|Genre|| Detective fiction |
|Created by||Marjorie Eccles|
|Developed by||Simon Booker|
|Starring|| Alistair McGowan |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producers||Sally Haynes|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||BBC Birmingham|
|Original network||BBC One|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i)|
|Original release||12 March –|
30 April 2006
Mayo is a British television detective fiction-comedy series, adapted from the Gil Mayo Mysteries series books by Marjorie Eccles, first broadcast on BBC One on 12 March 2006.The eight-part series, produced by BBC Birmingham, starred Alistair McGowan as the titular character, alongside Jessica Oyelowo, Huw Rhys and Louise Brealey. The series was developed by Simon Booker, and directed by Metin Huseyin, Jonathan Fox Bassett and Fraser MacDonald.
The series was filmed on location in and around Leamington Spa. Each of the eight episodes were based upon one of Eccles' novels, aside from the final episode, which was an original story for television by Joe Ainsworth.McGowan provided additional script dialogue for all eight episodes, and was also heavily involved in helping produce the series. Notable guest stars throughout the series run included former Doctor Who Sylvester McCoy and actress and singer Paloma Faith.
The series aired at 20:00 on Sundays, with the first episode drawing almost 4.5 million viewers. Across the series, no further viewing figures were recorded. The series broadcast in Australia on ABC1 in mid-2008, and was repeated on 7Two in 2011, under the pseudonym The Gil Mayo Mysteries.
On 23 March 2007 McGowan confirmed that Mayo would not return for a second series. McGowan commented on the series axing; "It was taking its time to find its feet, and by the end, we knew what we were doing. But sadly, decisions are made on the first episode, and we definitely didn't hit the ground running. We learnt how to make a very good programme and we were all really surprised and very disappointed that we didn't get another series. It is sad."
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|| Viewers|
|1||1||"Cast a Cold Eye"||Metin Huseyin||Simon Booker||12 March 2006||4.46|
A man is found dead at an exclusive rehabilitation clinic, having named the centre's founder as his beneficiary. Mayo and the team investigate whether the death was suicide or murder.Guest starring: Paterson Joseph and Margo Stilley
|2||2||"Requiem for a Dove"||Metin Huseyin||Simon Booker||19 March 2006||N/A|
Mayo and the team investigate the death of Marion Dove, a successful businesswoman found dead beneath a fallen chandelier.Guest starring: Nigel Planer and Geoffrey Whitehead
|3||3||"A Species of Revenge"||Metin Huseyin||Michael Wynne||26 March 2006||N/A|
The body of a man is found in an allotment, having been struck on the head and drowned in the night, but no one comes forward to identify him.Guest starring: Tamsin Egerton, Jake Wood and Sara Stewart
|4||4||"Late of This Parish"||Fraser McDonald||Michael Wynne||2 April 2006||N/A|
Mayo investigates the brutal murder of a residential care-home owner found bludgeoned to death in his wheelchair.Guest starring: Art Malik, Sylvester McCoy and Heather Peace
|5||5||"A Sunset Touch"||Fraser MacDonald||Tom MacRae||9 April 2006||N/A|
Jones goes for a beauty makeover in an attempt to elicit information about the murdered husband of the owner of a local beauty salon.Guest starring: Ruth Jones and Gaynor Faye
|6||6||"Killing Me Softly"||Fraser MacDonald||Danny Miller||16 April 2006||N/A|
Mayo and the team investigate the death of a geography teacher and uncover gambling debts and drug dealing.Guest starring: Jeremy Edwards and Paloma Faith
|7||7||"More Deaths than One"||Jonathan Fox Bassett||Colin Bytheway||23 April 2006||N/A|
The body of a murdered estate agent is found on the eve of his wedding, while the owner of a rival firm has disappeared.Guest starring: Claire King and Tony Haygarth
|8||8||"Scrubbed Out"||Jonathan Fox Bassett||Joe Ainsworth||30 April 2006||N/A|
Mayo and Jones investigate the murder of a cleaner, asphyxiated with her own duster.Guest starring: Tristan Gemmill and David Oyelowo
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