Miss Scarlet and the Duke, A Review

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke follows Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), the daughter of famed private detective Henry Scarlet (Kevin Doyle). Eliza has dreamed all her life of following in her father’s footsteps and becoming a detective but is unable to due to the fact she is a woman. After Henry dies however, Eliza is left penniless. Not wanting to have to marry in order to survive, Eliza resolves to continue her Father’s agency.

This proves to be easier said than done however as no one will take her seriously because of her gender. With no one wanting to hire her, Eliza is forced to turn to childhood friend William Wellington (Stuart Martin)– who is a Detective Inspector. Eliza proposes the two work together on cases, so that he can gain her insight and she can gain enough experience and reputation to…

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Petition to Bring Back Miss Scarlet and The Duke

We’re happy to support Scarleteers, the Facebook page for fans of Miss Scarlet and The Duke and their campaign to bring back the series for (at least!) another season. Their petition is as much a gentle nudge to the production company A & E Studios to officially announce more adventures for our favourite dynamic duo as it is a way of showing our love and appreciation to the entire cast and crew for creating such a wonderful period drama.

So if you enjoyed season 1, please sign the petition and share the link, for more Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips), The Duke (Stuart Martin) and more Rupert (Andrew Gower)!

Click to sign here!

Miss Scarlet and The Duke Filming Locations

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Some of the main “characters” on Miss Scarlet and The Duke, next to the two leads Kate Phillips (Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (“The Duke”), are certainly the gorgeous original sets that were used during filming. Filming at original sets (in contrast to built sets in a studio) always provides certain challenges for cast & crew but adds a definite layer of authenticity to the scenes.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke was filmed entirely in and around Dublin (Ireland) which doubles for Victorian London as unfortunately the British capital has changed quite a bit since the 19th century while Dublin has preserved large parts of its original Georgian houses. Other large productions, such as the BBC’s Ripper Street, have profited from filming in the Irish capital for its authentic look as well as financial reasons.

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Photo credit: Ehrenberg Kommunikation / Scene from Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Cabinteely is a suburb of Dublin’s southside which is home to the 18th century Cabinteely House & Park. The grand country manor house was built by Robert Nugent, Lord Clare, and has an 18th century staircase, decorative plasterwork and a vaulted gallery still preserved while the park is a beautiful example of an 18th century English landscape park.

You can visit Cabinteely House for free guided tours and walk in the footsteps of Hollywood stars like Eva Green (Penny Dreadful), Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) who all filmed there. It also served as one of the main sets of Miss Sarlet and The Duke.

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Photo credit: John Hickey / Dún Laoghaire County Council

Greystones is a coastal town and seaside resort in County Wicklow south of Dublin. Part of St. Brigid’s National School is the historic building of Holy Faith Convent. Built in 1845, and sitting on over half-an-acre land, the 11,000-square-feet building was purchased by the adjacent school in 2018, ensuring a continuation of the long common tradition between the school and the former Catholic convent.

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Only a short drive alog the coast away from Greystones is Wicklow Gaol, a former prison located in the town of Wicklow, Ireland. It served as a prison from the late 18th to the early 20th century. In 1822 and 1842/43 it was extended and housed prisoners until 1924 when the last prisoners left. It was renovated and re-opened as a museum in 1998 and claims to be one of the world’s most haunted buildings.

On Miss Scarlet and The Duke is serves as the eerily beautiful Woolwich Prison.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke also used Ardmore Studios in Wicklow, Ireland’s leading studio facility and production centre, for filming. Previously, it had also served as a set for large international productions such as The Tudors (starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Henry Cavill and Natalie Dormer), Braveheart (with Mel Gibson), as well as the afore mentioned Ripper Street and Penny Dreadful.

Finally, watch this video by Dublin Tour Guide showing a scene for Miss Scarlet and The Duke being filmed in the streets of Dublin. Find out where and when you can see Miss Scarlet and The Duke in your country!

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet

While William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) continues the investigations into last episode‘s criminals and the murder of Henry Scarlet (Kevin Doyle), he tries to keep Eliza (Kate Phillips) safe by placing her under house arrest. However, he’s yet again underestimated Eliza’s cleverness who has secretly contacted one of her accomplices and gathers information on the case on her own.

When Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) comes to talk to her about an urgent personal matter, he also relies a message for Eliza from the Jamaican crook Moses (Ansu Kabia). Rupert’s own dilemma is that the seemingly quiet and docile Miss Tilly (Amy McAllister) turns out to be quite as determined and insistent when it comes to marrying him as his mother is to get him married, and Eliza’s advice doesn’t help to improve matters at all.

