AMC Networks’ Acorn TV has commissioned new detective drama Signora Volpe with Acorn Media Enterprises from ITV Studios-backed production company Route 24.
Created and written by Rachel Cuperman and Sally Griffiths (Midsomer Murders) who are also EPs, the three feature-length “contemporary and surprising” mysteries will star Emilia Fox (Silent Witness, Delicious, The Pianist) as a disillusioned British spy turned detective in the heart of Italy. Tara Fitzgerald (Belgravia, Game of Thrones) will play Sylvia’s sister, Isabel. Production on the drama will begin in Italy in the Lazio and Umbria regions in May 2021.
Executive Producers are Marc Samuelson and Josie Law for Route 24, Catherine Mackin for Acorn Media Enterprises, Emilia Fox and Dudi Appleton (Silent Witness, Thorne), who will also direct the first 90 minute episode. Mark Brozel (Humans, ShakespeaRe-Told) will direct the second and third 90 minute stories. Patricia Rybarczyk (The Last Bus) is producing. Cristina Giubbetti (Domina) is Executive Producer for Cattleya, who are providing Italian Production Services. Acorn TV has the world premiere with exclusive rights in North America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. Acorn TV will feature its world premiere as an Acorn TV Original in 2022.
Emilia Fox said: “Ever since first reading Rachel and Sally’s superb script of Signora Volpe I have been so excited about playing Sylvia. She is such an interesting and complex character, and the writing is fantastic. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Route 24 to develop the series and am thrilled to have such great directors, producers, cast and crew on board this exciting new production.”
Catherine Mackin, Managing Director, Acorn Media Enterprises, said: “Acorn Media Enterprises is thrilled to commission Signora Volpe and work with Route 24. Featuring an incredible cast led by Emilia Fox, a picturesque Italian setting, and surprising mysteries, Signora Volpe will be a highly entertaining, escapist treat for Acorn TV subscribers around the world.”
Josie Law, Route 24, said “This is a show very close to our hearts and we’re delighted to be working with a very talented, wonderful team of people in bringing it to life. Acorn is a hugely supportive, creative company to partner with and we can’t wait for them to share the show with their audiences around the world. Sylvia offers an original, appealing viewpoint from which to navigate the wonders and mysteries of Italy and we’re certain that the brilliant Emilia Fox will make her an iconic and much-loved character.”
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