Sly Fox Productions in association with Ferncroft Media, have begun production on Queens of Mystery for Acorn TV.
A contemporary, warm-hearted spin on the classic murder mystery, the drama will feature a stellar line-up of great British acting talent including Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward and Olivia Vinall as the eponymous Queens, alongside a sterling supporting cast and guest stars including Martin Trenaman and Omid Djalili.
Created for television by writer Julian Unthank of Doc Martin and New Tricks fame, the show has been commissioned by Acorn Media Enterprises; the UK-based development division for the Acorn brand of RLJ Entertainment, Inc. It will comprise of three feature length episodes and commences filming in carefully chosen locations across the stunning Kent countryside from today (10th September 2018).
Queens of Mystery isn’t about a secretive bunch of drag acts on the Blackpool gay scene, although the title does fit that nicely. No this drama follows the entertaining adventures of Beth, Cat and Jane Stone, three crime-writing sisters, and their 28-year old niece, Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Using their extensive knowledge of crime – both real and fictional – they solve whodunit style murders in the picturesque English region of Wildemarsh. But no matter how many cases they are able to crack, the unsolved mystery that haunts them all is that of Matilda’s mother’s disappearance. Between investigating murders from the curious to the bizarre and writing their own renowned novels, the three aunts also attempt to help their perennially single niece find love.
Star of stage and television Olivia Vinall will play the ambitious Detective Sergeant Matilda Stone. Her aunts are set to be played by respected actors Julie Graham as the rebellious Aunt Cat; Sarah Woodward as the motherly Aunt Beth; and Siobhan Redmond as the book smart Aunt Jane.
They will be joined by Andrew Leung as the dashing Dr. Daniel Lynch; Rebecca Grant as Daniel’s strident girlfriend Natasha; Michael Elcock as Police Constable Terry Foster, who has had a long term crush on Matilda; and Martin Trenaman as the dry Inspector Derek Throne. High profile guest stars include Selina Cadell, Omid Djalili, and Chu Omambala.
A UK Television deal is under discussion Acorn TV note.