Miss Scarlet And The Duke is coming to the UK. UKTV’s Alibi channel has secured the UK rights to the period drama about the first ever-female detective in 19th century London after striking a deal with international distributor A+E Networks International. No word on a premiere date.
Miss Scarlet And The Duke follows Eliza Scarlet who, after her father dies, is left penniless in a time where marriage is her only option for financial security. But the headstrong Eliza is determined to find another way. Luckily, she has an ace up her bonnet – her father’s business – a private detective agency.
Eliza knows all the tricks of the trade but as a genteel 19th century lady she’s never been allowed to put them into practice. To operate in this man’s world, she needs a partner. Step forward Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, who is also known as “The Duke;” drinker, gambler and womaniser. Eliza and The Duke strike up a mismatched, fiery relationship that will crackle and smoulder with sexual tension as they team up to solve crime in the murkiest depths of 1880’s London.
The six episode drama series, which was originally commissioned by A+E Networks International back in March as the first project for the recently launched co-pro division, is produced by A+E International and Element 8 Entertainment and stars Kate Phillips (The Crown), Stuart Martin (Jamestown), Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), Andrew Gower (Outlander), Ansu Kabia (Murder On The Orient Express), Helen Norton (Raw), Cathy Belton (Red Rock) and Danny Midwinter (From Hell). Rachael New is the series creator and showrunner. Declan O’Dwyer is the director. Todd Berger, Patrick Irwin, Jin Ishimoto, Patricia Lenahan Ishimoto, Harvey Myman, Rachael New and Declan O’Dwyer are executive producers.