Rumours have been floating around, film crews spotted scoping out town centre locations, orange film location signs have been seen in Marlow….and today filming starts on a TV adaptation of The Marlow Murder Club!
This is an adaptation of the hit novel written by Marlow resident Robert Thorogood – the creator of the globally popular TV show Death in Paradise.
The main cast members have been confirmed, with Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, Home Fires) taking the lead as Judith Potts – photographed with Robert Thorogood in our main photo, above.
The show will also star Jo Martin (Doctor Who, Back to Life) as Suzie Harris, Cara Horgan (The Sandman, Traitors) as Becks Starling and Natalie Dew (Sandylands, The Capture) as DS Tanika Malik.
No word yet regarding who will play our real life postman Fred Smith, who appears in the book. George Clooney and Brad Pitt have not yet responded to our requests to either confirm or deny their involvement… 😉
The Marlow Murder Club will air in 2 parts, each 2 hours long on UKTV’s free-to-air channel, Drama and streaming service UKTV Play. The show is a co-commission with co-producer and US broadcaster MASTERPIECE, and produced by Monumental Television in association with ITV Studios.
Robert Thorgood 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.”
Retired archaeologist Judith Potts (Bond) lives alone in a faded mansion in the peaceful town of Marlow, filling her time by setting crosswords for the local paper. During one of her regular wild swims in the Thames, Judith hears a gunshot coming from a neighbour’s garden and believes a brutal murder has taken place.
When the police are reluctant to believe her story, Judith finds herself forming an unlikely friendship with local dog-walker and empty-nester Suzie (Martin) and unfulfilled vicar’s wife Becks (Horgan) as they start an investigation of their own. Eventually asked to assist with the official police investigation, headed by newly promoted Tanika (Dew), the women must piece together clues, grill suspect witnesses, and face down real danger as they work against the clock to stop the killer in their tracks.
Philippa Collie Cousins, senior commissioning editor, said: “After a highly rewarding period of collaboration we are thrilled to be greenlighting Robert Thorogood’s adaptation of his hit novel for Drama. The brilliant team at Monumental have found the perfect cast for the show and the perfect director in Steve Barron. I’m very much looking forward to seeing these great scripts burst into life on screen.”