Agatha Raisin is a British comedy drama broadcast on Sky 1. Initially a pilot during the 2014 Christmas season, this week it hit our screens again for an eight-part series of murder mysteries based on the novels by MC Beaton.
The main premise of the first episode, entitled ‘The Walkers of Dembley’ revolves around the murder of a local walker, who is killed in a field owned by local man, Sir Charles Fraith (Jason Merrells, Waterloo Road), after he comes to blows with a group of walkers trespassing in his land. Charles protests his innocence and that’s when Agatha jumps on the case, posing as a married couple with the handsome James Lacey (Jamie Glover, also of Waterloo Road) to go undercover in the murder victim’s walking group.
Ashley Jensen returns as title character Agatha Raisin, an amateur sleuth living in the Costworlds. Jensen plays the role very well; she’s witty, funny, intelligent and everything you want in a main character, her chemistry with the other characters is also nothing short of perfect, particularly with James Lacey and Matthew Horne’s character Roy, which makes it a delight to watch and also very amusing!
In addition to this, the writing and general flow of the episode is very good. The amount of comedic dialogue is endless and it is extremely funny to watch, from the witty dialogue to the strong acting. It works perfectly and never falls flat. The storyline flows very well, with the transitions of the plot being very sharp, leaving no time for irrelevant scenes that drag out the real premise of the story- which is always a good thing.
Overall, Agatha Raisin is a very easy and enjoyable watch, a kind of Midsomer Murders and Hot Fuzz hybrid, with a strong cast and some very amusing and likable characters, along with all the elements of a jolly good murder mystery too!
Dir: Simon Morris
Scr: Sam Costin
Cast: Ashley Jensen, Jamie Glover, Lucy Liemen, Matt McCooey, Matthew Horne, Jason Merrells.
Prd: Sarah Didsball
Runtime: 45 Minutes
Agatha Raisin, Tuesdays at 9pm on Sky 1.