Thursday 21 April 2022
Hit nineteenth century crime drama, Miss Scarlet and the Duke is set to return to Alibi for a second series in June. The 6x60' series is co-produced by MASTERPIECE and Element 8 Entertainment, with pre-investment from UKTV. The series will also air on BBC First in Benelux and BBC Brit in Africa.
Series one of Miss Scarlet and The Duke was one of the top-rating shows on Alibi in 2020 and has reached over 1.57million individuals since its launch*. Series two sees the return of Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown) as the fearless female detective Eliza Scarlet, alongside Stuart Martin (Medici, Jamestown) as her childhood friend and potential love interest, Inspector William 'The Duke' Wellington.
The second series picks up one month on from the end of the previous series. Eliza has solved her father's murder, her relationship with William, the Duke, continues to slowly simmer, and Eliza continues to face the challenges of being a professional woman in a male dominated Victorian London.
Eliza is hired by the sister of a missing woman for her first case this series. Her task is to find the woman, but the case was already closed by the police, so tension between Eliza and the Duke ensues.
Miss Scarlet and The Duke is created by Rachael New, who writes the series alongside Ben Edwards. Executive producers are Patrick Irwin, Patricia Lenahan Ishimoto, Harvey Myman and Jin Ishimoto. The series is directed by Steve Hughes and Ivan Zivkovic, and the series is distributed by PBSd.
The TX date will be confirmed in the coming months.
For more information, please contact:
Kelly Phelps, Senior Publicist, UKTV
Notes for Editors:
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Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys(R) and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for hits such as All Creatures Great and Small, Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.
About Element 8 Entertainment
Element 8 is the Los Angeles-based company behind the hit series MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE which premiered on UKTV's Alibi network and launched on PBS Masterpiece as part of their 50th Anniversary kick-off, winning hearts and ratings. The partners came together after working in creative and executive posts at leading entertainment companies and studios in the US. Harvey Myman's extensive background includes executive and development roles at Disney, ABC, HBO, Sony and Carsey-Werner. Patty Lenahan Ishimoto's career in programming started at DIRECTV, where she launched the Audience Network and acquired original seasons of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS and DAMAGES and produced original series such as ROGUE starring Thandie Newton and KINGDOM with Nick Jonas. Jin Ishimoto was previously a partner at Ensemble Entertainment (THE PACIFIC) and also executive produced THE PINKERTONS. Element 8 currently has projects in pre-production and development around the world, including Ireland, Belgium, India and Jordan as well as the U.S. and U.K.