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Acorn TV has set the premiere date for Recipes for Love and Murder, its new Original mystery drama series starring Maria Doyle Kennedy.

Recipes for Love and Murder
Recipes for Love and Murder: Maria Doyle Kennedy as Tannie Maria — Photo by Patrick Toselli / Acorn TV © Both Worlds Pictures

Based on Sally Andrew’s best-selling “Tannie Maria Mystery” novels, Recipes for Love and Murder follows Tannie Maria (“Auntie Maria” in Afrikaans), a newspaper recipe advice columnist who offers guidance and counsel and also helps investigate crimes in her small town in the vibrant, beautiful region of the Karoo in South Africa.

Starring as Tannie Maria is multi-award winner Maria Doyle Kennedy (Outlander, Orphan Black, The Tudors, Kin).

Recipes for Love and Murder, an Acorn TV Original, premieres in the US and Canada on Monday, September 5, exclusively on Acorn TV. Two new episodes will debut weekly through October 3.

When the local newspaper cuts her recipe column, Tannie Maria (Kennedy) lobbies to take on the role of advice columnist. Things take an unexpected turn when a correspondent who writes to Maria about her abusive husband is found dead. Maria’s worlds collide as she begins working through her own mysterious past while trying to solve the case.

Maria joins forces with Jessie September (newcomer Kylie Fisher), a local risk-taking rookie journalist and sometimes rival, to investigate the murder and catch the killer before the local police find more victims. But will these two make too many enemies in the process and risk the perpetrator catching them first?

Meanwhile, Maria comforts her readers by blending experiential advice with soothing recipes — truly chicken soup for the soul.

The ten-part series costars Tony Kgoroge (Black Sails, Invictus, Long Walk to Freedom) as Chief Detective Khaya Meyer, Elton Landrew as Constable Piet, Arno Greeff as Warrant Officer Regardt Snyman, Jennifer Steyn as newspaper editor Hattie Wilson, and Lee Duru as Grace.

Filmed in Cape Town, in the Karoo, and in Scotland, Recipes for Love and Murder is produced by Both Worlds Pictures in co-production with M-Net and Acorn Media Enterprises and in collaboration with Pirate Productions and Paradoxal.

The series was adapted for television by South African writer/director Karen Jeynes (Puppet Nation, 90 Plein Street), with Scotland-based director/writer Annie Griffin (Avenue 5, Outlander) as story consultant. The co-executive producers are Annie Griffin, director Christiaan Olwagen, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Executive producers are Yolisa Phahle, Nomsa Philiso, Jan du Plessis, and Allan Sperling for M-Net; Catherine Mackin and Lesley Pemberton for Acorn Media Enterprises; and Thierry Cassuto and Jeynes for Both Worlds Pictures.


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Recipes for Love and Murder: Acorn TV Sets Premiere Date for New Mystery Series