Following some clues, William and his assistant DS Frank Jenkins Danny Midwinter discover some shocking truths that hit closer to them and Miss Scarlet than they could have imagined. The world isn’t black and white any more – who is on the right side of the law and who is on the wrong side isn’t always as it appears, and the stakes have never been higher for Miss Scarlet and The Duke.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×05 Cell 99

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William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) is on his way to an important meeting with Superintendent Stirling (Nick Dunning) and other division heads of Scotland Yard when a distress calls reaches him: Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips) has gone missing. Eliza’s canny housekeeper Ivy (Cathy Belton) has already undertaken some investigating of her own and is sure that something untoward has happened.

Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is the last person to have seen Eliza and he is entertaining German undertaker Herr Hildegard (Richard Evans) and his “radiant niece” Tilly (Amy McAllister) – who he is eager to impress – when William arrives to inquire about Eliza’s whereabouts. The late Henry Scarlet’s (Kevin Doyle) old case book finally leads William to the seeminly empty Woolwich Prison.

Reunited with Eliza the two soon discover that an abandoned gaol is also a perfect hideout for a gang of criminals. But what is Henry Scarlet’s connection to the gang and who is the mysterious prisoner in Cell 99? This case is soon turning into a most personal one for the dynamic duo and test for their resolve. The culprits this time might be closer to them then they think.

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Rupert Parker Fan Art

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The talented Jo P. has created some lovely fan art for Miss Scarlet and The Duke including this great drawing of our Rupert Parker (played by Andrew Gower). Check out Jo P.’s other fan art on Instagam and let her know what you think!

Are you an artist who’s been inspired by Miss Scarlet (or any other of Andrew Gower‘s projects)? We’d love to see and share your art! Graphics, videos, fan fiction – we love them all! You can contact us via e-mail or one of our social media accounts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook)!

World Screen Video: The Team behind Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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World Screen’s Anna Carugati took part in a video chat with the team behind Victorian detective series Miss Scarlet and The Duke.

She spoke with Rachael New (Creator), Emma Sparks (UKTV), Patty Ishimoto (Executive Producer),  Kate Phillips (Miss Scarlet) and Moreyba Bidessie (A+E Networks) about what makes the period drama unique and its record ratings on Alibi Channel in the UK.

Watch the video on the World Screen Website including some scenes from the remaining two episodes which also feature Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker.

For more information on where and when you can watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke in your country, check out this post, which will be updated as soon and when new information becomes available.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×04 Memento Mori

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×04 Memento Mori

After last week’s case, Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) is disappointed to find out that Scotland Yard’s DI William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) has claimed all credit for solving the case for himself. Her friend and business partner Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is likewise disappointed that his investment is not mentioned as this would have surely vexed his mother (Helen Norton). When German undertaker Herr Hildegard (Richard Evans) approaches Eliza in the street, she tries to brush him off, but becomes more interested when he mentions a potential new case.

James Henderson (Hugh O’Conor) is a “death photographer“, who specializes in capturing the images of the recently deceased for their loved ones, a custom that was weirdly popular in Victorian time where people were obsessed with death and the afterlife. James himself is now receiving threatening messages from beyond the grave after he got engaged to his daugher’s governess Amelia (Roisin Murphy). Is the ghost of James’ dead wife Violet (Amelie Metcalfe) trying to take revenge or is Amalia’s mother Edith (Marion O’Dwyer), a psychic, behind the mysterious postcards?

William gets a taste of what it feels like to be overlooked and prejudiced against in his chosen profession for himself while he must deal with the nosy journalist Jacob Bunce (Kevin Eldon). Rupert ponders the idea of giving in to his mother’s pressure and get married, if for appearances only. After Eliza laughs at his suggestion, she is surprised to see him pursing a different prospect very quickly, but a discovery in her father’s (Kevin Doyle), former office distracts her and makes her question the circumstances of his sudden death.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×02 The Woman in Red

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×02 The Woman in Red

It’s been a couple of weeks since Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) has opened her own private detective ageny and things are not going quite as hoped for. Not many people in 19th century London are willing to hire a female detective. During her first monthly meeting with her financier Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower), who proudly presents her to his friend Dr Moorhouse (Kieran Hodgson), she has to admit she can’t pay the agreed rate.

Tabitha Butler’s (Deirdre Mullins) husband Edward (David Crowley) was found at the scene of a murder with the murder weapon his his hand. Tabitha hires Eliza to prove her husband’s innocence despite his confession. During her investigation she once again crosses paths with Jamaican bouncer Moses (Ansu Kabia) while The Duke tries his best to discourage Eliza from continuing on her “foolish” endeavour.

Eliza’s skills of deduction lead her back to Rupert, who takes a great risk by confiding a big secret to her, but the realization that they are both outsiders in a Victorian world, strengthens their bond and friendship. In the end even the Duke has to reluctantly acknowledge Eliza’s abilities are an asset, and a new business partner will help take care of her clients’ poor payment behaviour.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke’s Dynamic Duo

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Michael Pickard (editor of Dynamic Duo) visited the set of Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Dublin last year and spoke to the cast and crew of the new Victorian crime drama. His article contains a lot of interesting information about the development of the show and the characters from show creator Rachael New with additional quotes from director Declan O’Dwyer as well as the cast.

