The human body begins to decompose 5 minutes after death. Forensic anthropologist Dr. David Hunter deals with precisely these processes and is repeatedly drawn into murder investigations that come closer than h e would like…

A Cuba Pictures and Nadcon co-production, comes a new 6-part adaptation of Simon Beckett’s best selling novels Chemistry of Death and Written in Bone premiering on Paramount Plus UK 19th January 2023. With over ten million books sold and the series translated into over 29 languages, Simon Beckett is one of the UK’s best crime writers and one of the bestselling British authors in Europe.

The series stars Harry Treadaway (“Penny Dreadful”, “Star Trek: Picard”) as Dr. David Hunter, an exceptionally talented forensic anthropologist. Following a traumatic event, he builds a new existence in the small English village of Manham, working as a family doctor together with Dr. Henry Maitland, played by Lucian Msamati (“See How They Run“, Game of Thrones”). After a mutilated body turns up in the woods, the local police unexpectedly ask David to help solve the murder case. Despite the painful memories this awakens in him, David agrees to work for the police again. The decision leads him to the Hebridean island of Runa, Scotland, where he becomes involved in a case that is bigger than himself – and which is soon to put his life in danger.

The cast also includes Amy Nuttall (“Downton Abbey”,“Why Didn’t they Ask Evans?“), Katie Leung (“The Peripheral”, “Annika”), Jeanne Goursaud (“The Barbarians”, The Teacher”), Nick Blood (“Euphoria”, “Close to Me”), David Hayman (“Top Boy”, “Fisherman’s Friends”) and Hardy Krüger Jr. (“Against the Wind”, “Stauffenberg”). The six-part series was shot from May until August in Scotland and Norfolk.

Produced in the UK by Cuba Pictures / Nadcon, in association with Paramount, THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH will air weekly on streamer Paramount+ from 19th January 2023. Director for the series is Richard R. Clark (“War of the Worlds”, “Versailles”, “Outlander”) with Matt Carver as producer while the script is written by Sukey Venables Fisher.


“Packed with cliff-hangers that will desperately leave you wanting more”

Metro - Four Stars

“absorbing and atmospheric”

Saturday Times - Critics Choice

“drawn from a series of novels, for crime fans to obsess over”

Radio Times - Pick of the Week