BBC One has ordered new hybrid daytime format Armchair Detectives, which blends elements of a murder mystery drama and a gameshow. Susan Calman, who is gearing up for the new series of Strictly Come Dancing, will host. This marks the second daytime show for the Scottish comedian, who also fronts The Boss for BBC One.
“I’m so excited to be presenting Armchair Detectives for BBC One Daytime”, Susan Calman said in a statement. “I love a TV crime drama and now I get to help the British public and the contestants in the studio solve one! I can’t wait to get started and get solving!”
Armchair Detectives transports three players and viewers at home to the fictional town of Mortcliff where a dastardly crime has been committed. Their task: to discover whodunnit. Indie Tiger Aspect Productions, who developed the show, are producing. Carly Brooks is the series producer, while Richard Ackerman executive produces.
“Susan’s mischievous sense of humour and background as a lawyer gives her means, motive and opportunity to be the perfect host for this dramatic new whodunnit show”, said Jo Street, the BBC’s Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and Daytime, who commissioned the series alongside Controller of Programming & Daytime Dan McGolpin.