Mayo (TV series)

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The main cast of Mayo: Huw Rhys, Jessica Oyelowo, Alistair McGowan and Louise Brealey
Genre Detective fiction
Created byMarjorie Eccles
Developed bySimon Booker
Starring Alistair McGowan
Jessica Oyelowo
Huw Rhys
Louise Brealey
Lucy Evans
ComposerJoby Talbot
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producersSally Haynes
Will Trotter
ProducerRebecca Hedderly
CinematographyToby Moore
EditorsPaul Endacott
Anthony Combes
Running time60 minutes
Production companyBBC Birmingham
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9 (576i)
Audio format Stereo
Original release12 March (2006-03-12) 
30 April 2006 (2006-04-30)

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. [1] 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. [2] 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. [3]

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." [4]



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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date Viewers
11"Cast a Cold Eye"Metin HuseyinSimon Booker12 March 2006 (2006-03-12)4.46 [5]

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
22"Requiem for a Dove"Metin HuseyinSimon Booker19 March 2006 (2006-03-19)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
33"A Species of Revenge"Metin HuseyinMichael Wynne26 March 2006 (2006-03-26)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
44"Late of This Parish"Fraser McDonaldMichael Wynne2 April 2006 (2006-04-02)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
55"A Sunset Touch"Fraser MacDonaldTom MacRae9 April 2006 (2006-04-09)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
66"Killing Me Softly"Fraser MacDonaldDanny Miller16 April 2006 (2006-04-16)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
77"More Deaths than One"Jonathan Fox BassettColin Bytheway23 April 2006 (2006-04-23)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
88"Scrubbed Out"Jonathan Fox BassettJoe Ainsworth30 April 2006 (2006-04-30)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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