Acorn TV announced today the premiere date for Darby and Joan, its latest Australian Original series, starring Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi. Check out the trailer!

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Darby and Joan: Greta Scacchi as Joan Kirkhope & Bryan Brown as Jack Darby — Photo courtesy of Acorn TV

Emmy® Awards nominee Bryan Brown (The Thorn Birds, Breaker Morant) and Emmy Awards winner Greta Scacchi (The Player, Emma) have the lead roles in the lively Australian road trip drama Darby and Joan, which premieres Monday, August 8, exclusively on Acorn TV. New episodes of the eight-episode series will debut in pairs through August 29.

Retired Australian homicide detective Jack Darby (Brown) has taken to the open road with his dog, Diesel, to flee his past, while recently-widowed English nurse Joan Kirkhope (Scacchi) is on a reluctant pilgrimage to find answers about her husband’s mysterious death. These two couldn’t be more different — the low-key, ruggedly charming Aussie and the tightly-wound, yet warm, witty, and determined Englishwoman — but when they collide in the Australian outback and become drawn into a series of unexpected mysteries, this unlikely investigative duo soon realize the most intriguing puzzle they face is each other.

Exploring the world of the real-life phenomenon of “grey nomads” —  retirees who leave behind their comfortable homes to set out for adventure on the endless roads of Australia — Darby and Joan shines a light on fascinating and often unseen areas of the continent. From isolated, sweeping coastlines, to lush hinterland, to small communities in the Outback, myriad fascinating characters move through a world where everyone seems to be searching for something — or trying to escape it. Danger and secrets lurk for those who bother to look… but can you find yourself in the middle of nowhere?

Filmed in Queensland, Australia, Darby and Joan is executive produced by Claire Tonkin (My Life is Murder), David Hannam (Secret Bridesmaid’s Business), Matt Campbell, Bea Tammer, and Catherine Mackin, with series producer Pino Amenta (Five Bedrooms, Wentworth) and supervising producer Toni Malone (My Life Is Murder). The series’ creators are Glenys Rowe and Phillip Gwynne, and its writers are Paul Bennett, Keith Thompson, Andrew Anastasios, Giula Sandler, David Hannam, Adam Zwar, Beck Cole, and Ainslie Clouston. The set-up director is David Caesar, and the directors are Ben C. Lucas, Mairi Cameron, and Jo O’Shaughnessy. The series is produced by CJZ, with major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Screen Queensland.


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Darby and Joan: Acorn TV Sets Premiere Date for New Bryan Brown-Greta Scacchi Drama Series
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