Show Guide: 'The Chelsea Detective'

Post by: AYS Staff 31 July, 2023

Synopsis: London’s richest borough hides a dark side that Chelsea local DI Max Arnold (Adrian Scarborough, Killing Eve, The King's Speech, 1917) knows all too well. Killers lurk among the art galleries and luxury homes, and it’s up to Max and new partner Layla Walsh (Vanessa Emme, Bloodlands, A Discovery of Witches) to expose them. (Courtesy Acorn TV, 2023)

The Cast:
Adrian Scarborough as DI Max Arnold
Sonita Henry as DS Priya Shamsie
Peter Bankole as DC Connor Pollock
Lucy Phelps as DC Jess Lombard
Sophie Stone as Chief Forensics Officer Ashley Wilton
Frances Barber as Olivia Arnold
Davood Ghadami as Nitin Shamsie
Anamaria Marinca as Astrid Arnold

Production Credits:

The Episodes:
Season One Episode Guide (Acorn TV)|
1-01 The Wages Of Sin--02/07/2022
Stonemason Andrew Knightley is pushed under a London Underground train during the morning rush hour. DI Max Arnold and his partner, DS Priya Shamsie, together build a picture of a lonely, devout, and troubled man who believed a spirit was leaving him vengeful Biblical messages. But the killer is flesh and blood, and a more earthly explanation may be found in the truth of Knightley's life.
Written by: Glen Laker
Directed by: Richard Signy

1-02 Mrs. Romano--02/14/2022
Robyn Romano, social media sensation and wife of restaurateur Julia Romano, is reported missing. As the race to find Robyn alive pivots to a murder investigation, Max gets a taste of the combustible Romano clan, whose long-standing tensions and disagreements over the running of their eponymous Chelsea eatery may reveal how Robyn met her fate.
Written by: Glen Laker
Directed by: Richard Signy

1-03 The Gentle Giant--02/21/2022
A well-liked security guard is found stabbed to death, leaving behind his terminally ill wife. Could this pillar of the community have been killed in a drug deal gone wrong, as the evidence initially suggests? Max and Priya discover that the victim had an unsavoury past filled with violence, racism, and hooliganism, and that his death is the latest tragedy in a decades-old cycle of violence.
Written by: Peter Fincham
Directed by: Darcia Martin

1-04 A Chelsea Education--02/28/2022
At first glance, Oliver Cowie — devoted family man, respected educator, all-round good guy — seems an unlikely murder victim, until he's found in a pool of blood, bludgeoned to death in his study. But scratch the surface and it turns out there's no shortage of suspects, ranging from his own wife to feuding colleagues, a vengeful ex-pupil, disgruntled parents, and a rather too-familiar family cleaner.
Written by: Liz Lake
Directed by: Darcia Martin

Season Two Episode Guide (Acorn TV)
2-01 The Blue Room--08/28/2023
When an art gallery manager is stabbed during the robbery of an exhibition, it appears he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as the team delve into the elite world of Chelsea's art scene, Max soon wonders if the victim was an accomplice.

2-02 Golden Years--09/04/2023
A woman at a luxury retirement home dies mysteriously, and with no signs of forced entry, suspicion falls on the staff and residents. But tensions within her family point to another cause, harking back to their time in Apartheid-era South Africa.

2-03 The Reliable Witness--09/11/2023
The most likely culprit in the murder of a psychotherapist is an ex-patient with a history of erratic behaviour. As the team dig into the therapist's personal life, they uncover disturbing revelations that cast a new light on his killing.

2-04 A Crime Of Passion--09/18/2023
Jack Felton, the charming owner of a fruit and vegetable delivery company, is found stabbed at home in what looks like a frenzied attack. The detectives must unravel romantic jealousies, family conflicts, and business rivalries to nab the killer.

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