Ashley Jensen is to star in a Sky 1 comedy crime film in which she investigates a village murder.
Based on the novels of Hamish Macbeth Creator M C Beaton, the two-hour film sees Jensen, best known for he parts in Ricky Gervais's Extras and US comedy Ugly Betty, take on the role of PR turned detective Agatha Raisin who moves to the quiet village of Carsley only to find that events overtake her.
“Bored, lonely and used to getting her own way, Agatha finds that life in the Cotswolds isn’t quite the picture-perfect existence she imagined,” the channel announced at the Edinburgh International Television Festival today. “And when her highflying city attitude is met with puzzlement and suspicion from country locals, Agatha enlists the few allies she can find.
“In an attempt to ingratiate herself, Agatha enters the annual quiche making competition and inadvertently becomes a suspect in a murder case. As her reputation sinks ever lower, and any hopes of romance with her dashing ex-Army neighbour swiftly thwarted, Agatha has no choice but to clear her name and earn the respect of her fellow villagers. Determined to wring out the truth, Agatha sets about solving the mystery of the quiche of death."
Other characters – including that of lovelorn local policeman DC Bill Wong, Agatha’s fiery cleaning lady Gemma Simpson her former assistant Roy Silver – have yet to be announced.
Jensen, who played the socially inept Maggie Jacobs in Gervais' comedy Extras, said of the role: “I am absolutely delighted to be on board. It's not often a part like this comes along for a woman. Agatha Raisin is a strong forthright, independent, driven, successful woman, who is both funny and flawed, a real woman of our time."
Adam MacDonald, Director of Sky 1 HD added: “Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death is a contemporary, sharp and witty crime drama offering for the upcoming festive season.
“Sky 1 has a strong tradition of bringing customers original dramas at Christmas that the whole family can enjoy together. I am hugely excited to welcome Ashley to the channel and hope our customers enjoy watching Agatha’s entertaining journey from PR extraordinaire to enthusiastic quiche crime detective.”