There is also some lovely information on Andrew Gower‘s character Rupert Parker.

However, you might consider some of it as SPOILERS, so please continue reading on your own risk.

For some spoiler free information, we recomment the following:

If you want to remain completely spoiler free, we advise you to stop reading now.


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Rachael New on Rupert Parker:

[…] to operate beyond her limits in 1880s London, [Eliza] leans on three male characters for support. […] Rupert Parker is a rich, privileged man who proposes to Eliza. To his relief, however, she turns him down because he doesn’t want to be married, only proposing under the pressure of his domineering mother Mrs Parker. “The reason why he doesn’t want to get married – as he reveals to Eliza – is he is secretly gay, something that in this period of time would destroy your life and your reputation. They bond over this and he invests in her agency,” New says.

Andrew Gower on Rupert Parker:

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(Source: Drama Quarterly)

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke 1×01 Inheritance

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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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Miss Scarlet and The Duke Video Interviews

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Media blog HeyUGuys met up with Miss Scarlet and The Duke‘s creator and executive producer Rachael New and director Declan O’Dwyer as well as the show’s two leads Kate Phillips (Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (William “The Duke” Wellington) and talked with them about the upcoming period crime drama.

Watch the interviews below, and read our own exclusive interviews with Rachael New and Declan O’Dwyer! Find out how to watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke in your country!

Andrew Gower plays Miss Scarlet’s best friend Rupert Parker, a mild mannered and slightly nervous young man who invests in Eliza’s agency and is one of her few supporters.

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ETA (31 March 2020):

In this episode of A Stab In The Dark, Mark Billingham talks to Kate Phillips and Rachael New. Kate and Rachael discuss with Mark the enduring appeal of the Victorian era when it comes to crime fiction and drama and explain why Eliza Scarlet is the female Sherlock Holmes.

Meet Rupert Parker (Miss Scarlet and The Duke)

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Meet Rupert Parker!

Alibi Channel have updated their website with a couple of character profiles for Miss Scarlet and The Duke including one for Rupert Parker (played by Andrew Gower).

Rupert Parker is a mild mannered and slightly nervous young man who also happens to be extremely wealthy. If he seems a little unsure of himself, it might be because he’s never had the chance to step out of the shadow of his domineering mother, who seems intent on making a marriage match between him and Miss Scarlet. Maybe they can partner up in some other way, though.

Read the other profiles for Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin), Moses (Ansu Kabia), Henry Scarlet (Kevin Doyle) and Ivy (Cathy Belton) on the Alibi website.

Read the episode guide for episode 1×01 “Inhertitance” here which premiers on Tuesday, 31 March 2020 at 9:00pm on Alibi.


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Andrew Gower shared another still of Rupert Parker on his Instagram account. Looking good, Mr G.!

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New Trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Two weeks ahead of its UK premiere, Alibi TV tweeted a new trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke. It contains a couple of new scenes (compared to the first trailer) with the two leads Kate Phillips (who plays Miss Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (who plays William “The Duke” Wellington).

Sadly no new scenes with Andrew Gower (who plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s best friend and business partner) but we’re sure there will be plenty once the show starts on 31 March 2020 at 9:00pm.

Watch the trailer on Twitter:

 

See our list of international broadcasters to find out where you can watch Miss Scarlet and The Duke and read our exclusive Q&As with show creator Rachael New and director Declan O’Dwyer.


Kate Phillips / Miss Scarlet on The Balance Podcast

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The Balance Podcast posted a special bonus episode with Kate Phillips (who plays Eliza Scarlet in the upcoming Miss Scarlet and The Duke) for International Women’s Day.

Kate is arguably best known for the role of Linda Shelby on BBC mega-smash Peaky Blinders. And she’s also enjoyed huge success with Aftermath, The Crown, the Downton Abbey film and much more.

Kate also talks about the great work done by Era 50:50, who campaign for 50-50 representation on stage and screen.

Listen to the whole interview on The Balance Podcast.


Release Date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke on Alibi

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The wait is almost over! Alibi TV have just announced the release date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke today. British fans can tune in

>>> on 31 March 2020 at 9pm <<<

to see the new crime drama about Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), the first female detective in Victorian London, and Scotland Yard’s Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin). Don’t miss Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker, Eliza’s best friend and business partner.


Air dates for season 1 on Alibi:


Watch the season 1 trailer:

Miss Scarlet and The Duke is set to be broadcast in the USA on PBS Masterpiece in September this year. For more information on other international distributors, please see this post. We will update the list as soon as we have more details.

