We’re big fans of crime drama here at Acorn but, did you know that some of your favourite shows are based on popular novels?


Agatha Raisin: The Quiche of Death follows an outspoken and opinionated PR whizz who has left London and retired to the sleepy Cotswold village of Carsley for the life she’s always dreamed of. However, murder, mystery and intrigue seem to follow her wherever she goes and she soon becomes embroiled in solving cases, having a gift for uncovering the locals’ secrets. The programme is based on the much-loved novel by M.C. Beaton who has written over 25 Agatha Raisin stories! Starring Ashley Jensen, we suggest you check out this title before the new series starts later this year on Sky1.


We couldn’t talk about crime novels and not mention another Agatha, Agatha Christie of course! Christie’s works have been adapted for the screen since 1928 and the latest novel to get the small screen treatment is And Then There Were None. Based on the novel of the same name, it follows ten strangers who are drawn to a mysterious mansion off the Devon coast. They soon find themselves stranded, each accused of a wicked crime for which they now must pay. The programme boasts an enviable cast including Charles Dance, Aidan Turner, Sam Neil, Miranda Richardson and Douglas Booth. We guarantee you’ll be on the edge of your seat while watching it!


The Inspector Montalbano series is based on the much-loved novels by Sicilian author Andrea Camilleri. Set in the fictional town of Vigata, the programme follows the likeable inspector Salvo Montalbano as he contends with devious criminals, corrupt politicians and femmes fatales, while often failing to resist the qualities of fine Italian cuisine. The show is so popular that a spin-off series, Young Montalbano, was created who has all the integrity but less of the experience of his older, possibly wiser, self. 


Midsomer Murders is based on the Caroline Graham’s Chief Inspector Barnaby book series and has been broadcast on ITV since 1997! Now in its 18th series, the show is set in the idyllic surrounding of Midsomer County where DCI John Barnaby makes it his mission to uncover a number of sophisticated killings. Neil Dudgeon joined the show in 2011 as John Barnaby following the departure of John Nettles who played his older cousin. The programme has attracted a loyal following with fans being outraged when an episode, Habeas Corpus, didn’t feature a murder! 


Inspector Montalbano