The Good Ship Murder


MSC CruisesMSC Virtuosa is the star of her very own TV drama series on Channel 5 – The Good Ship Murder!

The hour-long mystery drama has been filmed on board the MSC Cruises ship, which sails from Southampton for the warmer waters of The Mediterranean. Each episode is set to take place in a new destination including Lisbon, Valencia, Barcelona, Le Havre, Valletta and more. The first episode aired on Friday October 13 at 9pm.

The series will see Shayne Ward play cruise ship singer and ex-detective Jack Grayling as well as Catherine Tyldesley as first officer Kate Woods. Together they solve a spate of murders around different areas of the vessel, from the Carousel Lounge to the MSC Yacht Club. Claire Sweeney also joins the cast as Entertainment Manager, Beverley Carnell.

The Good Ship Murder

Yacht Club Top Sail Lounge

What Is The Good Ship Murder About?

The Good Ship Murder is set aboard a luxury cruise ship touring everyone’s favourite Mediterranean holiday hotspots, bubbling with intrigues, rivalries, glamour, money and class divides – but its new cabaret singer, Jack Grayling, soon discovers there are also more sinister elements below the surface.

At the start of a new cruise, Jack meets newly-promoted First Officer, Kate Woods. Fierce and ambitious, she’s a woman in a man’s world with plenty to prove. After a passenger is found murdered in their first port of call, Kate’s dream of her own command is thrown into jeopardy and Jack finds himself thrust back into his former life as a detective.

What follows is a wave of murder mysteries – each set against the backdrop of a different stunning coastal destination where the ship has dropped anchor. With the support of First Officer Kate, Jack tackles both showstopping performances on stage and unravels intricately plotted mysteries in this fun, fast-paced, and life-affirming new series that is set to deliver a thrilling dose of sun, sea, and murder.

The Good Ship Murder

Yacht Club Pool

The Good Ship Murder Cast

The Good Ship Murder stars a whole host of TV favourites, including Shayne Ward (G-Loc) as Jack Grayling and Catherine Tyldesley (Viewpoint, Scarborough) as First Officer Kate Woods, who are both primarily known for appearing on the long-running popular series, Coronation Street.

The cast also features Geoffrey Breton as First Officer Piers, Zak Douglas as Jamil, Clare Sweeney as Cruise Director Beverly, and Vincent Paul Ebrahim as Captain Gregory.

Formerly called HMS Murder, The Good Ship Murder is produced by Clapperboard Studios in association with Fifth Season. Managing Director at the production house, Mike Benson, commented the following about the series:

“As our most ambitious series to date, finding the right cast was absolutely key so securing Shayne and Catherine has been the perfect complement to the amazing scripts written by Paul Mayhew Thompson and his team of writers. We’ve filmed across eight countries and Shayne has given some unmissable performances; we can’t wait to share this wonderful series”

You can watch a new episode every Friday at 9 p.m. on Channel 5 or catch up on My5. There will be 8 hour-long episodes in total.

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