‘Finding Joy,’ ‘Love’

Two shows about 30-something women seeking fulfillment (Finding Joy, Love My Way) join Acorn TV today, January 11, along with a history-based reality series (Wartime Farm).

Finding Joy, season two

Finding Joy is a dramatic comedy from Ireland about an online influencer dealing with the break-up of a long-term relationship.

In season one, Joy (Amy Huberman) found a welcome distraction as a happiness vlogger. In fact, her newfound online success prompted her to ditch her day job as a spell-checker to create her own video channel.

In the six-episode second season, she encounters faces from the past, explores motherhood, and reconnects with a cousin (Justine Mitchell). She might also be on the way to locating that synonym for happiness.  

Complications ensue, of course: the constant pressure of producing content; a tarot-reading roommate (Kerry Howard), who can’t pay her share of the rent; and a best friend (Hannah James-Scott) who needs help with a new baby.

Joy’s vlogging team includes a videographer (Paul Reid) and gal Friday (Ruth Kearney).

The show aired originally on Ireland’s RTÉ.

Love My Way, season one

This Australian drama, which aired three 10-episode seasons from 2004 to 2007, stars Claudia Karvan as a young woman juggling her career, romance and family obligations.

The show, which won numerous Logie Awards (Australia’s equivalent of the Emmys), also stars Asher Keddie, Brendan Cowell and Dan Wyllie.

Wartime Farm

Wartime Farm, a nine-episode 2012 BBC Two series from the producers of Victorian Farm, follows a similar premise.

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn try to run a farm for a full calendar year, using only historical tools and materials from WWII.

The series includes a special holiday episode, “Wartime Farm Christmas,”  in which Goodman and Ginn return to Manor Farm in Hampshire to recreate the conditions of Christmas 1944.

Acorn TV costs $5.99 monthly, with a seven-day free trial. For more info, visit acorn.tv.

(Top image: Amy Huberman in ‘Finding Joy.’ Source: Acorn TV)

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