Another AMAZING murder mystery as a team away day for Strategic North who were one of the best group of sleuths EVER! They really got stuck into us over dinner as they interrogated us relentlessly despite our rogues gallery of suspects being so defensive and obnoxious! They were clearly an amazing set of colleagues – you could see their camaraderie as following their annual awards ceremony they trawled through our red herrings to try and solve our fiendish murder at the spectacular Arley Hall – which has also been used as a filming location for news stories on BBC Breakfast News right through to Disney productions.
Among some of the productions filmed at Arley Hall have been the BBC’s Peaky Blinders, Antiques Road Show, Body Farm, Great British Garden Revival, Songs of Praise, Our Zoo; ITV’s Coronation Street, Cold Feet, The Voice, Tonight with Trevor McDonald, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Cold Blood, The Forsythe Saga, Midwinter of the Spirit and Britannia High; Channel 4’s Hollyoaks and Disney UK for Evermoor. It was a delight to perform for such fun clients and at such an amazing venue which leant itself perfectly to our murder mystery events!
Well it’s the end of an era as Mr Steve Ward – who’s worked with Murder One for all of it’s 31 years – finally hangs up his handcuffs and warrant badge, having solved his last case! Playing Det. Insp. Ferris for about the last 3-4 years, Steve had also played a wide variety of characters prior to that, and has been an integral part of Murder One’s growth to international status – touring not just the UK but abroad, staging the perfect murders!
Below is an open letter from Steve, who will be sorely missed by all who’ve worked with – and been entertained – by him …
“As we move into a new year, the close of 2018 marks the end of an era for me. Having been with Murder-One since its beginnings in 1987, I have worked my way through all the senior characters (even when I was younger!) until I took on the character of D.I. Ferris. Now, having reached a ripe old age, it is the right time for me to hand on my tin star before senility and dotage takes hold. Working with Murder-One all these years has been a privilege and a pleasure. Every event has presented its own challenges but Murder-One has always delivered; storms, floods, and break-downs all taken in its truly professional stride. It has taken me to many fabulous venues, some of which have been so welcoming that it was like visiting old friends. It has allowed me to meet many interesting people. It has given me the chance to work with so many talented colleagues, some sadly no longer with us, and some now moved on to greater things – I will remember you all. Above all, it has made me many life-long friends.
To all guests, colleagues, and friends – I salute you all and may Murder-One continue to flourish.
The UK’s hottest day of 2018 so far saw the whole cast of Murder One – not just our victims – end up underground! Our latest interactive Murder Mystery was staged for the sixty UK based technical staff of Facebook – as Murder One add another major and world wide company to our client list. In association with Transport For London, the suspects and sleuths descended to the depths of the disused Aldwych tube station located on London’s Strand, last used in 1994. A fabulous crowd and most amazing venue! – The event, as ever, was an amazing success – “The public gets what the public wants” – though not everyone got out alive!
To enquire about having your own unique murder mystery event click here.
See our main site for ALL info on our events. February 2018 saw Murder One stage a Charity Murder Mystery Event at York House in Twickenham for the chosen charities of the Lady Mayor of Richmond, Councillor Lisa Blakemore, and Deputy Mayor Councillor Benedict Dias. The charities the 120 guests generously raised over £7000 for Cavernoma Alliance UK, metoo@co, and Off The Record, Twickenham. With paper faces on parade at this masquerade murder mystery guests – which included the Lady Mayor and Deputy Mayor, and also a criminal profiler from New Scotland Yard (!) – were encouraged to unmask the murderer in yet another fiendish Murder One event.
Murder One were delighted to stage another of our murder mystery events for Pinewood Studios, who join our list of prestigious clients. Various Pinewood staff working at the underwater stage on such films as James Bond became sleuths for the night as the venue for their Christmas Party became a crime scene and they tried to solve another of our fiendish murders. FOR PHOTOS OF THIS EVENT, SEE HERE
Cementing Murder One as an INTERNATIONAL Murder Mystery events company, our actors have just returned from a tour in Pakistan – performing at five star hotels in Lahore and Karachi for some of the most influential and innovative business leaders from many diverse industries within the country. It was the first time that particular cast had been to Pakistan and they all absolutely loved the experience. EVERYONE they encountered both on the murder mystery and whilst out and about travelling between venues and cities were nothing less than friendly, polite, welcoming and hospitable. Murder One were made to feel incredibly safe and welcome wherever we went. As always, the murder mystery events were a tremendous success and Murder One – as well as adding to their list of prestigious clients – can now boast the coup of being THE FIRST COMPANY IN THE WORLD to stage Murder Mystery Events in Pakistan.