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Kate Phillips already gave away the release date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke in this Instagram post:

Miss Scarlet Investigates on Lightbox (New Zealand)

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Lightbox (New Zealand) announced on their Instagram account today that new period drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke will be coming “soon” to their SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) service.

A plucky heroine and a gruff but lovable Scotsman? Yes please. #MissScarletandtheDuke – Coming soon to Lightbox


ETA (29 March 2020):

We now have a release date for New Zealand: the first episode will be available on 15 April 2020 according to the Lightbox website!


British fans of the murder mystery set in Victorian times can watch the series on Alibi TV next month while American fans will have to wait until September for the release on PBS (according to series creator Rachael New). We will update the List of International Distributors as soon as we find out more.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke follows the adventures of Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips), the first-ever female detective in 19th century London who is forced to partner with Detective Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) of Scotland Yard, a drinker, gambler and womaniser. Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) is Eliza’s best friend and one of her few supporters.

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Alibi TV adds Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Emma Willis, Cathy Belton, Kate Phillips, Helen Norton, Andrew Gower and Stuart Martin in Miss Scarlet and The Duke (photo credit: Alibi TV)

Alibi TV has added Miss Scarlet and The Duke to their website, including some new promo pictures, episode titles and summaries. The only thing missing (so far) is a release date but thanks to our interview with creator Rachael New we know it’ll be March!

The episodes will be called:

  • 1×01 Inheritance
  • 1×02 The Woman in Red
  • 1×03 Deeds not Words
  • 1×04 Memento Mori
  • 1×05 Cell 99
  • 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet

For the episode summaries and more promo pictures, please visit the Alibi TV website. We know that Andrew Gower will portray Rupert Parker, “Scarlet’s business partner and friend who invests in the agency and is one of her few supporters”, in at least 5 of the 6 season 1 episodes.

Watch the extended season 1 trailer, and find a list of international distributors.

Exclusive Q&A with Rachael New

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We had the great pleasure of speaking to the wonderfully talented Rachael New, creator of the upcoming drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke. We talked about her work on the 6 part series, the challenges of writing in a period setting and her plans for the future.


The British screenwriter’s impressive CV consists of a wide variety of drama and comedy series, both in contemporary and historical settings. In 2009 she wrote and co-created comedy drama series Monday Monday (starring Tom Ellis and Miranda Hart) for British channel ITV. She’s well-known for her work on The Mallorca Files (BBC), which also features a male and female detective clashing on how to investigate, and period drama Grantchester (ITV). Miss Scarlet and The Duke is the first time she serves as creator, writer and show runner.


What are you most excited about for fans to discover about Miss Scarlet and The Duke?

There is so much I’m looking forward. The characters have been so much fun to write. My protagonist Eliza Scarlet is a force of nature – an ambitious, independent woman living at a time where women had little or no rights. This creates lots of lovely conflict which you need to create a cracking story. I also think the tone of the series is quite a fresh take on the period genre. It’s a drama but punctuated with lots of comedy. I think this is something that will feel quite new and exciting to watch.

There’s no release date yet but can you maybe roughly hint at when we can expect to see it?

In the UK it will be on UKTV March time and in the States on PBS MASTERPIECE in September.

Great news, especially for everyone this side of the pond. Thank you!

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Meet the main cast of Miss Scarlet and The Duke!

How much research went into your work on Miss Scarlet and The Duke?

A lot. I wanted the world to feel as authentic as possible so that Eliza’s struggle could cut through. It wasn’t a chore. I love history, and curling up on my sofa with a pile of books, cup of tea (or g&t) usually with a blanket or a cat on my lap, is my idea of heaven.

That sounds really heavenly indeed! Is Miss Scarlet based on historic events? Was there a real “Miss Scarlet“?

The character of Eliza Scarlet is fiction – there were no female detectives in 19th century London – however the world she inhabits is very much an authentic one. I felt it was important to research as much as possible. The 19th century was very much a male dominated society and at its core the premise of Miss Scarlet and The Duke is a woman in a man’s world trying to stay in the game.

What was your inspiration for Miss Scarlet, as a character and as a series?

We have a female Doctor Who so I wanted to write a female Sherlock Holmes, but unlike Holmes Eliza Scarlet is more human and less super hero. And where Holmes would be celebrated for his brilliance, Eliza has to work a hell of a lot harder for any kind of respect or recognition.

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In our recent Q&A, director Declan O’Dwyer called you and Miss Scarlet “one and the same”. Would you agree?

Haha! There is a lot of me in Eliza – her determination, her impatience, her lack of culinary skills – I’d rather be digging in the garden covered in mud than in the kitchen baking. But Kate Phillips (who plays Eliza) has brought so much to the role that now I’m writing season 2 I just think of her. She is sensational.

