A Good Girl's Guide To Murder: release date, cast, plot, trailer and everything we know

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder star Emma Myers in front of a board of clues
A Good Girl's Guide to Murder follows the murder of a local schoolgirl. (Image credit: BBC)

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is a BBC Three drama series based on the hugely successful mystery thrillers by Holly Jackson.

The series follows "smart and single-minded" Pip Fitz-Amobi who becomes determined to solve the murder of a local schoolgirl after growing convinced that the police had pinned the case on the wrong person.

Emma Myers, who plays Pip, explains: "A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is the story of Pip and her determination to solve a murder that happened in her hometown five years ago. She doesn't believe who was accused of it, did it. So she goes on this mission to uncover it herself. Along the way she finds out lots of twists and turns, secrets and some bad people."

Describing Pip, she adds: "Pip is a very strong character, just so determined. The way Holly Jackson has written her in the books and the way it's been translated on screen by Poppy Cogan was such a joy to play. Pip's journey and what she goes through is quite a lot. She's a completely different person from the start to the end. It was really fun exploring that."

Here's all the latest news we have about the series including the trailer and the release date...

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder release date

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder is released on BBC iPlayer on Monday, July 1, and will air on BBC Three later that month. All episodes will be made available on iPlayer.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder plot

The BBC's plot synopsis for A Good Girl's Guide to Murder reads: "Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend Sal Singh. Case closed. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. 

"But smart and single-minded Pip Fitz-Amobi isn't so sure and she’s determined to prove it. And if Sal Singh isn’t a murderer and the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth?"

The events of the six-part series are based on the first book in Holly Jackson's thriller series, A Good Girl's Guide to Murder. It has been adapted by Red Rose's Poppy Cogan and directed by Dolly Wells, who is known for her work on Good Posture.

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder cast

Cara (Asha Banks), Pip (Emma Myers), Lauren (Yali Topol Margolith), Zach (Raiko Gohara) and Connor (Jude Collie) walking in a group

(Image credit: BBC)

Wednesday star Emma Myers plays the lead role of Pip Fitz-Amobi. Fans of the hit Netflix series will know her as Wednesday Addams' colorful roommate, Enid Sinclair.

Meanwhile, Zain Iqbal is making his TV debut after previously starring in the short film Why ME?. He plays Ravi, who assists Pip in investigating the case, considering his brother has been wrongly blamed. 

Anna Maxwell-Martin sitting at a table

Anna Maxwell-Martin plays Pip's mum Leanne (Image credit: BBC)

Author Holly Jackson spoke about the casting and added: "I am so unbelievably excited that Emma is our Pip. She is phenomenal and this role was truly always meant to be hers. And we found our perfect Ravi in Zain. I can’t wait for us all to be able to watch their scenes. 

"I smile every time I see them together, because I know that we’ve pulled off the impossible, and Emma and Zain are the only two people I would trust to bring these characters to life. Everyone’s going to be just as thrilled as I am."

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder also features Asha Banks as Cara, Yali Topol Margalith as Lauren, Jude Collie as Connor, and Raiko Gohara as Zach.

Mathew Baynton, Anna Maxwell Martin and Gary Beadle are also in the cast.

Jackson said: "I am beyond thrilled to finally introduce Anna and Gary as Pip’s parents, Leanne and Victor, and Mathew Baynton as Elliot Ward. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we’d have such an incredible cast and yet – at the same time – it always had to be them, because they are perfect for these characters.”

In addition, the series also features India Lillie Davies playing Andie Bell, Rahul Pattni as Sal Singh, Henry Ashton as Max Hastings, Mitu Panicucci as Stella Chapman, Orla Hill as Ruby Foxcroft, Ephraim O.P. Sampson as Jake Lawrence, Carla Woodcock as Becca, Yasmin Al-Khudhairi as Naomi Ward, Jessica Webber as Nat Da Silva, Matthew Khan as Dylan, Georgia Aaron as Emma Hutton, Oliver Wickham as Jesse Walker, Adam Astill as Toby Hastings and Annabel Mullion as Rosie Hastings.

Is there a trailer?

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David Hollingsworth

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