Acorn TV acquires new season of Line Of Duty
November 5, 2018
Acorn TV, North America’s largest streaming service focused on British and international television, has announce the exclusive U.S. Premiere of Season 5 of Line Of Duty from leading global distributor, Kew Media Distribution, part of Kew Media Group. Currently in production, Season 5 will feature six episodes and make its exclusive U.S. Premiere on Acorn TV in 2019, coinciding with its BBC One premiere. Written and created by Jed Mercurio, who also created UK sensation Bodyguard, Line of Duty is produced by World Productions for BBC One and will follow a new case for AC-12. Each season features a new guest lead and Season 5 stars Stephen Graham (Save Me, Boardwalk Empire’s Al Capone, Decline and Fall) alongside series regulars – 2018 BAFTA Award Nominee Adrian Dunbar (Blood, Ashes to Ashes), Vicky McClure (Broadchurch, The Secret Agent), and Martin Compston (The Great Train Robbery, Sweet Sixteen).
Season 4 of the BAFTA-nominated crime drama was its most successful yet. For the first time, Line of Duty aired on BBC One, where it attracted an average audience of 8.2 million viewers. Growing across its run, the series four finale was Line of Duty’s highest-rated ever with a consolidated figure of 9.9 million viewers, placing it among the top five dramas of 2017 across all UK channels.
Acorn TV currently has the first three seasons to stream anytime and adds the fourth season with featured guest star and 2018 Emmy-award winner Thandie Newton (Westworld) on Monday, November 26, 2018.
Season 5 marks the first time Acorn TV has featured the exclusive U.S. Premiere of the series.
Don Klees, Vice President of Programming for Acorn brands at RLJ Entertainment, said, “Acorn TV continues to rapidly grow and remains the go-to destination for the very best in British television as exemplified in our newest acquisition. Line of Duty has always been one of our favorite British thrillers as creator Jed Mercurio and World Productions continue to deliver nail-biting cliffhangers with every new season. Given Season 4’s huge success on BBC One as one of the top-rated UK programs of 2017, Acorn TV has secured a major coup in acquiring the exclusive U.S. premiere of Season 5 from our friends at Kew Media Distribution. With the addition of Season 4 on November 26, we’re excited for our subscribers to catch-up on the latest season as we await new episodes in 2019.”
Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales at Kew Media Distribution, commented, “We’re very pleased to announce that the highly anticipated new season of one of the U.K.’s finest thrillers will make its U.S. debut on Acorn TV, which is renowned for delivering the very best in international content to its viewers. Line of Duty’s gripping storylines packed with unexpected twists and intriguing characters have firmly established the drama as an audience favorite around the world and we’re delighted to see all seasons finding their perfect home in the U.S.”
Simon Heath, CEO & Creative Director of World Productions, added, “We’re delighted that Acorn TV will be the new home of Line of Duty in the States, and pleased that Season 5 will transmit concurrently with the BBC. No spoilers!”
Season 5 features John Corbett (Graham) and Lisa McQueen (Rochenda Sandall, Girlfriends, Broken), two pivotal figures in a deadly organized crime group. Known to have links with corrupt police officers and suspected to be under direct command of the shadowy figure known only as ‘H’, Corbett and McQueen become persons of interest to AC-12 following an explosive chain of events.
Joining regular series lead stars Vicky McClure (DS Kate Fleming), Martin Compston (DS Steve Arnott) and Adrian Dunbar (Supt. Ted Hastings), the new season will also see the return of Maya Sondhi as PC Maneet Bindra, Polly Walker as Gill Biggeloe, Aiysha Hart as DS Sam Railston, Tony Pitts as Det. Ch. Supt. Les Hargreaves and Andrea Irvine as Roisin Hastings.
They will be joined by Line of Duty newcomers Taj Atwal (In The Club, Stella), Richard Pepple (Motherland, Beasts of No Nation) as new regulars PC Tatleen Sohota and PS Kyle Ferringham, alongside Susan Vidler (Shetland, The Coroner), Sian Reese-Williams (Hidden on Acorn TV), Ace Bhatti (Bohemian Rhapsody, No Offence on Acorn TV) and Elizabeth Rider (Informer, Doctor Foster).
Filming on Line of Duty Season 5 (6×60′) is now underway in Belfast. Produced by Ken Horn, Line of Duty’s executive producers are Jed Mercurio, Simon Heath and Priscilla Parish for World Productions (part of ITV Studios), and Tommy Bulfin for BBC One. The series will be directed by John Strickland and Susan Tully.
Acorn TV is having another record-setting year with commission announcements for the straight-to-series order of British drama London Kills Series 1 and 2 starring Hugo Speers and Sharon Small, British mystery Queens of Mystery starring Olivia Vinall and Julie Graham, as well as Agatha Raisin, Series 2 starring Ashley Jensen; co-production announcements for Irish thriller Blood starring Adrian Dunbar, Welsh family drama Pitching In starring Larry Lamb and Hayley Mills, and Irish comedy Finding Joy from Amy Huberman; the licensing of hit ABC Australia drama Mystery Road starring Judy Davis and Aaron Pedersen, British police procedural No Offence from Paul Abbott, Aussie conspiracy thriller Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce, and BAFTA Cymru ‘Television Drama’ winner Bang; and expansion into twelve Latin American countries.
Called “Netflix for the Anglophile” by NPR and featuring “the most robust, reliable selection of European, British, Canadian and Australian shows” by The New York Times, Acorn TV has quickly become one of the top streamers and is the greatest value in streaming at only $4.99 a month and is commercial free. Acorn TV curates the very best in international television and remains North America’s largest streaming service for international television. Acorn TV exclusively premieres several new international series and/or seasons every month from Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Canada, and other European countries.