PBS has renewed ‘The Marlow Murder Club’ for a second season ahead of the premiere of the first installment this year. The filming of the sophomore season will begin in Buckinghamshire, England, in May 2024. Robert Thorogood (‘Death in Paradise’), who wrote the eponymous source novel of the series, is writing the season with Steve Barron returning to direct the episodes.
The series revolves around retired archaeologist Judith Potts, who resides alone in a faded mansion in Marlow, her days filled with crafting crosswords for the local paper. A routine swim along the Thames takes a chilling turn when she hears a gunshot from a neighbor’s garden, suspecting a murder. Faced with police skepticism, Judith forms an unlikely alliance with dog-walker Suzie and the vicar’s wife Becks, launching their own inquiry. As they join forces with the official police investigation led by Tanika, the trio unravels clues, confronts suspects, and battles imminent danger, racing against time to halt the elusive killer.
In the show, Samantha Bond (‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Home Fires’) takes on the leading role as Judith Potts, sharing the screen with Jo Martin (’97 Minutes’) as Suzie Harris. Cara Horgan (‘Black Cake’) embodies the character of Becks Starling, while Natalie Dew (‘The Capture’) steps into the role of DS Tanika Malik. They are expected to feature in the second installment as well.
Thorogood is known for creating the British-French crime comedy-drama ‘Death in Paradise,’ which has been on air since 2011 on BBC and France 2. “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,” the author-screenwriter said in a statement.
The project is executive produced by Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, Alison Carpenter, Susanne Simpson, Philippa Collie Cousins, Barron, and Thorogood. Jane Wallbank serves as the producer and international distribution is managed by ITV Studios, with PBS serving as the North American distributor. Buckinghamshire, the principal location of the sophomore season, is a significant filming location of globally renowned projects such as Netflix’s ‘The Crown,’ Harrison Ford’s ‘Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny,’ and Gareth Edwards’ ‘The Creator.’