the sector and it marks the first time that the BFI, the UK’s lead public organization for film, has collaborated with the private sector to stimulate production funding.

The fund,
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Zdf Enterprises Boards Acorn TV Drama ‘Queens of Mystery’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Zdf Enterprises will bring “Queens of Mystery” to a host of markets after striking a rights deal for the offbeat drama that streaming service Acorn TV ordered as one of it latest originals.

The deal with Acorn hands Zdfe the rights to the show in non-English-language territories. It is the second time Zdfe and Acorn have pacted on distribution after they worked together on “London Kills,” another original for the British-content-skewed streamer and which has been picked up by the BBC in the U.K.

Specifically, Zdfe has teamed with Acorn Media Enterprises, the AMC-owned firm’s content division. Its sales unit, Acorn Media International, will sell “Queens of Mystery” in English-language markets.

Olivia Vinall (“Apple Tree Yard”) plays Matilda. Her aunts are played by Julie Graham (“The Bletchley Circle”), Sarah Woodward (“New Blood”), and Siobhan Redmond (“Between the Lines”).

Andrew Leung (Doctor Who) also stars a dashing doctor in the series,
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Martin Clunes Returns To Cornwall As Filming Begins On Season Nine Of ITV & Acorn TV Medical Drama ‘Doc Martin’

Martin Clunes Returns To Cornwall As Filming Begins On Season Nine Of ITV & Acorn TV Medical Drama ‘Doc Martin’
Martin Clunes has returned to Cornwall to shoot season nine of medical drama Doc Martin.

Filming for the ninth season of the drama, which airs on ITV in the UK and Acorn TV in the U.S., has begun with Clunes returning as Dr. Martin Ellingham, the Gp with a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood.

Set in the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall, the show has been commissioned for an eight-episode run.

The regular cast returns with Caroline Catz playing Doc Martin’s wife, Louisa Ellingham, who has resigned from her job as headmistress at the local school to pursue a new career in child counselling. Dame Eileen Atkins plays Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice is back to play Bert Large, with Joe Absolom as his son Al. John Marquez is PC Joe Penhale, Jessica Ransom is the doctor’s receptionist Morwenna Newcross
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ITV’s Martin Clunes Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ Scores International Deals

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ITV’s Martin Clunes Crime Drama ‘Manhunt’ Scores International Deals
Manhunt” has tracked down a raft of international sales, with buyers in Australia, France, and Scandinavia snapping up the U.K.-produced crime miniseries.

Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes plays detective Colin Sutton in the thriller, which is made by Clunes’ shingle Buffalo Pictures. His character leads a team investigating the horrific murder of a young woman in suburban London in the series. Based on a real-life high-profile case, the series follows the team’s attempts to find a suspect with seemingly little evidence at hand and then the efforts to ensure the prime suspect is convicted.

The three-parter opened on ITV in the U.K. on Sunday. Drg is handling international sales and has sealed deals with Network Seven in Australia and Tvnz in New Zealand. In Europe, it has been picked up by Canal Plus in Poland, France 3, Nrk in Norway, Npo in the Netherlands, and Yle in Finland.
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Acorn TV Greenlights Murder Mystery Series From ‘Doc Martin’ Writer

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Acorn TV Greenlights Murder Mystery Series From ‘Doc Martin’ Writer
Acorn TV has greenlit “Queens of Mystery,“ an offbeat drama series about a perennially single female detective and her three crime-writer aunts, who help her solve murders while setting her up on dates. The scripted series will be U.S. streamer Acorn TV’s latest original and will bow on its U.S. streaming service in 2019.

Julian Unthank, a writer on popular British dramas “Doc Martin“ and “New Tricks,“ created “Queens of Mystery.“ It will run as three feature-length episodes on Acorn TV and also be available as a six-part series. Unthank will write alongside Matthew Thomas (“The Rook“), and BAFTA-winning Ian Emes will direct the first two episodes.

U.K.-based Acorn Media Enterprises, Sly Fox Productions, and Ferncroft Media will make “Queens of Mystery.” Acorn Media International will distribute in English-speaking territories and Zdf Enterprises elsewhere. The producers said the show will be a contemporary murder mystery with “bold visuals,
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Actor Whose Name You Don’t Know But Should: Martin Clunes

Born Alexander Martin Clunes, Martin is best known for his portrayal of Martin Ellingham in the series Doc Martin. He’s narrated quite a few documentaries for ITV and has become one of the more prominent actors in the UK throughout the years. As it’s been said before however it’s fairly easy to lose one actor in the shuffle if they aren’t used often enough in the public eye or if they’re a background or supporting actor that gets enough play to be recognized but still don’t mange to warrant much recognition on their own. This happens to way too many

Actor Whose Name You Don’t Know But Should: Martin Clunes
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Streaming Service Acorn TV Makes International Move with Latin America Launch

  • Variety
Acorn TV has launched in Latin America, the first rollout outside North America for the British programming focused Svod service. The streamer has launched on Roku devices in 12 countries in Lat-Am including Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico.

