UKTV has closed a deal with All3Media International to acquire the exclusive first run UK broadcast rights to the 13 episode second season of Australian crime drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries for its Alibi Channel. The deal comes shortly before Alibi is set to begin broadcasting the show’s first season this February.
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 is just about to begin production on its second season, 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 joins a large slate of acquired scripted programming on UKTV’s network of channels. Following record breaking ratings results in 2012, the company vowed to spend £100 million on content and has been making an impressively aggressive push into first run programming via acquired content, having previously acquired future seasons of Rizzoli & Isles, USA Network’s White Collar, A&E’s The Glades, for its Alibi Channel; the second season of Hart of Dixie and the fourth season of Bizarre ER for Really; the first (and prospective second and third) seasons of The CW’s Beauty and The Beast, NBC’s Do No Harm, future seasons of Grimm, and the first season of Syfy’s Being Human for its Watch Channel; and future seasons of USA Network’s legal dramedy Suits for its Dave channel.