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Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop

2021, Adventure/Mystery & thriller, 1h 20m

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Orphaned at a young age, Elizabeth Willoughby inherited her family estate. Now an Ancient Civilization professor at University, Willoughby receives a call from old family friends asking her to investigate a series of hauntings at their antique bookshop.

Rating: PG (Violence|Brief Language|Thematic Material|Scary Images)

Genre: Adventure, Mystery & thriller

Original Language: English (United Kingdom)

Director: Brad Watson

Producer: Alan Latham , Philippe Martinez

Writer: Josh Ridgway , Kate Wood

Release Date (Streaming): Feb 8, 2022

Runtime: 1h 20m

Production Co: Goldfinch, MSR Media, Highfield Grange Studios

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Nathalie Cox

Miss Willoughby

Kelsey Grammer

Robert Thompson

Caroline Quentin

Sarah Clarkson

Steven Elder

Oliver Deakin

Bhavna Limbachia

Dr Gaya Shirani

Ruth Horrocks

Bookshop Customer

Bryan Samson

Roland's Ghost

Shane Senior

Bookstore Customer

Lucas Livesey

Wayne Gordon

Brad Watson

Josh Ridgway

Alan Latham

Philippe Martinez

Lee Beasley

Executive Producer

Karinne Behr

Kirsty Bell

Ross W. Clarkson

Cinematographer

Film Editing

Adam Langston

Production Design

Julia Drummond-Haig

Costume Design

Jeremy Zimmermann

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The plot is thin, the characters thinner, and the solution isn't hard to figure out but a good time is had by all..

Digital on Demand. Elizabeth Willoughby loves an investigation. So, when some family friends start experiencing strange occurrences in their bookshop, they turn to Elizabeth and task her with finding a non-supernatural explanation for their haunting.

Release date February 8, 2022

Run Time: 90 minutes

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Upon the unexpected death of her parents, young Elizabeth Willoughby (Scarlett Graham) becomes the ward of their friend, Robert Windsor (Giacomo Gex). Assuming the management of Lizzy’s Yorkshire estate, Robert also oversees her education, which consists of indulging her obsession with ancient history all morning and requiring physical activity all afternoon. Her exercise regimen involves a heavy dose of martial arts and boxing, which will come in very handy in the years to come.

Twenty five years later, Elizabeth (Nathalie Cox) is happily established as a book author and classics professor, with a reputation for amateur detective work. Still living with Robert (Kelsey Grammar) on her estate, she is contacted by friends of her late parents in the hopes that she can help with an unusual problem. Helen Deakin (Louise Bangay) is being haunted by the ghost of her late father, and her husband, Oliver (Steven Elder), isn’t sure whether the apparitions are real or the manifestation of a mental disorder. As Elizabeth starts to investigate, she encounters catty book club members, an oily property developer, and some very eerie occurrences…

Parents will be relieved to know that this show also contains minimal amounts of negative content. There’s some plot-related violence, although it’s kept to a minimum, and some scenes of social drinking. There’s nothing here that can’t be watched by tweens or fastidious grandparents (unless they are unusually sensitive). If your ten year old loves reading Nancy Drew books and wants to watch mysteries on TV, this is a good place to start. It’s clean, it’s easy, and it won’t haunt anyone’s dreams.

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Why is Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop rated PG? Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop is rated PG by the MPAA for violence, thematic material, scary images and brief language.

Violence:   A woman collapses. A main character hears a struggle and people screaming over the phone. A very decayed corpse is seen in a body bag. A character threatens another with a gun and hits her on the head with it, knocking her out. There’s brief conversation about killing people. There are scenes of physical combat.  Sexual Content: A man and woman kiss. There is mention of adultery. Profanity: There are a few terms of deity in the film. Alcohol / Drug Use: A woman takes anti-anxiety medication. Main characters drink alcohol to relax. Adults drink alcohol at social events.

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Grab some tea and settle in for a whodunit mystery . Miss Willoughby (Nathalie Cox) is on the case. 

Orphaned as a child, raised by a family friend (Kelsey Grammer), and skilled in strategy, literature, and martial arts, there’s no case Miss Willoughby can’t solve. But even she is baffled when a longtime friend tells her that a ghost is haunting the bookstore she runs. Is someone playing a trick on the poor woman? Is it a hallucination? Or is something more sinister going on?

Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop Review

In a niche carved out by Miss Marple and Nancy Drew , and solidified by the likes of Phryne Fisher and Jessica Fletcher, one Miss Willoughby has some big shoes to fill. (And to cut off any early complaints at my comparison of lady detectives, I would direct you to the marketing for the film, which declares, “Move over Miss Marple, there’s a smart, stylish new detective in town.” )

The Haunted Bookshop certainly goes through great lengths to convince the audience of Miss Willoughby’s vast talent and capabilities. The film opens with a montage of her youthful accomplishments: plowing through book after book, out-maneuvering family-friend-turned-parental-figure Robert at chess, and learning multiple forms of martial arts. And the grown-up Miss Willoughby certainly seems poised and stylish, as promised.

But does she live up to her lofty expectations?

In short? Not really.

I love a mystery-solvin’ lady, and I wanted to love Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop. But what stands out the most about Miss Willoughby as a movie is that it just… doesn’t stand out. Quite frankly, it was pretty flat and boring. 

Nathalie Cox as Miss Willoughby

On paper, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. It’s a mystery! There’s a ghost, and a kidnapping, and maybe even murder! Our detective has the smarts and the kick-ass-ability to unravel the case and take on anyone who comes her way! I am writing exclamation points to convince myself these are exciting things!

Unfortunately, none of these elements really come together as strongly as they should. Despite grounding its core mystery in a haunting, the ghostly apparition in question never really builds the thrills it should. Similarly, much of the plot progresses at a crawl, with few scenes jumping out and making you pay attention. The movie barely scrapes an hour and a half, but feels much longer. It also seems like the kind of story where you could watch the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes and still reasonably understand everything that happened. It just feels like the bulk of the plot never gives us anything to really sink our teeth into.

Miss Willoughby handles her delicate case with an endearing kindness, but doesn’t pick up on enough breadcrumbs to lead up to the big reveal. Don’t get me wrong – she solves it, in the end. (Uh, spoilers, I guess?) And the explanation she provides does prove she knew what she was doing all along. But we don’t get nearly enough “small wins” – you know, where the detective picks up on little details as the story progresses and reveals their meaning to us, proving their mettle and keeping up audience intrigue. This, combined with a lack of a true “red herring” and subpar thrills, means Miss Willoughby fails to deliver a truly compelling whodunit.

Kelsey Grammer as Robert and Nathalie Cox as Miss Willoughby

All in all, Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop is a supremely middle-of-the-road film. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either. The performances are fine, but not standout. The mystery doesn’t fully deliver, but the story at least shot for some emotional resonance that demonstrates it wanted to provide more than just thrills.

Were Miss Willoughby’s adventures to continue, I might give her a second chance to impress me – but maybe that’s just because I’ll have forgotten all about her by the time another film rolls around.

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Nathalie Cox (Miss Willoughby) Kelsey Grammer (Robert Windsor) Louise Bangay (Helen Deakin) Tara Fitzgerald (Diana Branson) Steven Elder (Oliver Deakin) Caroline Quentin (Sarah Clarkson) Nicholas Jones (Professor Vernon Murray) Wayne Gordon (D.I. Pryce) Bhavna Limbachia (Dr. Gaya Shirani) Marc Bannerman (Charles Vaines) Scarlett Graham (Young Miss Willoughby) Giacomo Gex (Young Robert Windsor) Lucas Livesey (Andrew) Lauren Dickinson (Briony) Russell Richardson (Vicar) Bryan Samson (Roland's Ghost) Barbara Jillings (Housekeeper) John Dakin (Elderly Customer)

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A University professor with an insatiable appetite for investigation is asked by some old family friends to investigate a series of hauntings at their antique bookstore.

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If you are looking for a light movie on a Sunday afternoon, complete with cobble-tone towns and English estates, then this is for you.

miss willoughby and the haunted bookshop movie review

This is a fun detective romp that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The title gives the viewer a ‘clue’ as to what to expect; Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop, sounds more like a Scooby Doo, Mystery Incorporated adventure. It does have a lavish British feel, complete with sprawling estates, butlers, and Range Rovers parked out front. Yet, the promise of an intriguing mystery being worked out by a skilful investigator, is not what’s on offer. Writing detective mysteries can be a tricky thing to master, and this movie proves that. And yet, there is appeal in this light venture into the world of sleuthing.

We are introduced to Elizabeth Willoughby as a pre-teen, who has lost her parents and is now under the care of family friend, Robert Windsor, an American, ex-marine who becomes her guardian. Elizabeth is a ferocious reader, and Robert helps to bring her out of her book worm life with his tutoring in the arts of self-defence, chess, and – jogging? After a brief introduction of the young Elizabeth, we fast-forward to re-engage with her as university lecturer, Miss Willoughby (Nathalie Cox), an assertive, and altogether wholesome woman with a winning smile. Her unwavering guardian, Robert (Kelsey Grammer) has become an elderly statesman-like figure who has remained at the estate as Miss Willoughby’s only constant companion.

An old family friend, Helen Deakin, a bookshop owner, comes to Miss Willoughby, distraught from visions and hauntings she is experiencing of her long-departed father. His ghost appears at random times, and a poltergeist moves objects, sending Helen into an emotional turmoil, which certainly interferes with her customer service! And so it is, that Miss Willoughby volunteers to look into it, putting on her detective hat, to find out if poor Helen is being haunted, or perhaps there’s a logical explanation to it all.

There is a book club that Helen hosts, and the argumentative book club members add to the possibilities that not all is what it seems. But then again, apparitions are hard to fake – aren’t they? Robert exchanges investigative ideas with Willoughby in the classic Holmes/Watson paradigm, but he also acts as an anchor for Willoughby, as she deals with the possibility that Helen is experiencing real paranormal events. As the story progresses, we see Willoughby slowly find the clues that lead to her discovery, of the truth.

Despite the best efforts to make this a true detective tale, albeit light-on approach, it doesn’t deliver enough clues for the audience to piece together anything of substance. And it’s too unclear why anyone would bother tormenting Helen, with seemingly nothing of worth to gain from it all. The elements that go into any detective story are motifs of exceptional observation, well-placed clues, and often, a dark and foreboding scene or two. Yet none of these are on display to give it that distinctive detective flavour.

The acting by Nathalie Cox is solid, despite the poor whodunnit script, and Kelsey Grammer brings weight to an otherwise wanting detective romp. If you are looking for a light movie on a Sunday afternoon, complete with cobble-tone towns and English estates, then this is for you. But if you want something a little more intense, with a well-developed plot and plenty of real detective work, then catch any episode of Scooby Doo .

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2022 Directed by Brad Watson

In this shop, every book is a mystery.

Miss Willoughby is an educator and keen adventurer, an heiress to a family fortune who, along with her ex-forces butler, Robert, and cheeky but reliable Jack Russell, Bentley, gets pulled into mystery and adventure surrounding a haunted antique bookshop.

Nathalie Cox Kelsey Grammer Caroline Quentin Steven Elder Tara Fitzgerald Louise Bangay Wayne Gordon Nicholas Jones Bhavna Limbachia Marc Bannerman Giacomo Gex Scarlett Graham Lucas Livesey Lauren Dickinson Russell Richardson Bryan Samson Barbara Jillings

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Brad Watson

Producers Producers

Philippe Martinez Alan Latham Lisa Gabriel Jane Widgery

Executive Producers Exec. Producers

Kirsty Bell Karinne Behr Lee Beasley

Writers Writers

Josh Ridgway Philippe Martinez Chad Law Kate Wood

Casting Casting

Jeremy Zimmermann

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Cinematography cinematography.

Ross W. Clarkson

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Adam Langston

Costume Design Costume Design

Julia Drummond-Haig

Makeup Makeup

Jessica Richardson

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Highfield Grange Studios Goldfinch Studios Grindstone Entertainment Group Lionsgate MSR Media

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Review by 📀 Cammmalot 📀 ★★

”So we’re in the business of ghost-busting now?”

Tonight on Unwatched Mysteries - Miss Willoughby sets out to solve the mystery of who this languid milquetoast film was made for... and why?

I suppose it’s meant to be old-fashioned, charming and fun… but it feels more like a failed TV pilot in search of a hard-to-find audience.

Actually, this is what I imagine ‘Murder, She Wrote’ would have been like if it took place in England, involved mysteries with no murder, and if Jessica Fletcher was actually a rich British orphan raised by a US Marine who teaches her combat skills and looks a lot like Frasier.

”Do I detect a teeny-weeny degree of cynicicsm?” “Can you blame me?”

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Review by Curtis ★★

When this popped up, it seemed somewhat conspicuous that three actors (Nathalie Cox, Kelsey Grammer and Caroline Quentin) as well as the large British estate who starred in the somewhat mediocre Father Christmas is Back in late 2021 had reunited for the somewhat mediocre Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop , a cozy mystery stitched together from some very familiar tropes.

Elizabeth Willoughby (Nathalie Cox), educator/author/mystery solver, and her faithful American manservant Thompson (Kelsey Grammar) are contacted by an old friend when his wife Helen claims nightly visitations by her extremely deceased father. Will Miss Willoughby be able to solve the mystery of the Haunted Bookshop in time to save Helen from whatever, or whoever, is out to do her harm?…

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never letting mom pick the movie again

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Review by Peter Spencer ★★★

It's a shame that this was a one-off; it felt like it was going to turn out into a film series!

Kilian 🎞️

Review by Kilian 🎞️ ★★½

Britisch, charmant und äußerst seicht im Abgang kommt »Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop« daher. Da ist alles gut gespielt und für TV-Verhältnisse auch technisch ordentlich umgesetzt, doch das Drehbuch ist halt vorhersehbar und ohne wirklichen Konflikt. Hat man alles schon irgendwo mal gesehen und macht trotzdem noch irgendwo spaß.

han 🐺

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idk it was my mom’s bday and she wanted to watch this for some reason

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Review by Bronco Henry ★★★

I love these films that no one has ever heard of but apparently just came out

Interesting.

Though Kelsey Grammer was the only best highlight of this film!

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Review by Joe ★★½ 1

Channel 5 Family Movies on a Sunday afternoon be wild. Sponsored by the Legoland Windsor Resort.  My favourite part was the weirdly long erectile dysfunction advert in one of the breaks.

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Review by UltimateMovieRankings ★★★½

This was a very average mystery movie. Seeing Kelsey Grammer on the DVD cover was the main reason for watching this one. Grammer is fine in a supporting role. The mystery is really easy to figure out. Still, I was entertained while watching this one.

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Review by Jason Still ★★★

A rather generous three stars for what is, essentially, a by-the-numbers, overtly old-school, very English, televisual, amateur sleuth ghost yarn…

…always fun to see Dr Frasier Crane, though his presence rather shows up some comparatively dodgy afternoon TV acting, which, to be fair, is where this belongs, along with a nice brew and a digestive in between Jonathan Creek and Midsomer Murders…

… very easy viewing - three stars for the escapism and cheesy plot; can’t help feeling it was the pilot for a series that wasn’t greenlit, a series I’d likely watch 🫢

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Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop — Brad Watson

Miss willoughby and the haunted bookshop rides its quaint aesthetic all the way to feeling already dated..

On paper, Brad Watson’s Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop has all the necessary goods to deliver a perfectly enjoyable, entertaining flick. Half detective story, half ghost tale, all taking place in the Northeastern English countryside of York where rows of beautiful, old brick buildings line cobbled streets, the film — at least in its initial outlook — promises to be one of those well-known British policiers imbued with an aura of suspense and mystery. Miss Willoughby quickly introduces the story of a young girl, Elizabeth Willoughby, who after tragically losing her father is fostered by one of his military officer friends. U.S. mariner Robert Thompson (played by Kelsey Grammer when the film jumps ahead) proceeds to train little Elizabeth both physically (martial arts and boxing) and mentally (chess and literature) at a majestic family manor. Years quickly fly by, and the film cuts to the 40-ish Elizabeth (Nathalie Cox), now an elegant, well-mannered, and even sexy ancient history professor who teaches at a local university. But just as viewers are primed to watch a complicated drama of puzzles and thrills — after a family friend asks Elizabeth to investigate (more in a private detective capacity) a series of suspicious haunting incidents at the town bookstore Deakin’s — the larger story begins to feel much less captivating than its logline suggests, and its early promise notably wanes.

Saddled with an increasingly unengaging plot, a series of long-winded dialogues, plenty of drab situations, and a few unchallenging twists, the screenplay is a notably lackluster affair. Indeed, it mostly fails at meeting even the most modest expectations for this type of film — those of a particularly English character that mount investigations of either paranormal events or spectacular crimes and which often lead to long-concealed family and/or local history secrets, not far from the Agatha Christie mold. But what saves Miss Willoughby from becoming an abject flop is Watson’s tasteful and quaint (even if, academic) visualism, due in no small part to the posh costuming and ravishing set designs, not to mention the allure of the gorgeous locations, which are beautifully, cleanly captured by Watson and DP Ross W. Clarkson. The tender chemistry between the leading duo of Cox and Grammer offers another mild hook for a film with a relative lack of meaningful incident; even if the former isn’t entirely convincing as a professor-turned-detective, the latter’s well-grounded work acts as a solid anchor for the film’s ostensible core.