A proud and happy achievement as Murder One goes from strength to strength. Below is a video diary of Murder One’s time in Pakistan. Please feel free to leave comments in the comments box at the bottom of this page 🙂
November 2017 saw Murder One stage their first Murder Mystery Event at Cholderton Charlie’s Farm! Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm AKA Cholderton Charlie’s is a Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) registered Rare Breeds Farm, and is part of the Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park experience. During the day there are so many gorgeous animals to meet, feed, cuddle and pet, most of which are British Rare Breeds! Down on The Farm there’s: Pig Corner, Rabbit Village, Goat Mountain, Donkey Den, The Chicken Coop, Duck & Geese Ponds, Pony Pastures, Sheep Shelters and the Farmyard! All are in great enclosures so all ages can easily see all of the animals! But on the night of Saturday 11th November the farm became a crime scene as Murder One’s rogue gallery of suspects turned up with murder on their mind!… And for those that missed it – or want another chance at solving our murders – Murder One reunite their surviving cast to stage 3 more murders there in 2018…
Photos of the cast enjoying the farm after the event can be seen here, and below is a video of the event and another of audience reviews…
Murder One will return to this venue in 2018… see here for dates! …
As part of their October tour, Murder One were proud to perform a murder mystery evening for Jupiter Asset Management – a fund management group, managing equity and bond investments for private and institutional investors. Thirty of Jupiter’s sales people and their internal sales support partners gathered in St Albans at the superb Sopwell House to solve yet another murder most foul!
“Thank you so much for the Murder Mystery last night. I’m sure you could tell that everybody had a whale of a time. Your team’s acting skills were top class!”
– Jacqui Saunders, Secretary, Client Coverage Group UK and MEA, Jupiter AM.
Please click below for video testimonials following the event, and further below are a few photos taken by guests during the murder mystery…
Murder One were delighted to recently stage another murder mystery event at the iconic Alnwick Castle, the location used on productions such as Harry Potter, Downton Abbey, Transformers 5, and many more! The Castle is the second largest inhabited castle in the country and home to the Duke of Northumberland’s family. With magnificent medieval architecture (rich in it’s own history, intrigue and extraordinary people!) Alnwick Castle became the setting for another Murder One murder mystery as approximately 90 sleuths examined the crime scene formally occupied by residents of Hogwarts in an attempt to solve whodunnit! See below for a few photos.
“Hi Murder One – Just wanted to pass on my thanks to the superb job you and your team did last night… this morning people were all talking about the murder mystery and the events that took place and how it was way more than they expected and how brilliant the night was. It took them all by surprize. I loved watching everyone’s reaction as the night unfolded.”
– James Boyd, Visitor Activity Manager, Alnwick Castle.
“To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure.”
– Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Murder One’s latest murder mystery event was staged for St. James’s Place Wealth Management – a FTSE 100 company with £83.0bn of client funds under management. The company chose Murder One for their most recent corporate event – fundraising murder mystery entertainment for staff. Feedback from the event is below…
“Dear Murder One…. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for Saturday. It was nothing short of EXCELLENT!! … If we have any other events like this we will certainly be contacting you and of course recommending you to everyone we know. Thank you for making the long trip down!”
– Angela Ruffels, PA to Daniel Giacomelli, Head of Business, St. James’s Place Wealth Management, Witham.
The feature pic is of one of our victims, snapped by a guest who was first at the crime scene, who sadly (or otherwise) died on the steps of the delightful Roslyn House! To book your own murder mystery event for corporate entertainment or teambuilding, please click here.
Last month went out with a bang with the latest cast of Murder One performing their murder mystery ‘Fatal Focus’ at Lancaster Castle for Harrison Drury Solicitors. Fifty solicitors from various offices throughout Lancashire gathered in the A-Wing of this former prison to pit their wits against our suspects and killer in another of our unique murder mystery events at this most unique venue! Photos can be found here.
Aidey Pugh, founder and director of Murder One, will be taking a break from playing his usual menacing murderous machiavellian suspects in his murder mystery events and instead can be seen playing jobsworth Jonathan in a pilot for a new BBC sitcom, Hospital People, this Friday (Friday 26th Feb, 10.35pm, BBC1). The sitcom, set in the failing Brimlington Hospital, stars Tom Binns – an award-winning and critical acclaimed character comedian – who’ll be playing five other characters in Hospital People. Aidey massively enjoyed the experience and met some fantastic cast and crew. It was a welcome chance to smile and laugh – something he’s not used to doing in the serious business of murder!
UPDATE : The episode starring Aidey Pugh can now be seen on BBC iplayer here
Murder One were delighted to have been chosen by Newton Hall, Northumberland, to stage their charity murder mystery night. The evening was an amazing success and raised no less than EIGHT THOUSAND POUNDS, all for charity!