A television series that was filmed all over Suffolk - and penned by an author who lives in the county - will be airing on BBC One later this year. 

Magpie Murders was filmed in Suffolk in 2021 and written by Anthony Horowitz. 

The show is a six-part murder mystery and features Lesley Manville, Conleth Hill and Daniel Mays.

Originally Timothy Spall was cast in the series but had to pull out due to a scheduling crash and was replaced by Tim McMullan.

Based on Anthony Horowitz's bestselling novel of the same name, the series follows editor Susan Ryeland, whose life changes once she receives an unfinished manuscript.

The Bell Inn, in Kersey, was renamed The Queens Arms and Ipswich was used as a double for London as part of filming for the series.

East Anglian Daily Times: Magpie Murders were recorded across SuffolkMagpie Murders were recorded across Suffolk (Image: Newsquest)

Anthony Horowitz who is well-known for writing Foyle's War and the children's series Alex Ryder said: "I’m very happy that Magpie Murders is going to be shown on BBC – its natural home.

"I had such fun writing the scripts and they’ve been brought to life by a brilliant director and cast."

The show became available on Britbox last year but has now been acquired by the BBC and will air on BBC One and Iplayer in the spring. 

A spokesman for the BBC also said that a second series - called Moonflower Murders - is in the works with Manville and McMullan reprising the roles they originated in Magpie Murders. 

"Further information about the series, which will receive its UK premiere on the BBC next year, will be announced in due course," the spokesman added. 

Sue Deeks, head of BBC programme acquisition, said: "I’m delighted that BBC viewers will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Magpie Murders, and its highly anticipated follow-up, Moonflower Murders.

"With their stellar cast and ingenious storylines, they are a truly distinctive and entertaining take on the murder mystery genre."