Critically acclaimed murder mystery series snapped up by the BBC

Critically acclaimed murder mystery series snapped up by the BBC

Critically acclaimed mystery series snapped up by BBC. Image: Michael715/

THE BBC has acquired Anthony Horowitz’s critically acclaimed mystery series Magpie Murders, the British Broadcasting Corporation announced.

The critically acclaimed mystery series will now air on the BBC after being snapped up from BritBox, where it was originally streamed in 2022.

The Beeb also noted that it will air its follow-up, the forthcoming Moonflower Murders, which will be made by Eleventh Hour Films in association with Salt Films for PBS MASTERPIECE and the BBC.

“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),” the BBC wrote.

“Magpie Murders is a six-part murder mystery within a murder mystery,” it added.

Academy Award-nominee Lesley Manville (The Crown, Phantom Thread) stars as an editor turned sleuth Susan Ryeland and is joined by Timothy McMullan (Patrick Melrose, The Serpent) as famous literary detective Atticus Pünd.

The show also stars BAFTA-nominated Daniel Mays (1917, Line of Duty), Michael Maloney (Belfast, The Trial Of Christine Keeler), double Olivier award-winning Conleth Hill (Vienna Blood, Game of Thrones), Alexandros Logothetis (The Island, Business in the Balkans), Claire Rushbrook (Sherwood, The Split), Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard, Bridgerton), Matthew Beard (Vienna Blood, Dracula) and Harry Lawtey (Industry, Benediction).

Critically acclaimed mystery series snapped up by BBC
Lesley Manville and Tim McMullan. Image: BBC/Official

Speaking after the move was confirmed, English novelist and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz, 67, 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.”

Sue Deeks, Head of BBC Programme Acquisition, said: “I’m delighted that BBC viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Magpie Murders, and its highly anticipated follow-up, Moonflower Murders. With their stellar cast and ingenious storylines, they are a truly distinctive and entertaining take on the murder mystery genre.”

As noted, Moonflower Murders will also air on the BBC and will be filmed later this year.

Moonflower Murders will see Manville and McMullan reprise the roles they originated in Magpie Murders.

“Further information about the series, which will receive its UK premiere on the BBC next year, will be announced in due course,” the company wrote.

The news comes after one of the BBC’s popular TV detectives is set to make his big-screen debut next month.

Luther, played by British actor Idris Elba, is set to be made into a movie, which will later air on Netflix.

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