Gold orders Dial M For Middlesbrough

Tuesday 11th June 2019, 10:43am

Gold has ordered another murder-mystery special, to follow on from Murder On The Blackpool Express and Death On The Tyne.

The next outing – titled Dial M For Middlesbrough – sees the coach break down in the middle of nowhere – or to be specific, just outside Middlesbrough, in the middle of a fierce thunderstorm. The channel says: “Will our heroes survive the horrors of their enforced ‘extra stop’ – the sinister and dilapidated Beach Cliff Woods Caravan Park?”

It will be the third two hour special in the comedy franchise written by Jason Cook. Casting has yet to be announced, but the previous two episodes both starred Johnny Vegas and Sian Gibson (pictured) as tour guides, alongside guest stars who are killed along the way.

Jason Cook says: “I’m absolutely overjoyed to be back to tell another tale of murder and stupidity! We’ve got some great new twists and turns in this year’s show and I’m hoping we can add a layer of horror to the already terrifying prospect of a caravan holiday!”

The previous Agatha Christie-inspired whodunnits have delivered “incredible” ratings for Gold. Murder On The Blackpool Express was the most watched show ever on the channel, 1.8 million viewers tuning in during the first week. Death On The Tyne was also watched by over 1 million viewers during the first week.

Dial M For Middlesbrough will be directed by Ed Bye, who also oversaw Death On The Tyne.
Pete Thornton, head of scripted at UKTV, says: “A new script from the extraordinary mind – and fingers I suppose – of Jason Cook is like Christmas coming early (very early in fact, as it arrived in February) and he’s really pulled out all the stops. We are very excited to be getting back on the bus with him, the hugely talented team at Shiny Button and another all-star cast.”

Gerald Casey, channel director for Gold, adds: “We’re committed to making more hilarious original comedy for Gold‘s audience and Jason Cook is serving up a real treat for them here.”

Dial M For Middlesbrough will be shown later this year on Gold. The cast will be announced nearer the time.

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