Here’s some excellent news – this month BritBox started adapting ML Longworth’s crime novels into a series titled Murder In Provence. The series consists of three feature-length episodes (90 mins), starring Roger Allam, Nancy Carroll, and Keala Settle.
Allam stars as Antoine Verlaque, Investigating Judge in Aix-en Provence, while Carroll is his romantic partner Marine Bonnet. Together, they investigate the murders, mysteries, and dark underbelly of their idyllic home in the south of France. Their efforts are aided by Hélène, a detective and Antoine’s trusted confidante.
Canadian author Longworth has written eight Verlaque & Bonnet novels, the first of which is Aix-en-Provence-set Death at the Château. Verlaque and Bonnet unravel the mysterious case of local nobleman Etienne de Bremont, who falls to his death from his family château.
The series is being adapted for the screen by renowned playwright Shelagh Stephenson, who also the BBC Radio 4 drama How Does That Make You Feel? in which Allam plays the inept politician Richard Fallon MP during his weekly psychotherapist visit. Murder In Provence is directed by Chloe Thomas and produced by Grainne Marmion. Executive producers are Debra Hayward, Alison Owen, and Alison Carpenter. Stephenson and Allam also serve as executive producers.
Owen said: “The pairing of Roger Allam and Nancy Carroll as Antoine and Marine is just delicious and promises sparring and fun as they solve crimes in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.”
The Olivier Award-winning duo have worked together previously in David Hare’s The Moderate Soprano, which was originally staged at the Hampstead Theatre in 2015 before a West End run at the Duke of York’s Theatre in 2018.
Production begun in July 2021 in the UK and France, and the series is planned to premiere in 2022.