AMC Networks’ Acorn TV and ZDF have announced a third season order from Expectation for mystery drama series, The Chelsea Detective.

Filming is currently underway in and around London with Adrian Scarborough (Killing EveThe King’s Speech1917) and Vanessa Emme (Dublin MurdersThree Families) reprising their roles as Detective Inspector Max Arnold and Detective Sergeant Layla Walsh, respectively.

The third season of the 4 x 90-minute much-loved series sees DI Max Arnold (Scarborough) and DS Layla Walsh (Emme) delving once more into the murky crimes of glamorous Chelsea including the tragic death of a 2000s popstar, the impenetrable world of the US Embassy, the splendour of Kew Gardens, a classical music academy, and a climate scientist found dead in a supercar.

In the new season, Max tries a new approach in his personal life as he embarks on couples therapy with his estranged wife, Astrid (Anamaria Marinca). Meanwhile, Layla is still getting used to living in London, whilst her partner, Jon, is in Exeter.

Creator and Executive Producer, Peter Fincham, said: “Chelsea is an endlessly fascinating place and Season 3 includes some of the most surprising stories we’ve told and introduces some great guest characters. We’re delighted to be back!”

Ella Kelly, Executive Producer, said: “It’s great to be back in Chelsea with such a passionate, fun and creative team, and I am thrilled director Jennie Darnell is joining us this series.”

Series regulars Ashley (Sophie Stone, Shetland), Jess (Lucy Phelps, Grace), and Connor (Peter Bankolé, Peaky Blinders) are all set to return, along with Max’s Aunt Olivia (Frances Barber, Whitstable Pearl).

Created and executive produced by Emmy Award-winning Peter Fincham (The Lost Prince, Smack the Pony, I’m Alan Partridge) also executive produced by Ella Kelly (Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders). The four feature-length episodes are written by Peter Fincham, Glen Laker (Vera, Prime Suspect), Debbie Oates and Ian Kershaw (Cold Feet, Medici) and Nicola Wilson (Call the Midwife, Good Karma Hospital). Produced by Lauriel Martin (Dodger, Smothered) and thedirectors are Jennie Darnell (Payback, Trigger Point) and Richard Signy (Death in Paradise, Silent Witness).

The Chelsea Detective is produced by Acorn TV’s Acorn Media Enterprises, Germany’s ZDF and BBC Studios’ invested indie Expectation. Acorn TV, AMC Networks’ streaming service devoted to British and international mystery and dramas, serves as the exclusive home for the series in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, among others. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.

Jon Creamer

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