Dalgliesh from Acorn TV: your first look at a new series based on the novels of PD James!



Fans of mystery, rejoice !!

There’s a new Acorn TV Original just around the corner, and it’s very, very good.

PD James has written 14 novels based on detective and poet Adam Dalgliesh, and the new series is simply called Dalgliesh.

Bertie Carvel brings the enigmatic yet emotionally intelligent and empathetic Dalgliesh to life in a season set in 1970s England.

Dalgliesh specializes in solving unusual murders. The cases may seem relatively mild, but they unfold in unusual ways and strike a chord with the viewer.

We will first meet Dalgliesh who is investigating the murder of a nursing student poisoned to death during a live training demonstration (death sticks to your skin!).

Another investigation will focus on the murders of a homeless man and a recently resigned Tory MP who had their throats cut in a London church.

Dalgliesh investigation

Dalgliesh will also be called upon to resolve a series of suspicious deaths in a home for the disabled.

As if knowing Dalgliesh came from the announced author James, the series’ lead writer is award-winning writer and playwright Helen Edmundson (Mary Magdalene, An Inspector Calls, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher).

She is joined by a host of behind-the-scenes talent, including writer Stephen Greenhorn (Doctor Who).

Lead director Jill Robertson (Trainspotting) is joined by Andy and Ryan Tohill (The Dig) and Lisa Clarke (Sanditon).

Looks cool on Dalgliesh

Producers include Georgie Fallon (Criminal: UK), Martin Mahon (Game of Thrones) and Emily Russell (Murder in Mind), and executive producer is Elaine Pyke for New Pictures.

Season 1 guest stars include Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), Natasha Little (War of the Worlds) and Mirren Mack (Sex Education).

Making its world premiere on Monday, November 1, 2021, exclusively on Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ acclaimed streaming service specializing in UK and international television, we have your exclusive first preview here.

We’ve also got your first look at the episode titles and premiere dates for each story, which will span a two-episode arc.

Episodes synopsis

Shroud for a nightingale | Episode 1 (November 1): DCI Adam Dalgliesh is sent to a nursing school to investigate the death of Heather Pearce, a student poisoned during a protest. But as he uncovers the secrets that infect the school, will Dalgliesh be able to identify the killer before he strikes again?

Directed by: Jill Robertson
Written and Created for Television by: Helen Edmundson
Produced By: Emily Russell, Martin J. Mahon

The training went very badly

Shroud for a nightingale | Episode 2 (November 1): After the death of another nursing student at Nightingale House, Dalgliesh’s hunt for the murderer escalates. A private patient who died at the on-site hospital may have the answer, but Dalgliesh’s curiosity puts his own life in danger …

Directed by: Jill Robertson
Written and Created for Television by: Helen Edmundson
Produced By: Emily Russell, Martin J. Mahon


The black tower | Episode 1 (November 8)

The black tower | Episode 2 (November 8)

Dalgliesh at work

The taste of death | Episode 1 (November 15)

The taste of death | Episode two (November 15)

If you’re an Anglophile or familiar with the PD James series following Detective Adam Dalgliesh, this should definitely be on your radar.

For those of you who don’t fit that description but love a good mystery or a good drama, now is the time to step aboard to find out what it is!

Carissa Pavlica is an editor and writer and reviewer for TV Fanatic. She is a member of Critics’ Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, chatting with cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film with anyone willing to listen. Follow her on Twitter and email him here at TV Fanatic.



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