Gold has commissioned a new murder-mystery scripted comedy written by Jason Cook with a brand-new three-part series Murder They Hope (3×60”).

Produced by Shiny Button and following on from last year’s Dial M for Middlesbrough, Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas will reprise their roles as Gemma and Terry, in a trilogy of new adventures, with more casting to be announced later this year.

Jason Cook said: “It’s going to be amazing to be back with Terry and Gemma and this time for a series! Having multiple episodes has really let us go to town in creating a world of eccentric characters and big adventures for my favourite ex-Coach driving detectives!”

After their trip to Middlesbrough turned a little more explosive than they thought, Gemma (Sian Gibson) and Terry (Johnny Vegas) finally decide to pack up the smouldering remains of their coach tour business and set out on a new adventure as fully-fledged private detectives. Given all their experience with solving cases (sort of), that mysteriously fall into their laps the duo are confident that it won’t be long before they get the chance to put their skills to the test.

Jason Cook’s first outing Murder on the Blackpool Express attracted 1.8 million viewers during its first week and the channel has enjoyed success since with Death on the Tyne and Dial M for Middlesbrough.

The series is commissioned for UKTV by Pete Thornton, head of scripted, and ordered by Gerald Casey, channel director for Gold. Steve North is genre general manager for comedy and entertainment and Richard Watsham is director of commissioning. The series is written by Jason Cook (Dial M for Middlesbrough, Murder on the Blackpool Express).

Pete Thornton said: “It’s a huge pleasure to be bringing fans of this much-loved series not one but three brand new adventures for our fearless (and generally clueless) heroes Terry and Gemma this year. Each story is very different in its own way, but they are all busting with Jason Cook’s trademark mixture of a satisfying ‘whodunnit’ with proper laugh out loud comedy. We’re very excited to be bringing Johnny Vegas, Sian Gibson and the brilliant creative team at Shiny Button back together for this new series and we can’t wait to see the fruits of their labours.”

Gerald Casey said: “We’re thrilled to be branching out into this three-parter, as the feature-length episodes have been such a huge hit with Gold’s audience. Jason Cook keeps on serving up the goods!”

Jon Creamer

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