Lauren Lee Smith and Laurence Fox to star in new crime series Frankie Drake Mysteries for UKTV's crime drama channel Alibi.
Set in 1920s Toronto, the drama follows female-only private detective agency Drake Private Detectives which takes on cases the police do not want.
Private Investigator Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith - The L Word), alongside her associate Trudy (Chantel Riley - Race), takes on cases from gospel church choirs to the elite private parties in Toronto.
British actor Laurence Fox (Inspector Lewis) is set to star in the series as Drake’s confidante, Greg Miller.
Alexandra Finlay, UKTV’s head of acquisitions said, "We are so excited to bring the vibrant world of Frankie Drake’s 1920s Toronto to the UK."
Frankie Drake Mysteries executive producer Christina Jennings commented, “We are thrilled to embark on this new adventure with UKTV and look forward to continued success together in creating another hit series for fans around the world.
"From Gatsby-esque garden parties to rough-and-tumble speakeasies, there’s a global appeal to the 1920s that we’re excited to bring to life in Frankie Drake Mysteries," she added. "This was a time in Toronto of booming construction, considerable population growth, and a major shift in the role of women from the home and farm into the workplace.
“Frankie has come back from the war to work as a private detective with her partner Trudy and a network of associates, from Mary who works in the police station as a Morality Officer, to Flo who works in the morgue. We are going to see women fighting crime and fighting the system – a lot of action and a lot of fun.”
Frankie Drake Mysteries will air on Alibi in 2018.