FILMING of a new murder mystery series based on best-selling story of Agatha Raisin took over the cobbled streets of Lacock and Biddestone this week.

The television series, which is set to be broadcast on Sky One later in the year, is based on the character created by author Marion Chesney Beaton.

The comedy drama follows the life a high-powered PR lady who moves to a village in the Cotswolds in search of a new life. In order to integrate into the community, she bakes a quiche for the village fete only for someone to die from eating it. To clear her name, Agatha then decides to find the actual killer.

Following the success of last year's one-off Christmas special, the new series will return for eight stand-alone episodes and filming for episodes one and two took place this week.

Both villages will have a starring role alongside Ugly Betty actress Ashley Jensen, Cold Feet’s Hermione Norris and Gavin and Stacey’s Matthew Horne.

The eight stories confirmed are Walkers of Dembley, Hell's Bells, Wellspring of Death, Potted Gardener, Vicious Vet, Day the Floods Came, Witch of Wyckhadden and Murderous Marriage.

In Lacock, crews took over Church Street and filmed at several locations including inside the Carpenters Arms pub.

David McDowell, who owns the Pottery bed and breakfast on Church Street, said the filming has been a regular occurrence for villagers.

“The location manager Midge Ferguson was very nice and had been in discussions with us three or even four weeks before the filming took place and he talked through how it would possible inconvenience us.

“The filming crew were delightful and it was interesting to see how they worked. It seems a bit glamorous at first but for us we have got used to it and get on with our day while they do the same.

“I was too busy to stop and watch and they were doing their business by filming.”

Crews also started to film on The Green in Biddestone on Wednesday which previously featured in the pilot last year.

The centre of the village was transformed properties into a shop, school, doctor’s surgery and a bed and breakfast to fit the needs of the producers who have been able to control traffic through the village while filming.

Agatha Raisin is due to be broadcast later in the year on Sky One.