Can you share anything about the casting process? What were you looking for in the actors portraying Eliza, the Duke, and Rupert?

I was looking for that spark, a connection that the actor has with the script. As soon as I met with Kate (Eliza), Stuart (Duke), Andrew (Rupert), Ansu (Moses) and Cathy (Ivy) I knew immediately that’s who I wanted. Each are very special actors. They’ve brought magic to the screen and I feel extremely lucky to have them on the show.

Standard and inevitable question: how was working with Andrew Gower?

Andrew’s funny, smart, intuitive and just a lovely person to hang out with. Rupert Parker is a complex character and Andrew did a beautiful job of playing those nuances with such subtlety. He manages to make you laugh as well as move you all at the same time. He’s a class act.

We couldn’t agree more!

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Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker

How old were you when you started writing? Has writing always been a passion for you?

I always loved writing as a kid and a teen but never really thought about making a living out of it. It was later when I had my first baby (who is now almost 18!) that a stranger actually paid me for a piece of writing. I haven’t stopped since.

Do you enjoy writing historical stories or contemporary ones? And why? What are some pros and cons of each genre?

I’m a period drama junkie so that is my preference both to watch as a viewer and to write. There are many cons of writing period – it’s costly and it’s tricky when out on location to cover up the signs of our modern age – satellite dishes, telephone lines, street lights… but it’s worth the hassle. I love diving into a world that isn’t recognisable as my own. To me that’s true escapism and what storytelling is all about.

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Filming Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Dublin

Miss Scarlet and The Duke was the first time producing your own show. How did that feel?

It was exhausting, stressful, relentless… and I loved every minute of it. Working with director Declan O’Dywer was a real career high for me. I’ve found a friend for life as well as a trusted colleague who I’ll definitely be working with on other projects. I don’t want to big him up too much or he’ll get a big head and it’s already pretty big – that and the fact that someone else might snap him up if they realise just how good he is.

Show Running Miss Scarlet has been incredible but I had an awesome team behind me. Ben Edwards who over the years has often been my writing partner on other shows (and who rather conveniently also happens to be my husband) wrote a couple of the episodes and helped me break the stories. Then there’s my formidable exec producer team headed up by Patty Ishimoto at Element 8. It was a massive team effort.

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Cast & Crew of Miss Scarlet and The Duke at the World Premiere

What’s your next project? Anything you can share?

I’ve got a Tudor thriller that’s an itch I’m going to scratch at some point, but at the moment it’s all Miss Scarlet. I’m in the middle of writing the first two episodes of season 2.

Thank you so very much, Ms New, for taking the time to answer our questions. We are even more excited to see Miss Scarlet and The Duke now and are loving the idea of a second season!



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New Promo Pic for Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Here’s a larger version of a promotional picture for Miss Scarlet and The Duke adding some of the supporting cast including Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker.

From left to right: Kevin Doyle, Helen Norton, Andrew Gower, Stuart Martin, Kate Phillips, Ansu Kabia, Cathy Belton, Danny Midwinter.

We’re still waiting for a release date but check out the list of international distributors and the extended trailer here.

Find more Miss Scarlet stills and pictures from the London premiere in our Gallery!

Miss Scarlet and The Duke: International Distributors

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Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and The Duke (Stuart Martin)

Deadline, Variety and Advanced Television report today about several international distributors that have picked up Andrew Gower‘s upcoming period detective drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke and will air it in 2020.

This article will be updated with more information as soon as and when we find out more.

The articles also mention Andrew and give us a little bit more information about his character Rupert Parker:

Andrew Gower (Carnival Row) plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s business partner and friend. At the start of the series he invests in Eliza’s new detective agency and is one of the few encouraging voices on her side.

(Source: Deadline)

SAG Award-winning actor Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) portrays Eliza Scarlet’s late father, Henry Scarlet, whilst Andrew Gower (Carnival Row, Black Mirror, Outlander) plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s business partner and friend.

(Source: Advanced Television)

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke London Screening

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Good news for Miss Scarlet and The Duke: There will be a sponsored screening of the upcoming period detective drama on 3 December 2019 at Content London, “one of the most important TV drama events in the industry calendar”.

Content London takes places from 3 – 5 December 2019 at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London (Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London).

If you’re not a delegate at the conference, you can at least watch the official trailer here, and we hope there will be more information about Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips), The Duke (Stuart Martin) and Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower) soon!

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Visit our Gallery for photos from the event (will be updated as soon as there’s more).

ETA (4 December 2019): red carpet photos

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke: Extended Trailer

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Miss Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and The Duke (Stuart Martin)

Moshe Laniado Peleg, Vice President of International Creative & Marketing Services at A+E Networks, shared a slightly extended version of the Miss Scarlet and The Duke trailer on Vimeo. Enjoy!

