Anytime there’s a new British detective show, I’m curious. But some, like The Chelsea Detective creep up on me not unlike their quieter nature of storytelling.
The Chelsea Detective, Series One (2022) Acorn TV Review
Letting go isn’t exactly the strongest asset of DI Max Arnold (Adrian Scarborough). However where this may fail him in his private life, it helps in his professional one. Working a new case he finds his second, DS Priya Shamsie (Sonita Henry) is back and already on site. Surprised to see the new mother in the office, back early from her maternity leave, Max can tell something is troubling her but for now, they have a case to work.
This one brings them unusual messages of scripture, a man who seemed to be looking for something, and a question of exactly HOW he died – what is suicide or murder?
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Originals from Acorn TV are always something I want to know about, and then to discover if I want to give them a watch… or not. This one isn’t something I knew about beforehand so when I discovered information on it, it was exciting, like anytime, I settled in and hoped The Chelsea Detective would be another solid mystery series. This one is less “cozy” and more serious as a detective drama. There’s still some good humor, too.
The quality of this as a production doesn’t surprise me, but what does most is how personal the lives of the detectives are. It doesn’t play a huge role when you look at screen time, but we do see these snippets that give us insight into who they are beyond the office and I love it. It’s charming and I enjoy see the two sides of them, plus it makes it even better that we love the characters. Plus, the cast is really good too, including those I’m unfamiliar with.
The stories are meaningful and good, and given this is Acorn TV, the quality is good. All you have to decide is if it’s a “you” TV show. Typical to British drama, this one is slow moving, but as that’s norm, it doesn’t bother me. Sometimes slowing down is a virtue.
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Content: Nothing much to note. There’s some profanity and of course the theme of murder and death. We see bodies on the autopsy table but nothing graphic. The series is a TV-14 rating.
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Sincere thanks to Acorn TV for the chance to screen The Chelsea Detective; all opinions are solely my own.