Irish mystery thriller Harry Wild Investigates stars Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Seymour as Harriet 'Harry' Wild, a recently retired university professor who discovers she has a knack for solving crimes. She's also quite foul-mouthed and a whiskey-loving drinker!
The eight-part first season of the drama follows Harry as she finds herself at a crossroads after she becomes a victim of a mugging and decides to recover at the home of her police detective son, Charlie (Kevin Ryan). But once under Charlie’s roof, Harry soon starts interfering in his latest murder investigation. Especially when she hooks up again with her mugger Fergus (Rohan Nedd) and they forge a bond that involves this oddly matched pair sleuthing together.
"From the first moment I read the script, I fell in love with Harry Wild,' says former Bond girl Jane. 'I’ve loved stepping into the role of this very curious and passionate retired professor.'
So here’s everything you need to know about the Irish crime thriller Harry Wild Investigates on Channel 5 and Acorn TV…
Harry Wild Investigates release date
The eight-part mystery series Harry Wild Investigates launches on Channel 5 on Saturday February 25 at 8pm with episodes running weekly at the same time.
While this show is new on Channel 5 for 2023, Harry Wild Investigates perviously launched worldwide on Acorn TV on Monday April 4 2022 with the first two episodes shown in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America, Spain and Portugal.
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Is there a Harry Wild Investigates trailer?
Yes, a Harry Wild Investigates trailer has arrived, starting with everyone raising the glass to Harry! Take a peek below...
What is the plot of Harry Wild Investigates?
The plot revolves around Harriet 'Harry' Wild, a retired English literature professor, who’s recovering in her son Charlie’s house, following a mugging. Charlie happens to be a senior police detective, who’s struggling with a particularly baffling murder case — and Harry can’t resist getting involved when she notices the murderer has followed a pattern from an obscure Elizabethan play. When her path crosses that of her mugger, Fergus Reid, Harry sees great potential in the troubled teen and, instead of turning him in, enlists him as her sidekick. Following her successful, albeit ill-advised, involvement in the case, Harry discovers a new lust for life.
Harry and Fergus quickly find new mysteries, including ones that involve a fledgling serial killer with a Dostoevsky fixation, gamblers running snuff games, and a wealthy Dublin matriarch strangled during a video call. Harry’s new passion brings her into direct conflict with Charlie, who could really do without his mother causing trouble at work. When Harry successfully catches the killer, Harry discovers a new passion for crime-solving. But it soon brings her into direct conflict with Charlie, who isn’t exactly thrilled about his supersleuth mother causing trouble for him at work.
Harry Wild Investigates cast — Jane Seymour on playing Harry Wild
Lead Harry Wild Investigates actress Jane Seymour told us: " I love everything about Harry! Age and gender mean nothing to her. She’s raised a kid, who’s now a grown man, on her own. She uses her knowledge of literature and history to investigate crime, and is not afraid to chase down murderers!
"It’s a wonderful relationship she has with Fergus who is from the other side of the tracks, and knows all the bad guys, because his dad's one. She's teaching him English and getting him through his GCSEs – or whatever they're called in Ireland!"
"It’s a wonderful relationship she has with Fergus who is from the other side of the tracks, and knows all the bad guys, because his dad's one. She's teaching him English and getting him through his GCSEs – or whatever they're called in Ireland!982) and Wedding Crashers (2005).
In 1981 she found critical acclaim in East of Eden, but her best-known TV role is as Dr. Michaela ‘Mike’ Quinn in the 1990s hit Western series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, which won her a Golden Globe. She’s also recently starred as Madelyn in the American comedy-drama The Kominsky Method.
Harry Wild Investigates cast — who else is starring
Harry's police detective son Charlie is played by Kevin Ryan (Guilt, Copper). Her mugger Fergus Reid is played by Rohan Nedd (Whitstable Pearl). Stuart Graham (The Fall, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and Amy Huberman (Finding Joy, Striking Out) also co-star.
Harry Wild Investigates — behind-the-scenes news
As well as taking the lead role in Harry Wild, Jane Seymour will also act as co-executive producer, while the series is created and co-written by David Logan (Lost Christmas). Other producers include Daniel March (Van Helsing), Klaus Zimmerman (Trapped), Morgan O’Sullivan (The Tudors) and James Flynn (Vikings). Brothers Ronan and Robert Burke (Red Rock) will direct.
'We are thrilled that the amazing Jane Seymour will be bringing the foul-mouthed, cigarette smoking, whiskey drinking character of Harry Wild to life,' said both March and Zimmermann.
‘Harry Wild’ is the latest series of Acorn TV’s growing staple of mystery dramas led by strong female investigators – a category that has long resonated with our audiences,' says Catherine Mackin, managing director of Acorn Media Enterprises which is also launching Whitstable Pearl about an amateur sleuth/restaurateur from Kent on Acorn TV on May 28.
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