Thursday 5th April
From the Shimmy to Art Deco, the Roaring Twenties return with Shaftesbury's prohibition-era-set Frankie Drake Mysteries renewed for a second season (10 x 60) by CBC, UKTV, and Kew Media.
Frankie Drake Mysteries stars Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water, The Listener, The L Word) as the private eye with the mysterious past Frankie Drake, Chantel Riley (Race, The Lion King) as Frankie's fearless and clever partner Trudy Clark, Rebecca Liddiard (Alias Grace, Houdini & Doyle) as keen police morality officer Mary Shaw, and Sharron Matthews (Mean Girls, Odd Squad) as spirited morgue attendant Flo.
Season one saw secrets emerge from Frankie's tightly hidden past, from discovering her mother alive and working as a con woman, to her friends uncovering her past as a spy. What other secrets will be discovered about the enigmatic Frankie Drake in season two?
"The series follows four fascinating women, living in a time of immense change, each pushing for their place in the world," said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury / Executive Producer, Frankie Drake Mysteries.
Audiences have connected with this series not just for the 1920s period setting, but with Frankie, Trudy, Mary, and Flo because these characters feel real - they are multi-faceted, flawed, and interesting, and they share such supportive friendships. With a new season, we will see more mysteries, more secrets about our characters revealed, and more historical characters.
Set in 1920s Toronto, Frankie Drake Mysteries follows the city's only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don't want to touch. In a time of change and hopefulness, their gender is their biggest advantage as they defy expectations and rebel against convention. Their cases take them through every cross-section of Toronto, meeting people of all backgrounds and means, as well as historical characters, along the way. Frankie and Trudy's fearless sense of adventure gets them into all kinds of trouble, but they always manage to find a way out. They are new detectives for a new world - but is the world ready for them?
Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, Frankie Drake Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Carol Hay, and James Hurst, who also serves as showrunner, Ruba Nadda serves as lead director/co-executive producer, and Teresa Ho is producer. A CBC original series, Frankie Drake Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC and UKTV, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, and the Bell Fund. Kew Media is the global distributor of the series.
Emma Sparks, UKTV's head of acquisitions, said,
Frankie Drake Mysteries launched with huge success on UKTV's premium crime drama channel Alibi. The UK fell in love with Frankie's dynamism. We are delighted to work with Shaftesbury again to co-produce another successful season and can't wait for more action and adventure with Toronto's only two female detectives!
Frankie Drake Mysteries series social channels:
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Sky 132/247, Virgin 126/200, BT 312/382, TalkTalk 312
Alibi is the only TV channel dedicated to crime drama, promising the best selection from the genre premiering hit US series such as Rosewood and Quantico. The channel also features some of British TV's best-known detectives such as Miss Marple and most-loved British crime dramas including Death in Paradise, Father Brown and Silent Witness. Plus, the original crime scene detective Doctor William Murdoch in the channel's popular co-production, Murdoch Mysteries.
UKTV is a commercial broadcaster reaching over 40m viewers every month.
The award-winning independent has eleven imaginative brands - UKTV Play, Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Yesterday, Drama, Really, Home, Eden and Good Food. These include the two most popular non-PSB channels in the UK and account for nearly 10% of the British commercial TV market. The network delivers inspired channels to audiences through Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat, Amazon Fire and UKTV Play, and distributes its highly valued original programmes to 200 territories. Now celebrating over 20 years at the forefront of digital television, UKTV - an independent commercial joint venture between BBC Studios and Discovery, Inc. - is proud to be the first British television broadcaster in The Sunday Times top 100 companies list.