Meet the crime-solving pensioners of The Thursday Murder Club film

Richard Osman book, Helen Mirren - The Thursday Murder Club movie

by Arabella Horspool |
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The highly anticipated film adaptation of Richard Osman's best-selling novel, The Thursday Murder Club is coming to Netflix, bringing the beloved characters and thrilling plot to the screen!

An engaging mystery that combines the charm of classic British whodunits with contemporary twists and turns, fans of the novel can hopefully expect a faithful adaptation that retains the book's humour and clever plotting while offering a fresh, visual take on the story.

Here's everything you need to know about the new drama!

The Thursday Murder Club synopsis

The Thursday Murder Club follows the adventures of four septuagenarians -Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim, and Ron - who live in the peaceful Coopers Chase retirement village. Their weekly meetings to discuss and solve cold cases take a dramatic turn when a real-life murder occurs in their midst. With a combination of wit, experience, and sheer determination, the unlikely sleuths embark on a mission to solve the crime, navigating a web of secrets, lies, and unexpected twists along the way.

The Thursday Murder Club Film cast

The film boasts an impressive cast, featuring some of the most esteemed actors in the industry.

Helen Mirren stars as Elizabeth, the formidable leader of the group, whose intelligence and resourcefulness are unmatched.

Celia Imrie takes on the role of Joyce, whose innocent demeanour hides a keen observational prowess.

Pierce Brosnan plays Ron, the former union leader with a sharp mind and a knack for getting things done.

Ben Kingsley is Ibrahim, the retired psychiatrist whose analytical skills prove invaluable to the team.

Helen Mirren, Ben Kingsley, Celia Imrie and Piece Brosnan The Thursday Murder Club film cast.
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The Thursday Murder Club movie release date

Currently, no release date has been announced as they are still in the early stages of production, but we are hoping that the film will be out next year.

Filming and production

Directed by Ol Parker (known for his work on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) the film promises to blend humour, heart, and suspense in equal measure. The screenplay, adapted by Richard Osman himself along with Ol Parker, ensures that the essence of the book is faithfully captured, with the author’s signature wit and charm shining through.

Filming is taking place in picturesque locations across the UK, with Osman confirming on his and Marina Hyde's podcast The Rest Is Entertainment that they'll be filming "from the end of June through to September". The Thursday Murder Club is held in the fictional Coopers Chase setting, which will be beautifully brought to life in the quaint village of Hambleden. The production team faced the challenge of balancing the cosy, community feel of the retirement village with the darker, suspenseful elements of the murder mystery.

How many Thursday Murder Club books are there?

As of 2024, there are four books in the series. The first instalment (the one the film will be based on) became one of the fastest-selling books on record and sold 45,000 copies in its first three days!

Author Richard Osman said, “I was inspired to write it when I went to visit the mother of a friend who lives in a retirement village. It was a very beautiful place and it may sound weird but I thought what a great setting it would be for a murder mystery! I also met some of the people who lived there and discovered they’d had the most fascinating life experiences. I figured that if there was a murder in their community, that lot would solve it.

“I went home and started writing that night. I wanted to finish it before I showed it to anyone. I didn’t want that whole thing of being someone on telly who approaches a publisher, saying they want to write a book. I wanted to write something to be proud of and feel able to look people in the whites of their eyes and say, ‘This a real novel.’”

If you want to read The Thursday Murder Club books in order, here they are:

The Thursday Murder Club bookAmazon
Price: $11.27

The Man Who Died Twice by Richard OsmanAmazon
Price: $14.33

The Bullet That Missed by Richard OsmanAmazon
Price: $17.68

The Last Devil To Die by Richard OsmanAmazon
Price: $15.70

Arabella Horspool is a Commercial Content Writer for Yours at Bauer Media. She's a bookworm who is passionate about TV and film. She enjoys cooking, scrapbooking and spending time with her many pets.

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