Alibi announces new crime drama Miss Scarlet and The Duke.
Set in nineteenth century London, Miss Scarlet and The Duke chronicles the adventures of the first ever female detective in Victorian London.
Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders) plays the headstrong Eliza Scarlet who is left penniless when her father dies and marriage is her only hope of financial security.
Determined to provide for herself, Scarlet takes over her father’s detective agency, but soon realises she needs a partner if she is to operate in this man’s world.
This is when rogue and detective inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, aka “The Duke” (Stuart Martin, Jamestown), steps in and the mismatched pair team up.
Despite their fiery relationship, together they begin solving the crimes plaguing the murky depths of 1880’s London.
The cast includes Kevin Doyle (Downton Abbey), who portrays Scarlet’s late Father Henry and appears in flashbacks and in Scarlet’s imagination, Andrew Gower (Carnival Row) who plays Rupert Parker, Scarlet’s business partner and friend who invests in the agency and is one of her few supporters, and Ansu Kabia (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw) who plays Moses, a well-known crook from Jamaica who Scarlet hires for his skills and knowledge of the world, much to the Duke’s objections.
Helen Norton (Raw), Cathy Belton (Philomena), and Danny Midwinter (From Hell) also star.
The six-part drama was created by Rachael New (The Mallorca Files) and directed by Declan O’Dwyer (Free Rein) and was co-produced by A+E International and Element 8 Entertainment.
Miss Scarlet and The Duke will air on Alibi in 2020.