Queens of Mystery

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Queens of Mystery
GenreMurder-mystery, comedy-drama
Created byJulian Unthank
Written by
  • Julian Unthank
  • Matthew Thomas[1]
Directed byIan Emes[2]
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes6 (3 two-part stories)[3] (list of episodes)
Running time45 minutes[4]
Production company(s)Sly Fox Productions, Ferncroft Media[1]
Original networkAcorn TV
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release8 April (2019-04-08) –
22 April 2019 (2019-04-22)
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Queens of Mystery is a British comedy-drama murder-mystery series currently airing on SVOD provider Acorn TV,[2] starring Olivia Vinall as Matilda Stone, a young detective who has been assigned to the constabulary in her fictional hometown village of Wildemarsh in England.[6] There, Matilda is also reunited with her three crime novelist aunts Cat, Beth, and Jane, played by Julie Graham, Sarah Woodward, and Siobhan Redmond.

The first season comprises three separate stories, each split into two 45-minute episodes. Queens of Mystery is Acorn TV's second entirely original production.[7]


Guest stars[edit]


Julie Graham was attracted to the script's portrayal of older women, explaining that "Cat, Jane, and Beth... are all in their fifties... it was a joy to see scenes about authentic females in a family. It's unusual and it's important and of this moment,"[11] while Olivia Vinall said the series "feels really truthful [about] the way the women behave."[11] Graham also called Queens of Mystery "very tongue-in-cheek and cartoonish."[12]

Filming for the first season took place in Kent,[7] specifically in Stone Street in Cranbrook.[13]

Beyond the first season, Queens of Mystery creator and showrunner Julian Unthank has plans for future story arcs.[12]


No.TitleDirected by [14]Written byOriginal air date [4]
1"Murder in the Dark: First Chapter"Ian EmesJulian Unthank8 April 2019 (2019-04-08)
2"Murder in the Dark: Final Chapter"Ian EmesJulian Unthank8 April 2019 (2019-04-08)
3"Death by Vinyl: First Chapter"Jamie Magnus StoneMatthew Thomas15 April 2019 (2019-04-15)
4"Death by Vinyl: Final Chapter"Jamie Magnus StoneMatthew Thomas15 April 2019 (2019-04-15)
5"Smoke and Mirrors: First Chapter"Ian EmesJulian Unthank22 April 2019 (2019-04-22)
6"Smoke and Mirrors: Final Chapter"Ian EmesJulian Unthank22 April 2019 (2019-04-22)

Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times recommended the series due to its "whimsical" tone,[8] noting its "fairy-tale-style omniscient narrator" and comparing it favorably with Pushing Daisies.[3] Writing for TV Insider, Matt Roush found Queens of Mystery to be in the same vein as Murder, She Wrote, yet inferior to sibling Acorn TV series Agatha Raisin.[9]


  1. ^ a b White, Peter (1 August 2018). "Acorn TV Continues Move Into Original Drama With Detective Series 'Queens Of Mystery'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d White, Peter (6 September 2018). "'The Woman In White's Olivia Vinall To Front Acorn TV's Female Detective Drama 'Queens Of Mystery'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Lyons, Margaret (11 April 2019). "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Queens of Mystery Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. ^ Clarke, Stewart (10 April 2019). "ZDF Enterprises Boards Acorn TV Drama 'Queens of Mystery'". Variety. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ "Queens of Mystery". Acorn Media International. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b c Munn, Patrick (6 September 2018). "Julie Graham, Siobhan Redmond, Sarah Woodward & Olivia Vinall To Star In Acorn TV's 'Queens Of Mystery'". TVWise. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b Shattuck, Kathryn (6 April 2019). "The Week in Arts: The Criterion Channel, Charlotte Gainsbourg and 'Queens of Mystery'". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  9. ^ a b Roush, Matt (8 April 2019). "Worth Watching: Acorn's 'Queens of Mystery,' 'Jesus' as Seen by Judas and Pilate, 'Hostile' Ocean Life, the NCAA Championship". TV Insider. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  10. ^ Cain, Brooke (8 April 2019). "What to Watch on Monday: NCAA Championship game, 'Queens of Mystery' makes US debut". The News & Observer. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  11. ^ a b Brodie, Anne (5 April 2019). "Julie Graham and Olivia Vinall talk Acorn TV's Queens of Mystery". What She Said. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  12. ^ a b Ingham, Alexandria (4 April 2019). "Queens of Mystery star Julie Graham talks about murder mysteries and Cat Stone". Fansided. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  13. ^ Pyman, Tom (19 October 2018). "Queens of Mystery TV series being filmed in Cranbrook". Kent Online. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  14. ^ Bylykbashi, Kaltrina (1 August 2018). "Acorn TV commissions Brit drama Queens of Mystery". Television Business International. Retrieved 14 April 2019.

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