The TV adaptation of a murder-mystery novel set in an idyllic Buckinghamshire town is coming to the small screen in just a few days.

Anticipation has been building for the Drama channel's adaptation of The Marlow Murder Club since TV crews descended upon the town last summer to depict Robert Thorogood's vision of murderous intent lurking beneath Marlow's picturesque surface as authentically as possible.

The series will air in two segments on the Drama channel this week, and, in preparation, we've compiled a list of everything you need to know ahead of switching on your TV, sitting back and enjoying some good old cosy crime. Read on below!

When will it air?

The first episode of The Marlow Murder Club will air on Wednesday, March 6, at 8pm on the Drama channel, with the second instalment following suit on Thursday, March 7.

What's it about?

The brainchild of Death in Paradise screenwriter Robert Thorogood, The Marlow Murder Club follows retiree and crossword creator Judith Potts as she recruits two new friends to help her solve the mysterious death of her neighbour across the Thames.

Thorogood has written three books in The Marlow Murder Club series, with the latest - The Queen of Poisons - hitting shelves in January of this year. The TV series will only cover the first novel, published in 2021, but keep your eyes peeled for other adaptations in the works. 

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Who's in it?

The series stars Samantha Bond of Downton Abbey and 007 fame as Judith, alongside Doctor Who's Jo Martin, The Sandman's Cara Horgan and Natalie Dew, who you may recognise from the West End's Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical.

It was written entirely by Robert Thorogood and directed by Steve Barron.

Where was it shot?

The Marlow Murder Club was exclusively filmed in its titular town and on soundstages at Wycombe Film Studios, and eagle-eyed viewers will be able to spot town landmarks including the bridge and All Saints Church in trailers for the series. 

TV crews camped out in Marlow last summer and filmed at locations including Higginson Park, the All Saints Church graveyard and even inside the Town Council building after councillors kindly agreed to vacate the premises for a week!


Speaking to the Free Press in January, Thorogood compared Marlow to St Mary Mead, the fictional home of Agatha Christie's unassuming elderly sleuth Miss Marple, and described it as the "perfect setting" for cosy crime.

He said: "On the surface, (Marlow) is this perfect chocolate box town with all these wonderful organisations, and the joy is in taking all of that respectability and suggesting that it's full of nasty, murder-y people."

The Marlow Murder Club will be available to watch on catch-up via the UKTV Play app.