Acorn’s new original TV drama “The Chelsea Detective,” starring Adrian Scarborough, will premiere on February 7th


Well-known actor Adrian Scarborough (Kill Eve, Gavin & Stacey, The king’s speech, 1917) stars in the all-new Acorn TV original drama The Chelsea detective.

The four-part show will make its NZ TV debut on Monday, February 7, 2022, exclusively on Acorn TV, with later episodes following weekly on Mondays.

If you walk along the Thames in Chelsea, you can spot Detective Inspector Max Arnold (Scarborough), who after breaking up with his art dealer Astrid (Anamaria Marinca – 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days; Intercourse), just a few meters from some of the most valuable real estate in Europe. Chelsea is a beautiful part of town for beautiful people, but it has a dark side of deprivation, violence, greed – and murder. Corpses show up and things are rarely what they seem, but Max’s determination and ingenuity mean he will find a way to uncover the truth and bring those responsible to justice – regardless of their wealth or status.

DC Arnold and his loyal colleague Streatham née DC Priya Shamsie played by Sonita Henry (Luther, Krypton) examine the following cases in the course of the first series:

  • The death of a stonemason on the London Underground leads Max into what at first glance appears to be real life. The victim was a lonely, pious, and restless man who believed he was haunted by a spirit that left him vengeful biblical messages. Could a real explanation be found if they reveal the truth of his life – illegal drugs, bribery, broken family relationships, and a man tormented by a terrible secret?
  • A social media sensation and the wife of a restaurateur is reported missing. When the race for her alive turns into a homicide investigation, Max gets caught up in an explosive mixture of family politics and tensions over the running of her Chelsea restaurant.
  • A popular local security guard is found stabbed to death on a wasteland and leaves his terminally ill wife behind. The evidence initially points to a drug deal gone wrong, but Max and Priya soon discover that nothing about their victim’s life is as it appears in an investigation ranging from the luxury homes of the super-rich to drug dealers on the street corner.
  • A teacher at a prestigious international school is found murdered in his own home shortly before moving to Japan. If you scratch the surface, it turns out that there is no shortage of suspects in the murder of this apparently popular man, from enemy colleagues to angry parents.

Created by Emmy® Award winning Peter Fincham (The lost prince, Smack the Pony, I’m Alan Partridge), the full-length episodes are performed by Glen Laker (Vera, main suspect),
Peter Fincham and Liz Lake (Riviera, call the midwife). The series producer is Ella Kelly (Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders). The directors are Richard Signy (Death in paradise, silent witness) and Darcia Martin (Call the midwife, Judge John Deed). The series will also premiere on Acorn TV in Australia and New Zealand on February 7, and in the US and Canada in 2022.

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