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Agatha Raisin is a British comedy-drama based on the novels of M.C. Beaton. It began with a pilot titled Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death in 2014, and was followed with an eight-part series that first aired in 2016

Agatha Raisin, PR whizz, gives up her successful life in London, landing with a bang in the quiet village of Carsely with hopes of beginning a new dream life. Bored, lonely and used to getting her own way, Agatha finds that life in the Cotswolds isn't quite the picture-perfect existence she imagined... and when her high-flying city attitude is met with puzzlement and suspicion from country locals, Agatha enlists the few allies she can find. Among them are DC Bill Wong, a lovelorn local policeman; Gemma Simpson, her suffer-no-fools cleaning lady; and Roy Silver, a faithful former assistant from London. But with her unique brand of feisty truth telling finding little favour, it seems the community is not quite ready for the acerbic Agatha.


In season 2, Sarah, The Vicar's wife, joins Agatha's coterie of amateur sleuths.

Agatha Raisin contains examples of:

  • Amateur Sleuth: Agatha is PR expert who spends more time solving murders than she does doing public relations.
  • Artistic Licence - Geography: Carsley is said to be somewhere between Bourton on the Water and Moreton in Marsh, both in Northern Gloucestershire, yet the local police are based in Evesham, which is in a entirely different county (Worcestershire), and is covered by a completely different police force (West Mercia), and, who, therefore, have no business investigating crime in Gloucestershire (That would be the job of the Gloucestershire Police force). It apparently only takes half an hour to get to Bath (Try adding on a hour to that journey time, and you may be nearer the mark), and the local bus service is run by The South Gloucestershire Bus company, which is an entirely different administration area from Gloucestershire it's self, and, as the name may suggest, is actually to the south of the county.
    • The Lawyer's office that they visit in "Hell's Bells," which is apparently in Bristol, looks like no part of Bristol that any local would recognise.
  • Ate His Gun: A suspect and blackmail victim does this after Agatha comes nosing around in "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage".
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: In "Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death", when the second Victim of the Week is found dead and propped up against the eponymous wellspring, there is a shot of her blood slowly dripping off her and into the spring where it dilutes through the water.
  • Bound and Gagged: In "Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham", the killer uses duct tape to gag Agatha and bind her to her to a hairdressing chair.
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  • Brats with Slingshots: In "Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam", the killer uses a military-grade slingshot firing ball bearings in an attempt to do in Agatha.
  • Canon Foreigner: Gemma doesn't appear in the novels.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In "Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam", Gemma tells Agatha that a good cleaner always carries a squirt bottle of 3-in1 disinfectant to ward of the amorous advances of any male householders. At the end of the story, Agatha stops the killer by spraying them in the face with 3-in-1 disinfectant.
  • City Mouse: Agatha is initially this but grows out of it. Roy usually plays this role for the rest of the cast.
  • Cordon Bleugh Chef: In "Agatha Rasin and the Curious Curate", the second Victim of the Week is a woman who is attempting to start up a boutique jam business. The problem is, most of flavours she makes feature combinations of ingredients that shouldn't even be made into jam; let alone used together.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The second Victim of the Week in "Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate" is murdered by being drowned in a large pot of boiling jam.
  • Destroy the Evidence: In "Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham", Agatha has to destroy her smoke damaged clothing so she can claim she was nowhere near Johnny's house when it was torched. She bundles it all into her fireplace and sets fire to it just as DI Wilkes and Bill arrive to question her, leading to awkward questions about what the bad smell is.
  • Drives Like Crazy: A subplot in "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener" involves joyriders fanging around the village at night; doing burnouts and generally terrorizing the village. Ultimately the joyriders are revealed as a couple in their 80s or 90s who always fancied being speed demons and decided it was never too late to live their dream.
  • Embarrassing Cover-Up: In "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage", Agatha and James need to investigate an detox clinic. James introduces Agatha as a raging alcoholic whose entire life is a tissue of lies.
  • Head-Tiltingly Kinky:
    • At the end of "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley", Agatha brings home a copy of the nude yoga dvd. As she and Gemma sit down to watch it, they immediately start tilting their heads at an odd angle.
    • In "Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham", Agatha finds a folder of sexual photographs the Victim of the Week had been using for blackmail. On finding one particular photo, she exclaims "Maggie Henderson! <beat> How does she do that?" as she squints and tilts the photo.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Every episode title begins "Agatha Raisin and ..."
  • I Have Your Wife: In "Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet", the killer abducts Agatha's cat Podge and threatens to kill him if Agatha does not stop her nosing about.
  • I Never Said It Was Poison: In "Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate", the killer gives themself away when they mention what a close call James had had. Agatha remarks that no one knew James had been present at the murder, not even the police, and that the only person who could have known was the murderer.
