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Whitstable Pearl
Based onThe Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance at Oare
by Julie Wassmer
Developed byØystein Karlsen
ComposerCarly Paradis
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Øystein Karlsen
  • Julie Wassmer
(For Acorn Media Enterprises):
  • Catherine Mackin
  • Bea Tammer
(For Buccaneer Media):
  • Anna Burns
  • Nadia Jaynes
  • Richard Tulk-Hart
  • Tony Wood
  • Guy Hescott
  • Brett Wilson
Running time46–49 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkAcorn TV
Release24 May 2021 (2021-05-24) –

Whitstable Pearl is a British crime drama television series broadcast and produced by Acorn TV, based on the novels by Julie Wassmer.[1] The show's third series began production in March 2024.


Pearl Nolan, single mother of a grown son, is a private detective who, together with her mum, runs the Whitstable Pearl, a seafood restaurant in the coastal town of Whitstable.[1][2] When a friend dies under suspicious circumstances, Pearl finds herself in conflict with gruff new-cop-in-town, detective Mike McGuire.[3][4]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Kerry Godliman as Pearl Nolan, a single mum who runs the Whitstable Pearl
  • Howard Charles as DCI Mike McGuire, a dour police detective who moves to Whitstable from London
  • Frances Barber as Dolly Nolan, Pearl's widowed mother and co-manager of the Whitstable Pearl[1]



The first season of Whitstable Pearl was filmed in Kent from October 2020 to January 2021. The majority of the filming took place in Whitstable, including at the harbour, the yacht club, and the beach. Various scenes were also shot in Margate, the Port of Ramsgate, Dover, and Hernhill.[5]

Acorn renewed the show for a second, and then third series, which began production in March 2024.[6]


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1624 May 2021 (2021-05-24)21 June 2021 (2021-06-21)
2628 November 2022 (2022-11-28)12 December 2022 (2022-12-12)

Season 1 (2021)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"The Free Waters"David CaffreyØystein Karlsen and Julie Wassmer24 May 2021 (2021-05-24)
Restaurateur and detective Pearl Nolan sets out to sea to look for her friend, fisherman Vinnie Rowe, only to find him drowned on his own boat. She heads the boat back to shore and is questioned by DCI Mike McGuire. Nolan later learns from Vinnie's partner, Connie, that he was in debt to a man named Stroud. She is visited by Vinnie's ex-wife, Tina, who mentions that Stroud could be capable of murder. Stroud's dead body is found in his hotel bathroom, again by Nolan. Tina later goes missing. At the pier, Nolan discovers that Max Azarov's jet ski has scrape marks on it, and she suspects him of killing Vinnie. She confronts Ruby Williams, Max's girlfriend, who reveals that he was involved with drugs. Max arrives and attempts to drown Nolan but is knocked down by his father just as the police arrive. Max and his father are arrested for murdering Vinnie and Stroud, respectively.
22"Random Acts"David CaffreyAlastair Galbraith, Øystein Karlsen, and Julie Wassmer24 May 2021 (2021-05-24)
Property developer Marcus Devlin is mysteriously found bound, gagged, and unconscious in a house, and the police investigate. McGuire struggles to find any relevant evidence. He and Nolan learn that a rival property developer, Joseph Conroy's daughter, Emily Hurst, had a relationship with Devlin, but they can't find a motive. Nolan investigates minor cases, one notably involving misplaced garbage cans, which are later connected to McGuire's case. With Nolan, McGuire learns that the crime is actually related to counterfeit paintings being used to replace authentic ones. Kane Bishop and his art dealer boyfriend, Dimitri, become prime suspects. Nolan and McGuire manage to stop the duo from escaping in the nick of time. McGuire asks Nolan out on a date.
33"Civil War"Jon JonesØystein Karlsen, Mike Walden, and Julie Wassmer31 May 2021 (2021-05-31)
Recently retired police officer Brian Armstrong is shot by a sniper at a civil war reenactment. The police discover that he allegedly cheated on his wife with at least three other women, thereby putting suspicion on her. Armstrong's wife, Heidi, reassures Nolan that she wasn't responsible for her husband's death. Someone attempts to break into Armstrong's house. Nolan discovers that Heidi had an affair with Brian's brother, Kid. McGuire finds Kid unconscious in his own backyard. The suspect, disguised as a doctor, tries to kill Kid, but is hindered by Heidi before the police arrive to arrest him.
44"Disappearance at Oare"Jon JonesMyAnna Buring, Øystein Karlsen, and Julie Wassmer7 June 2021 (2021-06-07)
Pearl Nolan investigates the disappearance of Robert Scott after his widow, Christina, receives a letter saying he is alive. When questioning people involved, including Scott's parents and the church minister, she faces people who see Scott as someone who betrayed them. Nolan is startled to find Scott's girlfriend, Alice, who is back in town to confront Scott's father. After confessing to killing Scott, he tries to attack Alice but is knocked out by his wife. Nolan invites McGuire to a Christmas celebration at her restaurant.
55"A Cup O' Kindness"Chanya ButtonRachel Flowerday, Øystein Karlsen, and Mike Walden14 June 2021 (2021-06-14)
Lynsey Mills takes her daughter Chloe out on a boat trip after she feels ill, as advised by her mother, Rosie. After her husband, Jamie, finds out, Chloe calls him and informs him that their boat has sunk, and the coast guard is called. A confrontation happens back on land between Jamie and one of the rescuers. Rosie suspects that the boat was tampered with and has Nolan investigate. A boat at the Mills' sailing club is sabotaged. Nolan sneaks out to observe the club at night, discovering Chloe to be the culprit, and convinces her to not repeat another offence. After having eaten a bite of Chloe's sandwich earlier, Nolan throws up and realises that Rosie poisoned it. She rushes to her house, where Rosie and the Mills are having dinner. Nolan deduces that Rosie couldn't let Lynsey go when she grew older, and did the same to Chloe. At the New Year's party, McGuire and Nolan share a kiss.
66"The Man on the Blue Plaque"Chanya ButtonØystein Karlsen, Mike Walden, and Julie Wassmer21 June 2021 (2021-06-21)
The discovery of a skull leads to the reemergence of an old mystery personally close to Nolan, as the skull is identified as that of her father, Flash. Her relationship with McGuire is strained as he conducts the investigation, notably putting her mother under suspicion. Having eventually grown tired of secrets, Nolan decides to uncover the truth as well. McGuire and Martell follow Dolly to a beach hut, where Nolan later discovers letters written by her father. McGuire meets her and tells her about a police report revealing that her father had beaten Dolly. He reads her father's letter, which is revealed to be a suicide note. They later reconcile, but Nolan asks for extra time to get over the recent discovery.

