Eagle-eyed viewers – and, for detective dramas, we should assume that’s the majority – may have noticed a small detail in an early episode of the long-running ITV series Midsomer Murders. “You’ll see one of the characters reading a book called Magpie Murders. At that point, I hadn’t written it, but I got the book made up into a prop anyway,” Anthony Horowitz, writer of both, told the RTS.
A behind the scenes look at BritBox UK's upcoming crime series Magpie Murders.
On the panel, moderated by host Caroline Frost, are writer of the series and original novel Anthony Horowitz, producer Jill Green, director Peter Cattaneo and stars Lesley Manville, Daniel Mays and Tim McMullan.
BritBox has the biggest set of British boxsets from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and will now debut originals A Spy Among Friends, The Beast Must Die, Crime and Magpie Murders.
A Spy Among Friends is set to be a limited series based on the novel of the same name by Ben Macintyre and explores a world of espionage and duplicity in the time of the Cold War.