Exclusive Bloodlands clip from Acorn TV’s Irish crime thriller
ComingSoon.net has an exclusive action-packed clip from Acorn TVs Bloodlands, the intense Irish crime series starring award-winning actor James Nesbitt (The missing, Cold feet). The series will make its exclusive US and Canadian debut on Monday, March 15, 2021 on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streaming service specializing in UK and international television. An acorn TV original series, Bloodlands premieres in the UK on BBC One before launching in North America on Acorn TV, where it will release new episodes on Mondays.
You can now watch our exclusive clip in the player below!
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The four-part drama stars Nesbitt as Tom Brannick, a skilled detective who digs into his own dark past to solve a notorious cold case of enormous personal importance: a series of mysterious disappearances linked to a tumultuous time in Northern Ireland’s history spanning over 20 are years earlier. It’s a thrilling game of cat and mouse and the stakes have never been so high – Bloodlands is also a thought-provoking drama that explores the balance between seeking justice for past crimes and protecting today’s peace.
Bloodlands is co-executive of award-winning showrunner Jed Mercurio (creator and EP of Bodyguard and Exercise of duty), as the first contract for his newly formed production company HTM Television, and is the first TV series by writer Chris Brandon (Red stone). The series plays a first-class cast of recognized Irish actors, including Nesbitt, Charlene McKenna (Peaky Blinders, Ripper Street), Lisa Dwan (Top boy, trust), Lorcan Cranitch (force, The ditch), Ian McElhinney (Derry Girls, game of Thrones), Michael Smiley (Luther, Still dead), Susan Lynch (Happy valley, save me) and Lola Petticrew (A bump on the way).
When an expensive car of a well-known criminal with a possible suicide note is pulled out of the sea at Strangford Lough, Brannick immediately sees the connection to a notorious cold case of enormous personal importance. It appears that someone is trying to force the police to continue their investigation into an infamous and long-buried series of mysterious disappearances just before the Good Friday Peace Agreement of 1998 that included The Troubles, the violent sectarian conflict that marked Northern Ireland for three decades, to finish, resume. Bloodlands follows Brannick’s obsessive campaign to identify and expose the legendary assassin behind these events, “Goliath”, named after one of the famous giant shipyard cranes that dominate the Belfast skyline.
Brannick has a particular interest in the case; He believes his own wife Emma – herself an intelligence officer involved in dangerous undercover terrorist surveillance – was one of Goliath’s victims. With the help of Detective Sergeant Niamh McGovern (McKenna), Brannick opens an investigation without the approval of his manager and one-time friend Jackie Twomey (Cranitch). Brannick and McGovern embark on a journey to identify both Goliath – if such a person really exists – and whoever is behind this mysterious campaign to awaken the ghosts of the past. Bloodlands explores this conflict and examines the impact of the violent past on the peaceful present.
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Bloodlands was written and created by Chris Brandon (Red stone), on his very first drama series commission. Executive producers are award-winning showrunner Jed Mercurio, Jimmy Mulville (consequences) and Mark Redhead (The secret, Bloody Sunday) for HTM Television and Tommy Bulfin for the BBC. It was commissioned by Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, and Charlotte Moore, controller of BBC Content.
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