Agatha Raisin. Agatha Raisin (Ashley Jensen).

Agatha Raisin

Sky One comedy drama about an amateur detective. 23 episodes (pilot + 3 series), 2014 - 2020. Stars Ashley Jensen, Jamie Glover, Mathew Horne, Matt McCooey and others.

Another series is in development.

Press Clippings

Agatha Raisin review

Review of the crime comedy.

Carol Midgley, The Times, 11th June 2020

Agatha Raisin and The Haunted House, Sky One, review

At two hours, the series three opener of the comedy sleuthing drama stretched the joke to breaking point but there was plenty to enjoy along the way.

Rupert Hawksley, i Newspaper, 10th June 2020

Agatha Raisin to return for Series 4

Hit Sky One comedy drama Agatha Raisin, which stars Ashley Jensen as an amateur detective, is to return for a fourth series. The news is revealed ahead of Series 3 being broadcast next month.

British Comedy Guide, 29th May 2020

Agatha Raisin creator M C Beaton dies at 83

Prolific writer M C Beaton, creator of the much-loved Agatha Raisin and Hamish Macbeth crime series, has died.

Benedicte Page, The Bookseller, 31st December 2019

Q&A with Ashley Jensen, aka 'Agatha Raisin'

In advance of the premiere, we had the great good fortune to sit down for a few minutes with Agatha Raisin herself -- Ashley Jensen -- to talk a bit about what viewers can expect from series 2.

Bill Young, Tellyspotting, 18th November 2018

Agatha Raisin to return

Agatha Raisin, the TV comedy drama series starring Ashley Jensen, is to return for another series. However, this time it'll be made by American streaming service Acorn TV.

British Comedy Guide, 15th January 2018

Are foul deeds afoot when Agatha alights incognito at an ominous hotel far from Carsley? Or is her anonymity more to do with the desire to hide a truly calamitous hairdon't from the rest of the village? Where Raisin roams, foul deeds have a habit of following, and soon there's an unfortunate end for Wyckhaddon's local witch. With a local constabulary reluctant to remove Agatha from their list of suspects, Team Raisin arrive to help unravel the murderous misdeed.

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 19th July 2016

The village seems suspiciously deserted one sunny morning; all apart from the local vet's waiting room, where a rugged new locum is attracting the attention of pet owners all around town. It's Agatha (Ashley Jensen) who finally manages to blag a date with the local heart-throb, with resultant ill will from elsewhere culminating in an untimely demise for the young vet. Could the killer be an under-appreciated lover, or is a resentful spouse of same the one to blame?

Mark Gibbings-Jones, The Guardian, 5th July 2016

Ashley Jensen interview

Underneath, Agatha Raisin is rather fragile.

David Stephenson, The Daily Express, 19th June 2016

One sitcom I won't be sticking with is Sky One's Agatha Raisin and in fact I'm surprised I made it through the first episode. I have to say I didn't have a lot of knowledge of the central character played by Ashley Jensen as I missed the pilot episode 'The Quiche of Death.' But I was intrigued enough to give the first episode partly as I believed it to be a pastiche of Agatha Christie whodunnits and Midsomer Murders-esque small town crime shows. How wrong I was, as instead of giving us a gentler A Touch of Cloth, writers Stewart Harcourt and M.C. Beaton seem more focused on concentrating on their heroine's love life. From what I could ascertain from this first episode Agatha was a rather ditzy PR woman who people believed had a good ability to solve crimes. However a lot of what happened in this instalment saw Agatha stumbling around in the dark for the majority of the time before realising that the answer was under her nose from the outset. In fact Agatha's main aim throughout the episode seemed to be to snag James Lacey (Jamie Glover), the attached man of her dreams who was posing as her husband as part of an undercover operation to root out the murderer of the head of the local rambling society. I personally feel as if crime shows such as Midsomer Murders are in need of some sort of spoof but Agatha Raisin doesn't even attempt to do that. I found it instead to be a strange mix of crime drama, romantic comedy and full on slapstick humour with none of these elements really being given time to breathe. In fact I would go as far as to say that the funniest sequence in this first episode of Agatha Raisin was the sequence in which Agatha was trapped inside a Wendy House with several other characters. It's a shame that the show is such a dud as I'm a fan of Ashley Jensen but she's ill-served here by a rather annoying character and a poorly written script. The rest of the cast don't fare much better with Matthew Horne being given a one-note character as Agatha's camp assistant from London. In fact it's only Katy Wix as Agatha's formidable cleaning lady Gemma who's able to rise above the awful material and produce something vaguely resembling comedy. Apart from Wix's performance there's very little positives that I can bestow on Agatha Raisin and between this show and Rovers it seems that Sky One has currently gone off the boil when it comes to producing decent comedies.

Matt, The Custard TV, 12th June 2016