Magpie Murders, which made its debut on BritBox last year and has recently wrapped up airing on BBC One, has captivated lovers of the crime fiction genre with Anthony Horowitz’s fresh perspective on the subject.
In the show, Lesley Manville plays editor Susan Ryeland, who investigates the mysterious death of novelist Alan Conway (whose character Atticus Pünd is played by Timothy McMullen). But now that the first season has concluded airing in its entirety, will Susan and Atticus return for a sequel?
Read on to find out everything you need to know about season 2 of Magpie Murders.
Will There Be a Second Season of “The Magpie Murders?”
Yes, indeed! The BBC bought the BritBox series and announced in January that they will be making a second season of the show, titled Moonflower Murders. Season 2 likely probably be adapted from the second book in Anthony Horowitz’s Susan Ryeland series, also titled Susan Ryeland. In that book, Susan was a resident of Crete and was looking into a murder that had occurred nine years prior.
When the acquisition and renewal were announced, Horowitz was quoted as saying, “I’m very happy that Magpie Murders is going to be shown on the BBC – it’s a natural home.” The screenplays were a blast to write, and the director and cast did a fantastic job of bringing them to life.
As for the scripts for Moonflower Murders, Horowitz added, “I can’t wait to get started on them. The audience’s reaction to Magpie was great, and I can say from the heart that I enjoyed giving life to the characters of Susan Ryeland and Atticus Pünd. The second novel is full of twists and turns, including one that I’ve never used before in a murder mystery of mine. I think you’re going to have a blast.
Magpie Murders Season 2 Release Date
There is currently no confirmed date or timeframe for the release of Season 2 of “Magpie Murders” in the United States. Between seasons 1 and 2, the series is undergoing some behind-the-scenes changes as the BBC has purchased the rights to air the show moving forward.
According to the BBC’s acquisition announcement, production on the new season will begin in 2023. Season 2’s official premiere on BBC in the UK has similarly been penciled in for 2024.
It’s likely that American viewers will have to wait many months after the UK release for the series’ official launch in their region if the upcoming season of “Magpie Murders” follows in the same pattern as the first.
However, it appears like all fans of the series will have to wait until at least 2024 for new content, and that’s being generous. However, it will almost certainly be one of the most anticipated TV shows of 2024.
Who Will Be in the Second Season of Magpie Murders?
Casting details for Season 2 of “Magpie Murders” are currently scant. There has been no official word on whether or not Season 1’s supporting actors like Daniel Mays, Michael Maloney, or Conleth Hill will be back for the sequel. The new season of “Magpie Murders” has not yet been cast, but that doesn’t mean we don’t know who might be involved.
It has been revealed that the original cast members from Season 1 of “Magpie Murders” will return for the upcoming second season, despite the series’ recent acquisition by BBC.
According to the BBC’s statement, series regulars Lesley Manville (who plays editor-turned-detective Susan Ryeland) and Timothy McMullan (who plays fictitious sleuth Atticus Pünd) will return to take the helm in Season 2. It’s anyone’s guess what mix of returning and new faces will join the duo this time around, given the new locale and major mystery for Season 2.
What Happens in the Second Season of Magpie Murders?
The second season of “The Magpie Murders” will continue the story from where it left off in the first. The murder of famous novelist Alan Conway was solved by Lesley Manville’s character Susan Ryeland by the end of the first season after many unsettling details were disclosed.
The case may be closed, but Season 2 looks set to feature more of Susan’s investigation and more of Alan’s literary legacy.
The novel “Moonflower Murders” is the sequel to “Magpie Murders,” hence the new title hints that the second season will be based on that book. In this tale set in the future, Susan has packed up and moved to Crete, Greece.
After a witness to a crime that happened roughly ten years ago mysteriously disappears from a nearby hotel, the editor begins to investigate the case. The mysterious death of Alan has been linked to an unexpected connection.
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According to the BBC’s official statement, additional details about the plot of the follow-up series will be released at a later time. However, if the first season of “Magpie Murders” is any indication, “Moonflower Murders” season two will be a faithful adaptation of the book.
Where to Watch Season 1 of “The Magpie Murders”?
Season 2 of “Magpie Murders” is getting closer and some viewers may want to rewatch the first season to get caught up before the new episodes arrive. Thankfully, there are a few options for viewing it online.
“Magpie Murders” can be viewed in its entirety by those who subscribe to Amazon Prime Video and have access to the PBS Masterpiece channel. Alternative viewing options for “Magpie Murders” include the PBS Video app for viewing on a variety of devices and on-demand viewing options.
Magpie Murders is returning for a second season, likely adapted from the second book in Anthony Horowitz’s Susan Ryeland series. Production on the new season will begin in 2023 and its official premiere on BBC in the UK is scheduled for 2024.
The second season of “Magpie Murders” will feature more of Susan Ryeland’s investigation and Alan Conway’s literary legacy, based on the novel “Moonflower Murders”. Season 2 of “Magpie Murders” will be a faithful adaptation of the book, with original cast members Lesley Manville and Timothy McMullan returning to take the helm.
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