Like anything they produce, today Acorn TV debuts another new show and of course, its arrival piques all kinds of curiosity! This time it’s called Whitstable Pearl, a dark and almost broody drama about a single mother and the crimes of a small fishing village.
Whitstable Pearl, Series One (2021) Acorn TV Review
Worry over a friend prompts Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman) to head out to his fishing boat and see if he’s alright. He doesn’t answer his phone and she knows something’s not right. She finds him face first in the water and for her trouble, the police keep her in interrogation for hours. Newly arrived Detective Mike McGuire (Howard Charles) questions her after his colleagues before finally letting her go, but not without some sense of skepticism.
Pearl is a tough single mother who’s raised her almost college age son by herself. She runs a restaurant with her mother, but were it not for her son, Pearl had a talent in the police academy. Now despite the suspicion she comes under, she must rediscover her powers of observation and keen eye to close out this murder case.
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Anything from this company is always good. Or anything I see. From their cozy mysteries like Brokenwood Mysteries to their feisty 1920s detective Miss Fisher, they put out some good stuff. This is a little more in line with something like Hinterland (BBC). The story is its own, but the darker elements match better. Those who want a more cozy whodunit won’t find that in this. That said, this one IS still really good.
What’s more fun about this is the acting. Cannot say that I’d seen Kerry in anything before but she fits the role. The more interesting actor is Howard Charles as he’s one of the iconic Musketeer characters from the BBC series. As someone who is all about fangirling over that series, it’s such fun to see him in this, a different but also similar role. If you enjoy mysteries with more of a bite than a grandmotherly sleuth than you’ll likely find Whitstable Pearl interesting. It’s dark and intriguing and as always, a fabulous production.
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You can watch Whitstable Pearl each week, starting today (the 24th) with an Amazon Acorn TV add-on! New episodes debut on Mondays.
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Content: there’s some profanity (nothing terrible) and innuendo. We do see a dead body in the water and another with a belt around his neck.
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