Season two of Recipes for Love and Murder is in the oven

09 April 2024
Tannie Maria is cooking again.
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Principal photography on season two of Acorn TV and M-Net’s Recipes for Love and Murder has begun in Prince Albert, at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains. Building on the success of the critically acclaimed first season, which was sold in 94 countries, season two will be comprised of eight episodes of small-town high drama with an array of new characters to support returning leads Maria Doyle Kennedy (Tannie Maria), Tony Kgoroge (Detective Khaya Meyer), and Kylie Fisher (Jessie September).

When a large fire engulfs the small town of Eden, a fateful chain of events is triggered and Tannie Maria, Jessie, and Khaya get dragged into a multiple murder investigation that unearths the town’s darkest secrets.

“Our aim for season two is to provide viewers with the same original ingredients that made them love the inaugural season, while adding new layers and more unexpected flavours,” says director Jozua Malherbe. “We’re raising the stakes with the trauma of a large fire – and some of our most familiar characters meet mysterious and violent deaths”.

The first season of Recipes for Love and Murder was chosen for the Berlinale Market & Co-Production series selections at the Berlin Film Festival and nominated at the Venice Television Awards, the South African Film and Television Awards, and the South African Writers Guild Awards. The series is a charming, quirky murder mystery based on the acclaimed series of Tannie Maria mystery novels by best-selling South African author Sally Andrew.

“The success of the first season demonstrates how successfully the production team managed to bring Tannie Maria and small-town Karoo to life on screen,” says Waldimar Pelser, Director: Premium Channels at MultiChoice. “We’ve proven time and time again that home-grown South African stories have a place at the global content table, and we can’t wait to shock, charm, and entertain local and international audiences with the intricacies and intrigue of small-town life, where nothing is ever as it seems.”

Recipes for Love & Murder is directed by a duo of talented helmers including the returning Karen Jeynes who also wrote the series, and Jozua Malherbe, and is produced by Thierry Cassuto in a partnership between AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, Multichoice, and Both Worlds Pictures, in association with Global Screen and Paradoxal.

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