Mrs. Sidhu Investigates is a 4 part British mystery series streaming on Acorn TV. It’s the kind of mystery viewers of Acorn TV love. The main character is a charming older woman who stumbles on murders. She figures out what happened before the police do and insists on helping them with the investigation.
In Mrs. Sidhu Investigates the charming lead is played by Meera Syal. She’s a widow who runs a business catering Indian food. She keeps a photo of her husband and her father in a kitchen cabinet where she holds frequent conversations with them. Her father was a police officer.
Her aimless son, Tez (Gurjeet Singh), loses his job so she puts him to work helping her in her catering business. Each time they get a job they take a van full of food to a new place. And there’s a murder.
The police send DCI Burton (Craig Parkinson) and Sergeant Mint (Naana Agyei Ampadu) to solve the crimes. Mrs. Sidhu sees all the clues and figures things out before they do. Of course, the police don’t want her help. But if you’ve seen this type of story before, you know they come to rely on her insight. Think of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Recipes for Love and Murder, or Harry Wild. If you enjoyed any of those, you’ll probably enjoy Mrs. Sidhu, too.
The four main characters appear in every episode. Each murder is in a new place with a new guest cast. The crimes happen in a health club, a software company, at a fan convention, and in the world of boxing. Each episode is movie length at about an hour and a half.
The series actually began as a radio show on the BBC, which Meera Syal starred in. She brought the role into the TV series.
I’m not a fan of Indian food, but some of Mrs. Sidhu’s treats look positively delicious.