The Chelsea Detective, the hit British crime drama starring Adrian Scarborough (Killing Eve, The King’s Speech, 1917) as the sharp, intuitive Detective Inspector Max Arnold, is making its return to Acorn TV on Monday, August 28, with new episodes dropping weekly. You can watch the trailer using the player below
The second season, consisting of four feature-length episodes, sees DI Arnold teaming up with new colleague Detective Sergeant Layla Walsh, played by Vanessa Emme (Bloodlands, A Discovery of Witches), who joins Chelsea CID from Exeter.
This season, London’s richest borough hides a dark side that DI Max Arnold (Scarborough) knows all too well. Killers lurk among the art galleries and luxury homes, and it’s up to DI Arnold and new partner Layla Walsh (Emme) to expose them.
Sophie Stone (Shetland) returns as the brilliant, if occasionally daunting, Chief Forensics Officer Ashley Wilton, Lucy Phelps (Grace) as research and tech queen DC Jess Lombard, and Peter Bankolé (Peaky Blinders) as officer DC Connor Pollock.
There’s also Anamaria Marinca (Deadline) as DI Arnold’s ex-wife Astrid and Frances Barber (Whitstable Pearl) as DI Arnold’s aunt, Olivia Arnold.
Guest stars this season include Rachael Stirling (Hollington Drive), who stars as gallery owner Rebekah Chaban in the season premiere, as well as Simon Williams (EastEnders), who portrays nursing home resident Maurice Swift in the second episode.
Created and executive produced by Emmy Award-winning Peter Fincham (The Lost Prince, Smack the Pony, I’m Alan Partridge), the four episodes are written by Glen Laker (Vera, Prime Suspect), Peter Fincham, Liz Lake (Riviera, Call the Midwife) and Laura Poliakoff (Devils).
The series producer is Ella Kelly (Death in Paradise, Midsomer Murders). The directors are Richard Signy (Death in Paradise, Silent Witness) and Sarah Esdaile (Call the Midwife).
The Chelsea Detective is produced by Acorn TV’s Acorn Media Enterprises, Germany’s ZDF and BBC Studios’ invested indie Expectation.
Acorn TV serves as the exclusive home for the series in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, among others. BBC Studios distributes the series internationally.
THE CHELSEA DETECTIVE SEASON 2 EPISODES
Episode 201 – “The Blue Room” – Premieres Monday, August 28 on Acorn TV
When an art gallery manager is stabbed during the robbery of an exhibition, it appears he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. But as the team delve into the elite world of Chelsea’s art scene, Max soon wonders if the victim was an accomplice.
Episode 202 – “Golden Years” – Premieres Monday, September 4 on Acorn TV
A woman at a luxury retirement home dies mysteriously, and with no signs of forced entry, suspicion falls on the staff and residents. But tensions within her family point to another cause, harking back to their time in Apartheid-era South Africa.
Episode 203 – “The Reliable Witness” – Premieres Monday, September 11 on Acorn TV
The most likely culprit in the murder of a psychotherapist is an ex-patient with a history of erratic behavior. As the team dig into the therapist’s personal life, they uncover disturbing revelations that cast a new light on his killing.
Episode 204 – “A Crime of Passion” – Premieres Monday, September 18 on Acorn TV
Jack Felton, the charming owner of a fruit and vegetable delivery company, is found stabbed at home in what looks like a frenzied attack. The detectives must unravel romantic jealousies, family conflicts, and business rivalries to nab the killer.