Miss Willoughby can best be regarded, then, as a quite typical, overly generic work that is nonetheless filled with plenty of visual charm, its lack of substantial wit compensated for with colorful, trimmed images. Adam Langston’s overshadowing score threatens to drown out these mild pleasures, but it’s still ultimately a harmless and unassuming film which its target could easily enjoy with a cup of tea in hand as a bit of casual, escapist Sunday afternoon fodder. It’s a film sketched with an antique aesthetic that situates it somewhere in between Enola Holmes and Knives Out , but with a more old-fashioned sensibility than the former and dramatic development and thrust than the latter. Indeed, despite its small charms, Miss Willoughby and Haunted Bookshop is so committed to this throwback vibe and its TV-quality mystery that it already feels preternaturally aged, even upon its release.

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Orphaned at a young age, Elizabeth Willoughby inherited her family estate. Now an Ancient Civilization professor at University, Willoughby receives a call from old family friends asking her to investigate a series of hauntings at their antique bookshop.

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Shot in North Yorkshire, England, the stunning architecture, the intriguing storyline, the high production value and a mystery that must be solved, gives you the opportunity to play detective and will keep you on your toes until the very end.  Dove approved for 12+ due to some short but frightening scenes and thematic events that may not be suitable for young children.

Movie opens with the very sad scene of the funeral of young Elizabeth’s parents.  Set in England in the ‘90s, Elizabeth inherits the family’s elaborate estate complete with servants.  Robert, a long-time family friend, US military man and now Lizzy’s guardian, trains Lizzy in boxing, martial arts, and physical endurance.

Elizabeth Willoughby (Nathalie Cox) matures into a lovely and beautiful woman and Robert (Kelsey Grammer) never leaves her side as he continues to caretake the Estate and guide her like a doting parent.  An Ancient Civilization University professor, Elizabeth finds great joy in her students as she explores the material with her enthusiastic participants.   It’s a good and prosperous happy life.

As Helen Deakin (Tara Fitzgerald) proceeds to clean up after the book club meeting, a very large crash startles and scares her but no one is there. Eerie music plays, the lights flicker, books fall off the shelves, as Helen panics and runs out of the building only to see an image of a man reflected in the glass door.  As she drives off, she is terrified and the scene cuts to the outside of the darkened building that appears spooky and creepy.  Her night is restless as she tries desperately to make sense of what she saw.  Elizabeth receives an anxious call from Oliver Deakin (Steven Elder) co-bookshop owner and dear old family friend, leaving her puzzled and she agrees to meet at teatime tomorrow.

Elizabeth listens attentively as Helen tells her of her fear of being haunted, the strange noises, things out of place, images in her peripheral vision… and the smell of her late father’s exclusive Parisian perfume!  Elizabeth is positive there is a logical explanation for everything and insists on helping solve the mystery.

As she enthusiastically takes on the task, Elizabeth is taken from logical to illogical to uncovering a sinister plan to force Helen into selling her beloved bookshop.  And the movie ending will leave Elizabeth just a little bit rattled and leave you questioning what you just saw, too!

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This movie is a soft mystery with some thematic events that support the script and keep you guessing, but not unlike other similar programming suitable for older children. Parental guidance is recommended.

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A Christian funeral with narrative about God and Jesus Christ.

Robert is ever loyal to Lizzy’s parents trust in taking care of their young daughter; Elizabeth is caring and concerned for her friends.

Gentle hugs and kisses.

None except for “shut-up,” spoken somewhat in jest, to cattle who are mooing.

Woman with a handgun; man is discovered knocked out; woman is knocked unconscious.

Wine with friends during a book club gathering; other alcohol consumed but no unruly behavior.

Drowning victim exposed in body bag momentarily; women locked in a building; gunfire; eerie music and brief ghostly scene; unscrupulous behavior in plotting a plan of greed.

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A professor who moonlights as a local sleuth must solve the mystery of a ghost that is haunting her friend's bookshop. This stylish whodunit features Kelsey Grammer (“Frasier”).

