Murder On The Blackpool Express. Image shows from L to R: Terry (Johnny Vegas), Gemma (Sian Gibson)
Murder On The Blackpool Express

Murder On The Blackpool Express

  • TV comedy drama
  • Gold
  • 2017
  • 1 episode

Comedy drama about a coach driver investigating a series of murders. Stars Johnny Vegas, Sian Gibson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mark Heap, Nina Wadia and more.

Murder On The Blackpool Express. Image shows from L to R: Terry (Johnny Vegas), Gemma (Sian Gibson), David Van Der Clane (Griff Rhys Jones), Moira (Nina Wadia), Laura (Kimberley Nixon), Peggy (Una Stubbs), Graham (Mark Heap), Mildred (Sheila Reid), Marge (Susie Blake), Kevin (Kevin Eldon), Doc (Nigel Havers), Grace (Katy Cavanagh), George (Matthew Cottle), Ben (Javone Prince)

Key details

Comedy Drama
Jason Cook
Johnny Vegas, Sian Gibson, Griff Rhys Jones, Mark Heap, Nina Wadia, Kimberley Nixon, Nigel Havers, Kevin Eldon and more
Jason Cook and Mollie Freedman Berthoud
Simon Delaney
Jim Poyser, Hilary Rosen, Andy Brereton, Pete Thornton and Rachel Alabaster

A comedy drama set on a guided tour coach trip to Blackpool.

The story follows Terry, the despondent driver of the coach who's stuck in a rut. He has no goal or passions, apart from an unrequited love interest in tour organiser, Gemma. But everything changes when an OAP dies under suspicious circumstances and Terry suspects something sinister is afoot. Soon the number of passengers has seriously dwindled and Terry feels compelled to solve the mystery and save Gemma's business; hopefully winning her love in the process.

With everyone a suspect and a potential next victim, can Terry and Gemma keep the group together, address their burgeoning attraction for each other, fend off the police, and make it to Blackpool Tower with their lives intact?

Detailed synopsis

Murder mystery writer David Van Der Clane is a household name, but things start to go horribly wrong for him when his super-fans start getting bumped off during a book tour he's set up with coach tour operator Gemma Draper.

As our selection of sleuthing misfits visit the infamous settings of David's novels it's soon clear that the murders they love to read about are gradually becoming all too real. Are the deaths all just an unfortunate coincidence or is there a real life murderer in their midst? Everyone has something to hide and as tensions rise everyone becomes a suspect. With the police being wholly unhelpful the tour's only hope of catching the killer rests in the hands of the coach driver Terry, unless of course he's actually to blame!

Additional details

Part of

Draper's Tours Mysteries

Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Saturday 11th November 2017 at 9:30pm on Gold
Episode length
90 minutes
Most recent repeats
  • Sunday 20th February 2022 at 8:00pm on Gold
  • Wednesday 25th August 2021 at 8:00pm on Gold
  • Saturday 21st August 2021 at 1:00pm on Gold

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