Whitstable Pearl: who stars in Acorn TV crime series with Kerry Godliman, release date, and where to watch it

Acorn TV’s new crime drama is a must watch ‘Whodunnit’ based in the tranquil Kent town of Whitstable

Kerry Godliman stars as local restaurant owner and detective, Pearl Nolan (Picture: Acorn TV)
Kerry Godliman stars as local restaurant owner and detective, Pearl Nolan (Picture: Acorn TV)

Fans of The Pact, Vera and Fargo have a new crime-drama to add to their watchlist, Whitstable Pearl.

The new six-part series is based on author Julie Wassmer's popular murder mystery novels and premiers today (24 May), exclusively on streaming site Acorn TV

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Wassmer is the creator and script writer for all six episodes, with episodes one and four based on her novels, The Whitstable Pearl Mystery and Disappearance At Oare, respectively.

So, what is the whodunnit drama about and who is in the cast? This is everything you need to know.

What is Whitstable Pearl about?

Based in the harbour town of Whitstable, Kent, the plot follows restaurant owner Pearl Nolan after she sets up a local detective agency.

Nolan has undergone police training earlier in her career as a police officer, but left the profession when she became pregnant.

Now an “empty-nester”, she relaunches her detective career and soon becomes embroiled in her first case when she uncovers the body of her friend, Vinnie.

She soon strikes up a relationship with local detective, Mike McGuire, who has been drafted in from the Met. While they are very different in their approach, opposites attract.

While two of the six episodes are based on books by Wassmer, the other episodes are original content written for the drama.

The series was co-wrote by norweigan scriptwriter Oystein Karlsen and filmed last Winter, during the Covid pandemic.

Who is in the cast?

Comedian and actress Kerry Godliman (Hannah in Derek, Nicky Rawlings in Bad Move, and Lisa in After Life) plays the lead role of Pearl Nolan.

DCI Mark McGuire is played by Howard Charles, best known for his role as Tom Jansen in Amazon’s The Widow (2019) and Curtis in Top Boy (2011). Godliman described Charles’ character as “the ying to my yang”.

Sophia Del Pizzo stars as DS Nike Martel, another cop on the scene as Pearl attempts to solve what happened to Vinnie. Del Pizzo has also featured in Angel Has Fallen (2019) and as Rebecca in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2019).

Also in the line up is Rohan Nedd (Safe, Doctor Who) and Cathy Tyson (Mona Lisa), among others.

When is Whistable Pearl on TV?

The drama is being shown exclusively on Acorn TV from Monday, 24 May.

You can subscribe to a 30 day free trial and it's then £4.99 a month or £49.99 for an annual subscription.

Acorn TV is available on Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV.