The Karen Pirie novels follow the adventures of a young Scottish detective in the Scottish university town of St. Andrews. “DS Karen Pirie is a young and fearless Scottish investigator with a quick mouth and tenacious desire for the truth,” according to the description.
Following the success of a provocative true-crime podcast, Pirie will reopen an investigation into a 1996 murder case in the series, which was shot in Scotland. Despite the fact that three drunken students claimed to have discovered Rosie Duff’s body, no charges were filed for her death.
Karen will investigate whether these men knew more than they previously disclosed, uncover several flaws in the initial investigation, and encounter police resistance.
What Happened in Episode 1?
In the first episode of Karen Pirie, we met the titular detective as she takes on a cold case that has been reopened after appearing on a true crime podcast. It’s the story of Rosie Duff, who was found murdered in 1996.
We met Rosie, a barmaid, and her three friends who frequented her pub: Ziggy, Alex, and Weird, who also claimed to have discovered her body in the graveyard where she had been stabbed to death.
In the present, Ziggy appears to be plagued by guilt, but Alex and Weird tell him to keep it together, and it’s clear they’re concealing something from that night, as they claimed Rosie didn’t attend a party, but she did and had a confrontation with Ziggy.
Ziggy becomes a key suspect in the case, but they are unable to question him further after he is hit and killed by a car, and we don’t know who was driving. Was it an attempt to silence him?
What Happened in Episode 2?
With Ziggy dead, Karen’s cold case review of the Rosie Duff case became a live investigation, with the team now interested in determining who was responsible for the original death and who might be targeting the suspects in the present.
We learned in episode 2 that Rosie was in a secret relationship at the time. Furthermore, Karen discovered that Rosie’s diary stated that the relationship was on the rocks, but her close friend Iona believed everything was fine – could this mystery figure be involved in some way?
Weird’s alibi from Dorothy fell through, and forensic evidence proving Rosie was in his car surfaced, raising suspicions. To make matters worse, despite apparently feeling a lot of guilt over her death, Weird was fairly uncooperative when he spoke to the police.
As Rosie’s daughter Grace appeared in his house at the end of the episode, Weird could be the next victim in the case. Is she the one after the original suspects?
Who is in the Karen Pirie Cast?
Here’s a full list of the cast for Karen Pirie:
- Lauren Lyle plays DS Karen Pirie
- Chris Jenks plays DC Jason Murray
- Zach Wyatt plays DS Phil Parhatka
- Jhon Lumsden plays Ziggy Jnr
- Jack Hesketh plays Weird Jnr
- Buom Tihngang plays Alex Jnr
- Alex Newman plays Ziggy Snr
- Michael Sheffer plays Weird Snr
- Ariyon Bakare plays Alex Snr
- Bobby Rainsbury plays Grace Galloway
- Anna Russell-Martin plays Rosie Duff
- Gilly Gilchrist plays DI Barney MacLennan
- Kevin Mains plays DI Jimmy Lawson Jnr
Karen Pirie Release Date
Karen Pirie premiered on ITV on September 25th at 8 pm, with the first episode lasting two hours until 10 pm.
Future episodes have since aired weekly at 8 p.m., with the season finale set to air on October 9th. All three were also made available on the ITV Hub immediately after they first aired.
Is There a Karen Pirie Trailer?
Yes! The full trailer introduces the case and shows Karen and her team begins to investigate what will be Karen Pirie’s first murder case. By all accounts, the initial investigation was clearly mishandled. Hopefully, they’ll be able to figure out what happened all those years ago. Check out the trailer below:
Frequently Asked Questions
Is There a Season 2 of Karen Pirie?
Season 2 of Karen Pirie Has Not Yet Been Renewed, but Executive Producer Simon Heath Stated That He and the Rest of the Team “Have Our Fingers Firmly Crossed.” He Stated That It Will “Ultimately Depend on How Well the Audience Responds to the First Season,” a Sentiment Shared by Emer Kenny, the Show’s Screenwriter.
Are There Any More Karen Pirie Series?
Karen Pirie Concluded on ITV Tonight With Its Third and Final Episode, Revealing the Shocking Twist in the Decades-long Murder Case That the Titular Detective Has Been Trying to Solve.
Is Karen Pirie Based on True Story?
While the Plot Does Not Appear to Be Too Far-fetched, Karen Pirie is Not Based on a True Story. The ITV Drama Was Adapted for Television by Emer Kenny, an Actress, and Screenwriter Who Also Stars in the Three-part Series as Karen’s Best Friend and Flatmate, River.