New Friday Night Nancy Drew Drawcard

Three’s drama renaissance continues with the network set to enliven Friday nights with the acclaimed A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder.

The BBC thriller went live this week on ThreeNow, the same day as its BBC iPlayer launch, and will screen 8.00 Fridays on Three from July 19.

All six episodes can be binged on ThreeNow whereas they will roll out weekly on Three.

The Friday night strategy is surprising but smartly targets an audience not served by the reality shows, talent quests, sports and movies that predominate on other HD channels.

Reads the blurb for the adaptation of the Holly Jackson novel:

Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. Case closed. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But 17-year-old Pippa Fitz-Amobi – the insatiably smart, slightly square heroine – isn’t so sure and she’s determined to prove it. But if Sal Singh isn’t a murderer and the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pippa from the truth?

Emma Myers (Wednesday), Anna Maxwell Martin (Motherland), Gary Beadle (Rye Lane), Mathew Baynton (Ghosts) and newcomer Zain Iqbal star in what The New Statesman dubbed “deliciously old-fashioned television … knowing, involving, non-challenging, a touch silly. Suspend your disbelief, lie back and enjoy.”

Similarly, The Guardian declared “this very modern Nancy Drew … a hoot“, the Independent thought it “more-ish, twist-filled” and The Telegraph argued:

The latest in a long line of cold-case mysteries … plays out as a kind of Young Adult Miss Marple as tiny but intrepid teenage detective Pip Fitz-Amobi distracts herself from Cambridge entrance tests by digging into the ghosts of a crime that haunts her sleepy home town …

It’s murder-lite but with just enough grit and twists, however contrived, to keep you bingeing through its six episodes. With more stories to plunder in the novel series, this surely won’t be the last we see of the resourceful Pip Fitz-Amobi.

You can view the trailer here.

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