Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×01 Inheritance
Brought up by her widowed father Henry (Kevin Doyle), Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) is an educated, headstrong young woman living in Victorian London. When her father suddenly dies, she is left penniless and forced to pick up Henry’s business and become London’s first female detective in a time where women had little to no rights at all. Reluctantly she teams up with her father’s former protégé, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin).
Eliza’s first client introduces himself as Alfred Winters (Aidan McArdle) who hopes to see his niece, Clara Simms (Ellise Chappell), one last time before he dies. Clara had eloped with her scoundrel husband and is now believed to work in Soho as a chorus girl. Despite the dangers the streets of London hold for a woman alone at night, Eliza manages to find Clara and arrange a meeting with her uncle. Belatedly, Eliza realizes she has made a grave mistake and vows to correct it.
Back at her house, Eliza finds a visitor in her parlour. Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is a wealthy young man, whose domineering mother (Helen Norton) is extremely displeased about her only son’s unmarried status and forces him to propose to Eliza. Clearly terrified of his mother, Rupert confides in Eliza that he doesn’t want to be married. The two bond over the fact that they both crave independence and quickly discover that there is a different way for them to form a partnership.
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