UKTV orders crime drama from Death in Paradise creator
Filming has commenced on The Marlow Murder Club, a new drama from Death in Paradise creator Robert Thorogood, produced by Monumental Pictures for UKTV Drama.
The project is a co-commission with Masterpiece PBS and stars Samantha Bond as Judith Potts, a retired archaeologist living a quiet life in a faded mansion, who ends up working alongside the police to solve a murder and prevent a killer from striking again. Jo Martin, Cara Horgan and Natalie Dew co-star.
The Marlow Murder Club will be delivered as two parts in the UK, and as four parts in the US. The executive producers for Monumental Television are Debra Hayward, Alison Owen and Alison Carpenter. Susanne Simpson is executive producer for Masterpiece. Monumental produces in association with ITV Studios.
The series will be directed by Steve Barron and produced by Jane Wallbank. Barron and writer Thorogood also serve as executive producers.
Thorogood, pictured above with Samantha Bond, and on whose novel the series is based, said: “After over a decade of working on Death in Paradise, I’m thrilled to be creating a brand-new murder mystery series for TV. I can’t wait for audiences to join Judith, Becks and Suzie on their adventures as they solve a series of fiendishly puzzling murders.”.
Debra Hayward, Monumental co-founder, said: “We instantly fell in love with Robert’s book, and we’re delighted that he is bringing it to the screen with us. Combined with Steve Barron’s brilliant directing and our superb cast led by Samantha Bond, we hope that audiences will be as captivated by Robert’s Marlow as we are.”
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