EXCLUSIVE: Acorn TV, broadcaster of AMC Networks, has renewed its dark British crime series Queens of mystery for a second season, with production already underway in Kent, in the south-east of England.
Season 1 of Queens of mystery followed a still single detective and her three well-known aunts who write crimes, who help her solve detective-type murders and set up blind dates for her. Acorn TV describes it as one of its most popular originals, although it has not disclosed any streaming numbers.
Olivia Vinall played Detective Matilda Stone in the first season, but will be replaced by Florence Hall (The Princess Switch: switched again, Jonathan creek) in the second due to a scheduling conflict. Julie Graham (The Bletchley Circle), Sarah Woodward (The Pale Horse) and Siobhan Redmond (Forgotten) return as Stone’s aunts.
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The show will return for three feature films, which will be divided into six 45-minute episodes. In the episodes titled Fight with death, The modern art of murder, and The crow, Stone investigates the murders at a wellness retreat and art gallery.
Produced by Sly Fox Productions, Queens of mystery was created by New stuff and Doc Martin writer Julian Unthank, who returns to write season 2 alongside Matthew Thomas (Marcella). Ian Emes is the Senior Director, with Theresa Varga as the second director. Sly Fox’s Linda James and Savannah James-Bayly produce with Tim Vaughan as associate producer. Catherine Mackin is the executive producer of Acorn Media Enterprises.
Other returning actors include Andrew Leung (Doctor Who) like Dr. Daniel Lynch; Rebecca Grant (Doctors) as Daniel Natasha’s girlfriend; Michael Elcock as Constable Terry Foster, who has long been in love with Matilda; and Martin Trenaman (Intermediate) as Inspector Derek Throne.
Acorn TV owns the worldwide rights to Queens of mystery and will premiere the show in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain and Latin America. Acorn Media International distributes in all other territories.