New to Acorn TV in March

Anglophile streaming service Acorn TV has three exclusives this month, including today’s premiere of the acclaimed true-life dramatisation Anne.

Anne tells the extraordinary story of Anne Williams (Rules of the Game’s Maxine Peake), a Liverpool housewife whose 15-year-old son Kevin was tragically crushed to death at the FA Cup semi-final in 1989 between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

She is determined to unearth the truth about Hillsborough, refusing to believe the official line on how the events unfolded, seeking medical opinion, tracking down witnesses whose statements had been altered or disregarded, challenging senior police officers in a fight for truth and justice.

“The story is one of solidarity in the face of injustice, unending parental love and the confounding ways in which grief can be an inspiration as well as a burden,” said The Guardian, which hailed Peak for exuding “raw horror“.

Radio Times said Annedevastates and enrages” while the Independent said: “It is well written, tense, beautifully acted, unrelentingly sad and angry. It does everything a drama ever could. I’m just not sure I can watch.”

Also new is season one of The Paradise, which Drama Quarterly dubbed “Nordic noir collides with the sunny Mediterranean”.

Veteran detective Hilkka Mäntymäki (Riitta Havukainen) finds esacaping the cold is easier than leaving your past behind when he travels from Helsinki to assist Andres Villanueva (Fran Perea) in solving a complex case in Fuengirola, Spain — home to the world’s second largest community of Finns.

When a family is found murdered, shockwaves are sent through this tightly knit community, and soon more victims are claimed as the events that led to the tragedy are gradually revealed.

In season ofur of Candice Renoir, Cécile Bois’ titular heroine is called to testify in a criminal trial where her investigative methods are ridiculed, while her invaluable deputy inspector, Antoine Dumas (Raphaël Lenglet), has left her to join a more prestigious police unit.

Worse yet, one of Candice’s cases takes her back home to northern France where she finds out that her mother is tangled up in a string of murders.

Here’s the full slate of this month’s premieres:

March 7


Taggart S13

March 14

The Paradise S1

Poldark S4

Taggart S14

March 21

Taggart S15

March 28

Candice Renoir S4

Cracker S4

Taggart S16

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