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  • MPAA rating ‏ : ‎ PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Package Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.48 x 5.47 x 0.67 inches; 2.4 Ounces
  • Director ‏ : ‎ Brad Watson
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ NTSC
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ February 8, 2022
  • Actors ‏ : ‎ Kelsey Grammer, Caroline Quentin, Nathalie Cox, Bhavna Limbachia
  • Producers ‏ : ‎ Alan Latham, Philippe Martinez
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09N14W8FX
  • Country of Origin ‏ : ‎ USA
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 1
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Our exclusive clip from Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop has Kelsey Grammer remaining dedicated to standing by the titular sleuth.

We have an exclusive clip to premiere of Lionsgate's new film Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop just ahead of its release. The film is slated to become available on digital, on demand, and on DVD on Feb. 8, 2022. You can catch a quick sneak peek at the film by watching our clip below, introducing Nathalie Cox and Kelsey Grammer as the lead stars of the movie along with a feel of what their relationship is like. The film reunites the two after having previously worked together on the holiday movie Father Christmas Is Back , which premiered on Netflix just last month.

The official synopsis for Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop reads: "Move over Miss Marple, there’s a smart, stylish new detective in town — meet Miss Willoughby (Nathalie Cox)! Orphaned as a child, raised by a family friend (Kelsey Grammer, Frasier ), and skilled in strategy, literature, and martial arts, there’s no case she can’t solve. But even she is baffled when a longtime friend tells her that a ghost is haunting the bookstore she runs. Is someone playing a trick on the poor woman? Is it a hallucination? Or is something more sinister going on? Make some tea and settle in to watch this thrilling whodunit-adventure and find out!"

Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop is directed by Brad Watson and written by Kate Wood, Chad Law, and Josh Ridgway. The film also stars Louise Bangay, Tara Fitzgerald, Steven Elder, Wayne Gordon, Scarlett Graham, Giacomo Gex, and Caroline Quentin.

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Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop Is a Big Role for Nathalie Cox

Nathalie Cox is very well known to Star Wars fans for her role as Juno Eclipse in the video game Star Wars: The Force Unleashed . She has also appeared in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven along with other movies like Jumper , Clash of the Titans , The Double , and London Heist. She is also set to appear in the upcoming British comedy One Year Off alongside Jeff Fahey and Chad Michael Collins. Certainly, Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop is a great opportunity for Cox as it puts her in a starring role in an intriguing film alongside a screen legend like Kelsey Grammer.

Cox's co-star Grammer is keeping plenty busy on his own as well. He is planning to revisit his most famous role as there is a long-gestating Frasier reboot that's in development, and the plan is for Grammer to reprise the part once again. He appeared in several movies last year, including The Space Between , The God Committee , and Charming the Hearts of Men . At one point, the veteran actor was set to star in an upcoming comedy series alongside Alec Baldwin , but ABC passed on the project in 2021. In any case, Grammer is always moving on from one project to the next, and it appears he'll be doing a fine job in Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop as well.

Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop will be released on digital, on demand, and on DVD on Feb. 8, 2022, courtesy of Lionsgate .

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“Frasier” star Kelsey Grammer and Nathalie Cox (“Clash of the Titans”) have completed principal photography at York, U.K. on mystery/suspense feature “Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop,” directed by Brad Watson (“The 7th Dimension”).

“This has been a terrific experience,” said Grammer. “Although COVID presented a new set of challenges, we were able to work very effectively through new standards of film production. I would urge my family of actors at SAG-AFTRA to take a page out of the British playbook; we can responsibly get back to work. I have nothing but high praise for everyone associated with this production, from the director Brad Watson to the costume, make-up and hair folks to the young people who are just getting started in this marvellous profession.”

The film is produced by Philippe Martinez for MSR Media, alongside Alan Latham from Highfield Grange Studios. The film’s financial partner is Kirsty Bell from Goldfinch Entertainment who served as executive producer alongside Lee Beasley and Karinne Behr from MSR Media.

“It is certainly a bit of a challenge to shoot during these extraordinary times, but we are thrilled with how the production of ‘Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop’ went without a hitch,” said Martinez. “With strong organization and clear guidelines, we have proven that starting and completing principal photography during COVID-19 is not only possible, but also safe. The enthusiasm of everyone in the cast and crew, including Nathalie Cox and Kelsey Grammar, who gallantly flew in from the U.S., to be back on set was truly special and certainly translated to the quality of the shoot.”

The film began shooting four weeks ago in York amid strict compliance with COVID-19 health guidelines, with the supervision of a COVID-19 official on set and followed BFI guidelines.

