PBS Distribution has announced that the first season of the exciting 11-part female-driven crime mystery series FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES will premiere on the PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel and in PBS Passport beginning August 20, 2018.
Set against a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the series featuring the fearless, adventurous and astute Frankie Drake who defies expectations, is immersed in both the real Toronto of the 1920s and the world of mystery and suspense conjured by creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci (Murdoch Mysteries).
A new episode of the FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES will be available each Monday on PBS MASTERPIECE Prime Video Channel by subscription. New episodes will also be available each Monday via PBS Passport, a member benefit for PBS station donors that offers extended access to a rich library of public television programming (contact your local PBS station for details).
“PBS Distribution is excited to offer this new crime mystery series that captures the shifting role of women during this time period,” said Co-President of PBS Distribution, Andrea Downing.
Starring Lauren Lee Smith (The Listener, This Life), FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES follow’s Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s as she takes on the cases the police don’t want or can’t handle. Her gender is her biggest advantage – who would ever think a woman could be a detective? She has a knack for solving cases but she’s no cop – her brand of justice doesn’t always follow the law. Along with her partner Trudy (Chantel Riley; Race, The Lion King), Frankie and the Drake Detective Agency take on cases of all shapes and sizes. From airplanes and booze running to American G-men, Communists and union busters, Frankie’s fearless sense of adventure gets her into all kinds of trouble, but she always manages to find her way out. In a time of change and hopefulness, Frankie is a woman ahead of everyone. She’s a new detective for a new world. But is the world ready for her?
The ensemble cast also includes: Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard, Sharron Matthews, Grace Lynn Kung, and Emmanuel Kabongo. An array of high-profile guest stars including Laurence Fox (Gosford Park, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Wendy Crewson (Air Force One, Room), Steve Lund (Helmock Grove), Melanie Scrofano (Saw VI, RoboCop), Kris Holden-Reid (Underworld Awakening, K-19: The Widowmaker), and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Jigsaw, V), appear throughout the series.
The series is distributed by Kew Media Group.