Alibi TV adds Miss Scarlet and The Duke

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Megan McDonnell, 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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Rachael New

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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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.

  • Alibi TV (UK)
  • RTL (Germany)
  • OTE Cosmote TV (Greece)
  • Mesimvria (Cyprus)
  • PBS (USA)
  • CBC (Canada)
  • Seven Network (Australia)
  • Lightbox (New Zealand)
  • Yandex (CIS)

There are no known release dates as of yet, other than “early 2020” for the UK and the USA but we’ll keep you posted as soon as 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)

 

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 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 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 early 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!

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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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