Exclusive Q&A with Andrew Gower

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With most of us in some form of quarantine during the Covid-19 epidemic, we hope the follwing interview will provide some welcome distraction. Andrew Gower graciously agreed to answer a few questions for us earlier this week – little did he know how many there would be! He answered all of them nonetheless and we cannot thank him enough for his time and patience!

We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we did coming up with questions and covering “a bit of everything”.


First things first: How are you?

Right now, I feel like I should be asking all of you … how you are? … but I shall answer your question : despite the craziness of the world right now – I’m well thank you and healthy. Self isolating in London. In a VERY clean flat.

This question needs to be asked: On a scale from 1-10, how weird or how awesome is it for you to have your own small fanbase?

10 for awesomeness. The weirdness has worn away.

Do you remember the first time someone asked you for your autograph?

The first autograph I ever signed was at a cinema in Angel – the person sat next to me thought I was Andy Murray.

You’re not very active on Social Media. What changed your mind about joining Instagram? Do you have a preference?

I love Twitter for football. All Everton news. That’s a daily go to. I do like to post random photos or music on both – sporadically. I think it’s a nice way to share work you’re passionate about. But I’ve definitely made a conscious effort to spend less time on them. Nothing wrong with a bit of mystery.

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Tell us something about Andrew, the actor: when you’re filming, what’s the first thing you do when you come on set? Do you have a special routine?

This changes from set to set … or whatever scenes I’m filming that day. But I’d say a common go to is a cup of black coffee or at a push a red bush tea.

Is it as hard for you as it is for us fans to wait for a new movie or TV series to come out after you’ve wrapped filming?

Part of the fun of wrapping a project is knowing that when it comes out you’ll be in a completely different headspace/another role 🤞 . There’s something magical about that. Much nicer to be able to watch a project from a distance – not that I’m an avid viewer of my work anyway.

Out of all the characters you played, do you have a favourite?

I really don’t. The joy is being able to think what you can play next or how you could improve the role you just played/make better for next time.

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Probably one of the most beloved characters you’ve played so far is Sherlock Holmes (lovingly nicknamed “Baby Sherlock” by your fans btw) on Murdoch Mysteries. It’s been 7 years and people are still asking if/when you’ll make a comeback. Are you aware there’s even an online petition that asks for your return?

I’m not aware but that’s very lovely to hear.

What would Sherlock Holmes think about Miss Eliza Scarlet?

Probably be incredibly envious of her talents … and hat collection.

Sherlock Holmes, Rupert Parker and Ezra Spurnrose are all Victorian men (even though Ezra isn’t really from the 19th century). Were you able to use some of your research for the other characters?

I’ve definitely had my overdose of Victorian England. Etiquette coming out of my ears. Although with every character I try and approach them with a different mind set or from a different angle – but it definitely helps to have researched a time period.

One of your fans once commented that it takes “guts and talent” to take on characters like Caligula or Bonnie Prince Charlie. What do you think were some brave choices you made in portraying either character?

That’s lovely to hear. I think one of the main things I took from drama school and from actors I admire … is that we should always be taking risks. Creative risks. Bold choices. Just like Brian Epstein took a risk on 4 lads from Liverpool. Best creative decisions are always risks.

Speaking of Caligula: there were moments when he definitely reminded us on Peter Ustinov’s Nero in the old classic Quo Vadis. Have you ever seen it?

I’ve never seen it. Thanks for the recommendation.

Three of the characters you played recently (Tommy Quickly, James Hadfield and Ben Taylor) are all battling (different) mental health issues. Coincidence or is this a topic you particularly liked exploring at that moment?

Honestly, it’s just they’re all really interesting characters on the page. It’s an amazing opportunity to play somebody who faces different day to day obstacles than yourself.

Can you share any news on Running Naked?

The last I heard the final edit is finished.

Iceland, Sweden, the Czech Republic – you filmed in some pretty cold places lately. Which one was your favourite (and do we need to knit some mittens for the future)?

I really couldn’t choose. V lucky to have filmed in all those countries. My mitten game is strong … don’t you worry.

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Congratulations on a second season for Carnival Row! How does it feel to be back for another season?

It’s great to be back!

Our corner of the internet imploded a little, when you announced your part in the final season of Poldark. To see Mitchell and Cutler unite is probably the biggest dream, Being Human fans never knew they had, come true. How was filming with Aidan Turner?

Great to finally meet Aidan. Was lovely to chat about our time on Being Human and many of the Poldark crew had been on the show too. Joy to see them all!

You recently completed your first film as a producer. Can you tell us something about the experience to be in charge of a project from beginning to end? Would you like to produce again, maybe also direct?

It’s definitely something I’d like to do again. Though like with everything … It’s all about finding the right project and then you’ll NEED to do it.

It seems you often manage to include some of your music when you’re acting, for example one of Emerson’s songs is featured in an episode of Monroe. How did that happen?

Our wonderful producer Jennie Scanlon found out I had been in a band and asked if they could use the music for the episode.

Another example is Rob (Black Mirror) is singing in his car just before the fatal accident. Was that scene improvised?

That was scripted. Charlie Brooker and John Hillcoat were very specific with the song choice.

If you had become a professional football player, which position would you have played? Who’s your favourite player?

Oh best question of the day. I was a delusional central midfielder. Still am. My favourite player is Leighton Baines.

Anything you want to say to your fans?

Thanks so much for all your support and now more than ever please stay safe n at home.

Thanks a million, Andrew, for taking the time and agreeing to answer this really long list of questions. Stay safe and well, and we can’t wait to see you in your upcoming projects!

>>> Don’t miss Miss Scarlet and The Duke on 31 March 2020 9:00pm on Alibi channel! <<<

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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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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.

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 internatioal 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.


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:

  • 1×01 Inheritance – 31 March 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×02 The Woman in Red – 7 April 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×03 Deeds not Words – 14 April 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×04 Memento Mori – 21 April 2020, 9:00pm
  • 1×05 Cell 99 – 28 April 2020, 9:00pm *
  • 1×06 The Case of Henry Scarlet – 5 May 2020, 9:00pm *

(* not confirmed yet)


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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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.

There are no known release dates as of yet, other than “early 2020” for the UK and the USA but we’ll update this post 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!


ETA (15 March 2020):

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

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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