BritBox North America and BritBox UK have announced that the global streamer has commissioned its first pan-territory original with 3 x 90 mystery series Murder In Provence from Monumental Television.

Starring Roger Allam (Endeavour, The Thick of It), Nancy Carroll (The Crown, Father Brown) and Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), and based on the books by M.L. Longworth, Murder in Provence follows Antoine Verlaque (Allam), Investigating Judge in Aix-en Provence, and romantic partner Marine Bonnet (Carroll) as they investigate the murders, mysteries and dark underbelly of their idyllic home. Their efforts are aided by Hélène (Settle), a detective and Antoine’s trusted confidante.

Murder in Provence is being adapted for the screen by renowned playwright Shelagh Stephenson (Shirley, Before You Go, Downton Abbey), directed by Chloe Thomas (The Deceived, Harlots, Victoria) and produced by Grainne Marmion (Harlots, Doctor Foster). Executive Producers are Debra Hayward, Alison Owen and Alison Carpenter. Stephenson and Allam also serve as Executive Producers.

Monumental Television, part of ITV Studios, was founded by Oscar nominated film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward in 2014.

The series, which is due to go into production in the UK and France in July, marks the first global collaboration between BritBox North America and BritBox UK. The series will debut exclusively on the streamers in 2022. The series will then be aired on ITV in the UK the following year. ITV Studios will be responsible for international distribution.

Murder in Provence is the perfect series for our first major collaboration with our BritBox UK colleagues,” said Emily Powers, Head of BritBox North America. “It’s exciting to be able to bring the best British mysteries to the screen for BritBox fans in multiple regions, and I look forward to all the pan-territory commissions to come ”

Will Harrison, Managing Director BritBox UK said “We hope that Murder in Provence will be the first of many global Originals made exclusively for BritBox subscribers,” said Will Harrison, Managing Director BritBox UK. “The books by M.L. Longworth seem to be tailor made for television and we can’t wait to launch the series next year.”

“We are thrilled that BritBox have given us the opportunity to bring M.L. Longworth’s delightful books to the screen. Shelagh, with her brilliant wit and knowledge of Provence, is the perfect writer to bring Mary Lou’s world to life,” said Alison Owen of Monumental Television. “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’

Murder in Provence will be available exclusively to BritBox subscribers in 2022.

Jon Creamer

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