  • Inspector Lestrade: DI Wilkes, who generally starts each case by telling Agatha to stay out of police business, comes up with entertainingly wrong theories of the crime that are gently debunked by Bill, and ends up making the arrest (and getting the credit) after Agatha has solved the crime.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: In "Agatha Raisin and the Wellspring of Death", Agatha is talking to the PA of her latest client on Skype when Gemma bursts and starts questioning her about the fact she spent the night with said client. Their discussion goes on for some time before the PA speaks up to remind them that she is still there. To make matters worse, it is later revealed that the PA is also the client's girlfriend.
  • I Take Offense to That Last One!: In "Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came", Agatha Raisin is ranting about a suspect that called her "a dried-up, old spinster". Roy says that she's not dried-up. After a significant look from Agatha, he adds "Or old".
  • Letterbox Arson: Used to torch James' cottage in "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage".
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: "Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden" has a lot of this: the "witch's" hair tonic really does work, an ancient prophecy about an inheritance turns out to prove true, and an attempt to speak to a murder victim via a seance is implied to have been successful.
  • Medication Tampering: The Victim of the Week in "Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham" is murdered by the killer injecting ricin into his vitamin tablets.
  • Murder by Mistake: The second Victim of the Week in "Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate". The killer had never met the victim, so identified her from a picture in the parish magazine. However, the picture had been incorrectly captioned and the killer targeted the wrong woman.
  • Mystery of the Week
  • Never Suicide: In "Agatha Raisin and Hell's Bells", everyone is prepared to write off the death of the Victim of the Week as suicide; except Agatha, who keeps pointing out of the all of the discrepancies in this theory. Naturally, Agatha is proved right.
  • Not So Great Escape: "Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Eveshem" has a scene that starts like this. Agatha is searching Johnny's house for evidence when the real killer arrives. Agatha starts scuttling around the house on her hands and knees, hiding behind furniture and ducking in and out rooms in an effort not to be seen. However, it turns serious when the killer decides to burn the house down to destroy any evidence, and Agatha finds herself trapped in a storeroom.
  • Oops! I Forgot I Was Married: In "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage", Agatha and James' wedding is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Agatha's husband. In her defence, she has honestly believed him to be dead.
  • Pair the Spares: The season one finale ends with it looking like Gemma and Bill are getting together.
  • Planning with Props: In "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley", Agatha attempts to map out the relationships between the suspects and the victim using a map and various household objects. It is not helped when she attempts to use her cat to represent one of the suspects, and the cat promptly jumps off the table.
  • Prophecy Twist: In "Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wyckhadden", one murder suspect wants to make a legal claim as heiress of a castle. A prophecy predicts that a curse on the family line will be broken when a "raven" takes power; and the suspect, who has dark hair, believes this refers to her. It's actually the castle's maid, who's working there to learn the business and prepare to inherit from her father. She has naturally black hair that's not obvious, since it's dyed blue.)
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  • Reusable Lighter Toss: Used to ignite the Letterbox Arson that destroys James' cottage in "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage": the arsonist pours fuel through the letterbox and then drops a lit Zippo through after.
  • Sand Necktie: Inverted (literally) in "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener". The Victim of the Week is found buried up to her neck in a large plant pot. Upside down.
  • Serious Business: In "Agatha Raisin and the Potted Gardener", the village's annual open garden day, and the competition for best garden, leads to vandalism and murder.
  • Sexy Priest: The (first) Victim of the Week in "Agatha Raisin and the Curious Curate" is a hunky Anglican curate, who Ray describes as "hot a f" and Agatha describes as a "smoking hot vicar". He has the single female population of the village fawning over him.
  • Shovel Strike: In "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley", the Victim of the Week is struck down with a spade while walking across a field.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: In "Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage", Agatha's wedding to James has just reached this point when the ceremony is interrupted by Bill bursting in with Agatha's husband (who she thought was dead) in tow.
  • Tap on the Head: Agatha is felled by a blow to the head while snooping in "Agatha Raisin and The Day the Floods Came".
  • Undercover as Lovers: In "Agatha Raisin and the Walkers of Dembley", Agatha and James go undercover to investigate the walking group. Much to James' consternation, Agatha introduces them as husband and wife.
  • Urine Trouble: A Running Gag in "Agatha and the Wizard of Evesham" is that every time Agatha encounters Deirdra Darry's annoying little dog, the dog urinates on her.
  • Vehicular Sabotage: In "Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham", the killer cuts the brake lines in Agatha's car in an attempt to scare her off the case.
  • Victim of the Week: The Cotswolds is a surprisingly dangerous place.
  • Voodoo Doll: While investigating apparently supernatural goings-on in "Agatha Raisin and the Fairies of Fryfam", Agatha finds a doll of herself with nails stuck into it.
  • We Need a Distraction: In "Agatha Raisin and the Vicious Vet", Agatha says they need a distraction so they can extract a suspect off the dance floor in a nightclub. DI Wilkes announces that he will do it and then proceeds to provide one. By dancing.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Agatha and James.


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