September 2018 Acorn TV Calendar

Acorn TV is excited to announce our September slate with new episodes for several returning favorites, including the final season of one of Acorn TV’s most popular series with addictive Aussie period drama A PLACE TO CALL HOME: The Final Chapter (Labor Day weekend, Trailer), the second series of British school drama ACKLEY BRIDGE (Sept. 24), more new Season 3 episodes of heart-warming New Zealand family drama 800 WORDS (Wednesdays), and Guy Pearce’s return as the late Peter Temple’s iconic antihero JACK IRISH in a new six-part noir thriller (Sept. 10).

Acorn TV’s international distribution partners include: DCD Rights for Jack Irish; Seven Productions for 800 Words; all3media international for Ackley Bridge; and Endemol Shine International for A Place to Call Home.

Throughout September, Acorn TV also adds popular British crime drama WIRE IN THE BLOOD, Series 1-2 starring Robson Green and Hermione Norris; classic Irish hidden gem ECHOES starring 4-time BAFTA nominee Geraldine James; BBC documentary THE LAST DUKES; acclaimed British miniseries THE RECTOR’S WIFE starring Lindsay Duncan; and the final season of classic BBC One comedy-drama LOVE HURTS starring Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Girlfriends) and Adam Faith (Stardust, musician).

BINGEABLE: Recent seasons available to binge-watch in September will include: new hit ABC Australia and Acorn TV Original drama series MYSTERY ROAD starring award-winners Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen; Paul Abbott’s NO OFFENCE, Series 2; and new Italian-language drama series TANGLED LIES.

Labor Day Weekend (Fri., 8/31 – Mon., 9/3)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME: The Final Chapter (Season 6), 2-Hour Premiere of Episode 1 & 2 (Exclusive US Premiere)

*Less than two weeks after Australian world premiere

“Instantly irresistible saga…captivatingly filmed, deeply romantic drama of immense intelligence distinguished by a uniformly superb cast” –The Wall Street Journal

Acorn TV’s addictive Aussie period drama returns for its final season starring Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish) and Noni Hazlehurst (Little Fish). Against the backdrop of post-World War II Australia, A Place to Call Home follows Sarah Adams, a nurse who becomes involved in the affairs of the wealthy Bligh family. Dealing with themes such as anti-Semitism, sexuality, and social class, this rich and meaningful, high-quality production has been hailed as one of the best television series of the year by The Wall Street Journal. (Episodes 3-10 follow weekly on Mondays, Sept. 10 – Oct. 29)

Monday, September 3rd


This classic Irish hidden gem stars 4-time BAFTA nominee Geraldine James in a compelling and evocative story of love, friendship and obsession, set in a small Irish town between 1952-1962, based on Maeve Binchy’s novel. Castlebay in the 1950s is a typical, small Irish seaside town. Its peoples’ ambitions and expectations are generally limited and easily achieved. But there are two children who dream of another life – Clare O’Brien (Siobhan Garahy) is determined to better herself and make education her escape route with the help of her teacher (James), while David Power (Robert Hines) is going to be a doctor with a practice far away from his domineering mother. (4 EPS, 1988)



BBC Documentary. Dukedoms are created by the Monarch – for reasons ranging from a grateful nation rewarding a major war leader to a king acknowledging his illegitimate son. The last Dukedom to be created was by Queen Victoria. Their influence once extended beyond the merely ceremonial. For centuries, they were a crucial part of the architecture that supported the monarchy. Only 24 noble dukes now remain and this documentary will show what it is to be one of them in the 21st Century with unique access to the dukes of Norfolk, Argyll, Montrose and Marlborough. (60 minutes, 2015)

Wednesday, September 5th

800 WORDS, Season 3, Part 2 Premiere, Episode 4 of 8 (Exclusive North American Premiere)

*Next Day Premiere follows New Zealand broadcast.

