David Morrissey (The Walking Dead) stars in the acclaimed BBC Thriller; Showtime adapting Into US drama Series
"If you aren't sitting forward, gripping your seat with white knuckles after the opening four minutes, you're most likely not human" –The Guardian
"Excellent… Every frame grabbed the attention...Morrissey is a powerful actor." –The Guardian
"Top drawer … a compelling sense of dread permeating the script" –Sunday Telegraph
"Supercharged thriller … action-packed" –Express
"A thoroughly gripping slow-burner" –The Observer
SILVER SPRING, Md., March 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Following the U.S. Premieres of the final season of Foyle's War, the epic period drama New Worlds starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey), BBC's Jamaica Inn starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), and addictive Aussie period drama A Place to Call Home, Acorn TV will feature the US Premiere of the BBC thriller The Driver on consecutive Mondays, beginning April 13, 2015 on Acorn TV, the premier British TV streaming service in North Americafrom RLJ Entertainment (Nasdaq:RLJE). David Morrissey (The Governor on The Walking Dead, State of Play) stars in this action-packed, character-driven British miniseries, which Showtime is currently remaking into a drama series, adapted by Justified executive producer Taylor Elmore and also starring Morrissey.
In the British miniseries, David Morrissey stars as Vince McKee, a middle-aged nobody who accepts an offer to drive a taxi for a criminal gang in order to escape his turbulent home life. Created by BAFTA and International Emmy winning English screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst (Accused, Shameless) and Jim Poyser, the three-episode series also stars Ian Hart (The Bridge, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) as McKee's fresh-out-of-prison friend, Colin; Claudine Blakley (Pride & Prejudice) as McKee's wife; and Colm Meaney (Hell on Wheels, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) as the ruthless gangster boss, the Horse.
Miguel Penella, Chief Executive Officer of RLJ Entertainment, Inc., said, "After featuring the US Premieres of several excellent period dramas, including April's upcoming premiere of A Place to Call Home's second season, we're excited to bring our growing fan base of British drama and mystery lovers a first-rate thriller in The Driver. David Morrissey gives a masterful performance as an ordinary man facing dire circumstances."
|The Driver (3 Episodes)|
|Monday, April 13 – Episode 1 Premieres on Acorn TV|
|Monday, April 20 – Episode 2 Premieres on Acorn TV|
|Monday, April 27 – Episode 3 Premieres on Acorn TV|
RLJ Entertainment's Acorn brand will also release the miniseries on DVD in June 2015. Distributed by Content Media, The Driver broadcast in the U.K. in Sept. 2014.
Acorn TV currently features the US Premieres of the final season of the beloved mystery series Foyle's War starring Michael Kitchen; the 1680s set British period drama New Worlds starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) and Joe Dempsie (Games of Thrones); and new BBC period drama Jamaica Inn starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey). Throughout April, Acorn TV also premieres Season 2 of must-see Aussie period drama A Place to Call Home.
Acorn TV is the first British TV focused streaming service in North America. Given the limited broadcast options for U.S. viewers to watch first rate international programs, Acorn TV offers U.S. fans the opportunity to not only stream many of their favorite series but, more importantly, discover new and classic programs previously unavailable to U.S. audiences. Acorn TV features a growing catalog of mysteries, dramas, documentaries, and comedies with no set end dates. Acorn TV offers a free 30-day trial and thereafter is just $4.99/month or $49.99/year.
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RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent owner, developer, licensee, and distributor of entertainment content and programming in primarily North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), UMC (urban), Acacia (fitness), Athena (documentaries), and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical, DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, and digital streaming.
Via its relationship with Agatha Christie Limited, a company that RLJE owns 64% of, RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. RLJE also owns all rights to the hit UK mystery series Foyle's War.
RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its branded digital subscription channels, Acorn TV, Acacia TV, and UMC, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. Through its proprietary e-commerce web sites and print catalogs for the Acorn and Acacia brands, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.
CONTACT: Acorn TV Press Contact: Chad Campbell, 301.830.6203, ccampbell@RLJEntertainment.com
Source:RLJ Entertainment, Inc.