Recipes for Love and Murder

October on Acorn TV

Acorn TV highlights for the month of October include My Life is Murder, Recipes for Love and Murder and Maria Kallio.   My Life is Murder (Series 3) Acorn TV Original “All the things that made the series so thoroughly charming — pithy scripts, the chemistry between co-stars and the engaging “crime of the week” premise — remain.” – The West Australian  When Alexa Crowe (Lucy Lawless, Xena: Warrior Princess) packed up her life in Australia and moved to New Zealand, she expected to bake some amazing sourdough, reconnect with her brother and enjoy some relaxing solitude in her hometown. But it didn’t take long until this irrepressible investigator found herself poking her nose into a bizarre unsolved murder case that no one else could solve. And then another and another and then suddenly hiding from the world and baking endless loaves of sourdough wasn’t quite enough anymore. Some things will never change. Now she’s been in Auckland for a while, things are starting to shift for Alexa. She’s built a small community of friends and fellow investigators in Madison, Harry and Reuben and while her time in Melbourne saw her dealing with the loss of her husband and her arrival in Auckland saw her coming to terms with her childhood, Alexa is finally starting to look to the future and what she wants to do next. Ebony Vagulans (The Furies), Rawiri Jobe (Shortland Street), Martin Henderson (Virgin River), Joe Naufahu (Game of Thrones) and Tatum Warren-Ngata (The Power of the Dog) star alongside Lawless in the third series of this cozy mystery series. Guest stars this season include Temuera Morrison (The Book of Boba Fett), Roy Billing (Jack Irish) and Jennifer Ward-Lealand (Full Frontal). New Season Premieres Monday 10 October with two episodes; two new episodes continue weekly    Recipes for Love and Murder Acorn TV Original Based on Sally Andrew’s acclaimed, bestselling “A Tannie Maria Mystery” novels, this dangerously delicious drama follows an advice columnist (Maria Doyle Kennedy, Outlander, Orphan Black, Kin, The Tudors), who dishes out guidance and tasty recipes for a small-town newspaper in the vibrant region of the Karoo in South Africa. Things take an unexpected turn when a correspondent who writes to Tannie Maria (“Auntie Maria” in Afrikaans) about her abusive husband is found dead. Maria’s worlds collide as she begins working through her own mysterious past to try to solve the case. Maria joins forces with a risk-taking, rookie journalist and sometimes rival, Jessie September (newcomer Kylie Fisher), to investigate the murder and catch the killer – before the local police find more victims. But will they make too many enemies in the process and risk the perpetrator catching them first? Also stars Tony Kgoroge (Black Sails, Invictus, Long Walk to Freedom). Continues with final two episodes Monday 3 October, with full season available to stream   Maria Kallio (Series 1) Acorn TV Exclusive A gripping new Nordic noir, based on Leena Lehtolaine’s best-selling novels. Investigating murders wasn’t Maria’s first career choice – she always dreamt of being a lawyer – but now she’s chief of a homicide unit in the Helsinki suburbs. Just one final exam away from her law degree, Maria’s had enough of her studies, so accepts a temporary position as the lead of the Western Uusimaapolice murder squad. Maria makes a sharp murder investigator, with her quick and decisive ways, but her personal life is quite the opposite. Although career driven, she also dreams of having a relationship and family, but things aren’t quite going to plan as she faces the dilemmas of a 30-something modern woman. The series sees her tackle a slew of cases, from the murder of a spiritual community to the death of a young girl from an immigrant family that finds Maria amid a nationalist extremist group. There’s a prostitute poisoned on live TV, a female paedophile killed after her release from prison and a sports boss who suffocates at a sports gala. And her life gets even more complicated when she falls for a colleague, something she vowed never to do. Premieres Monday 17 October with complete series available to stream   About ACORN TV Hailed as “Netflix for the Anglophile” by NPR, AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is the streaming service offering a carefully curated, quality slate of compelling UK and international TV series, all streaming ad-free on demand. Subscribers can enjoy a wide range of popular Acorn TV Originals, including My Life is Murder starring Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as a private investigator tackling bizarre, hard-to-solve crimes; The Chelsea Detective starring Adrian Scarborough (Killing Eve) which delves into a range of thrilling cases in the dark underside of London’s beautiful, affluent borough; Harry Wild starring Emmy winning actress Jane Seymour (The Kominsky Method) as a retiring literature academic turned sleuth; the detective drama London Kills, described as a “superb British crime series” by the Los Angeles Times; effervescent comedy drama Under the Vines starring Rebecca Gibney(Wanted) and Charles Edwards (The Crown) as the unlikely inheritors of a failing vineyard; the intriguing murder investigations of Dalgliesh, based on P.D. James’ bestselling novels and starring Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster); The Madame Blanc Mysteries which follows antiques expert Jean White (Sally Lindsay, Mount Pleasant) to the South of France as she tries to solve the mysterious death of her husband; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and its 1960s set spinoff Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries; and much, much more. Fan favourites also include Agatha Christie’s Marple and Poirot, Agatha Raisin, Brokenwood Mysteries, Taggart, Murdoch Mysteries, Suspects, Rosemary and Thyme, The Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, Line of Duty, George Gently, Foyle’s War and Midsomer Murders. Acorn TV offers a free trial and thereafter is just $6.99 per month or $69.99 for an annual subscription. Sign up at

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