Gavin & Stacey actor to star in new crime drama

Jen Crothers
·2-min read

From Good Housekeeping

A new crime series created by people behind Downton Abbey, Call The Midwife and Vera has just been announced.

The Chelsea Detective will star Adrian Scarborough, who's best known for Killing Eve and Gavin & Stacey, as Detective Inspector Max Arnold.

The show has been created by Peter Fincham, who was Director of ITV when Downton became a success. He's written one of the show's four episodes, and there's a star-studded team of writers on board, including Glen Laker (Vera), Liz Lake (Call The Midwife).

Here's everything we know so far.

Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images
Photo credit: Tim P. Whitby - Getty Images

The Chelsea Detective: What's it about?

Detective Inspector Max Arnold (Scarborough) plies his trade in Chelsea, uncovering the murky underbelly of a well-heeled borough of London.

Arnold lives on a battered houseboat in one of the most affluent areas of London, and his life contrasts with the crimes he helps solve.

He finds himself investigating at Brompton Cemetery, a garden centre with links to Chelsea FC hooliganism, a family run restaurant and an international school.

Aside from the crime, we follow Arnold's relationship with his estranged wife - as he hopes to move from his boat into her apartment.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

The Chelsea Detective: Who's in it?

As well as Scarborough in the lead role, other names announced so far include BAFTA-winning Anamaria Marcina as his estranged wife Astrid, and Sonita Henry (Luther).

Sonita will play his partner DC Priya Shamsie.

The Chelsea Detective: When is it on?

The series begins filming next month (April) after delays due to the pandemic, and is expected to air in 2022.

The four feature length episodes will each focus on a different case, and will be available on streaming service Acorn TV.

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