(Above: Ayesah Dharker and Sanjeev Bhaskar in ‘The Indian Doctor’)
Acorn TV’s The Good Karma Hospital, which premiered in August, proved to be a well-done “fish out of water” tale about a young British doctor in a remote Indian village. So how about a series featuring a young Indian doctor in a remote Welsh village?
But The Indian Doctor, which launches today on the subscription service, is no reverse copycat concept. For one thing, the series ran in the UK before Good Karma, from 2010 to 2013. It’s also set in the 1960s, and focuses on the doctor exposing a scandal affecting the health of the local coal miners. Acorn TV subscribers can see all three seasons, totaling 15 hour-long episodes.
The Indian Doctor kicks off a month of globe-spanning Monday premieres on Acorn — from Australia, France and Canada in addition to the UK.
December 11 brings East of Everything, a drama series from the creators of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. It’s about a globe-trotting travel writer forced to return to his hometown – a run-down tropical resort in Australia’s far east – where he must deal with long-avoided family and his childhood sweetheart. Telecast in Australia for two seasons in 2008 and 2009, East of Everything consists of 13 hour-long episodes.
On the following Monday, December 18, Acorn travels to another seaside resort town – this time in France — for the premiere of L’Accident, (The Accident), a six-hour crime drama series where a man tries to prove that his late wife’s car “accident” was actually a murder. L’Accident ran in France last season. Here’s an un-subtitled trailer (Acorn TV, however, will show the series with English titles):
On Christmas Day, Acorn TV unwraps the first episode of the 11th season of the Canadian detective series Murdoch Mysteries, which takes place in 1890s’ Toronto. Acorn subscribers can already stream the first 10 seasons (150 episodes) of the series, plus last year’s Christmas special. The 11th season premiered in Canada in September. In the opening episode, a jailed Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) “must prove his innocence amid police and government corruption.”
Acorn TV costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 for a year, starting with a seven-day free trial. You can stream the service online, on Apple TV, Roku, iOS, Android and Chromecast. For more info or to subscribe, visit acorn.tv.
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