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Acorn TV Gets 'New Worlds' Miniseries

9 Feb, 2015 By: Erik Gruenwedel

British-centric SVOD lands period drama starring Jamie Dornan (’Fifty Shades of Grey’) and Joe Dempsie (‘Game of Thrones’).

Acorn TV, the British-centric subscription streaming service owned by RLJ Entertainment, Feb. 9 announced its has secured exclusive North American rights to “New Worlds,” a four-part period drama starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey).

As part of the deal, Acorn TV will have streaming access on consecutive Mondays beginning Feb. 16, while iTunes will sell the complete series. iTunes users can also download four free behind-the-scenes featurettes available now at www.iTunes.com/NewWorlds.

“New Worlds” is a drama and love story that depicts the turbulence in both England and America at the time of the English Civil War. King Charles II’s tyrannical rule has led to a climate of violence and fear in England and the American colonies. Amid the chaos, four young idealists fall in love as they commit to forging a fairer future.

Unlike his roles in 50 Shades and The Fall opposite Gillian Anderson, Dornan plays a heroic idealist and outlaw in New Worlds. The Irish actor made his feature debut in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette, and played Sheriff Graham/The Huntsman in ABC's “Once Upon a Time.”

“New Worlds” also stars Joe Dempsie (“Game of Thrones”), Freya Mavor (Sunshine on Leith, Skins), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell), Eve Best (“Nurse Jackie”), and Jeremy Northam (“Tudors,” Gosford Park) as King Charles II.

Separately, Acorn TV has added the series finale of “Foyle’s War.” Thereafter, all eight seasons of the show starring Emmy-nominated Michael Kitchen will be available to watch anytime. Notably, Oscar-nominee Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) starred in the first episode of “Foyle’s War,” which is available for free.

The series is streaming at www.Acorn.TV, via the iTunes App store, its Roku channel, and now Samsung Smart TVs/Blu-ray Disc players. Acorn TV costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year.


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