Exclusive: Alibi is continuing to expand its portfolio of crime drama imports. My sources are telling me that UKTV has closed a deal with All3Media International to acquire the exclusive UK broadcast rights to the Australian drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries for its Alibi channel. I’m also being told that the show’s 13 episode first season is set to premiere on Alibi in early 2013.
Based on the series of novels by Kerry Greenwood, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is set in the 1920’s and follows the Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, the pre-eminent female detective of her time, as she sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger sharp wit. The drama series, which has been renewed for a second season by Australian broadcaster ABC, stars Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher, Nathan Page as Detective Inspector Jack Robinso, Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Hugh Collins and Ashleigh Cummings as Dot Williams.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries may feel like familiar ground to the broadcaster; the series is very similar in tone to another of Alibi’s series: Murdoch Mysteries, which follows a detective in the Toronto constabulary at the turn of the 20th century. The drama series is also joining a rapidly expanding line-up of crime drama imports on Alibi. The UKTV owned channel has recently picked up the exclusive UK rights to The Protector, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, The Glades and White Collar. Alibi is also home to a number of other series including Canadian import Republic of Doyle and US shows Rizzoli & Isles, Castle and Body of Proof.