Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling murder mystery Magpie Murders is being turned into a six-part series by BritBox, starring Tim McMullan, Lesley Manville and Daniel Mays, with further casting to be announced. Timothy Spall had been signed on to the project but pulled out of Magpie Murders earlier this year before filming for personal reasons.
The author Anthony Horowitz has even adapted his Magpie Murders novel for the small screen, while The Full Monty and The A Word director Peter Cattaneo takes the helm, as filming gets underway in Ireland and Suffolk. Here’s what we know so far about the twisty-turny crime thriller, which will be on BritBox in the UK and PBS Masterpiece in the US.
Magpie Murders release date…
No release date for Magpie Murders has yet been announced by BritBox, so watch this space, although we think it likely later this year or early 2022. The six-part drama will arrive in the US on PBS Masterpiece in 2022.
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Magpie Murders — the plot
The plot of Magpie Murders revolves around editor Susan Ryeland (Lesley Manville) who’s given a tattered, unfinished manuscript by best-selling crime author Alan Conway.
Meanwhile, Tim McMullan stars as the clever and complex 1950s detective Atticus Pünd, who’s renowned for solving crimes in Conway’s fictional novels.
But Alan Conway’s latest murder mystery isn’t quite what it seems and hidden between the pages there lies another story that will end up changing Susan’s life. Look out for the fiendish modern twist!
Where is Magpie Murders filming?
Magpie Murders is about to start filming in Suffolk and Ireland, so no pictures from set have yet been released. We’ll be sure to post them when they come in.
Magpie Murders writer — Anthony Horowitz
The most famous works of British writer Anthony Horowitz include the Alex Rider series, about an ordinary teen recruited to MI6, which has recently been turned into an Amazon Prime series starring Vicky McClure, Ace Bhatti and Stephen Dillane. He’s also written for television, contributing scripts to ITV’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders, and he even created Foyle’s War.
Magpie Murders cast — Tim McMullan as Atticus Pünd
Tim McMullan is an English actor who’s starred in the hit films Shakespeare In Love with Dame Judi Dench and The Queen alongside Helen Mirren. He recently starred as Douglas Cartwright in the recent BBC1 crime drama The Serpent (currently on Netflix). Fans of The Crown on Netflix may have spotted him in the astronauts episode of Season 3 called ‘Moondust’. Going back further Tim starred as Arthur Valentine in the ITV series Foyles War.
Magpie Murders cast — Lesley Manville as Susan Ryeland
Lesley Manville has had an extensive film career with leading roles in Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and more recently Phantom Thread, which won her an Oscar nomination. She also worked with Timothy Spall before in Mr Turner. On the television screen, fans will know her as Cathy in the warm-hearted sitcom Mum and as brothel keeper Lydia Quigley in Harlots. Lesley recently starred in Channel 4 drama I Am Maria, and she’s about to start filming Season 5 of The Crown playing Princess Margaret.
Magpie Murders cast — who else is starring
Other cast in Magpie Murders include Daniel Mays (Code 404), Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard), Michael Maloney (The Crown), and Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill. We will update on their characters as we find out more.
Is there a trailer for Magpie Murders?
No trailer for Magpie Murders has been released yet. Watch this space and we’ll update as soon as we can!