BBC One Acquires Acorn’s ‘London Kills’ For Daytime Schedule

BBC One has inked a deal with Acorn Media International to acquire both season of Acorn TV’s original UK drama series London Kills, from Suspects creator Paul Marquess, for their daytime schedule.

London Kills sees London serve as the backdrop for a series of murders – all investigated by an elite murder squad that is being led by Detective Inspector David Bradford. As the detectives solve each case, the one mystery David can’t solve is the one most personal to him. His wife has gone missing – is she alive or dead?

The drama series was originally commissioned by Acorn TV back in 2018, shortly after they moved into original commissions by picking up a second season of the former Sky One original Agatha Raisin. It is being produced by Acorn Media Enterprises and PGMTV and stars Hugo Speer (The Musketeers, Father Brown), Sharon Small (Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Trust Me), Bailey Patrick (Casualty, EastEnders) and Tori Allen-Martin.

London Kills joins a slate of high-end dramas on BBC One’s daytime schedule that also includes Father BrownShakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigator and the upcoming The Mallorca Files. “London Kills is a crisp and complex police drama with compelling characters portrayed by a top-notch cast”, said the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisition Sue Deeks, who brokered the deal with Acorn Media International. “Viewers are in for a treat with this series and we’re really looking forward to showing it on the BBC.”

This marks the second UK deal for one of Acorn TV’s wholly commissioned original series. After initially cancelling Agatha Raisin, which prompted Acorn to commission the second season, Sky One did a u-turn and acquired the UK rights to the show’s second season.