Acorn TV has renewed their Ashley Jensen fronted drama Agatha Raisin for a third season. The U.S. streaming service has ordered four feature length episodes for season three – up from the three they ordered for season two. “I am beyond excited to be returning to my high heels with another series of Agatha Raisin with Acorn TV”, said series star Ashley Jensen. “I can’t wait to get started on her next fun and frolicsome journey.”
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).
The four episode third season will consist of adaptations of Agatha Raisin & the Haunted House, Agatha Raisin & the Deadly Dance, Agatha Raisin & the Love from Hell, and Agatha Raisin & the Pig That Turned. [email protected] TV’s Barry Ryan and David Walton return as series producers, while Acorn Media Enterprises boss Catherine Mackin and Company Pictures Michelle Buck are the executive producers. Production on season three gets underway in July 2019. Acorn Media International and All3Media International are handling global sales.
Agatha Raisin began its life on Sky One in the form of one-off movie Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death, before the satcaster ordered an eight episode first season, with Acorn TV co-producing for the U.S. market. Sky cancelled the series in early 2018, prompting Acorn TV to step up and fully commission the second season. Several months later, Sky One did a 180 and acquired the UK rights to season two in a deal with All3Media International. Word is that season two will air on Sky One this coming summer.
“After a groundbreaking year with commissioning the second series of Agatha Raisin as well as London Kills and Queens of Mystery, my colleagues at Acorn TV are thrilled by the continued popularity of Agatha Raisin so it was an easy decision to renew it for a third season with even more episodes”, said Catherine Mackin. “M.C. Beaton and Ashley Jensen have created the world’s most fashionable and entertaining amateur detective. We’re excited to partner with Barry Ryan, David Walton and Michele Buck on another series of one of Britain’s most enjoyable mystery series.”
While Barry Ryan, Executive Producer and Creative Director of [email protected] TV, added: “We are delighted that our partners at Acorn TV have decided to renew Agatha Raisin for a further four feature-length episodes. Even though our instincts told us it would work, the reformat was a gamble. We are excited and overjoyed that it paid off and to be bringing our wonderful cast of characters led by the brilliant Ashley Jensen back for more.”