First-look images have been unveiled for Moonflower Murders, a forthcoming drama adapted from the best-selling novel by Anthony Horowitz, CBE. Additionally, new cast members were announced.

The six-part series is penned by Horowitz, directed by Rebecca Gatward (Bad Sisters), with Suzanne McAuley (Magpie Murders) serving as the series producer and Jill Green and Eleventh Hour Films as executive producers. Moonflower Murders acts as a sequel to the acclaimed Magpie Murders, which premiered on BBC One and BBC iPlayer earlier this year, attracting 6.4 million viewers.

Reprising their roles from Magpie Murders are Academy Award-nominee Lesley Manville (The Crown, Phantom Thread, Mum) as Susan Ryeland, the book editor turned sleuth, and Timothy McMullan (Patrick Melrose, The Crown) as the renowned literary detective Atticus Pünd.

Joining Manville and McMullan are returning members of the Magpie Murders cast, including Alexandros Logothetis (The Island, Exelixi) as Andreas, Daniel Mays (Des, The Long Shadow) as Locke/Chubb, Claire Rushbrook (Sherwood, Wilderness) as Kate, Conleth Hill (The Power of Parker, Game of Thrones) as Alan Conway, Matthew Beard (Vienna Blood, Dracula) as James, and Sanjeev Kohli (River City, Dog Squad) as Sajid Khan.

New additions to the cast comprise Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Nolly) as Parris/Berlin, Rosalie Craig (Anatomy of A Scandal, The Queen’s Gambit) as Lisa/Melissa, Pippa Bennett-Warner (A Bit of Light, Gangs of London) as Madeline, and Adrian Rawlins (Slow Horses, Living) as Lawrence/Lance.

Lesley Manville says: “I had an incredible time returning to the role of the smart and feisty Susan Ryeland. Anthony Horowitz has written another ingenious adaptation and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Anthony Horowitz says: “I’ve been watching the filming of Moonflower Murders with joy. We’re back with the same cast, including Lesley Manville, Tim McMullan and Danny Mays – but this time we’ve got a whole new box of tricks to present as literary editor Susan Ryeland untangles another book within a book and another series of unfathomable murders. I can’t wait to show it to our audience.”

Sue Deeks, Head of Programme Acquisition for the BBC, says: “‘Moonflower Murders is a gloriously entertaining, inventive and original ‘mystery within a mystery within a disappearance’ – it is simply irresistible.”

Moonflower Murders is the second installment in Horowitz’s Susan Ryeland series, published in 2020 and praised by the New York Times as “a richly plotted, head-spinning novel.” The narrative picks up from where Magpie Murders concluded, with Susan now living in Crete with her boyfriend Andreas. However, her tranquility is disrupted by a murder shadowing a British country hotel eight years prior, as depicted in a novel by Alan Conway. Cecily Treherne, involved in running the hotel, read the book and believes the wrong man was arrested. Now, she has vanished.

The storyline revolves around Susan’s quest to unravel the secrets concealed in the book and locate Cecily before it’s too late.

Filming for Moonflower Murders occurred in Dublin and Crete. The series will be available for streaming in the US on PBS.org, the PBS App, and the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel. In the UK, it will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Moonflower Murders is a co-production of Eleventh Hour Films for MASTERPIECE and BBC in association with Salt Films. Worldwide distribution is handled by Sony Pictures Television and PBS Distribution in North America.