Watch it and see if it includes new scenes with Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker! It sure looks excellent!

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Rupert Parker (Andrew Gower)

 

Miss Scarlet and The Duke at ATF Singapore

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A&E Networks are also presenting Miss Scarlet and The Duke to the Asian market. According to Content Asia the upcoming period crime drama is part of the network’s catalogue for the Asia TV Market and Forum (ATF), “the region’s leading entertainment content event”.  Similar to MIPCOM, ATF is used by the industry to present new content for international distribution.

In the run-up to this year’s ATF, held from 3 – 6 December 2019 in Singapore, Content Asia included Miss Scarlet and The Duke in their list of “Must See” shows for the coming year.

Another female-led PI story with a fiery mis-matched duo at its core…

Set in the same 1880s London society that gave rise to Jack the Ripper, this six-episode hour-long British detective drama features headstrong heroine, Eliza Scarlet (played by Kate Phillips from “Peaky Blinders”), who takes over her father’s detective agency when he dies.

In a world where women’s options are limited, she ties up with Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington (aka The Duke, a drinker, gambler, and womaniser), played by Stuart Martin.

Eliza has always been more interested in running her late father’s detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But nothing has prepared her for the dangers she is about to face as a woman in the murder investigation trade…

Best of luck to show creator Rachael New and her team at ATF, and we hope we can share more news, release dates and promo material with you soon. The first trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke was released last week, including two scenes with Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke: Trailer

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Hollywood Spy have shared the first official trailer for the upcoming period drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke about the first female detective in 19th century London.

Included in the trailer are two small scenes that give a look at Rupert Parker, Andrew Gower‘s character on the show.

Miss Scarlet and The Duke is set to be released in early 2020 on PBS (USA) and Seven (Australia). We will add more information about release dates in other countries as soon as we get it.

Visit our Gallery for more screencaps from the trailer and promo pictures for Miss Scarlet and The Duke. Read our exclusive interview with director Declan O’Dwyer to learn more about the new series.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Australia

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Exciting news for our followers “down under”: Australian network Seven have announced the addition of Miss Scarlet and The Duke to their 2020 schedule at its annual 7Upfronts in Sydney today. No exact date has been given yet for the series, which is expected to air on the American PBS network in 2020, but – as always – we will keep you informed as soon as we find out more!

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Set in the same 1880s London society that gave rise to Jack the Ripper, this British detective drama features a fearless, independent heroine played by Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown). With her inquisitive mind, Miss Scarlet has always been more interested in running her late father’s detective agency than behaving like a proper lady. But nothing has prepared her for the dangers she is about to face as a woman in the murder investigation trade. From prolific British writer Rachael New comes this fresh crime drama about the first ever female detective in 19th century London. MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE is produced by Element 8 Entertainment.

(Source: TV Tonight)

Further sources:

Andrew Gower joins the two leads Miss Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and William “The Duke” Wellington (Stuart Martin) as Rupert Parker.

Read our exclusive interview with director Declan O’Dwyer to learn more about the upcoming Victorian crime drama!


ETA (15 March 2020):

Seven Network tweeted the first trailer for Miss Scarlet and The Duke which will be released “soon” on 7TWO.


ETA (13 May 2020):

The official Seven Network website for Miss Scarlet and The Duke is now online!


ETA (23 May 2020):

Big thanks to show creator Rachael New who tweeted the release date for Miss Scarlet and The Duke in Australia today!


ETA (24 May 2020):

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According to TV Blackbox, Australian channel 7TWO will show the episodes as double features on Thursdays at 8:30pm, starting on 4 June 2020.

Please see this post for more information on international distributors of Miss Scarlet and The Duke!

 

Miss Scarlet & The Duke: First Promo Poster

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke is currently being presented at MIPCOM, an annual trade fair held in Cannes (France), and director Declan O’Dwyer as well as show creator Rachael New) took to Instagram to share this first promo poster for the new Victorian crime drama.

It shows the two leads, Kate Phillips (Miss Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (William “The Duke” Wellington). Sadly missing is Andrew Gower, who plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s best friend.

Read our exclusive interview with Declan O’Dwyer to find out more about the show which is set to be released early next year on PBS (USA).


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Interview with Kate Phillips / Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Jamie Steinberg interviewed Kate Phillips (who plays the lead on Miss Scarlet and The Duke) for StarryMag about her roles on Downton Abbey and Peaky Blinders. However, her upcoming crime drama set in Victorian London was also mentioned:

Q) What other projects have you been working on?

A) I’ve just wrapped on a project called “Miss Scarlet and the Duke.” A new TV series by A and E that will air on PBS in the new year. It’s a detective show set in Victorian London that follows a young woman, Eliza Scarlet, trying to establish herself as a respected female detective. It’s wonderfully punchy and witty. I can’t wait for people to see it.

