Agatha Raisin

David Semple's dramatisation of M C Beaton's novels.

When Agatha Raisin followed her dream and bought a cottage in the country, little did she know she was moving to the crime capital of rural England.

Now, she's beginning to love her new life, but something's missing.

Will Agatha find romance in the countryside, or just more grisly drama?

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0101The Vicious Vet2004052420110523 (BBC7)
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A vet's arrival in the village of Carsely sparks a murder trail for the amateur sleuth.

A handsome vet's arrival in the Cotswold village of Carsely sparks a murder trail for the amateur sleuth. Stars Penelope Keith.

A handsome vet's arrival in the Cotswold village of Carsely sparks a murder trail for the amateur sleuth.

0102The Body In The Bathroom2004053120110524 (BBC7)
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Hunting the killer, the sleuth resorts to barefaced lies, burglary and badger-watching.

Hunting the village killer, the amateur sleuth resorts to barefaced lies, burglary and badger-watching. Stars Penelope Keith.

Determined to find out who killed the village vet and a local librarian, Agatha and James must resort to barefaced lies, burglary and badger-watching.

0103The Potted Gardener2004060720110525 (BBC7)
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Competition for a new Garden Festival in the village turns nasty.

Competition for a new Garden Festival in the village turns nasty, with the Grim Reaper on the prowl. Stars Penelope Keith.

When a Garden Festival is announced, the village of Carsley is gripped with enthusiasm for water features and organic mulch.

But the competition starts to turn nasty and The Grim Reaper is lurking at the bottom of the garden.

0104The Gardener's Legacy2004061420110526 (BBC7)
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When her Garden Festival rival is murdered, the sleuth digs deep to root out the wrongdoer

When her Garden Festival arch-rival is murdered, the amateur sleuth digs deep to root out the wrongdoer. Stars Penelope Keith.

When her arch rival at the Garden Festival is found hanging from her conservatory roof, Agatha is determined to dig deep and root out the wrongdoer.

0105The Walkers Of Dembley2004062120110527 (BBC7)
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Keen to get closer to James, the sleuth gets embroiled in a saga of murder, lust and wellington boots. Stars Penelope Keith.

The sleuth gets embroiled in a saga of murder, lust and wellington boots.

Keen to get closer to James Lacey, Agatha joins his walking group.

But she is soon embroiled in a saga of murder, lust and Wellington Boots.

0106 LASTA Marriage Of Convenience2004062820110530 (BBC7)
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Investigating the murder of a rambler, Agatha and James go undercover as a married couple.

Investigating the murder of a militant rambler, Agatha and James go undercover as a married couple. Stars Penelope Keith.

Investigating the murder of rambler, Agatha and James go undercover as a married couple.

Investigating the murder of militant rambler, Agatha and James go undercover as a married couple. Stars Penelope Keith.

Hired to investigate the murder of a militant rambler, Agatha and James must go undercover as a married couple.

It soon turns out to be a marriage made in hell.

0201The Curious Curate2005101020110531 (BBC7)
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When the village curate is found murdered, the retired PR guru vows to catch his killer.

When the village curate is found murdered, the retired PR guru vows to bring his killer to justice. Stars Penelope Keith.

When the village curate is found murdered, the retired PR guru vows to bring his killer to justice.

Stars Penelope Keith.

When the village curate is found murdered, retired PR guru Agatha Raisin vows to bring his killer to justice, particularly if the investigation also brings her closer to her handsome next-door neighbour, Colonel Lacey.

  • Agatha Raisin....Penelope Keith
  • bobby....matthew carter
  • dc wong....Stephen Hogan
  • eve....fay rusling
  • james lacey....Malcolm Sinclair
  • james lacy....Malcolm Sinclair
  • john orlando....john cummins
  • miss partie....ella smith
  • miss partle....ella smith
  • mr boggle....Gerard Mcdermott
  • mrs bloxby....Liza Sadovy
  • mrs friendly....joanna brookes
  • mrs hicks....lynda baron
  • mrs wendle....Tina Gray
  • producer Carol Smith
  • professor wolf....simon treves
  • richard binser....Nicky Henson
  • roy....james holmes

  • 0202Duck And Cover2005101720110601 (BBC7)
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    With the villagers reeling from the curate's death, the fete goes ahead.

