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'Foyle's War' Returns With 3 New Mysteries

August 21, 2013

YellowBrix

Hailed "Like a gift from the gods" (The New York Times) and "A triumph from start to finish" (The Wall Street Journal), FOYLE'S WAR returns this September with three new feature length mysteries available on television, streaming, and home video. One of PBS's most popular and highly acclaimed programs, Foyle's War premieres its new season on MASTERPIECE Mystery! on PBS on Sept. 15, 22, and 29. RLJ Entertainment's proprietary digital channel Acorn TV, the first British TV focused streaming service in North America at www.Acorn.TV, will offer each new episode the day after it airs on PBS, as well as all previous episodes for catch-up viewing. Additionally, the new episodes debut on DVD and, for the first time, Blu-ray from Acorn on Sept. 24; featuring the complete U.K. broadcast edition and nearly two hours of bonus features, which includes a recap of Sets 1-6; four behind-the-scenes featurettes (86 min.); introductions by writer & creator Anthony Horowitz (15 min.), and more ($49.99 each, AcornOnline.com). The trailer for the new season is available at youtube.com/AcornMediaUS. Acorn, an RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand (Nasdaq:RLJE), is already in development on another season as well.

As the series returns, World War II is over, but the Cold War simmers in 1946 London. DCS Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) has retired from police work when Britain's secret intelligence service compels him to join its ranks. Reunited with his former colleague, newlywed Sam Wainwright (Honeysuckle Weeks), Foyle faces new--but no less deadly--threats in the world of spies and counterintelligence.

RLJ Entertainment Chief Executive Officer Miguel Penella said, "Since acquiring Foyle's War in Nov. 2010, we have been working closely with its creators to develop these new episodes. In these three gripping mysteries, Christopher Foyle makes a natural transition from policing during World War II to intelligence gathering during the Cold War. We're thrilled to offer these exciting new episodes across several platforms (broadcast, digital, and home video), so consumers can watch them whenever and however they like."

Combining uncompromising historical accuracy with compelling, character-driven murder mysteries, this enormously popular, award-winning British series has won critical acclaim and undying viewer loyalty since its premiere on ITV in 2002 and PBS in 2003. Set 7 guest stars include Ellie Haddington (Life Begins), Tim McMullan (The Woman in Black), Jeremy Swift (Oliver Twist), Rupert Vansittart (Holy Flying Circus), and Daniel Weyman (Great Expectations) as Sam's husband. Foyle's War was created by Anthony Horowitz, and the executive producer is Jill Green.

The Mysteries:

The Eternity Ring--Returning from America, Foyle gets drawn into an MI5 investigation of a Russian spy ring in which Sam, his former driver, has been implicated.

The Cage--Foyle's inquiry into the deaths of several Russian defectors leads him to a mysterious military facility.

Sunflower--Foyle is charged with looking into assassination attempts against an ex-Nazi defector under MI5's protection.

Platforms:

*Broadcast: MASTERPIECE Mystery! on PBS - Sept. 15, 22, and 29

*Streaming: Acorn TV at www.Acorn.TV - All 22 previous episodes available Sept. 1 with new episodes debuting the day after their PBS broadcast.

*Home Video: DVD and Blu-ray on Sept. 24, 2013 - Three mysteries, approx. 274 min., plus bonus - SDH subtitles

Blu-ray 2-Disc Set (SRP: $49.99) ISBN 978-1-59828-993-0/DVD 3-Disc Boxed Set: (SRP: $49.99) ISBN 978-1-59828-992-3

An RLJ Entertainment, Inc. brand, Acorn specializes in the best of British television on DVD/Blu-ray. 2013 releases include: Jack Irish starring Guy Pearce,BBC's The Syndicate, The Fall starring Gillian Anderson, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Doc Martin Special Collection, Helen Mirren's Prime Suspect and Smiley's People on Blu-ray, Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently, and more episodes from George Gently, New Tricks, Murdoch Mysteries, and Midsomer Murders. Acorn's DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn at (888) 870-8047 or AcornOnline.com. Acorn TV, the first British TV-focused streaming service, streams select series at www.Acorn.TV, including the upcoming U.S. premieres of Doc Martin, Series 6 and Murdoch Mysteries, Season 6.

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (Nasdaq:RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (feature films, stand-up comedy), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (documentaries), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.

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. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

Source: RLJ Entertainment, Inc.

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