Programming will be in English with Spanish subtitles and the service will be priced at $4.99 a month. The launch lineup includes popular British series “Doc Martin” and “Line of Duty.” Other shows on the Latin American service are Iain Glen detective show “Jack Taylor,” and BBC period drama “The Great Train Robbery.”

Acorn TV is operated by Rlj Entertainment, which said international expansion is a key goal for this year. “One of our top 2018 priorities is accelerating our expansion of our distribution footprint, and Acorn TV’s launch in Latin America with our partner Roku is another step in this progression,” said Rlje CEO Miguel Penella.

“This advancement in our international expansion underscores
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Comcast Plants Acorn TV in Xfinity On-Demand Menu

  • Variety
The British — and others — are coming to Comcast. Acorn TV, a subscription video-on-demand service specializing in U.K. and international television, is now available to the cable giant’s Xfinity TV customers nationwide.

It’s the first pay-tv distribution deal for Rlj Entertainment’s Acorn TV, which offers a lineup of mysteries, dramas, and comedies previously unavailable to U.S. audiences. The advertising-free Svod service is available to Comcast subs for $4.99 monthly.

“The addition of Acorn TV and its curated collection of standout international television provides even more choice to our Xfinity TV customers, giving them another way to watch their favorite series or discover new and classic programs,” said Michael Imbesi, Comcast Cable’s VP of movies and pay-per-view programming.

Acorn TV’s originals include BBC comedy “Detectorists”; the new ITV drama “Girlfriends”; and Irish drama “Striking Out.” Exclusive content includes new seasons of Aussie period drama “A Place to Call Home
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MipTV: Global Broadcasters Snap Up ITV and Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’

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MipTV: Global Broadcasters Snap Up ITV and Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’
A raft of global buyers have snapped up “Vanity Fair,” the ITV and Amazon adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s literary classic with “Ready Player One” star Olivia Cooke.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment is selling the series and gave buyers a sneak peek at a spring preview earlier this year. As MipTV opens, the distributor has closed European sales with Movistar+ in Spain, Npo in the Netherlands, Svt in Sweden, Nrk in Norway, and Yle in Finland.

“With this series Mammoth Screen and Amazon Studios are at their very best,” said Maria Kyriacou, president, ITV Studios International. “Getting a head start on MipTV by hosting our own drama festival earlier in the year has put us in a great position for a busy market this week.”

ITV Studios has also shopped the period drama to Canadian pubcaster CBC, BBC First in Australia, and Tvnz in New Zealand.

The series follows
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British TV Classics "Doc Martin" And "George Gently" New Releases Through Acorn Video And Acorn TV

  • CinemaRetro
Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Acorn Media.

The new season of the smash hit U.K. dramedy, plus over 1.5 hours of bonus content;

Starring Martin Clunes (Arthur & George) and Caroline Quentin (Men Behaving Badly)

with guest stars Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, Avatar), Art Malik (True Lies, Homeland),

Doc Martin, Series 8

DVD and Blu-ray Debut from Acorn on December 12, 2017

“A smart, gentle comedy with loads of wit and zest” —The Globe and Mail

“Sweet, stirring, and completely addictive” —Slate

“Delightfully quirky” —Los Angeles Times

“Absolutely bloody hilarious” —London Evening Standard

Widely considered one of the most successful British series in the U.S., U.K. and worldwide, Doc Martin, Series 8 makes its DVD/Blu-ray debut on December 12, 2017 from Acorn TV, an Rlj Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand. Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) returns as Dr. Martin Ellingham in the eighth series of this smash-hit British comedy. In these all-new episodes,
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Red Dwarf – The Top 5 Special Guest Stars from the Show’s Smegging History

With Red Dwarf Xii starting tonight on Dave at 9pm, Villordsutch takes a look back through the near 30 years of Red Dwarf history, to bring you the Top 5 special guest stars that have appeared in this smegging brilliant show.

5. Jenny Agutter, OBE (Psirens – Series 6, Episode 1)

So many people are smiling back right now.

Star of The Railway Children, Walkabout, Logan’s Run and An American Werewolf in London. Jenny Agutter appeared as Kryten’s creator Professor Mamet, though in truth she was a shape-shifting Gelf (Genetically Engineered Life-Form) with a hankering for brains.

Jenny Agutter is to this day, even with her numerous acting achievements under her belt, still seen as a figure of lust. Though it is completely wrong to view any actor in this way, it doesn’t remove the memory of watching this episode – on its original airing – with my dad sat on the settee, suddenly barking,
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The Heart Guy TV Review (aka ‘Doctor Doctor’)

A little bit Northern Exposure and a little bit Doc Martin, The Heart Guy (Doctor Doctor in its native Australia) is another entrant in the “talented Doctor forced to tend to small town rubes” genre. Much as it may seem that we wouldn’t need another run at such a pinpoint premise, it turns out that we may need a few more, because it apparently can’t miss.