Season 2 (2022)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
71"Babylon"Jon JonesMike Walden28 November 2022 (2022-11-28)
While returning from visiting his young son, Kruz, in France, Whitstable local and former soldier Dan Tomlin crashes his car. When he wakes in the hospital, Dan learns that Kruz had been hiding in the trunk of his vehicle—and he's now gone missing. With his ex-wife accusing him of kidnapping their son, Dan hires Pearl to track him down, and she teams up with Mike to find the missing boy.
82"Night Terrors"Jon JonesMike Walden28 November 2022 (2022-11-28)
Laid up at home with a broken ankle, Mike passes time by observing his neighbours in the complex across the way. After witnessing one man's violent night terrors, Mike becomes convinced that his supposed episodes are part of a plot to murder his wife. When Mike's police colleagues dismiss his concerns, he hires Pearl to do the legwork he can't.
93"The Offer"Jon JonesJess Williams5 December 2022 (2022-12-05)
Molly hires Pearl to find out who's been leaving her threatening notes (and a dead seagull) after she hired estate agent Lauren to sell her just-inherited pub to the highest bidder instead of to a local organization, as her late mother had promised. When the person with the winning bid turns up dead, several Whitstable residents find themselves suspected of murder.
104"The Gumshoe and the Femme Fatale"Matt CarterMike Walden5 December 2022 (2022-12-05)
Pearl is trying to figure out why Natalia, the housekeeper to a reclusive movie star, would attack her employer and then run away after the ageing actress bequeathed the bulk of her estate to Natalia in her new will. It doesn't make sense, especially after Natalia had told Pearl about the will and her fears for both herself and the actress before the attack.
115"Hidden Treasures"UnknownUnknown12 December 2022 (2022-12-12)
It isn't lost on Nikki that Pearl isn't at the crime scene when she and Mike are called to a local shop to investigate a robbery. Meanwhile, Pearl has a different puzzle to solve: strange things have been happening at Dolly's house, so either Dolly is starting to exhibit signs of dementia or someone uninvited has been making themselves at home in her home—on more than one occasion.
126"To Those We Love"UnknownUnknown12 December 2022 (2022-12-12)
Pearl and Ruby are taking a break from serving oysters during a wedding celebration when they discover a dead body. Things don't look good for Pearl when a crime scene tech finds the murder weapon: one of her oyster-shucking knives. Pearl disregards Mike's advice not to get involved and gets hired by one of the suspects to find a mysterious person that no one seems to know.


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  3. ^ Darwish, Meaghan. "Kerry Godliman Teases 'Whitstable Pearl's Mysteries & Provides an 'After Life' Update". TV Insider. Retrieved 13 June 2021.
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  6. ^ |author=Max Goldbart | https://deadline.com/2024/02/whitstable-pearl-season-3-by-acorn-amc-kerry-godliman-1235812101/ |title= 'Whitstable Pearl' Greenlit for Season 3 at AMC's Acorn

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