Skip to main content

'Whitstable Pearl' season 2: everything you need to know about the second series of the hit crime drama

'Whitstable Pearl' Season 2 sees Kerry Godliman return for more sleuthing in Kent.
'Whitstable Pearl' Season 2 sees Kerry Godliman return for more sleuthing in Kent. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

There will be a Whitstable Pearl Season 2. It has been confirmed by Acorn TV and it's hardly a surprise given the popularity of the first season. The Kent-set crime show, based on the much-loved novels The Whitstable Pearl Mysteries by Julie Wassmer (opens in new tab), was a stunning success across the world and left fans clamouring for more. We're also delighted to hear the three main cast members — Kerry Godliman, Howard Charles and Frances Barber — all return.

If, like us, you’ve binge-watched the six-episode boxset of The Whitstable Pearl Season 1 on Acorn TV and now need your next fill of Kerry Godliman’s amateur sleuth Pearl and co, you won't have to wait too much longer. 

Julie Wassmer says: “Knowing how well Whitstable Pearl has been received across so many territories, I’m sure viewers will be as excited as I am to know the series is returning for a new season in which Pearl will be immersed in more crime, family drama and a compelling will-they-won’t-they love affair – all set against the stunning backdrop of Whitstable’s mysterious coast - with a to-die-for cast who bring so much to every character. ”

Here's everything we can reveal about Whitstable Pearl Season 2.

'Whitstable Pearl' season 2 release date

Whitstable Pearl season 2 starts filming in February 2022, so it's far too early for a release date. We intend to update this page on Whitstable Pearl Season 2 as soon as we hear.  The series will exclusively premiere on Acorn TV in North America, New Zealand, Australia and the UK.

You can still catch Season 1 of Whitstable Pearl on Acorn TV in the UK and the US. 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. You can also get Whitstable Pearl through Acorn TV on Amazon Prime (for extra charge).

'Whitstable Pearl' season 2 — where the first series left us

Whitstable Pearl season 1 follows Pearl Nolan, who runs a successful seafood restaurant in her hometown of Whitstable in Kent but deep down hankers to be a detective. However, when she comes across the dead body of her friend Vinnie, she sets herself up as a PI and teams up with out-of-town detective DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles) to solve Vinnie’s death and other murders in the picturesque seaside town. 

The show was adapted from the best-selling novels The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare by Julie Wassmer and there are plenty more Whitstable Pearl novels in the series just crying out to be adapted for television, so it looks like it might be good news for fans... 

If you haven’t finished the series yet then be warned because there are some major spoilers on this page. Here we look at where the first series left off and what we know so far about a possible Whitstable Pearl season 2…. 

In the last episode of Whitstable Pearl season 1 we saw Pearl investigating the death of her father Flash. Her mother Dolly (played by Frances Barber) was resolutely tight-lipped about his life and death and it emerged that Flash was not the hero Pearl always thought he was.

Along with Mike, Pearl discovers that Flash wasn’t murdered and instead committed suicide. However, Mike’s inability to switch off from work left Pearl feeling used and she called time on their fledgling, if somewhat tumultuous, relationship. Viewers were left dismayed that their union ended before it really began, so here’s hoping Whitstable Pearl season 2 season will see them reunite. 

'Whitstable Pearl' - Frances Barber joins Kerry Godliman.

Frances Barber joins Kerry Godlman again in 'Whitstable Pearl' season 2? (Image credit: Acorn TV)

'Whitstable Pearl' season 2 cast — Kerry Godliman, Haorad Charles and Frances Barber return

In Whitstable Pearl Kerry Godliman is reprising her role as Pearl. “I’m delighted to get the chance to play Pearl for a second series," Kerry says. "She’s such a rich character to dive into and I adore her passion for Whitstable, justice and oysters…and maybe a certain DCI too. Can’t wait!”

Given how she's spoken about the show in the past it’s clear it remains close to her heart. “There is humour in Whitstable Pearl, but it isn’t overly earnest, and I love a whodunit,” Kerry said. “I’d never played a lead but I loved it.” 

Pearl's cases overlap with Mike McGuire's police investigations. Their relationship is charged by a determination to outdo each other, and a fiery mutual attraction. When they compete, sparks fly and tempers flare. When they work together, they make one hell of a team. The last episode saw Mike walk drive away from Pearl after she told him she needed space. But despite their on-off relationship which had us all hooked, Mike does return, and is played once again by The Musketeers star Howard Charles. 

Doctor Who star Frances Barber also returns as the frivolous but loveable Dolly. And Rohan Ned was also a fan favourite playing Pearl’s son Charlie, so he looks set to be appearing in any new series as well. 

Whitstable Pearl star Howard Charles.

Mike returns to season 2!  'Whitstable Pearl' star Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

Whitstable Pearl Season 2 novels

There are seven novels in the Whitstable Pearl Mysteries collection by Julie Wassmer (opens in new tab), who was also a screen writer on London’s Burning, Family Affairs and EastEnders. The first series only covered The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare, so the plots of the other five novels are still up for grabs! The second of the novels, Murder-on-Sea sees a guest collapse at a Christmas charity church fundraiser, for which Pearl is providing the mulled wine. Did she put a bit too much alcohol in the festive tipple or is something more sinister afoot? 

Whitstable Peal authour Julie Wassmer with Kerry Godliman during a break in filming.

'Whitstable Pearl' author Julie Wassmer with Kerry Godliman during a break in filming. (Image credit: Acorn TV)

Is there a 'Whitstable Pearl' Season 2 trailer?

Acorn has released a trailer yet for Whitstable Pearl Season 2 as filming has yet to begin. But do catch up with Season 1's trailer below...

'Whitstable Pearl' Season 2 — what else we know

Whitstable Pearl Season 2 begins filming in Kent from February 2022, using many of the same locations as Season 1.

Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, shared, “Pearl was an instant favorite for the Acorn TV audience and one of our top performers of 2021 in multiple territories. Acorn Media Enterprises is excited to bring another adaptation of Julie Wassmer’s captivating seaside mysteries to the small screen. Also, we’re delighted to have Kerry Godliman resume the lead role, ushering us through additional nuances of this now beloved character and new parts of Whitstable’s picturesque setting.”

 Tony Wood and Richard Tulk-Hart, joint CEOs of Buccaneer Media said “We are thrilled to see the world of Whitstable Pearl coming back. The response to season one was more than we could have hoped for and now the audience knows the main characters, we can build on the parts of the show we know worked best. Our hope is to see Pearl solving cases for years to come.”

 The producer of the series is Letitia Knight. Executive Producers are Tony Wood, Anna Burns and Richard Tulk-Hart for Buccaneer, Catherine Mackin for Acorn Media Enterprises, Øystein Karlsen and Julie Wassmer.

Nicholas Cannon
TV Content Director on TV Times, What's On TV and TV & Satellite Week

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, film and sports 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. Outside of work I swim every morning, support Charlton Athletic football club and get nostalgic about TV shows Cagney & Lacey, I Claudius, Dallas and Tenko. I'm totally on top of everything good coming up too.