(Source: StarryMag.com)

We can’t wait to see it either, Kate!

Read the complete interview with Kate Phillips here and also have a look at our own exclusive interview with Declan O’Dwyer (director)!

 

Miss Scarlet & The Duke at MIPCOM

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According to a tweet from Video Age International, Miss Scarlet and The Duke will be presented at MIPCOM (Marché International des Programmes de Communication, English: International Market of Communications Programmes), an annual trade show held in Cannes (France) from 14 – 17 October 2019, which is mainly used by representatives of television studios and broadcasters to buy and sell new programmes for international distribution.

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(Source: Video Age International)

The news come with the above promotional still of the two main characters played by Kate Phillips (Miss Eliza Scarlet) and Stuart Martin (William “The Duke” Wellington) after the cast and crew entertained us with a series of photos from the set of Miss Scarlet during the summer.

Andrew Gower will play Rupert Parker, Miss Scarlet’s “BFF” (according to show creator Rachael New) and “a man ‘out of time’ with Victorian London“.

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In their MIPCOM Spotlight for A+E International, WorldScreen.com quote Moreyba Bidessie, director of international scripted development and sales at A+E Networks:

Miss Scarlet and The Duke is in post-production, having filmed all through the summer, and it’s exciting for us to start showing buyers how it’s looking. […] We are so hugely proud of the show—our first original scripted show from A+E Networks International.”


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Exclusive Q&A with Declan O’Dwyer

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Declan O’Dwyer

Declan O’Dwyer, director of the upcoming Miss Scarlet and The Duke, graciously agreed to do this short Q&A exclusively for Andrew-Gower.co.uk. Read what he had to say about the series, working with Andrew Gower and his favourite pizza topping!


The Irish born director, writer and producer previously worked on a number of BBC productions (Robin Hood, Merlin) and directed the original pilot of Being Human. He was a writer and director for the History Channel documentary Barbarians Rising and was nominated for an EMMY award in 2019 for his work on Free Rein. In 2014 Declan O’Dwyer was the first international signing from The Black List. In summer 2019 he directed all 6 episodes of period crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke, created by Rachael New and starring Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin and Andrew Gower.


What can fans expect from Miss Scarlet and the Duke? How would you describe the overall tone of the series?

Miss Scarlet and the Duke is the story of the first female detective in Victorian London. Conjured from the mind of Rachael New. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously – but it does expose the prejudices society put on women in the Victorian era and draws many parallels to society today. But, all that said – it is a fun show – with the relationship between Miss Scarlet, and the Duke at its core.

In a comment I read someone saying Miss Scarlet sounds like “Remington Steele in Victorian times”. Would you say this is an appropriate comparison?

Ha! I’d not heard that one. If comparisons have to be drawn (they always will) I would say it’s more like a Victorian Moonlighting. But hey, I loved Remington Steele – and it’s another good reference.

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Stephanie Zimbalist & Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele / Cybill Shepherd & Bruce Willis in Moonlighting

Can you tell us a little about Rupert Parker, the character Andrew Gower is playing? Who is he? And I must add that the moustache is fabulous!

At the moment, I can tell you very little about Rupert Parker I’m afraid. I will say only this, he is a man ‘out of time’ with Victorian London.

Inevitable question: how was working with Andrew Gower?

What’s it like to work with Mr Gower? Well, first and foremost he’s a beautiful human being – so it was always a joy having him on set. He’s a proper laugh to have around – always brought amazing energy. He’s a grafter as well, the consummate, consummate professional. I’d jump through fire to work with him again, any day of the week, twice on Sunday.

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Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker in Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Do you have a story about filming that you can share? Something that was especially challenging, something funny that happened, or a favourite set?

Too many to mention. And probably many I can’t, or shouldn’t – in a good way. The schedule was extremely challenging. We shot all six episodes in 51 days. We often had to shoot up to 7 pages a day. That’s very tough on a crew (especially shooting a period piece) but it is especially tough on the actors (imagine memorising 7 pages of dialogue – day in day out). Kate Phillips lead from the front. She was amazing. Always on it. Never complained. (and she’s brilliant in it).

I have to say, despite the schedule pressures (we shot the show in Dublin, doubling for Victorian London) the crew were magnificent and the set was an absolute giggle.

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Miss Scarlet and The Duke sets in Dublin (Ireland)

On Miss Scarlet you basically worked with two leading ladies: show creator Rachael New and Kate Phillips, who plays Miss Scarlet.

Haha. Yes! They are one in the same. Miss Scarlet is the very thinly veiled alter ego of Rachael New. It wouldn’t surprise me if Rachael is wearing Miss Scarlet’s costume right now as she writes series two.

