New to Acorn TV in July

The latest season of Vera leads July’s premieres on AMC+/Acorn TV.

S12 comprises four mysteries and a special that has yet to surface.

Here are the synopses for each case, all of which drop on July 3:

Against the Tide: CI Vera Stanhope is called to a remote lighthouse where a body has been discovered lashed to a sailboat. Immediately setting about her investigation, Vera soon discovers that the body is local council enforcement officer and experienced amateur sailor Frank Channing. A family man, with strong friendships, who was well respected at work, surely this really was just an accident? However, it’s not long before Vera discovers evidence suggesting foul play. Vera and her team piece together Frank’s final days and soon discover that his life wasn’t all plain sailing.

For the Grace of God: Lance Corporal Conn Burns (Connail) was a dedicated, diligent and decorated soldier with a loving young family but all of that fell apart when he left the army. Adapting to civilian life was not easy and after a series of bad life choices, Conn found himself desolate, down and out on the streets of Newcastle. Attempting to get his life back on track, Conn had recently been making moves that would see him repay old debts, rebuild relationships and get him off the streets but a dark secret from his past, and betrayal in the present, left his future looking uncertain, and deadly.

Blue: Joel Kingston is a copper’s copper from a respected and notable police family but when he is found dead, floating in a park lake, Vera finds herself investigating both sides of the thin blue line in order to find his killer. A complex family dynamic, tensions at work, and brushes with the underworld, paint a dark and complex picture. Joel was there to serve and protect but did his stubborn commitment to justice at any price lead to his death? Or, was he killed to stop him revealing a secret that would destroy someone’s life? Vera steps on toes and ruffles a few police feathers as she searches for answers as to why PC Joel Kingston is no longer on the beat.

The Darkest Evening: On the night of a massive storm, trying to get home, Vera comes across an abandoned car with a baby inside. With no mobile signal and blocked roads at every turn, Vera is forced to seek refuge somewhere she’d rather not be, Brockburn House, the Stanhope’s ancestral pile. Vera doesn’t exactly receive a warm welcome from her estranged family as there’s a function in full swing and her turning up with a baby isn’t a great look. Things start to look even worse and take a far sinister turn when a body is found on the track leading to Brockburn House.

Also new to binge are The Chronicle Mysteries (July 17) and Best of Us (July 24).

The former stars Alison Sweeney as a podcast host who returns to her hometown to investigate the cold case disappearance of a childhood friend; the latter concerns a no-nonsense cop from Paris searching for a killer in an alpine village.

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