Case Histories (TV series)

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Case Histories
Genre Drama
Written by
Directed by Marc Jobst, Dan Zeff
Composer(s) John Keane
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 9
Producer(s) Helen Gregory
Location(s) Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Running time 60 minutes (series 1)
90 minutes (series 2)
Production company(s) Ruby Films
Distributor BBC
Original channel BBC One, through BBC Scotland
Original release 5 June 2011 (2011-06-05) – present
External links

Case Histories is a British drama television series based on the Jackson Brodie detective novels by Kate Atkinson. It stars Jason Isaacs (who had also narrated the abridged audiobook adaptation) as Jackson Brodie.[1]

The series is both set and filmed in Edinburgh.[2] The first series premiered in June 2011 on BBC1 and in October 2011 on PBS. A second series aired in 2013.[3]



Information for this table came from the BBC page for Case Histories[4]

Series 1 (2011)[edit]

The series aired as three 2-part episodes, part one on Sunday and part two the following day, on BBC One at 9pm. On PBS, the series was shown in three two-hour episodes.[5][6]

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate UK viewers
1 1 "Case Histories" - Part 1 Marc Jobst Ashley Pharoah 5 June 2011 (2011-06-05) 6.42
Jackson takes on the case of a girl who went missing 30 years ago. Also a lawyer wants him to find the murderer of his daughter.
2 2 "Case Histories" - Part 2 Marc Jobst Ashley Pharoah 6 June 2011 (2011-06-06) 5.56
Jackson decides to help a mysterious seductress find her niece.
3 3 "One Good Turn" - Part 1 Bill Anderson Matthew Graham[citation needed] 12 June 2011 (2011-06-12) 4.91
Jackson helps a crime novelist who is caught up in a road rage incident.
4 4 "One Good Turn" - Part 2 Bill Anderson Matthew Graham[citation needed] 13 June 2011 (2011-06-13) 4.88
Jackson uncovers the dark secrets of a novelist's holiday in Russia.
5 5 "When Will There Be Good News?" - Part 1 Dan Zeff Peter Harness 19 June 2011 (2011-06-19) 5.03
Jackson is caught up in an accident that brings another lost girl into his life.
6 6 "When Will There Be Good News?" - Part 2 Dan Zeff Peter Harness 20 June 2011 (2011-06-20) 5.00
Jackson tries to find Joanna Hunter before something bad happens.

Series 2 (2013)[edit]

In October 2011, two more two-hour feature-length episodes were approved.[8] In September 2012, the BBC reported that three 90-minute stories were planned for the second series, the first being adapted from Atkinson’s novel Started Early, Took My Dog, and that they would air on BBC One in 2013.[3] The second and third episodes of series 2 are original works.[9] Filming for the second series was on-going in Edinburgh as of mid-October 2012. The series aired from Sunday 19 May 2013 at 8.30pm on BBC One.

# Title Directed by Written by Original airdate UK viewers
7 1 "Started Early, Took My Dog" Kenny Glenaan Peter Harness 19 May 2013 (2013-05-19) 5.47
In the course of helping a young woman locate her parents Jackson finds himself investigating police corruption from the late 1970s.
8 2 "Nobody's Darling" David Richards Emily Ballou 26 May 2013 (2013-05-26) 4.15
Jackson is asked by a grieving mother to investigate the riding death of a young woman that may have been murder.
9 3 "Jackson and the Women" Keith Boak Debbie O'Malley 2 June 2013 (2013-06-02) 4.32
Jackson helps a young man learn how his mother died.



  1. ^ Millar, Paul (26 July 2010), Jason Isaacs to star in new BBC drama, Digital Spy 
  2. ^ Doyle, John (12 October 2011), "When good books are adapted for TV, expect mixed reviews", The Globe and Mail 
  3. ^ a b Victoria Wood joins BBC One’s Case Histories cast alongside Jason Isaacs, a 2 September 2012 article from the BBC Media Centre
  4. ^ "Case Histories". - BBC One Programmes. - BBC.
  5. ^ Wiegand, David (15 October 2011), "'Case Histories' review: Rogue PI in Scotland", San Francisco Chronicle 
  6. ^ Lloyd, Robert (15 October 2011), "Television review: 'Case Histories'", Los Angeles Times 
  7. ^ a b "Weekly Viewing Summary (see relevant week)". BARB. 
  8. ^ Fletcher, Alex (13 October 2011), Jason Isaacs 'Case Histories' to return to BBC One, Digital Spy 
  9. ^ "Case Histories - The acclaimed BBC One drama returns for a second series - Episode synopses" (Press release). BBC. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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