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Three Irish Productions Set for US Premieres as Acorn TV Announces December Slate
15 Nov 2018 : Nathan Griffin
Following this monthís world premiere of Acorn TVís first sole commission with the return of ĎAgatha Raisiní (Nov. 19th), Acorn TV has announced one of its biggest months yet with a December slate featuring four Irish productions, three of which will exclusively make their U.S. Premiere on the streaming service.

One of those making its U.S. debut is the Amy Huberman led comedy series ‘Finding Joy’, which will feature as an Acorn TV Original Series on the platform having been co-produced with RTÉ.

Acorn TV previously co-produced RTÉ primetime drama ‘Striking Out’, which ran for two seasons and debuted as an Acorn TV Original Series on St. Patrick’s Day in 2017. 

Irish Productions - December 2018 Acorn TV Calendar

Monday, December 3rd

‘Finding Joy’ (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, Acorn TV Original Series)

Created, written and starring IFTA Award Winner Amy Huberman (Striking Out’, ‘The Clinic’), Acorn TV’s new risqué Irish comedy follows a single woman, Joy (Huberman), after a painful breakup, who looks for happiness in all the wrong places. ‘Finding Joy’ premiered on RTÉ in Ireland in October and is their highest-rated new comedy of 2018. ‘Finding Joy’ is a warm, irreverent show with a lot of heart and laughs as Joy struggles with life, her friends and her world. The series co-stars popular stand-up comedian Aisling Bea (‘The Fall’, ‘Hard Sun’), Lochlann O’Mearain (‘Outlander’), Jenny Rainsford (‘Fleabag’), Catherine Walker (‘Acceptable Risk’, ‘Versailles’), Paul Reid (‘Vikings’), and Mark Doherty (‘Moone Boy’).

“Huberman brings traces of Sarah Silverman, Kristen Wiig and Anna Faris… deceptive sweetness full of gleeful, nasty surprises”Irish Times

“Charmer… Huberman has warm, almost effortless likeability in spades.” - Independent


Monday, December 17th

‘Blood’ (Exclusive U.S. Premiere, Acorn TV Original)

New six-part psychological crime thriller starring BAFTA and IFTA nominee Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty’, ‘The Hollow Crown’) and newcomer Carolina Main (‘Unforgotten’, ‘Granchester’) in the intimate family drama and psychological crime thriller about family, memory, and the impact the past can have on the present. When a daughter begins to notice discrepancies in her father’s stories, she suspects he may have been involved in her mother’s death. The audience will constantly question whether Cat is paranoid or has in fact discovered a terrible truth about her father.

“There are plenty of reasons to watch Blood, from its fine casting of unfamiliar faces to its supple command of plot and pace”Irish Times

“A well-made, handsome piece of work, and the acting is exemplary”The Irish Independent


‘Lords & Ladles’, Series 1

Three of Ireland’s top chefs – Derry Clarke, Catherine Fulvio, and Paul Flynn – gather at opulent country manors to recreate banquets of the past. (6 EPS)


Monday, December 31st 

‘Wild Decembers’

In Edna O’Brien’s adaptation of her romantic novel, ‘Wild Decembers’, a centuries old feud flares up, threatening the happiness of two young lovers. When Michael Bugler (Matt Ryan,Legends of Tomorrow’) inherits his uncle’s farm in rural Ireland, his appearance in the community stirs up long-dead passions, changing the lives of brother and sister, Joseph (Owen McDonnell, ‘Killing Eve’, ‘Single-Handed’) and Breege (Lara Belmont, ‘The War Zone’) forever. Also featuring IFTA-winning actor Sean McGinley (‘Shetland’, ‘Republic of Doyle’), 'Wild December' was made in 2009.

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