Season Two of Recipes for Love and Murder is in the Oven!

Apr 9th, 2024

Principal photography on season two of Acorn TV and M-Net’s Recipes for Love and Murder has began 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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About Acorn TV

AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in premium British and international television. Acorn TV adds exclusive programming every week to a deep library of revered mysteries, dramas, and comedies – all commercial-free. Acorn TV’s recent slate is comprised of critically acclaimed commissioned and original series including popular New Zealand detective series My Life Is Murder (Lucy Lawless), acclaimed Irish crime thriller Bloodlands (James Nesbitt, co-executive produced by Jed Mercurio), British crime drama Whitstable Pearl (Kerry Godliman), Kiwi romantic comedy Under the Vines and British detective drama Dalgliesh (Bertie Carvel), to name a few. Current and upcoming Acorn TV Original Series include UK detective drama Harry Wild (Jane Seymour), Signora Volpe (Emilia Fox), The Chelsea Detective (Adrian Scarborough) and many more. The above add to a growing catalog of popular bingeable dramas including Jack Irish (Guy Pearce), Doc Martin (Martin Clunes), Deadwater Fell (David Tennant, Cush Jumbo), all 24 seasons of fan-favorite Midsomer Murders and highly rated drama The Nest, among others.

About Global Screen

Global Screen is the worldwide distribution arm of TELEPOOL, a leading film and TV distribution and production group with more than 50 years’ experience. Global Screen distributes premium feature films and TV series to theaters, global and local streaming platforms, TV channels, festivals, and distributors all around the world.

Global Screen credits include the big budget spy drama production “DAVOS 1917” as well as literary adaptations of Ken Follet’s “Dangerous Fortune” and the Brothers Grimm “Finest Fairy Tales”. Current highlights include the animated family-hit “The Amazing Maurice”, the gripping thriller series “Seaside Crimes”, premium family entertainment series “3Hz” and ratings hits “The Palace” and “The Conference” – both from Constantin Television. “The Conference” as well as “Amazing Maurice” have been sold in more than 150 territories.


TELEPOOL is a leading global content group focused on the development, production, licensing and distribution of premium feature films and TV product. With its subsidiary brands and entities, Global Screen and EuroVideo Medien GmbH, TELEPOOL conducts business activities across domestic and international distribution, global development and co-productions, domestic home entertainment and client media services. TELEPOOL is headquartered in Munich and has offices in Zurich.

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About MultiChoice Group

MultiChoice Group (MCG), which listed in the Main Board of the JSE on 27 February 2019, is one of the fastest-growing video entertainment providers globally, delivering entertainment products and services to 23.5m households across 50 countries on the African continent. Its track record of more than 35 years is reflective of a commitment to provide audiences with only the best local, sport and international content.

MCG’s strong partnerships with distributors, installers, and telecommunication companies, along with its well-established payment solutions, competitive pricing and choice of viewership packages continue to secure its place in the global market, while also providing solutions unique to the African market.

Its direct-to-home (DTH), digital terrestrial television (DTT) and over-the-top (OTT) solutions enable the business to stay relevant and aligned to changing consumer habits while capturing new markets.

Content is at the very core of the business. MCG aims to deliver quality content anywhere, anytime and on any device through a comprehensive video entertainment offering at different price points. As pioneers in African video entertainment, MCG plays an important role in making information and entertainment easily accessible to Africans.

MCG aims to secure content rights in a manner that is cost-effective and reflective of the diversity of its audiences. Its substantial portfolio includes award-winning local content (a key differentiator in its service offering), a leading sport offering (including production capabilities) and access to international content, which is all shared on the group’s platforms: DStv, GOtv, Showmax, M-Net and SuperSport.

MCG has superior technology capability through the security solutions that Irdeto, its technology company, brings to the group. These solutions enable MultiChoice to protect its investment, create new offerings and combat cybercrime. With more than 50 years’ expertise in software security, Irdeto’s software security solutions and cyber services protect over 6bn devices and applications for some of the world’s best brands.

About Both Worlds

Both Worlds Pictures is a South African film, television and digital production company with a proven track record of producing premium content for African and global audiences since 1998, including comedy, drama, animation, live events, gameshows, documentaries and feature films for leading local and international partners. Both Worlds’ productions have been recognized by two nominations at the International Emmy Awards, 27 South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAS), 10 IAB Bookmarks, 2 WGSA Muse Awards and by the 2010 Financial Mail Newsmaker of the Year Award.

About Paradoxal: Founded in 2019 by Rémy Jacquelin (formerly Senior Vice-President Sales and Acquisitions at TF1 and Gaumont’s Director of International Sales), Paris-based Paradoxal is a company that specialises in the development, financing, packaging, coproduction and production of high-end content for European broadcasters and international platforms.

About Paradoxal
Founded in 2019 by Rémy Jacquelin (formerly Senior Vice-President Sales and Acquisitions at TF1 and Gaumont’s Director of International Sales), Paris-based Paradoxal is a company that specialises in the development, financing, packaging, coproduction and production of high-end programming for European broadcasters and international platforms. The company helped finance and coproduced Both Worlds’ Recipes for Love and Murder season 1 and 2 starring Maria Doyle Kennedy, award-winning documentary feature film Africa & I, as well as comedy drama The Morning After.