21 Oct 2020

Acorn & Channel 5 commission new British detective drama Dalgliesh.

Based on P.D. James’ international best-selling and much-loved Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries; Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) has been cast in the lead role.

London, UK; October 21, 2020 – AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and Channel 5 are excited to announce the commissioning of new detective drama Dalgliesh with Acorn Media Enterprises and all3media international from leading production company New Pictures (Des, The Missing, Indian Summers) and additional funding from Northern Ireland Screen.

Adapting three of P.D. James’ international best-selling and much-loved Inspector Dalgliesh Mysteries, the new series will star Bertie Carvel (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Agatha Christie’s The Pale Horse, Doctor Foster) as Inspector Adam Dalgliesh and consist of three two-part films, each comprising 2 x 60 minutes. Starting in the mid 1970's England, the exciting new crime series is told from the perspective of P.D. James’ uniquely enigmatic detective and follows Dalgliesh’s career to present day as he solves unusual murders and reveals buried secrets. Each murder mystery will offer its own unique setting and extraordinary cast. The series will be event television crime drama with depth, detail and emotion and feature beautiful locations and thrilling guest actors. Production will begin in December in Northern Ireland. Dalgliesh will have its world premiere exclusively on Acorn TV in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, and broadcast on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom in 2021. All3media international will distribute in the rest of the world.

The lead writer is acclaimed screenwriter and play write Helen Edmundson (Mary Magdalene). Dalgliesh will be directed by BAFTA nominated film and television director Jill Robertson (Humans, Grantchester), produced by Georgie Fallon (Criminal, Mum) and executive produced by Elaine Pyke of New Pictures.

In “Shroud for a Nightingale,” the young women of Nightingale House are there to learn to nurse and comfort the sick. When one of the students is horribly, brutally killed it is up to Adam Dalgliesh to unmask a killer who has decided to prescribe murder as the cure for all ills. Set on the Dorset coast “The Black Tower” is a dark investigation into a strange home for the disabled where the caring community is not quite as caring as it proports to be. Lastly, in “A Taste for Death,” two men lie in a pool of blood at St. Matthews Church Paddington, one is a homeless pensioner, the other a Minister of the Crown, Dalgliesh must dig beneath ugly and dangerous family secrets to bring the murderer to justice.