FilmRise Acquires Domestic AVOD Rights to British Series ‘Line of Duty’

Seeking to up its profile of British-centric programming, FilmRise Aug. 25 announced the acquisition of U.S. AVOD distribution rights to 23 episodes of the BBC popular drama series “Line of Duty.” The program follows the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit.

The series follows Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston), a former authorized firearms officer who was transferred to Anti-Corruption Unit 12 (AC-12), a unit tasked with uncovering police corruption. Arnott is partnered with Detective Constable Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure), a highly commended undercover officer with a keen investigative instinct. They work under the supervision of Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrien Dunbar). Throughout the series, AC-12 investigates seemingly disparate cases involving allegedly corrupt police officers, with each season focusing on a different corrupt officer.

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“Line of Duty,” garnered 4.1 million viewers collectively when it originally aired in 2012, becoming the best-performing drama series in 10 years on BBC Two. The series won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Drama Series, an Edgar Allen Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America and has been nominated for a number of BAFTA TV Awards. Due to its success, “Line of Duty” began airing on BBC One in 2017, where it launched its fourth season.

The deal was negotiated by CEO Danny Fisher; Max Einhorn, SVP of acquisitions and co-productions; and Berry Meyerowitz, president of Quiver Entertainment.

“This award-winning and critically acclaimed series is a wonderful addition to our recently launched British TV OTT channel,” Fisher, CEO of FilmRise, said in a statement. “Now, for the first time, U.S. fans can enjoy ‘Line of Duty’ without having to subscribe to a streaming service.”

Acorn TV Touts BBC/ITV Series ‘Manhunt’ and ‘Line of Duty,’ Among 2019 Slate

Acorn TV May 22 announced its newest British-themed episodic series: BBC One’s cop thriller, “Line of Duty,” and ITV’s crime drama, “Manhunt.”

The $4.99 monthly/$44.99 annual SVOD is a unit of RLJ Entertainment, which is majority-owned by AMC Networks, home of “The Walking Dead” franchise.

Record-setting “Line of Duty” (Trailer) Season 5 is the highest-rated U.K. program of 2019, and one of the top-five highest rated shows of the last decade, according to Acorn TV. Season-long guest stars include “The Walking Dead’s” Lennie James (Season 1), “Bodyguard’s” Keeley Hawes (S2), “Westworld’s” Emmy winner Thandie Newton (S4), and “Boardwalk Empire’s” Stephen Graham (S5). (5 seasons of 5-6 episodes)

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True crime drama “Manhunt” (Trailer) features “Doc Martin” star Martin Clunes as real-life detective DCI Colin Sutton, who determinedly and tenaciously pursued serial killer Levi Bellfield. (3 episodes)

“Queens of Mystery” (Trailer) is a fun, quirky contemporary take on the classic mystery genre with an up-and-coming detective solving mysteries with her three crime-writing aunts. (6 episodes)

“Agatha Raisin” (Trailer) stars Ashley Jensen (“Catastrophe,” “Extras,” “Ugly Betty”) as a London PR whiz turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder when she opts for early retirement in the country. (2 Seasons)

“Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries” (Trailer) showcases the embodiment of female empowerment, style, glamour, charm, and adventure as the original – the newest stylish amateur comes to the swinging sixties. (4 movies)

“A Place to Call Home” (Trailer) has been called an Australian “Downton Abbey,” featuring a story of love, loss, and family ties takes place in 1950s Australia. (6 seasons)

Acorn TV also features a mix of international exclusives, including new British crime drama “London Kills” (Trailer); Paul Abbott’s police drama “No Offense”; dramedy “Doc Martin”; Irish drama “Blood”; Aussie detective drama “Mystery Road,” starring Judy Davis; Aussie conspiracy thriller “Jack Irish,” starring Guy Pearce; medical drama “The Good Karma Hospital”; British drama “Delicious,” centered on food, love and betrayal; Aussie medical dramedy, “The Heart Guy”; as well as long-running mysteries “George Gently,” , “Foyle’s War,” and “Murdoch Mysteries.”

On June 10, Acorn TV premieres new Danish/New Zealand thriller, “Straight Forward” (Trailer), and, onJune 24, charming travelogue “Martin Clunes’ Islands of America” (Int’l Trailer).

“Featuring dozens of ‘bingeable’ shows, Acorn TV offers a highly entertaining, thought-provoking escape unlike any other service or network,” Matthew Graham, GM of Acorn TV,” said in a statement.