Who Killed Cock Robin? watch the first episode.
Ladywell pic by Tim Snelling
Little England in the Styx is a fictional Norfolk village, locked down during the Corona epidemic. It has a local stately home, Cock Hall, the seat of Lord and Lady Peacock, where the murders occur. Cock Hall is an homage to Christie’s Styles with nods to her Chimneys (the espionage) and Cluedo’s Tudor Hall. Little England in the Styx also has a long-running archaeological dig tracing the development of ‘Little England’ from its beginnings in the Bronze and Iron Ages to the First World War. (The Welsh visitors in Scene 1 are a reminder of a Britain older than England.) All its pasts haunt the present; time frames blur and not all of the bodies in the Saxon boneyard are Saxon.
The Cock Robin of the title (from a nursery rhyme in which he seems to be not only Robin Hood and Robert Walpole but also Christ) is the recently murdered Squire Peacock. The Brown Lady is a West Norfolk ghost which haunts Houghton Hall, Raynham Hall and country lanes roundabout. In her real 18C life, she was Dorothy Walpole, sister of Robert (the country’s first Prime Minister) and wife of ‘Turnip’ Townshend. The palatial and splendid Houghton Hall stood dark for a century in its isolated Norfolk backwoods. Something of that casts a shadow over my Cock Hall. This is a Murder Game in a Haunted Hall and with stock characters moving around a ‘Clued-Ouija’ board.
Visitors come in search of their various versions of the Norfolk Paradise up “The Boudicca Trail” but because of their own natures and the spirit of our age are drawn down the wrong road to Dis (as in Dante’s Hell/Devil and with apologies to Chris Rea) and fetch up at Cock Hall. Taking a postmodern liberty Christie herself never took, both her 'Eyes' (Poirot and Marple) work the case together and along with maverick local DI Ken Hill battle against petty village tyrant and xenophobe Colonel Mustard to find who is spreading this global virus through their little world.