Whitstable Pearl Season 2: What We Know So Far


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Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by Stefanie Hutson

Whitstable Pearl will return for a second season on Acorn TV

Earlier this year, Acorn TV released the first season of the coastal detective series Whitstable Pearl. Opinions were mixed, with some loving it and others feeling it was slow and too dark in comparison to the books (which are light cozy mysteries). 

Regardless of what you personally thought, we have some great news for fans of the series. Acorn TV has renewed it for a second season, and filming begins soon.

What is Whitstable Pearl About?

Whitstable Pearl premiered on Acorn TV in May 2021

Whitstable Pearl is a British crime drama that was based on a series of novels by author Julie Wassmer.

It tells the story of Pearl Nolan (Kerry Godliman, After Life), a woman who once dreamt of becoming a police detective, only to see her plans ruined by an unplanned pregnancy. Now middle-aged, her son Charlie (Rohan Nedd) is getting ready to head off to college and Pearl is finally ready to pursue her own dreams.

Along with her mother Dolly (Frances Barber), Pearl runs a popular oyster restaurant in her hometown of Whitstable, Kent. It's this business that will keep her going as she builds her detective business. The business will also serve as a point of connection with the community – a way to tap into what's happening in the seaside town.

Sadly, Pearl's first investigation begins when she finds the dead body of a friend. While his boating death looks like an accident, she's certain he was far too experienced to have died as he did. 

As she's beginning her own investigation DCI Mike McGuire (Howard Charles) arrives to take on the case for the police. McGuire joins the town from London, where he has a past full of his own secrets and hurt.

If you haven't already watched season 1 of Whitstable Pearl, you can check it out HERE – or watch the trailer below to see if it sounds like your cup of tea. 

What's Happening in Season 2 of Whitstable Pearl?

Pearl and her mum

As word gets out about Pearl's new detective agency, townsfolk start coming to her with all types of cases. Pearl is beginning to transition from a restaurant owner who solves the occasional crime to a detective who happens to own a restaurant. Before too long, a mysterious new client shows up, demanding Pearl investigate an old family friend. 

Although she's conflicted, Pearl agrees to take the case because she believes she can help her friend. Before she can get started, though, his body is discovered. Labeled a tragic accident, Pearl knows it's far too big a coincidence.

Season one finishes off with a victim with a close personal connection to Pearl. Through the investigation, Pearl begins questioning certain truths she grew up believing. At the same time, she begins to explore a romantic relationship.

Buccaneer Media CEOs Richard Tulk-Hart and Tony Wood were quoted as saying:

The response to season one was more than we could have hoped for and now the audience knows the main characters, we can build on the parts of the show we know worked best.

When Does Season 2 of Whitstable Pearl Air & Where Can I Watch It?

DCI Mike McGuire in Season 1 of Whitstable Pearl

Season 2 of Whitstable Pearl is now available on Acorn TV. 

Read the Whitstable Pearl Books

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Though you don't necessarily have to read the books to enjoy the series, books do offer more insight into the characters, the local history, and the stories themselves (they have more space to work with, after all). They're also great if you find the show is too dark for you. This is another case where there's a HUGE difference in tone between the two.

You can read more about the Whitstable Pearl series over on Great British Book Club, or take a virtual walk around the town of Whitstable HERE

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