Rachael is the creator/Showrunner (she’s in charge basically) and has built this fantastic world for us to play in. Kate brings Eliza Scarlet to life (as Stuart does with The Duke). And they are a really great fun to watch. Their chemistry and relationship is magic. They got on like a house on fire also, so that helps.

But yes – two leading ladies. I consider that an honour.

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Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet / Director Declan O’Dwyer and Creator Rachael New

How do you feel about women taking over and being more and more in control in film business?

I’ve never known it any different to be honest, Isabel. Throughout my career I’ve always worked alongside and for amazing female writers, producers and executives. The change I can see, and it’s a very positive one, is more stories come from the female gaze. And that can only be a good thing.

You’re a director, a writer and a producer. Do you have a preference?

Directing. Hands down. I hate writing. I only ever started writing – because I wasn’t getting offered the kind of scripts I wanted to make. Rather than moan about it – I wrote stuff. I was very fortunate, people liked it. It opened doors in Hollyweird. (Not a typo).

Have you always wanted to be a director?

No, I aways wanted to be a movie star. Not an actor – a movie star. But I can’t act for toffee. Best for everyone that I stay behind the camera – and aim it at people like Andrew Gower.

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Andrew Gower in Miss Scarlet and The Duke

Is it true that you always wear a tuxedo on the first day of filming?

Yes – the tuxedo thing on the first day is true. Be it in jungle or desert, rain or snow. It harks back to my very first directing gig. It was an in-joke with the crew, about being out at an awards ceremony the night before – and going straight to work.

Eleven years ago, you directed a pilot episode – starring Andrea Riseborough as Ghost Annie – which was later picked up as a TV show which later had Andrew Gower in his breakthrough role, who later starred with Andrea Riseborough in Black Mirror and now you worked with him on Miss Scarlet. Six degrees of Kevin Bacon or does the UK really only have 12 actors?

No, I think the UK only has 7 actors – and Benedict Cumberbatch is 6 of them.

I loved doing the pilot of Being Human. Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey, Guy Flanagan and Adrian Lester, lovely lovely cast and a great script.

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Andrea Riseborough, Russell Tovey and Guy Flanagan in the original Being Human pilot

Is there a question you always wanted to be asked in an interview but no-one ever thought to ask you?

What’s your favourite pizza? Mine’s a simple Margarita.

Thank you so very much, Mr O’Dwyer, for agreeing to answer our questions. We‘re really excited about Miss Scarlet and the Duke and can‘t wait to see it!

Thank you for asking me to do this. It was fun.


Miss Scarlet and The Duke is scheduled to be released on PBS in the USA in early 2020.

It’s a Wrap on Miss Scarlet and the Duke!

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(Photo credit: Declan O’Dwyer)

After 51 days, Miss Scarlet and the Duke wrapped filming in Ireland!

Director Declan O’Dwyer shared this picture on Instagram to thank the cast and crew of the upcoming period crime drama.

Andrew Gower finished his scenes a week ago already and shared this funny Behind the Scenes photo with his fans on Instagram.

While Miss Scarlet and the Duke now heads into post-production, we’re hoping to hear about a release date soon, maybe in early 2020. We will keep you posted as soon as we hear anything new!

New BtS Photo from Miss Scarlet and the Duke

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Miss Scarlet and the Duke director Declan O’Dwyer posted this new photo of Andrew Gower as Rupert Parker from filming the new Victorian detective series on his Instagram account.

Have a look at the original post, the comments (incl. Andrew’s) are hilarious!

Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Meet Rupert Parker

Andrew Gower surprised us today with these two images showcasing his new character Rupert Parker in the upcoming period crime drama Miss Scarlet and the Duke.

Previously director Declan O’Dwyer had only revealed a partial shot of Andrew on his Instagram account. Production for the 6-part mini series is currently underway in Dublin (Ireland).

We are very intrigued and can’t wait to find out who Rupert Parker is! We will keep you posted as soon as and when we find out more.

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Miss Scarlet and the Duke: First glimpse of Andrew Gower

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After sharing some BtS pictures with his followers on Instagram since Miss Scarlet and the Duke began principal photography last week, Declan O’Dwyer teased Andrew Gower‘s look as Rupert Parker today, with the promise that “the rest of him is to follow – soonish.”

As always, we cannot wait to see more!

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Andrew to investigate with Miss Scarlet and the Duke

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Andrew Gower‘s IMDb page was updated today with a new project: it appears he’s currently filming a new period crime drama called Miss Scarlet and the Duke, starring Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown) as the first female detective in 19th century London.

According to IMDb, he’s playing a character named Rupert Parker. Not much else is known at this point, so watch this space and follow director Declan O’Dwyer on Twitter or Instagram, whose tweet last week made us perk up, and who is regularly sharing BTS shots from set.