Well, this is an odd one.
Sky took the decision to cancel its adaptation of MC Beaton’s Agatha Raisin novels after one full series, but it was then picked up by US-based streaming service Acorn TV for a second series. Now, Sky has picked up the UK broadcast rights for that second series.
It’s a funny old world.
TV Wise says:
Agatha Raisin began its life on Sky in the form of one-off movie Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death, before the satcaster ordered an eight episode first season. They officially pulled the plug earlier this year and at the time Acorn made it clear that Sky were not involved. The second season, consisting of six episodes, is expected to air either later this year or early next year.
Agatha Raisin follows PR guru Agatha Raisin (played by Ashley Jensen), who gives up her successful career in London for a new “dream” life in the quiet village of Carsely, but soon becomes an amateur sleuth, entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder.
There’s no word on whether Jensen will reprise her role (we hope she does), but we’ll bring you more news when we get it.
As I’ve already mentioned, this year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at The Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate, chaired by Ann Cleeves, was quite a weekend, full of interesting people talking about interesting things. It’s a bit like Glastonbury for crime fiction fans, except you don’t have to go to the toilet in a field. Although the emphasis was very much on crime fiction, strewn across the weekend were bits and bobs that were extremely relevant to this site. I’ve tried to break them down into easily digestible morsels after the jump. Continue reading Harrogate Dispatches #2: Sara Peretsky, Eddie Izzard, MC Beaton and the Arctic →
Since it shamefully ditched the superb Thorne (based on the Mark Billingham’s excellent fictional detective series) Sky1 has been a bit quiet in the crime drama genre. Yes, we’ve had Charlie Brooker’s often laugh-out-loud piss take of procedurals in Touch Of Cloth, but now the channel is giving us something a little more serious and substantial, this time focusing on the amateur sleuth sub-genre with a new one-off to air at Christmas. What’s more, Ashley Jensen has been announced to star. Continue reading Ashley Jensen to star in new Sky1 ‘quirky’ crime drama →