UKTV and CBC have renewed their co-production Frankie Drake Mysteries for a second season.
Ten episodes have been ordered for the show’s second season, which is expected to air later this year on CBC in Canada and early 2019 on Alibi in the UK, respectively.
With this pick up, UKTV and CBC have renewed both of their scripted co-productions from leading Canadian indie Shaftesbury, after the long-running Murdoch Mysteries got the nod for a twelfth season last month.
The renewal comes mere days after the show’s first season wrapped its run on Alibi. The period drama brought in strong ratings for the UKTV owned and operated channel’ averaging a consolidated audience in excess of 200k viewers. Frankie Drake also consistently ranked as one of Alibi’s most watched shows in it’s eleven week run. Meanwhile, Frankie Drake Mysteries averaged an audience of 782 000 viewers on CBC; ranking as the Candian public broadcasters second most watched drama of the current broadcast season after Murdoch Mysteries.
“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 of Shaftesbury, who also serves as an executive producer. “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.”
Frankie Drake Mysteries is set in 1920s Toronto and 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, the drama series stars Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape Of Water), Chantel Riley (The Lion King), Rebecca Liddiard (Alias Grace) and Sharron Matthews (Odd Squad). The executive producers are 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. 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 Group is the global distributor of the series