The uniqueness to the spin here is that our Australian heart surgeon, Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser), is put on the Impaired Registrants List after his party lifestyle takes an ugly turn, and he has to serve a year as a Gp in a rural area as his punishment. The kicker is that he is assigned to his own hometown, which means he gets to see a lot of his parents and his ex-girlfriend, Charlie (Nicole de Silva), who is now married to his brother,
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Revisiting Wolf: a werewolf movie with a secret identity

Guy Buckland Apr 12, 2017

We took at look back at 1994's Wolf starring Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfeiffer, and found it to be a highly entertaining watch...

The animal is out. Nicholson. Pfeiffer. Wolf.

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Frankly, that sparse poster copy would have been enough to tempt most punters into the cinema in 1994, but a werewolf movie starring a man who already appeared to be mid-transformation in real life would have been a deal-sealer for many a horror aficionado. Which is perhaps why, when appraising Smiling Jack’s extensive filmography, Wolf is often drudged up from the file marked ‘oh yeah, I forgot about that one’.

Because Wolf is many things; but it ain’t a horror film.

In fact, trying to pin Wolf
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Doc Martin: ITV Series Ending with Season Nine in 2018

Doc Martin is hanging up the stethoscope. In a recent interview with Radio Times, star Martin Clunes revealed the ITV series will end with season nine.Created by Dominic Minghella, the long-running UK medical dramedy stars Clunes as the only doctor in a small Cornish village. The cast also includes Caroline Catz, Ian McNeice, Joe Absolom, John Marquez, and Selina Cadell.Read More…
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Short Film Review – Neon (2016)

Tom Jolliffe reviews the short film Neon, which premiered at FrightFest 2016…

It’s a difficult task to create a short film which captivates and challenges an audience. This I know first hand. One might assume that you can pick up a camera and shoot something for nothing. In theory you could, but you leave yourself at the mercy of people working out of kindness or as a first dip of their toe into shooting something. The truth is even with short films you still need to spend money. You are fighting against a lack of demand for them. You’re trying to pull in financing for something that people will generally be loathe to finance due to a lack of perceived return. In some regards it’s hard to capture your audience too. A singular short is very truncated. If it’s not episodic, to some there is no reason
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Screen Australia allocates over $1.4 million to four documentary projects

Media Stockade's 2015 documentary The Surgery Ship.

Screen Australia has allocated more than $1.4 million to four projects under its Documentary Broadcast Program..

.We.re really pleased to support this strong slate of projects from high quality Australian story tellers,. said Screen Australia's Senior Manager for Documentary Liz Stevens.

.Most of these documentaries come with solid international finance attached which gives both Australian and international audiences a chance to broaden their understanding of the world through this diverse group of programs..

Funded projects include Media Stockade.s The Surgery Ship Series, an eight-parter for National Geographic and Sbs, based on Media Stockade founder Madeleine Hetherton's 2015 doc The Surgery Ship.

Also for National Geographic is Jade.s Quest from Jade Productions and executive producer Daryl Talbot, a journey to the top of the world with a 14-year-old who sets out to inspire young girls to chase their dreams.

Northern Pictures. Outback is
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Marco Polo Season 2, Queen Elizabeth II Drama Get Netflix Premiere Dates

Marco Polo Season 2, Queen Elizabeth II Drama Get Netflix Premiere Dates
It has been a long journey, but at long last we have a return date for Marco Polo.

Netflix has announced that Season 2 of the adventure drama will release globally on July 1. The cast for the 10-episode sophomore run includes Lorenzo Richelmy (as Marco Polo), Michelle Yeoh (the Handmaiden), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Joan Chen (Empress Chabi), Zhu Zhu (Kokachin), Tom Wu (Hundred Eyes), Olivia Cheng (Mei Lin), Claudia Kim (Khutulun), Rick Yune (Kaidu), Remy Hii (Prince Jingim), Mahesh Jadu (Ahmad) and Uli Latukefu (Byamba), among others.

Netflix also has released a teaser that touts a November 4 global release date for The Crown,
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Doc Martin's Martin Clunes visits Australia's islands in new documentary series

Martin Clunes in Doc Martin.

In news sure to warm the cockles of ABC-watching Doc Martin fans across the country, English actor Martin Clunes will voyage around Australia.s islands for a new documentary series produced by Prospero Productions and Buffalo Pictures for Seven..

Martin Clunes: Islands of Oz "turns the spotlight on the world.s biggest island, Australia, which is surrounded by its own vast ring of islands - more than 8,000 of them", according to a statement..

The series promises to be "a voyage around the adventure playgrounds, the best-kept secrets and the astonishing surprises of the islands of Australia"..

.I.ve always been fascinated by islands, each one a microcosm that tells us something different about our world, and Australia.s islands have it all,. said Clunes..

.Exotic creatures, spectacular marine life and of course the different people who inhabit them — their sheer diversity is truly amazing.
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Doc Martin set for one final series

'Doc Martin' is set to return for one final series. The medical comedy drama - which sees Martin Clunes starring in the title role - has been given the go-ahead for series eight following the success of last year's ratings. Ian McNeice, who plays larger-than-life Bert Large in the show, has confirmed fans will be able to see the adventures of the highly-strung doctor early next year. Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, he said: ''We were invited by ITV to a dinner to thank us for the ratings we had in October and November. They were the best we have had
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