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BritBox to Adapt Hit Novel Series with ‘Murder In Provence’

BritBox, the streaming service created by ITV and the BBC, has established itself as the one-stop-shop for streaming the best British tele of yesteryear. In recent times, however, the service has shifted its focus to producing more original content. The most recent, The Beast Within, is available to watch as we speak, but what does the future have in store? Murder, that’s what. Murder In Provence, to be more specific.

As Deadline notes, Murder in Provence will be the first of many British and American co-productions for the streaming service. Based on the Verlaque and Bonnet Provencal Mystery novels by M.L. Longworth, the series will contain three feature-length mystery stories about murder in the south of France. Roger Allam, Nancy Carroll, and Keala Settle have already signed on to star in the show, while Shelagh Stephenson and Chloe Thomas will handle writing and directing duties, respectively.

BritBox UK managing director Will Harrison is excited about the project and the future of the service. “We hope that Murder in Provence will be the first of many global originals made exclusively for BritBox subscribers,” he said. “The books by M.L. Longworth seem to be tailor-made for television.”

Producer Alison Owen, on the other hand, is excited about the cast, which will be led by Olivier Award-winning actors. “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.”

This is a good step forward for BritBox. We’re currently living in the age of the streaming wars, and each service needs to become self-sustainable and produce fresh content to keep subscribers interested. The nostalgic appeal is certainly part of BritBox’s current appeal — and there’s a great case to be made for older content being preferred on streaming services — but unleashing some murder mysteries based on a critically acclaimed novel series is a smart move.

Murder In Provence will begin shooting this summer and is expected to hit screens in 2022.

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