Months After Cancelling It, Sky One Acquires ‘Agatha Raisin’

Well we’ve come full circle with Agatha Raisin. Months after Sky One officially cancelled the series, prompting U.S. co-production partner Acorn TV to step up and fully commission a second season, Sky One has pre-bought the UK rights to the new season. The deal was struck between Sky and international distributor All3Media International. Sky has also taken rights to the new season in Eire.

Agatha Raisin began its life on Sky in the form of one-off movie Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death, before the satcaster ordered an eight episode first season. They officially pulled the plug earlier this year and at the time Acorn made it clear that Sky were not involved. The second season, consisting of six episodes, is expected to air either later this year or early next year.

Based on the novels by M.C. Beaton, Agatha Raisin follows PR guru Agatha Raisin, who gives up her successful career in London for a new “dream” life in the quiet village of Carsely, but soon becomes an amateur sleuth, entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder. The drama series is produced by Acorn Media Enterprises in association with Company Pictures and [email protected] and stars Ashley Jensen (Catastrophe), Mathew Horne (Gavin and Stacey), Matt McCooey (Doctors) and Katy Wix (Torchwood).

In the show’s six episode second season, having cleared herself of murdering her ex-husband, Agatha (Ashley Jensen, Catastrophe) returns from a disastrous trip to Cyprus. James (Jamie Glover, Endeavour) has gone AWOL. Once again, she is alone in the village of Carsely. The new episodes are based on the Beaton novels The Wizard of Evesham, The Curious Curate and The Fairies of Fryham, which were adapted by Julia Gilbert, Chris Murray and Chris Niel. Barry Ryan, David Walton and Guy Hescott are the producers, while Company Pictures’ Michele Buck executive produces.