Author & Screenwriter Conversation | Masterpiece’s Magpie Murders

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Tuesday, October 11, 8pm ET | 5pm PT

PBS Books is pleased to host a conversation with internationally renowned writer Anthony Horowitz, who is the screenwriter, author, and executive producer of Magpie Murders. Magpie Murders will premiere on Sunday, October 16 at 9/8c on MASTERPIECE on PBS. Join us to get a sneak preview into Anthony Horowitz’s work and creative process as you learn about the characters and Horowitz’s carefully crafted story. Plus, he’ll discuss how his blockbuster novel got to the screen.


A beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers, the plot of Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript of author Alan Conway’s latest novel, but has little idea it will change her life.

Adapted from Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling mystery by the author himself, Magpie Murders stars Leslie Manville (World on FirePhantom ThreadMrs. Harris Goes to Paris) as editor turned amateur sleuth Susan Ryeland and Tim McMullan (Patrick MelroseFoyle’s War) as world-famous detective Atticus Pünd.

WGBH is the producer of MASTERPIECE.


Anthony Horowitz is one of the most prolific and successful writers in the UK – and is unique for working across so many media – writing books, television, films, plays and journalism.  He has written over 50 books including the bestselling teen spy series Alex Rider, which has sold over 21 million copies worldwide, and has been adapted into a hugely successful television series.

Anthony is also an acclaimed writer for adults. He was commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate to write two new Sherlock Holmes novels, which were internationally lauded. The Ian Fleming Estate commissioned Anthony to write continuation novels for James Bond with Trigger Mortis and Forever and A Day published in 2015 and 2018 respectively. Anthony’s award-winning novel Magpie Murders was released in 2016 to critical acclaim and has been filmed with Lesley Manville in the lead role to premiere on October 16, 2022 at 9/8c on PBS.

Anthony is responsible for creating and writing some of the UK’s most beloved and successful television series, including Foyle’s War, Collision, Injustice, New Blood, and the first seven episodes of Midsomer Murders. Anthony regularly contributes to a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines and has been a patron to the anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. Anthony was recently awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to literature.

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