Moonflower Murders: Lesley Manville as Susan Ryeland

Moonflower Murders – first look and new cast for the Horowitz sequel

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The show sees Lesley Manville and Timothy McMullan return as Susan Ryeland and Atticus Pünd.

The BBC have released first look images from its upcoming adaptation of Anthony Horowitz’s 2020 novel Moonflower Murders.

Moonflower Murders: Lesley Manville as Susan Ryeland and Timothy McMullan as Atticus Pünd
Lesley Manville as Susan Ryeland and Timothy McMullan as Atticus Pünd

The six-part series is a sequel to Magpie Murders, which the BBC aired earlier this year.

Anthony Horowitz adapts his own novel, with Rebecca Gatward (Bad Sisters) directing. The series produced is Suzanne McAuley (Magpie Murders), and the executive producer is Jill Green.

Moonflower Murders

Susan has left publishing and is living in Crete with her long-time boyfriend, Andreas. But her idyll is disturbed by the shadow of a murder committed at a British country hotel eight years ago. Alan Conway visited the hotel and wrote a novel based on what happened there. Cecily Treherne, the young woman who helps run the hotel, read the book and believed the wrong man had been arrested. Now she has disappeared.

Can Susan uncover the secret hidden in the book and find Cecily before it is too late?

Lesley Manville is back as book editor turned sleuth Susan Ryeland, with Timothy McMullan reprising the famous literary detective Atticus Pünd. Also returning are Alexandros Logothetis, Daniel Mays, Claire Rushbrook, Conleth Hill, Matthew Beard and Sanjeev Kohli.

Moonflower Murders: Rosalie Craig as Lisa/Melissa
Rosalie Craig as Lisa/Melissa
Moonflower Murders: Mark Gatiss as Parris/Berlin
Mark Gatiss as Parris/Berlin

Joining the ensemble for Moonflower Murders are Mark Gatiss (Sherlock), Rosalie Craig (The Queen’s Gambit), Pippa Bennett-Warner (Gangs of London) and Adrian Rawlins (Slow Horses).

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 adds:

“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.”

Moonflower Murders is a co-Production of Eleventh Hour Films for MASTERPIECE and BBC in association with Salt Films.

In the US, the show will be available to stream in the US on, the PBS App and the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel. In the UK, it’s coming to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

There’s no date announced for Moonflower Murders yet – we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can stream Magpie Murders on BBC iPlayer.