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The Crown star’s new drama Magpie Murders looks seriously good - see first look 

Lesley Manville is also set to play Princess Margaret in The Crown 

Emmy Griffiths

The Crown star Lesley Manville may not have even made her debut as Princess Margaret for seasons five and six of the hit show - but she already has another exciting new drama under her belt!

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BritBox has revealed a first look at the much-anticipated drama Magpie Murders, which is based on the bestselling murder mystery by Anthony Horowitz and follows Lesley as Susan, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript by best-selling mystery writer Alan Conway, featuring Conway’s detective Atticus Pünd, and has little idea it will change her life.

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There is an all-star cast for the upcoming show, including Line of Duty star Daniel Mays, The Island’s Alexandros Logothetis and My Mad Fat Diary star, Claire Rushbrook.

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Lesley will star as Susan

While Timothy Spall was originally cast as Atticus Pünd, he has since been replaced by Tim McMullan due to a scheduling clash. The actor has previously starred in shows including The Crown, Brexit and Patrick Melrose. 

Chatting about the project, he told Variety: “I’m absolutely loving doing Magpie Murders. Anthony has written such a brilliant and beguiling script, full of wit, suspense and murder. It’s an immense privilege to be asked to bring to life the wonderful and enigmatic Atticus Pünd. He’s such a great character to play, I feel very fortunate indeed. To be working with such a talented cast is a total joy, and to be also working with Peter Cattaneo, of whom I’m a long-time fan, is the cherry on the cake.”

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Will you be watching the murder mystery?

It is certainly a busy time for the author behind the show, who is also the bestselling author of Alex Rider - which has also been turned into a TV series for Amazon Prime Video. Anthony recently revealed that the show about the teenage spy was returning for season two. After a fan's question about when filming would commence on Twitter back in March, he wrote: "We've had the read-through! Starting soon." 

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