Primetime DVD Review: “Masterpiece Mystery!: Miss Scarlet and the Duke”

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“Masterpiece Mystery!: Miss Scarlet and the Duke” Review by Suzanne 2/10/21

I love this show! I watched every episode when it aired on PBS and just loved it. It has a “Sherlock Holmes” type of feel to it, but it’s a “lady detective” instead of a man. Unlike so many series nowadays, it’s completely original. It’s not based on a book series or anything like that.

Miss Eliza Scarlet’s father was a detective, and he taught her everything he knew about detective work, until he died. She has to fend for herself (with very little money) in a man’s world without having to marry someone she doesn’t love just to satisfy society’s rules.¬† She has a love-hate relationship with a police detective, William Wellington, who was a friend of her father’s. Her father was his mentor, so he feels a certain amount of responsibility for Eliza. He tries to keep her out of detective work, but she ignores his efforts. There is a lot of chemistry between the two of them, of course.

Aiding them is “Moses,” who has criminal connections. They get off to a bad start, but then he helps Eliza for a fee, and even William eventually comes around to trusting him.

The DVD has some great features, including a Behind the Scenes bonus video and more. This would make a great gift for anyone who likes period dramas or detective shows.

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  • MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: Miss Scarlet & The Duke¬†¬†2/16/21

Genre: Mystery, Drama
Run Time: 270 min. on 2 discs РDVD
SRP: $34.99

Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) stars in a six-part mystery as the headstrong, first-ever female detective in Victorian London. Stuart Martin (Jamestown) plays her childhood friend, professional colleague, and potential love interest, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington, a.k.a., The Duke.

Miss Scarlet in the parlor with the dead manMiss Scarlet & The DukeKate Phillips and Stuart Martin star in a new Victorian mystery serieson MASTERPIECESundays, January 17 – February 21, 2021 on PBS
Before Marple and Tennison, there was Scarlet‚ÄĒMiss Eliza Scarlet, private detective. Kate Phillips (Wolf Hall) stars as Victorian London‚Äôs brilliant, beautiful, and first-ever female sleuth, with Stuart Martin (Jamestown) as her friend and associate, Detective Inspector William ‚ÄúThe Duke‚ÄĚ Wellington. Celebrating MASTERPIECE‚Äôs 50th anniversary in 2021, Miss Scarlet & The Duke premieres with six thrilling episodes, Sundays, January 17 – February 21, 2021 at 8/7c on PBS.
Lighthearted yet gripping, the series features Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey) as Eliza’s father, Henry Scarlet, who is also her mentor in crime-solving. Danny Midwinter (Casualty) plays the Duke’s profane but proficient sergeant, Frank Jenkins. And Ansu Kabia (World on Fire) is the shadowy underworld figure, Moses, whose motives keep the police guessing.
Also appearing are Andrew Gower (Poldark) as the companionable aristocrat Rupert Parker, who is living a double life; Cathy Belton (Philomena) as Eliza’s devoted housekeeper and former nursemaid, Ivy; and Nick Dunning (The Tudors) as the Duke’s insufferable boss, Superintendent Stirling.
Miss Scarlet & The Duke is set in London at the start of the Sherlock Holmes era, circa 1880. Eliza’s father, Henry, is a widowed retired police officer, currently a private detective running up bills and drinking through his occasional earnings. Nonetheless, he is a talented investigator, and he has taught his only child, Eliza, the trade since she was a girl. She is now determined to break into this male-only profession.
Fortunately, Eliza‚Äôs childhood friend happens to be a detective inspector at Scotland Yard: William ‚ÄúThe Duke‚ÄĚ Wellington. He gets his nickname from the most famous Englishman of the 19th century: the Duke of Wellington, victor over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Like that other Wellington, the Duke is cool and decisive in a scrape. And he is also a ladies‚Äô man, which leads to interesting complications with Eliza.
Sometimes working together‚ÄĒbut often at odds‚ÄĒEliza and the Duke tackle a series of fascinating cases. On launching her business, Eliza‚Äôs initial challenge is not criminals or clients so much as getting society to take a female detective seriously, even one who has mastered wounds, poisons, motives, and red herrings. But she forges ahead and sees her first commission‚ÄĒa simple search for an older gentleman‚Äôs lost niece‚ÄĒturn into something very sinister, which she resolves with the Duke‚Äôs help.

And with that her career, if not her income, is off and running. Eliza’s exploits range from an open-and-shut murder case that only she realizes is not so clear-cut, to a dastardly plot that will make history if it succeeds, to a client being harassed from beyond the grave. In her final investigation of the season, spanning Episodes 5 and 6, Eliza is pursuing the mystery of her father’s demise when she unwittingly lures the Duke into a deathtrap. Naturally, the ordeal is a bonding experience for the two quarrelsome but secretly affectionate crime-solvers.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke is an A+E NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL and ELEMENT 8 ENTERTAINMENT production co-produced with MASTERPIECE in association with Eighty Seven Films and Bandidos Yanquis. The writers are Rachael New (Episodes 1-3 & 6) and Ben Edwards (Episodes 4 & 5). The director is Declan O’Dwyer. The Executive Producers for A+E NETWORKS INTERNATIONAL are Melissa Madden, Moshe Laniado-Peleg, Hannah Dal Pozzo, Zalika Webley and Matthew Zagha. ContactsEllen Dockser:


Winner of 83 Primetime Emmys¬ģ and 18 Peabody Awards, MASTERPIECE has been essential Sunday night viewing for millions of fans since 1971. Susanne Simpson is the executive producer and Rebecca Eaton is the executive producer-at-large for the series. Funding for MASTERPIECE is provided by Viking and Raymond James with additional support from public television viewers and contributors to The MASTERPIECE Trust. Produced for PBS by GBH Boston, MASTERPIECE is known for recent hits such as Sherlock, Downton Abbey and Victoria, and beloved classics such as Upstairs Downstairs, Prime Suspect, The Forsyte Saga and Poldark.

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