The A+E International and Element 8 Entertainment coproduction has sold in US, UK, Canada, CIS, Australia, New Zealand, Germany and Greece.
Nineteenth century crime drama, “Miss Scarlet and the Duke”, co-produced by A+E International and Element 8 Entertainment, has been selected for a U.S. debut as a prestigious MASTERPIECE presentation anticipated release in 2020 on PBS. On the heels of its U.S. debut, the series has also been sold to UKTV for its Alibi channel (UK), CBC (Canada), Yandex (CIS), Seven Network (Australia), Lightbox (New Zealand), RTL Germany and OTE Cosmote TV (Greece).
“We are absolutely thrilled with the global momentum for this new series, built on a strong line-up of top tier international broadcasters and kicking off under the auspices of the world renowned, multi-award-winning MASTERPIECE franchise,” said Patrick Vien, Group Managing Director, International, A+E Networks International. “It is also extremely gratifying that our co-pro division has taken flight in a such short time with this series and a number of other scripted and unscripted projects already in the works.”
“Miss Scarlet and the Duke” (6x1 hour) stars Kate Phillips (“Peaky Blinders”, “The Crown”, “Downton Abbey feature film”) opposite Stuart Martin (“Medici”, “Jamestown”), who plays Detective Inspector Wellington aka the Duke.
SAG Award-winning actor Kevin Doyle (“Downton Abbey”) portrays Eliza Scarlet’s late father, Henry Scarlet. Andrew Gower (“Carnival Row”, “Black Mirror”, “Outlander”) plays Rupert Parker, Eliza’s business partner and friend and Ansu Kabia (“Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw”, “Murder on the Orient Express”) plays Moses, a well-known crook from Jamaica who, despite the Duke’s objections.
Produced in Dublin, “Miss Scarlet and the Duke” is created and written by Rachael New (“Grantchester” for ITV, “The Mallorca Files” for BBC). Ben Edwards (“Trollied”, “Stella”) is a contributing writer. The series is directed by Declan O’Dwyer (“Free Rein”, “Atlantis”) and also features Helen Norton (“Ella Enchanted”, “Raw”), Cathy Belton (“Philomena”, “Red Rock”) and Danny Midwinter (“From Hell”, “Interview with a Hitman”). Todd Berger, Patrick Irwin, Jin Ishimoto, Patricia Lenahan Ishimoto, Harvey Myman, Rachael New and Declan O’Dwyer are executive producers.
“Miss Scarlet and the Duke” is a full-throttle crime drama about the first ever female detective in Victorian London. When Eliza Scarlet’s father dies, he leaves her penniless in a time where marriage is the only option for financial security. But the headstrong Eliza has an ace up her bonnet; her father’s business, a detective agency. But to operate in this man's world she needs a partner.
Step forward consummate rogue Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, aka “The Duke”. Eliza and Duke strike up a mismatched, fiery relationship as they team up to solve crime in the murkiest depths of 1880’s London.