Acorn TV hit the Television Critics Association Winter Tour this week, and Acorn TV General Manager Matthew Graham announced the service’s first series commission. The honor went to “Agatha Raisin,” which will be returning for a second season in 2018. Agatha Raisin was created for television by [email protected] TV, and it was confirmed that Barry Ryan and David Walton will once again produce the series. Michele Buck, from Company Pictures, will be remaining on board as Executive Producer and Guy Hescott will serve as producer.
The series stars Emmy-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe, Extras, Ugly Betty), who can currently be seen in another Acorn TV Original, “Love, Lies & Records” from Kay Mellor. The series itself is based on MC Beaton’s best-selling novels (found on Amazon).
The show follows a London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth, who becomes entangled in mischief, mayhem, and murder when she opts for early retirement in a small village in the Cotswolds. Season 2 begins production in April 2018, and the second season is currently scheduled for a late 2018 premiere. Season 2 will adapt three of MC Beaton’s novels, The Wizard of Evesham, The Curious Curate and The Fairies of Fryham and will be available internationally as three 90-minute television movies or six 45-minute episodes.
Since its launch in 2011, Acorn TV remains North America’s most popular and largest streaming service focused on British and international television.
Shane Murphy, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, said, “After our success with co-producing several critically-acclaimed Acorn TV Originals including Love, Lies & Records, Striking Out, and Agatha Christie’s The Witness for the Prosecution, we’re thrilled to bring back our first Original Series as our first commission. When the UK broadcaster chose not to renew it, Acorn decided to step in and fully commission the show itself in-order to keep this terrific series going for our subscribers. We’re ecstatic to make it our first official full commission. We look forward to announcing several more commissions in the coming months.”
Acorn TV General Manager Matthew Graham, added, “After another record year and ending 2017 with our biggest month of acquisitions yet in December, we’re thrilled to announce our first commission. Agatha Raisin remains one of Acorn TV’s most popular series and the fans have been clamoring for new episodes since its premiere in August 2016.” Graham notes, “2018 is shaping up to be our best year yet with even more exclusives and Originals for our subscribers. Acorn TV will feature ten Acorn TV Originals including BBC comedy Detectorists, new ITV drama Girlfriends and the return of Irish legal drama Striking Out, as well as exclusive new seasons of A Place to Call Home, Delicious, The Heart Guy, The Good Karma Hospital, The Brokenwood Mysteries, 800 Words, and Murdoch Mysteries, among many other much-loved series. As an independent SVOD, we’re passionate about curating the very best in British television as well as amazing series out of Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and more.”
Acorn TV premiered the pilot movie Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death and its follow-up eight-episode first season in August 2016. In the first season, Agatha found her hopes of a quiet life dashed when more murders started occurring in her village. Drawn into their mysteries, Agatha attempted to solve the crimes… often in rather unorthodox ways. Agatha Raisin’s mysteries shine with humor and intrigue.
Returning for Series 2 are Agatha’s former assistant, Roy (Mathew Horne, Gavin and Stacey); eager Detective Constable Bill Wong (Matt McCooey); and her cleaner, Gemma (Katy Wix, Torchwood).