“The Best Show You’re Not Watching” Inquisitr

“Amiable and touching…it’s easy to get sucked in by its scenic and anthropological charms” The New York Times

The second half of Season 3 of this hugely popular and award-winning New Zealand family drama. Logie winner Erik Thomson (Packed to the Rafters, The Code) returns as George Turner, a man making a home for himself and his family in a beautiful and quirky New Zealand coastal town. (1 episode weekly)


Monday, September 10th

JACK IRISH, Season 2 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

“Tight, taut, high-powered viewing… highly addictive”The Guardian

“Terrific… a perfectly imperfect hero whose company you’ll relish… with romance, exotic suspense and dry wit, Jack’s the whole package.” -TV Guide

Popular film and Emmy-winning tv star Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3, Memento, When We Rise, Mildred Pierce, The King’s Speech)returns again to his Aussie roots as the late Peter Temple’s antihero in a new six-part thriller. Jack stumbles into the world of manipulative Pharmaceutical companies, corrupt educational institutions aimed at international students and fatal clinical trials. The apparent suicide of a foreign student triggers a chain of events that will see Jack risking his life to uncover the truth. Season 2 features returning favorites Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Janet King), Roy Billing, and Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road). (6 EPS)


Based on the bestselling novel by Joanna Trollope, one of the most memorable British adaptations of the 1990s stars Lindsay Duncan as a spirited woman caught in a stultifying marriage. After 20 years of meeting the demands of her husband and his parishioners, she realizes she has to save herself. The miniseries co-stars Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), Jonathan Coy (Horatio Hornblower TV series) and Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers). (4 EPS)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6: The Final Season, Episode 3 of 10 (Exclusive US Premiere)

Wednesday, September 12th

800 WORDS, Season 3, Part 2 Premiere, Episode 5 of 8

*Next Day Premiere follows New Zealand broadcast.


Monday, September 17th


The popular British crime drama stars Robson Green (Grantchester, Strike Back, Touching Evil) as a psychologist who gets inside of the minds of both killers and victims to aid the police in solving gruesome serial killings in Northern England. Co-starring Hermione Norris (Cold Feet, Kingdom, Spooks). Season 3-6 will be added at a later date. (10 EPS, 2002)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6: The Final Season, Episode 4 of 10 (Exclusive US Premiere)

Wednesday, September 19th

800 WORDS, Season 3, Part 2 Premiere, Episode 6 of 8

*Next Day Premiere follows New Zealand broadcast.


Monday, September 24th

ACKLEY BRIDGE, Series 2 (Exclusive US/Canada Premiere)

“Humorous, mischievous… an assured, cleverly cinematic school comedy drama” The Australian

From the creators of the BAFTA Best Drama Winner Shameless and BAFTA Best Miniseries winner National Treasure comes the return of school-based British drama.  Set in a 50/50 multicultural school in West Yorkshire, Ackley Bridge offers a character-driven, gritty, funny, truthful, and mischievous angle into the daily drama of the teachers, teenagers and families whose lives and cultures collide in a fictional 21st century Northern town. (12 EPS)

LOVE HURTS, Series 3

The final season of the 90s BBC One comedy-drama series starring Zoë Wanamaker (Harry Potter, Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Girlfriends), Adam Faith (Stardust, musician), and Tony®-winner Jane Lapotaire. When Tessa Piggott (Wanamaker) goes through a difficult breakup (her married ex-lover and ex-boss left her for a younger mistress), she looks for a new job. Deciding to leave the rat-race, she finds herself a position in a charitable organization with an old college friend, Diane Warburg (Lapotaire). Tessa finds a new boyfriend in Frank Carver (Faith), a roguish entrepreneur who’s learning how to live with his college-age daughter. The series follows Tessa and Frank’s romance and the stories of their friends and families. (10 EPS)

A PLACE TO CALL HOME, Season 6: The Final Season, Episode 5 of 10 (Exclusive US Premiere)

Wednesday, September 26th

800 WORDS, Season 3, Part 2 Premiere, Episode 7 of 8

*Next Day Premiere follows New Zealand broadcast.