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‘Whitstable Pearl’ – cast, release date, trailer, first look pictures and all about the new crime drama

'Whitstable Pearl' stars Kerry Godliman as restaurant owner Pearl Nolan.
'Whitstable Pearl' stars Kerry Godliman as restaurant owner Pearl Nolan. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

As you might imagine, new crime series Whitstable Pearl has the picturesque coastal town of Whitstable in Kent as its backdrop. While Whitstable might seem like a quiet, pretty place to live by the sea, under the surface there are all manner of grisly crimes unfolding. In fact, it’s just the place for a detective agency!

Big-hearted local celebrity Pearl Nolan, played by Kerry Godliman, is celebrated in her hometown for her restaurant The Whitstable Pearl. But what many of her customers and neighbours don’t realise is she’s a frustrated sleuth at heart, especially since her police career was cut short many years earlier. 

So when Pearl discovers the body of her close family friend, Vinnie, she suspects foul play and embarks on some detective work of her own. Then a second body turns up and she finds herself embroiled in the dark underbelly of her hometown, Whitstable in Kent.  She soon decides it’s high time the town had its own detective agency and teams up with new arrival DCI Mike McGuire to put her long-since dusted-off police skills to use... 

Whitstable Pearl is coming to Acorn TV soon, so here's our guide to everything we know so far about the show....

Whitstable Pearl release date...

Whitstable Pearl launches on Acorn TV in the UK and the US on Monday May 24. Catch the first two episodes of the six-parter then, and afterwards it will run weekly through to Monday June 21. To sign up for Acorn, visit www.acorn.tv or download the Acorn TV app on your favourite device to start your 30 day free trial.

Is there a trailer for Whitstable Pearl?

Yes! Acorn TV have just released a trailer, and here it is below! 'Are you a fan of Whitstable Mr Maguire?' asks Pearl... 'I'm not a fan of small towns,' he replies. 'It means you have to talk to people!'. 

So, it looks like there's plenty of humour in this drama, which we should probably expect given Kerry Godliman's comedy pedigree. We love the look of Pearl's restaurant by the sea too! Bet it serves up some nice oysters!

Whitstable Pearl cast — Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan…

Whitstable Pearl restaurant owner Pearl Nolan always wanted to be a detective but then life, and a teenage pregnancy, scuppered her dreams. Instead she built up a successful seafood restaurant in her hometown of Whitstable, whoh she runs with her son Charlie and waitress Ruby, but she could never quite bury her desire for policing. 

Pearl is played by Kerry Godliman, who's best known for her role as Lisa, the deceased wife of Tony Johnson (Ricky Gervais) in the hit Netflix comedy After Life. She also starred in crime drama Save Me, plus comedies Derek and Carters Get Rich. Alongside her acting roles, Kerry is a successful comedian and as well as performing stand-up has appeared on numerous panel shows such as Mock The Week and Taskmaster.

Whitstable Pearl cast – Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire...

DCI Mike McGuire is a new arrival to Whitstable and finds himself in competition with Pearl to solve the two murders. He’s played by Howard Charles, who played Porthos du Vallon in BBC1 series The Musketeers. More recently he’s appeared in The Red Line, The Widow, Liar and Amazon Prime series Alex Rider

Whitstable Pearl star Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire.

Whitstable Pearl star Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

Whitstable Pearl cast – Francis Barber as Dolly...

Dolly is Pearl’s mother and played by Francis Barber who you’ll recognise from her roles as baddie Madame Kovarian in Doctor Who, Caroline Warwick QC in Silk, plus Beautiful People and Mr Holmes. She also played teacher Alfie’s mum in Jack Whitehall’s school comedy Bad Education.

'Whitstable Pearl' — Frances Barber joins Kerry Godliman.

'Whitstable Pearl' — Frances Barber joins Kerry Godliman to play Pearl's mother Dolly. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

Whitstable Pearl cast — Rohan Nedd as Charlie...

Rohan Nedd plays Pearl's son Charlie who helps her run the family's restaurant. Rohan's biggest role to date was playing Mike in the 2018 Netflix drama Safe, alongside Michael C Hall, Amanda Abbington, Marc Warren and Freddie Thorp. He's also had smaller parts in Doctor Who and Midsomer Murders.

Whitstable Pearl cast — who else is starring?

Sophia Del Pizzo plays DS Nikki Martel who'll become a key acquaintance of Pearl's on the local Kent police force. Sophia is an English born actress and comedian who now lives in Los Angeles and is known for her roles in Angel Has Fallen and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Also look out for Cathy Tyson (Band of Gold, Mona Lisa) who appears in a couple of episodes as a local character called Tina Rowe. 

The Whitstable Pearl locations and filming...

Whitstable is a gorgeous 16th century seaside resort in Kent, known for its native oysters. However the series deals with the friction between the Whitstable locals and the wealthy city dwellers who have moved in and tried to gentrify the traditional town. While much of the location filming is in and around Whitstable itself, there have also been outdoor scenes filmed at Ramsgate harbour, Margate and Cliftonville.

'Whitstable Pearl' is set on the Kent coast.

'Whitstable Pearl' with Frances Barber and Kerry Godliman is set on the Kent coast. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

Whitstable Pearl — the novels…

The tv series Whitstable Pearl is based on the best-selling novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare by Julie Wassmer. Before releasing her autobiography More Than Just Coincidence, which tells how 20 years earlier a twist of fate reunited her with the daughter she’d given up for adoption when she was a teenager, Julie was a celebrated television drama writer. She worked on hit TV series such as London’s Burning and Family Affairs plus wrote EastEnders for 20 years.