Back with another short four episode run, The Chelsea Detective features familiar faces and more crimes to solve with Max and co.
The Chelsea Detective, Series Two (2023) Acorn TV Review
A private art showcase is host to all the most glamorous people in Chelsea until it becomes a crime scene. When someone is murdered after the event, suspicion falls on the husband of the owner. This means DI Max Arnold (Adrian Scarborough) is brought onto the case. Alongside him is his newly arrived DS Layla Walsh (Vanessa Emme) and his DC’s Jess (Lucy Phelps) and Connor (Peter Bankolé). Together they untangle a web of curious clues among stolen art, and the lies their line of suspects tell them.
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There’s a reason why TV series from across the pond are memorable. Mostly because they’re more linear than U.S television and their storytelling tends to be “tighter.” Everything makes more sense from a character standpoint because the writers take more care in crafting their personas, they remember what has come before for the mainstay faces. This is a credit to those writers, and a little thing that makes the show better.
The show is a slower pace. Taking its time unveiling things and seeing character’s in a contemplative mood. But if you’re no stranger to British mystery, then none of this will surprise you. The characters who make up the guest stars (some are popular names) and suspects are good, and the entire production is good. Though this is a show that, in the past, tells a new story each installment outside of some minor personal character anecdotes, we still invest in watching more.
If you’re not a fan of British TV, The Chelsea Detective won’t be something you like. If you have seen other of its peers, you’ll find this another worthwhile addition to your TV binge. The writing is just mysterious enough to keep the viewer invested but not so much that it’s too intense or bothersome.
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Content: there is some violence, but it films in shadows and undistinguishable. We see a body lying dead on the floor with some blood and reports on how the victim dies. There is a same-sex couple if this bothers you. The show is TV-14. Note: this content is only in reference to this first second series episode.
Sincere thanks to Acorn TV for the opportunity to screen this series. All opinions are my own.
Photos: Acorn TV / BBC Studios