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'Magpie Murders' — release date, cast, plot, trailer, first look pictures and all about the BritBox crime series

First look: Magpie Murders stars Lesley Manville as book editor Susan Ryeland and Tim McMullan as Atticus Pünd.
First look: Magpie Murders stars Lesley Manville as book editor Susan Ryeland and Tim McMullan as Atticus Pünd. (Image credit: ITV)

Anthony Horowitz’s best-selling murder mystery Magpie Murders has been turned into a six-part series by BritBox, starring Tim McMullan, Lesley Manville, Daniel Mays, Pippa Haywood, Michael Maloney and Conleth Hill. Timothy Spall had been signed on to the project but pulled out of Magpie Murders earlier this year before filming for personal reasons.

The author Anthony Horowitz has even adapted his Magpie Murders novel for the small screen, while The Full Monty and The A Word director Peter Cattaneo takes the helm, as filming gets underway in Ireland and Suffolk. Here’s what we know so far about the twisty-turny crime thriller, which will be shown on BritBox in the UK and PBS Masterpiece in the US in 2022.

Timothy Spall pulled out 'Magpie Murders' earlier this year.

Timothy Spall pulled out 'Magpie Murders' earlier this year. (Image credit: Getty)

'Magpie Murders' release date...

Magpie Murders will be released on BritBox in the UK on Thursday Feb. 10 2022. The six-part drama will arrive in the US on PBS Masterpiece in 2022 but we have yet to get its US air date. We will update on that as soon as we can.

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Britbox is the No. 1 way to watch all your favorite British shows from the BBC and ITV. And you can watch it easily via Amazon Prime Video Channels. All your subscription and billing is handled through your Amazon account, allowing you to watch as much as you want for a single price.

'Magpie Murders' — the plot

The plot of Magpie Murders revolves around editor Susan Ryeland (Lesley Manville) who’s given a tattered, unfinished manuscript by best-selling crime author Alan Conway. 

Meanwhile, Tim McMullan stars as the clever and complex 1950s detective Atticus Pünd, who’s renowned for solving crimes in Conway’s fictional novels. 

But Alan Conway’s latest murder mystery isn’t quite what it seems and hidden between the pages there lies another story that will end up changing Susan’s life. Look out for the fiendish modern twist!

'Magpie Murders' writer — Anthony Horowitz

The most famous works of British writer Anthony Horowitz include the Alex Rider series, about an ordinary teen recruited to MI6, which has recently been turned into an Amazon Prime series starring Vicky McClure, Ace Bhatti and Stephen Dillane. He’s also written for television, contributing scripts to ITV’s Poirot and Midsomer Murders, and he even created Foyle’s War.

'Magpie Murders' cast — Tim McMullan as Atticus Pünd

Tim McMullan, who plays Atticus Pünd, is an English actor who's starred in the hit films Shakespeare In Love with Dame Judi Dench and The Queen alongside Helen Mirren. He recently starred as Douglas Cartwright in the recent BBC1 crime drama The Serpent (currently on Netflix). Fans of The Crown on Netflix may have spotted him in the astronauts episode of Season 3 called 'Moondust'. Going back further Tim starred as Arthur Valentine in the ITV series Foyles War.

Tim McMullan as Atticus Pünd on the case.

Magpie Murders first look: Tim McMullan as Atticus Pünd on the case. (Image credit: ITV)

'Magpie Murders' cast — Lesley Manville as Susan Ryeland

Lesley Manville, who plays book editor Susan Ryeland, has had an extensive film career with leading roles in Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake and more recently Phantom Thread, which won her an Oscar nomination. She also worked with Timothy Spall before in Mr Turner. On the television screen, fans will know her as Cathy in the warm-hearted sitcom Mum and as brothel keeper Lydia Quigley in Harlots. Lesley recently starred in Channel 4 drama I Am Maria, and she's about to start filming Season 5 of The Crown playing Princess Margaret.

Lesley Manville in Magpie Murders.

Lesley Manville Susan Ryeland in 'Magpie Murders'. (Image credit: ITV)

Lesley Manville in I Am Maria.

'Magpie Murders' star Lesley Manville in I Am Maria on Channel 4 in 2021. (Image credit: Channel 4)

Magpie Murders cast — who else is starring

Other cast in Magpie Murders include Daniel Mays (Code 404), Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard), Michael Maloney (The Crown), and Game Of Thrones star Conleth Hill, Alexandros Logothetis (42°C, The Island), Claire Rushbrook (Whitechapel, My Mad Fat Diary) and Matthew Beard (Dracula, And When Did You Last See Your Father?).

Daniel Mays in Magpie Murders.

First look: Daniel Mays in 'Magpie Murders'. (Image credit: ITV)

Is there a trailer for 'Magpie Murders'?

No trailer for Magpie Murders has been released yet. Watch this space and we'll update as soon as we can!

'Magpie Murders' locations

Magpie Murders filmed in Suffolk and Ireland. From the pictures it looks as if the settings are quite stunning.

Nicholas Cannon

I'm a huge fan of television so I really have found the perfect job, as I've been writing about TV shows, films and interviewing major television stars for over 25 years. I'm currently TV Content Director on What's On TV, TV Times, TV and Satellite Week magazines plus Whattowatch.com. I previously worked on Woman and Woman's Own in the 1990s.