First look: Daniel Mays joins BritBox’s Magpie Murders
James R | On 23, Sep 2021
BritBox is heading to the fictional village of Saxby-on-Avon for its latest original drama, Magpie Murders, based on the book of the same name by Anthony Horowitz.
The first in the Susan Ryeland series of novels, the meta-whodunnit follows Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript by best-selling mystery writer Alan Conway, featuring Conway’s detective Atticus Pünd, but has little idea it will change her life.
The story-within-a-story series, which is directed by Peter Cattaneo (Military Wives) and adapted by Horowitz himself, has lined up an impressive cast, including Lesley Manville as Ryeland and Conleth Hill as Conway. They will be joined by Timothy McMullan (The Crown) in the role of Atticus Pünd after Timothy Spall stepped away due to a scheduling clash, and Daniel Mays as Inspector Raymond Chubb.
Other cast members joining the series include Rose d’Or Award winning actress Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard, Green Wing, Bridgerton) and Michael Maloney (The Crown, The Trial Of Christine Keeler).
“Anthony has written such a brilliant and beguiling script, full of wit, suspense and murder. It’s an immense privilege to be asked to bring to life the wonderful and enigmatic Atticus Pünd,” says McMullan. “He’s such a great character to play, I feel very fortunate indeed. To be working with such a talented cast is a total joy, and to be also working with Peter Cattaneo, of whom I’m a long-time fan, is the cherry on the cake… What a great job!”
Mays adds: “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the hugely talented cast of Magpie Murders, not least to finally share the screen with the incredible Lesley Manville. Anthony Horowitz’ scripts are ingenious. Murder, intrigue with plenty of laughs and tears along the way. I couldn’t put them down. With two timeframes to play in and the actors portraying not one but two roles it presented a wonderful opportunity to create a special piece of television.”
The series is currently in production.