Mrs Sidhu Investigates Is A Crime Drama With Unique Flavor

Acorn TV's new original mystery series Mrs Sidhu Investigates definitely has a unique flavor. That's because it follows a high-end caterer, the titular Mrs Sidhu (Meera Syal), as she swaps hors d'oeuvres for detective work by forming an unlikely crime-solving duo with jaded local cop DCI Burton (Craig Parkinson).
Created and written by Suk Pannu, Mrs Sidhu Investigates is based on a hit BBC radio drama of the same name, in which Syal also starred as the title character. Ahead of the new series premiere Monday, September 18 on Acorn TV, here's everything you need to know about this super-appetizing new drama series. 
It stars the awesome Meera Syal.
Syal is an actress, comedian, and writer who co-created and starred in Goodness Gracious Me, a highly influential 1990s sketch show that riffed on British Asian culture. She also co-created and starred in The Kumars at No. 42, a spoof chat show that was apparently a favorite of the late Queen Elizabeth II. Syal uses her writing skills on Mrs Sidhu Investigates by contributing "additional material" to the series.
Her many other TV appearances include Broadchurch, The SplitDoctor Who, and Riviera, the glamorous murder mystery drama that you can watch on AMC+ .You may also recognize her from Paddington 2, in which she played the prosecutor trying to send the furry title character to prison.
Syal is such a part of the British cultural landscape that she was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 2015 and received BAFTA's top honor, the Fellowship, earlier this year.

It also stars Craig Parkinson.
Parkinson plays DCI Burton, the local police officer who becomes Mrs. Sidhu's partner in crime-fighting. You may know him from hit British crime drama Line of Duty, in which he played the prominent character Matthew "Dot" Cottan. Among his many other TV appearances are the period drama series Indian Summers, plus episodes of Vera, Doctor Who, and Black Mirror.
Parkinson is certainly excited for us to see Mrs Sidhu Investigates. When he shared the trailer on Instagram last week, he wrote: "A complete joy to star alongside the national treasure that is @meera.syal in #MrsSidhuinvestigates for @Acorn_TV."
It's set in an affluent part of southern England.
Mrs Sidhu Investigates takes place in Berkshire, a green and leafy county directly to the west of London. Berkshire is home to several high-end commuter towns including Reading, Ascot, and Windsor, which houses the famous castle where many members of the British Royal Family have held their weddings. So basically, it's safe to presume that Mrs. Sidhu's catering clients have deep pockets – and that the crimes she solves could feature some pretty eminent people. 
Mrs. Sidhu may not be a typical detective, but she definitely has skills.
According to the show's plot synopsis, "a lifetime of being an 'Indian Aunty,' invisible to the elite, has sharpened her skills as an investigator." She also possesses "an instinct for truth, a warmth with people, and a persistent sense of nosiness," all of which should stand her in good stead as she sniffs out local criminals. Catering and crime aren't the only demands on her time, though: Mrs. Sidhu also has a "wayward son," Tez, who is played Gurjeet Singh (Ackley Bridge).
You can whet your appetite by checking out the official plot teasers for each episode below. And in the meantime, you can check out the Summer of Mystery collection on AMC+. It features an array of series and movies that will really test your powers of deduction, including Dark Winds, Deadwater Fell, and Spy City. You might also like to check out Acorn's latest original series, The Chelsea Detective, which premiered on Monday, August 28.
Episode 1 – Premieres Monday, September 18 on Acorn TV
Mrs. Sidhu’s first day catering for Sharpetone, a high-end health club, takes a turn of the unexpected when two bodies are found dead in the spa. Despite her knack for solving mysteries, Mrs. Sidhu tries her best to stay out of it. But when her niece, Rani, becomes the police’s number one suspect, Mrs. Sidhu takes it upon herself to start her own investigation and prove them wrong. This brings her into conflict with the Chief Detective on the case, Inspector Burton, who has no patience for her theories. Her investigation leads to uncovering business secrets, feuds between colleagues, and well-hidden love affairs.
Episode 2 – Premieres Monday, September 25 on Acorn TV
Mrs. Sidhu’s knack for crime solving is put to the test again when she and Tez cater for the convention of hit fantasy TV show, Swordmaster, written and created by the Melville family. But when life imitates art and one of the lead cast is found dead in the woods, killed the same way another character was murdered in the show’s previous seasons, things go from fantasy to reality very quickly. When Mrs. Sidhu is asked to stay on and cook for the Melville’s while they grieve, she can’t help but find suspicious clues. Much to his dismay, Mrs. Sidhu is reunited with Chief Inspector Burton. His theories of who the killer is don’t match up with hers, and his reluctance to hear her out leaves her no choice but to start her own investigation and prove him wrong.
Episode 3 – Premieres Monday, October 2 on Acorn TV
Mrs. Sidhu is asked to be an in-house caterer for a software company called Appenda, located in Berkshire’s renowned technology hub. But the company’s sterling reputation is threatened, and Mrs. Sidhu’s interest piqued, when Appenda’s CEO is found dead, strangled at his desk the night he signed a deal to sell the company. Mrs. Sidhu has Chief Inspector Burton’s ear on the case, and together they work to crack it, determined to catch the murderer before they make their next kill. Meanwhile, Tez gets himself into trouble with a young entrepreneur.
Episode 4 – Premieres Monday, October 9 on Acorn TV
Boxing fanatic Tez is thrilled about Mrs. Sidhu’s latest catering gig at a major boxing championship match, located in the garden of a luxe Berkshire manor. But when an up-and-coming boxer is kidnapped and held at ransom, Mrs. Sidhu finds herself once again at the heart of an investigation. Cracks begin to show in the boxer’s team as the pressure builds to find the money to free him and bring him home. With Burton involved in a life-threatening accident, Mrs. Sidhu enlists Mint’s help to find the kidnappers, and rescue the boxer from his impending death.