Anthony Horowitz’s The Magpie Murders is heading to the small screen. Masterpiece PBS just confirmed the long-running anthology series will be adapting the bestselling mystery novel about what ensues when an editor (Susan Ryeland) is given an unfinished manuscript. Here's what we know so far:
A premiere date has yet to be announced.
In the States, the six-part miniseries will air on Masterpiece PBS; in the UK, the miniseries will stream in the exclusively on BritBox. As with all television productions right now, a timeline for the show will almost certainly be impacted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
And casting details are slim.
At this point, it's unclear who will play Susan Ryeland, Alan Conway, Atticus Pünd, and the rest of Horowitz's iconic characters. But we'll be sure to keep this post updated as soon as we know more.
Horowitz is adapting his own book for TV.
Those fans concerned about how the story will translate to the small screen, know that the script in good hands.
“Magpie Murders is my most successful novel and it wasn’t easy to adapt. But I think the result is a completely original drama that will delight and beguile audiences in equal measure,” he said.
Masterpiece will co-produce the show.
The PBS series will be working alongside producers Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films.
“Anthony Horowitz is a master mystery writer, and Magpie Murders is a beautiful and complex work,” said Masterpiece executive producer Susanne Simpson in a statement, per Deadline. “Our Masterpiece audience will truly enjoy this intriguing story of a mystery within a mystery.”
This is one of the first co-productions from Masterpiece, an endeavor Simpson previewed at the end of the last year.
"We've done development deals with some of our favorite U.K. producers, and we're looking now to work with distributors to find a way to finance those programs and to make them happen," Simpson told T&C at the time.
"We feel it's the way to make sure that we're getting the kind of programs we like for our audience. We're going to be able to continue to curate the series, get the best shows for the series, co-produce with people we love working with, and then also develop programs with them as well."
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