The Marlow Murder Club Returning for Second Season


A second season of The Marlow Murder Club has been commissioned for UKTV’s free-to-air channel U&DRAMA and streamer U, the rebranded names of Drama and UKTV Play, respectively.

The new six-part season will see Robert Thorogood join forces with writers Lucia Haynes (Annika, Vera) and Julia Gilbert (Midsomer Murders, Ridley), who will write a murder mystery each that spans two-episode installments. Episodes one and two will be based on Thorogood’s second book, Death Comes to Marlow.

The second season begins as life in Marlow returns to normal after the triple murder that affected the community the previous season. It’s not long, however, before retired archaeologist Judith Potts, the Vicar’s wife Becks Starling and dog walker Suzie Harris are called back into action when a series of new unsettling crimes occur.

Returning to the cast are Samantha Bond, Cara Horgan, Jo Martin and Natalie Dew, among others.

The series is again a co-commission with co-producer and U.S. broadcaster MASTERPIECE. It is produced by Monumental Television, in association with ITV Studios.

Helen Perry said: “Monumental Television and Robert Thorogood’s female-led mystery thriller The Marlow Murder Club proved to be such a smash hit with viewers that we just had to bring it back for a second season,” said Helen Perry, head of drama for UKTV. “We’re delighted to be re-joining Judith Potts and the gang for more fun and puzzle-solving drama, and we know our viewers will love it too.”

The Marlow Murder Club was our first original commission to air on Drama and has proven to be a huge hit for the channel,” noted Emma Ayech, channel director for U&DRAMA. “The intricate storylines and compelling characters have resonated with our audience, and it’s great news that we can share more of that in series two, which promises more murders, suspense and clever sleuthing!”

Debra Hayward, co-founder of Monumental Television, commented, “We loved collaborating with Robert on The Marlow Murder Club, and we couldn’t have asked for a better cast to bring to life his unlikely amateur detectives. We are thrilled that the first series went down so well with audiences, and we can’t wait to return to the charming town of Marlow for series two.”

“We’re so pleased to be working with all our wonderful partners on a second series of The Marlow Murder Club,” added Susanne Simpson, executive producer for MASTERPIECE. “It’s been lovely to see the warm reception the first series received in the U.K., and we look forward to sharing it with our U.S. audience later this year.”