TV - Magpie Murders

Move over Jessica Fletcher, the BBC has acquired Anthony Horowitz's critically acclaimed mystery series Magpie Murders, and will also air its follow up, the forthcoming Moonflower Murders ...

Press Release

Based on his chart-topping books of the same names, both series are adapted for television by Anthony Horowitz and executive produced by Jill Green. Magpie Murders is directed by Peter Cattaneo (The Full Monty, The Rocker).

Magpie Murders is a six-part murder mystery within a murder mystery, starring Academy Award-nominee Lesley Manville as editor turned sleuth Susan Ryeland, and Timothy McMullan as famous literary detective Atticus Pünd. The cast also Daniel Mays, Michael Maloney, Conleth Hill, Alexandros Logothetis, Claire Rushbrook, Pippa Haywood, Matthew Beard and Harry Lawtey. It will air this Spring on BBC One and iPlayer.

Moonflower Murders will film later this year, and will see Manville and McMullan reprise the roles they originated in Magpie Murders. The new series will receive its UK premiere on the BBC next year.

Anthony Horowitz said: “I’m very happy that Magpie Murders is going to be shown on BBC – its natural home. I had such fun writing the scripts and they’ve been brought to life by a brilliant director and cast.”

Jill Green added “I’m so thrilled that this playful, distinctive murder mystery will now reach an even wider audience.”

Made by Eleventh Hour Films, Magpie Murders was acquired from Sony Pictures, who distribute the series. Moonflower Murders will be made by Eleventh Hour Films in association with Salt Films for PBS MASTERPIECE and the BBC. Both dramas are executive produced by Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films and adapted by Anthony Horowitz.
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