    With the villagers reeling from the curate's death, the fete goes ahead with a killer still among them. Stars Penelope Keith.

    With the villagers reeling from the curate's death, the fete goes ahead with a killer still amongst them. Stars Penelope Keith.

    With the villagers reeling from the curate's death, the fete goes ahead with a killer still amongst them.

    Stars Penelope Keith.

    Still reeling from the death of their curate, the inhabitants of Carsely decide on duck racing and Morris dancing to cheer themselves up.

    But the Village Fete is unlikely to go smoothly while the killer is still among them.

    0203Buried Treasure2005102420110602 (BBC7)
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    The sleuth's plan to quit smoking sparks a treasure hunt, humiliation and a nasty murder.

    The amateur sleuth's plan to quit smoking sparks a treasure hunt, humiliation and a rather nasty murder. Stars Penelope Keith.

    The amateur sleuth's plan to quit smoking sparks a treasure hunt... and a murder.

    When Agatha embarks on a plan to give up smoking, little does she know that it will lead to a treasure hunt, humiliation and a rather nasty murder.

    0204Civil War2005103120110603 (BBC7)
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    The murder hunt leads to Oxford, as intimacy beckons in a cupboard full of special books.

    Agatha and James's murder hunt leads to Oxford, as intimacy beckons in a cupboard full of special books. Stars Penelope Keith.

    Agatha and James's murder hunt leads them to Oxford.

    Agatha and James's murder hunt leads to Oxford, as intimacy beckons in a cupboard full of special books.

    Stars Penelope Keith.

    The search to find the killer leads Agatha and James to the dreaming spires of Oxford, where they soon get intimate - in a cupboard full of EM Forster first editions.

    0205The Wizard Of Evesham2005110720110606 (BBC7)
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    The alarmed sleuth discovers her new hairdresser and his clients are harbouring a dark and magical secret. Stars Penelope Keith.

    The alarmed sleuth discovers her hairdresser and his clients are harbouring a dark secret.

    The alarmed sleuth discovers her new hairdresser and his clients are harbouring a dark and magical secret.

    Stars Penelope Keith.

    Agatha is alarmed when her new wizard of a hairdresser seems keen to take care of more than just her split ends.

    She soon discovers that everyone in his salon has a secret and that he practises a very dark magic indeed.

    0206The Moment Of Truth2005111420110607 (BBC7)
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    Agatha must quickly identify the poisoner, but James is refusing to help. Does he really no longer care? Stars Penelope Keith.

    Agatha must identify the poisoner, but James won't help. Does he really no longer care?

    0206 LASTThe Moment Of Truth2005111420110607 (BBC7)
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    Agatha must identify the poisoner, but James won't help. Does he really no longer care?

    Agatha must quickly identify the poisoner, but James is refusing to help. Does he really no longer care? Stars Penelope Keith.

    Agatha must identify the poisoner, but James won't help.

    Does he really no longer care?

    Agatha must quickly identify the poisoner, but James is refusing to help.

    Does he really no longer care? Stars Penelope Keith.

    When Agatha Raisin followed her dream and bought a cottage in the country, little did she know she was moving to the crime capital of rural England.

    Now, she's beginning to love her new life, but something's missing.

    Will Agatha find romance in the countryside, or just more grisly drama?

    Agatha must quickly discover the identity of the poisoner, but James is refusing to help.

    Has he really ceased to care for her?

    0301The Murderous Marriage2006102520110608 (BBC7)
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    The Cotswold detective is finally set to marry Colonel James Lacey. But there's a problem.

    The Cotswold detective is finally set to marry Colonel James Lacey. But there's just a little problem. Stars Penelope Keith.

    The Cotswold detective is finally set to marry Colonel James Lacey.

    But there's a problem.