Also starring in the film are Caroline Quentin (BBC’s “Dickensian”), Steven Elder (“The King”), and Tara Fitzgerald (“Game of Thrones”).

MSR Media International is handling worldwide distribution rights.

Set up as the first film in a franchise series of features, “Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop” is a family adventure that follows the escapades of Elizabeth Willoughby (Cox) who was orphaned at a young age and was raised by retired U.S. Marine, Robert (Grammer), who also runs the family business.

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  • Tragically orphaned at a young age, Elizabeth Willoughby inherited her impressive family estate and was raised by retired US Marine, Robert. Under his watchful guidance, her childhood was spent studying strategy, history and literature, all the while mastering the ancient arts of combat. Now an Ancient Civilization professor at University, Willoughby receives a call from family friends, Helen and Oliver Deakins, who have been experiencing a series of hauntings at their antique bookshop. With nobody else to turn to, and knowing Willoughby's insatiable appetite for investigation, Helen asks Willoughby to get to the bottom of this paranormal mystery. — MSR Media

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Lionsgate has just released MISS WILLOUGHBY AND THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP on Digital, On Demand and DVD.  The film features Nathalie Cox and Kelsey Grammer and it was very nice to see Grammer back.  In any role, he succeeds and this film is no different.  I hope he continues to show up in more films in the future. 

Elizabeth (Cox) is a popular book author and professor that dabbles in detective work and that brings her into a case and that is the story.  The investigation and mystery is fun and the characters are pretty well-developed and interesting.  Cox does a great job in the role and it does play out a little like MURDER SHE WROTE. I almost felt like I was stepping back in time when MURDER SHE WROTE played right before TUESDAY NIGHT FIGHTS.  So if you love that show, you will love this, I think.

The film is pretty tame and plays out without anything racy. It just tells a story and tells it pretty well with some parts dragging, but it coming together at the end.  I found the film enjoyable and the mystery interesting enough to keep me watching until the end.  It’s hard to miss with a whodunit and this is a decent one.

I recommend MISS WILLOUGHBY AND THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP.  It’s a film you can watch that won’t offend anyone around you and should keep you interested as you try to figure out the mystery.

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    5.3 /10 1.1K YOUR RATING Rate Play trailer 1:52 3 Videos 2 Photos Adventure Crime Mystery A University professor with an insatiable appetite for investigation is asked by some old family friends to investigate a series of hauntings at their antique bookstore. Director Brad Watson Writers Philippe Martinez Kate Wood Chad Law Stars Nathalie Cox

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    The plot is thin, the characters thinner, and the solution to the puzzle isn't hard to figure out but a good time is had by all. If you're looking for a movie that will allow you to gently tease out the solution with minimal mental effort, Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop fits the bill.

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    The film opens with a montage of her youthful accomplishments: plowing through book after book, out-maneuvering family-friend-turned-parental-figure Robert at chess, and learning multiple forms of martial arts. And the grown-up Miss Willoughby certainly seems poised and stylish, as promised. But does she live up to her lofty expectations? In short?

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    Released: May 4, 2022. Running Time: 95 minutes. Worth: $13.00. If you are looking for a light movie on a Sunday afternoon, complete with cobble-tone towns and English estates, then this is for you. This is a fun detective romp that doesn't take itself too seriously. The title gives the viewer a 'clue' as to what to expect; Miss ...

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    Miss Willoughby is an educator and keen adventurer, an heiress to a family fortune who, along with her ex-forces butler, Robert, and cheeky but reliable Jack Russell, Bentley, gets pulled into mystery and adventure surrounding a haunted antique bookshop. Cast Crew Details Genres Releases

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    On paper, Brad Watson's Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop has all the necessary goods to deliver a perfectly enjoyable, entertaining flick. Half detective story, half ghost tale, all taking place in the Northeastern English countryside of York where rows of beautiful, old brick buildings line cobbled streets, the film — at least in its initial outlook — promises to be one of those ...

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    4/10 The movie suffered from a generic and weak storyline... 16 February 2022 Right, well initially I was lured in by this 2021 crime mystery's title. I mean, with it being titled "Miss Willoughby and the Haunted Bookshop", I figured that I would be in for something with some kind of haunting.

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    Miss Willoughby is young, well educated, and independently wealthy. After her parents died, growing up was overseen by an American protector. (A protector who is also ex-Marine.) She is also a private detective. The mystery here is a bookstore owned by friends and apparently haunted by one owner's father. Her former protector assists while ...

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