Review – Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death (TV)

Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin

Ashley Jensen as Agatha Raisin

Agatha Raisin And The Quiche Of Death was broadcast on Sky 1 on 26th December 2014 and is based on the first Agatha Raisin mystery novel by Marion Chesney under her pseudonym M. C. Beaton.

Agatha Raisin, PR whizz, gives up her successful life in London, landing with a bang in the quiet village of Carsely with hopes of beginning a new dream life. Bored, lonely and used to getting her own way, Agatha finds that life in the Cotswolds isn’t quite the picture-perfect existence she imagined… and when her high-flying city attitude is met with puzzlement and suspicion from country locals, Agatha enlists the few allies she can find

This was not a totally faithful adaptation of the book. Also I will admit that the casting bothered me as Penelope Keith in the BBC radio adaptation has become the voice of Agatha for me and I see Agatha as being that sort of age by default, i.e. retired, whereas Ashley Jensen is a couple of years younger than me. BUT it did win me over as a very enjoyable way to spend 2 hours – it was light hearted fare but there was still a good plot and it was well acted and directed – plus the locations in Wiltshire (standing in for the Cotswolds) looked great.

For information – Ashley Jensen starred as Agatha, with Hermione Norris as long-suffering housewife Jo Cummings, Robert Bathurst as her errant husband Andy, Katy Wix, as cleaning lady Gemma, Mathew Horne as Agatha’s faithful former assistant Roy, Jamie Glover as Agatha’s romantic interest James, Jason Barnett (best known to me from The Bill) as the hapless DI Wilkes and Matt McCooey as lovelorn policeman DC Bill Wong. 

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