Sky1 has rounded out the cast for their upcoming Christmas drama Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death.
Hermione Norris (Spooks), Robert Bathurst (Downton Abbey), Katy Wix (Not Going Out), Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey), Jamie Glover (Waterloo Road), James Barnett and Matt McCooey have all been cast in the 90 minute drama, which is being toplined by The Escape Artist star Ashley Jensen.
Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death follows PR guru Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen), who gives up her successful career in London for a new “dream” life in the quiet village of Carsely, but soon finds it’s not quite the picture-perfect existence she imagined, and that the locals might not be quite ready for Agatha’s own brand of feisty straight talking. When she inadvertently becomes a suspect in a murder case, Agatha must enlist the few allies she can find to set about clearing her name and earn the respect of her fellow villagers by solving the mystery of the quiche of death.
Hermione Norris has been cast as Jo Cummings Brown, a long-suffering village housewife and Amateur Detective devotee; Robert Bathurst as Andy Cummings Brown, Jo’s errant husband; Katy Wix as Gemma Simpson, Agatha’s suffer-no-fools cleaning lady; Mathew Horne as Roy Silver, Agatha’s faithful former assistant from her days of PR in London; Jamie Glover as James, Agatha’s would-be romantic interest; Jason Barnett as the hapless Detective Inspector Wilkes; and Matt McCooey as Detective Constable Bill Wong, the lovelorn local policeman.
The one-off drama is based on the novel series by M C Beaton and was written by Treasure Island scribe Stewart Harcourt. Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death is being produced by Endeavour indie Mammoth Screen and Free@Last TV, who developed the drama alongside Raydar Media. Matthew Mulot is set as the producer and Geoff Sax is attached to direct. The executive producers are Stewart Harcourt Cameron Roach, Helen Gregory, Michele Buck, Karen Thrussell, Barry Ryan and Kathleen Hutchison. Production is now underway for a Christmas 2014 premiere. Sky Vision is handling international distribution.