Three programs make their stateside debuts in April, including a sitcom, a documentary, and an eagerly-awaited new mystery series — all from Australia.

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries
Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries: Geraldine Hakewill as Peregrine Fisher and Joel Jackson as Detective James Steed — Photo © Lachlan Moore, courtesy of Acorn TV

For updates about shows from Australia and New Zealand added to US channels and streaming services throughout the month, see the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.


Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries (Australia)

Already a ratings hit in its native Australia, this follow-up to the hugely popular Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is set in 1960s Melbourne and follows Peregrine Fisher (Geraldine Hakewill, Wanted), the Honourable Phryne Fisher’s niece.

Peregrine inherits a windfall after the famous aunt she never knew goes missing over the highlands of New Guinea, and with her newfound wealth sets out to become a world-class private detective in her own right. Guiding her are members of The Adventuresses’ Club, a group of exceptional women to which her celebrated aunt belonged.

For additional details, read this article.

Ms Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, an Acorn TV Original series, premieres in the US on Monday, April 29, exclusively on Acorn TV and the Acorn TV channel on Amazon.


The following two series make their local broadcast debuts on or after April 1 on the public TV stations listed below. Check your local listings or contact the station that serves your area for air dates and times. If your station isn’t listed, contact its Viewer Services department or American Public Television to request the show(s).

Dreamland: Season 3 (Australia)

With Series 4 set to debut on ABC in Australia later this year, this award-winning satirical comedy series returns to the States with its third season.

As the Nation Building Authority (NBA) team continues to work (or try to work) on important infrastructure projects, government liaison Jim (Anthony Lehmann, Please Like Me) and media manager Rhonda (Kitty Flanagan, Full Frontal) force NBA boss Tony (Rob Sitch, Breaking News) to help save a flawed government scheme, and second-in-charge Nat (Celia Pacquola, Rosehaven) is asked to help with a problem-plagued IT project.

Costars include Dave Lawson (Bruce), Emma-Louise Wilson (Kinne), Dilruk Jayasinha (Romper Stomper), and Nina Oyama (Fresh Blood Pilot Season).

Dreamland: Season 3 is confirmed for airing on the following public TV stations:

FLORIDA Daytona, Orlando
MINNESOTA Minneapolis, St. Paul
NEW YORK Binghamton, Elmira
NEW YORK Rochester
WISCONSIN Green Bay-Appleton, La Crosse-Eau Claire, Madison, Menomonie, Park Falls, Wausau-Rhinelander

Riding the Ocean Dragon (Australia)

This hour-long documentary follows Australian journalist Rachael Thornton as she — the only non-Chinese person aboard the Ocean Dragon, China’s powerful manned submersible — accompanies the scientists on China’s first expedition to the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

This is the first major scientific mission of the Ocean Dragon, and Thornton’s unprecedented access to the world’s deepest-diving three-person research submarine will test her and the diving scientists, as well as the sub itself, over the course of the five-week, high-risk mission.

Riding the Ocean Dragon
Riding the Ocean Dragon: Rachael Thornton — Photo courtesy of American Public Television

Riding the Ocean Dragon is confirmed for airing on the following public TV stations:

NEBRASKA Alliance, Bassett, Hastings, Lexington, Lincoln, Norfolk, North Platte, Omaha
NEW YORK Buffalo
NORTH CAROLINA Asheville, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Concord, Edenton, Greensboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Linville, Lumberton, Raleigh-Durham, Roanoke Rapids, Wilmington, Winston-Salem
OREGON Bend, Corvallis, Eugene, La Grande, Portland
TEXAS Austin


Did you miss any of the new shows from previous days, weeks, or months? Check the Down Under TV Viewing Guide and Viewing Guide Archives to find out.


For details about the April premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.


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