The Frankie Drake Mysteries is taking us back to the Golden Age of crime with 11 dazzling episodes of jazz, gangsters and old-fashioned detective work.
Airing in the UK, exclusively on Alibi, this period drama looks set to be your new TV addiction for 2018.
What are the Frankie Drake Mysteries?
Set in 1920s Toronto, the series follows the adventures of Frankie Drake and her partner Trudy Clarke at Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency, as they find themselves fighting crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rum-runners, and speakeasies
Jazz is on the turntables while communism and prohibition are being hotly debated over hard drinks in speakeasies. Society will never be the same – and crime has never had it better. The Drake Private Detectives take on cases that explore Toronto’s many vibrant neighbourhoods from gospel church choirs, the early cinema scene to private parties of the city’s elite. They are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them?
Who is Frankie Drake?
Frankie is a go-getting gal who is determined to take advantage of the new freedom offered to women. Her gender is, in fact, her biggest advantage - who would ever think a female could be a detective?
As a woman in a man's world, Frankie defies convention and has a knack for solving cases with her uncanny intuition and deduction skills. But she's no cop - her brand of justice doesn't always follow the law.
Together with her partner Trudy Clarke, 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 and Trudy's fearless sense of adventure get them into all kinds of trouble, but they always manage to find a way out.
Who is in the cast
Lauren Lee Smith stars as the smart, savvy and fearless Frankie Drake, who runs Drake Private Detectives.
Trudy Clarke, played by Chantel Rikey, is her associate. With a beautiful, singing voice and a razor-sharp mind, Trudy is the perfect ally for Frankie.
The show also stars Rebecca Liddiard as Mary Shaw, a local Morality Officer, who has the inside track on the police for Frankie.
Sharron Matthews played war widow and morgue attendant Flo, while Grace Lynn King stars as speakeasy owner Wendy Quon.
British star Laurence Fox (Lewis) is among the guest stars in the first series.
What do the cast say about the show?
Lauren Lee Smith:
Frankie is very much ahead of her time. She’s this fearless adrenaline-junkie go-getter who makes up her own rules. It’s 1921, women across North America had only just been given the right to vote a year earlier. There was a new freedom – women were allowed to smoke cigarettes and dance! So Frankie is taking full advantage of that. She opens up the only female private detective agency in Toronto, along with her pal Trudy Clarke. And they take on the cases that the police don’t want to touch, or cases that people don’t want to go to the police with. And, being women, they’re able to get into some situations that men perhaps wouldn’t be able to.
Trudy is strong, smart and very talented. She’s loyal and protective of Frankie, and she doesn’t trust people as quickly as Frankie does. I love her boldness and that she’s fearless. She thinks nothing of going into empty scary basements, that I would never dream of going into, or chasing after these crazy bad guys.
UK fans can look forward to watching some badass chicks kick some butt in the 1920s. You got booze, you got drugs, you got murder, you got gangsters. And everyone loves that era – the fashion, the lingo, the jazz music.
When does it air in the UK?
The Frankie Drake Mysteries starts on Tuesday, January 23rd at 9pm on Alibi.
How to watch The Frankie Drake Mysteries on BT TV
Alibi is BT TV channel 312/383 HD.
Catch up on episodes you miss via the BT Player.