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Review of “Magpie Murders” Season 1 Episode 1: the Contest Has Begun!

GBH Drama gets ready to provide you with coverage of the newest and best British dramas each season. Magpie Murders, a brand-new MASTERPIECE programme, premieres this month.

This series is sure to become your new favorite whodunit thanks to a mystery inside a mystery and some very excellent performances. Amanda-Rae Prescott, a writer for GBH Drama, is here to summarise the magic as it unfolds.

An Extended Weekend

The narrative starts while mystery writer Alan Conway is writing his newest book, “Magpie Murders.” Atticus Pünd, a private eye in Conway’s novels set in 1950s England, is modeled after Agatha Christie. A draught of the book is handwritten by Conway, who then types it.

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Literary editor Susan Ryeland is negotiating a contract at the Frankfurt Book Fair for Conway’s publishing house. Andreas, her boyfriend, pays her a surprise visit. When Susan returns to the office, her boss informs her that Conway has completed the manuscript and that she will take over as CEO once their company is acquired by a larger publisher.

Susan has time to make a choice, but she doesn’t think a career in finance is for her. She begins reading the manuscript in the interim and discovers that Conway intends to conclude the Pünd series with this book.

The narrative then shifts to Alan’s perspective on the occurrences. There are flashbacks to his disagreement with the publisher over dinner the night before Susan returned, his own trip to the doctor, when he learns he has stage 4 lung cancer and his irritation with admirers who want him to take photos. At the train station, his kid locks the keys in his car.

James, Conway’s ex-partner, is wrapping up moving out of the residence. It is evident from their conversation that James was less interested in providing Alan with emotional assistance and more interested in using Alan’s money.


Alan’s sister Claire interrupts him from watching the football game after James has left. He used to let Claire type out his writings, but recently he fired her. She begs for her job back since she needs a consistent source of income, but Alan is unwilling to assist her. Alan departs from her to take a call from his attorney. While he is away, Claire picks up the completed book and locates the precise page where a character has been written obviously to make fun of her. While Alan waits for the attorney to bring him paperwork to sign, she storms off in a huff. The book isn’t on the table when Alan goes back to watching TV if you look attentively.

After reading the final page of the manuscript, Susan afterward begins to feel anxious. The final chapter is absent. Alan forgot to send the last page, or did the assistant make a mistake when making the copies? She won’t get a definitive response until Monday am because it’s the weekend.

Inside the Novel

Magpie Murders glides subtly between describing the novel’s events. The same performers are portraying the novel characters in these sequences, so viewers must watch for variations in lighting and attire. The murder of housekeeper Mary Blakiston at Sir Magnus Pye’s family mansion marks the beginning of the book. Pushing Mary down the stairs.

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Pünd, meanwhile, has learned that he has cancer and is now facing his own mortality. When he arrives back at the office of his private investigation firm, intending to spend some time alone, he discovers that his assistant has a potential customer waiting for him. A Black woman in her twenties named Joy Sanderling wants to engage Pünd to look into Mary’s death.

She is engaged to Mary’s son Robert, who everyone in the community believes killed Mary in a fit of wrath. Joyce wants Pünd to come over and demonstrate Robert’s innocence because she claims he was with her the night Mary died. Mary and Robert had a turbulent relationship and Mary objected to the engagement, according to Joyce’s account of Pünd. She is informed by Pünd that he is powerless to stop local rumors of prejudice. Though she leaves Pünd’s office disheartened, Joyce, is still set on getting married to Robert.

The Tower

On Sunday, Alan’s attorney Sajid Khan arrives at his residence with the paperwork for him to sign, but neither Alan nor his phone is answered. Then, Khan discovers Alan dead in the garden, appearing to have fallen from the tower. Andreas reveals to Susan that he is thinking about quitting his pointless job instructing Greek to prep school boys in order to start a hotel with his brother in Crete. Susan isn’t sure if she’ll accept the publishing CEO position, but she has no intention of leaving London.

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On Monday morning, the publisher finally informs Susan that Alan has passed away. Although she and Conway didn’t always get along, she believes the police were mistaken to determine that he committed suicide. Without the final chapter, the work is useless; if it cannot be recovered, the publishing company faces insolvency.

In an effort to locate the missing pages, Susan makes the decision to go to Sussex. Later, she will decide what to say to Andreas at their shared career crossroads. A ghostly version of Pünd shows up as she prepares to leave in her car.

Viewers will surely want to join Susan on her unexpected road trip because there are several unresolved issues at the conclusion of Episode 1. Did James or Claire steal the manuscript as an act of retaliation in terms of money or a relationship? How did Alan and his son interact? Can Susan prevent everyone from entering the unemployment office? Does the manuscript’s narrative indicate that Robert murdered his mother? Did Theresa manage to exact revenge on those who stole her inheritance? On MASTERPIECE next week, let’s find out!

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