    0302The Disappearing Trick2006110120110609 (BBC7)
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    With her marriage dreams in tatters, Agatha has the small task of returning all the wedding presents - and the slightly larger one of clearing her name of murder.

    Starring Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin, Malcolm Sinclair as James Lacey, Belinda Lang as Harriet and Liza Sadovy as Mrs Bloxby.

    Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton

    Producer Carol Smith

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

    The Cotswold sleuth must return the wedding gifts and clear herself of murder.

    With her marriage aborted, the Cotswold sleuth must return the wedding gifts and clear herself of murder. Stars Penelope Keith.

    With her marriage dreams in tatters, Agatha has the small task of returning the wedding presents and the slightly larger one of clearing her name of murder.

    0303The Terrible Tourist2006110820110610 (BBC7)
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    The furious sleuth pursues James, but stumbles on a new murder.

    Now that their marriage plans have collapsed, Agatha is furious to discover that James is taking a holiday on the island where they were supposed to honeymoon together. But when she sets out in pursuit of him, she stumbles upon another murder.

    Starring Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin, Malcolm Sinclair as James Lacey, Caroline Harker as Olivia and George Layton as Sam.

    Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton

    Producer Carol Smith

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

    The furious sleuth pursues James over his holiday on their honeymoon island, but stumbles on a new murder. Stars Penelope Keith.

    Now that their marriage plans have collapsed, Agatha is furious to find that James is taking a holiday on the island where they were to have their honeymoon.

    But when she sets out in pursuit of him, she stumbles upon another murder.

    0304The Green-eyed Monster2006111520110613 (BBC7)
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    Miles from home, the sleuth and her partner investigate the murder of a tourist.

    A murder at the hotel disco has forced the warring Agatha and James to co-habit. But will they be able to solve this sudden death before they end up killing each other?

    Starring Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin, Malcolm Sinclair as James Lacey, Caroline Harker as Olivia and George Layton as Sam.

    Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton

    Producer Carol Smith

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

    Despite being miles from home, the sleuth and her partner investigate the murder of a British tourist. Stars Penelope Keith.

    A murder at the hotel disco has forced the warring Agatha and James to cohabit.

    But will they be able to solve this sudden death before they end up killing each other?

    0305The Fairies Of Fryfam2006112220110614 (BBC7)
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    The sleuth runs off to Cornwall, but there's no escaping murder and mystery - or James!

    Hurt by James once too often, Agatha takes a trip to the Cornish village of Fryfam, but is soon disturbed by some strange lights at the bottom of her garden.

    Starring Penelope Keith as Agatha Raisin, Malcolm Sinclair as James Lacey, Liza Sadovy as Mrs Bloxby and Rebecca Saire as Lucy Danvers.

    Dramatised by David Semple from the novel by MC Beaton

    Producer Carol Smith

    First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2006.

    The sleuth runs off to deepest Cornwall, but even then there's no escaping murder and mystery - or James! Stars Penelope Keith.

    Having been hurt by James once too often, Agatha takes a trip to the Cornish village of Fryfam and is soon disturbed by some strange lights at the bottom of her garden.

    0306Murder In The Dark2006112920110615 (BBC7)
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    The sleuths investigate the Cornish murder - but can James forgive and forget?

    The sleuths investigate the Cornish murder. But even more of a mystery, can James forgive and forget? Stars Penelope Keith.

    0306 LASTMurder In The Dark2006112920110615 (BBC7)
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    The sleuths investigate the Cornish murder - but can James forgive and forget?

    The sleuths investigate the Cornish murder. But even more of a mystery, can James forgive and forget? Stars Penelope Keith.

    The sleuths investigate the Cornish murder - but, even more of a mystery, can James forgive and forget?

    James has followed Agatha to the Cornish village of Fryfam, determined to win her back.

    But will he get the chance, before the murderer strikes again.

    AP20030513

    Struggling to adapt to life in a Cotswold Village after a lifetime spent in Public Relations, Agatha Raisin determines to make her mark by winning the local baking competition.

    When the judge is poisoned by her efforts, she investigates, only to uncover a web of extra-marital sex and pastry-based favours.

    So much for the quiet life!.