Crime drama ‘Dalgliesh’ coming to Acorn TV based on P.D. James’ novels

Acorn TV and Channel 5 are teaming up to adapt the Dalgliesh stories by P.D. James.

The English author wrote 14 novels featuring the character of Adam Dalgliesh between 1962 and 2008.

The first season of the crime drama series will comprise of two-part adaptations of Shroud For A Nightingale, The Black Tower, and A Taste For Death.

Bertie Carvel will play the show’s titular Detective Chief Inspector.

The 43-year-old English actor is best known for his roles in Doctor Foster, The Crown, The Pale Horse, and Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.

Dalgliesh will begin in 1970s England, following Dalgliesh’s career as he solves unusual murders and reveals buried secrets.

Channel 5’s Deputy Director of Programmes, Sebastian Cardwell commented: “P.D. James was one of Britain’s great crime writers and we’re incredibly excited to be creating new adaptations of her work.”

Executive producer Elaine Pyke added: “It’s a great honour to bring these much loved detective mysteries to life for fans of the books but also for new audiences. We are incredibly excited by the talent they are attracting and the opportunity to work with Acorn TV and Channel 5.”

Dalgliesh will premiere in 2021 on Acorn TV in the US and and on Channel 5 in the UK.

The Dalgliesh novels by P.D. James are available on Amazon.