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Miss Scarlet & The Duke #TVReview #BriFri

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

Miss Scarlet & The Duke #TVReview #BriFriWelcome to British Isles Friday! British Isles Friday is a weekly event for sharing all things British and Irish - reviews, photos, opinions, trip reports, guides, links, resources, personal stories, interviews, and research posts. Join us each Friday to link your British and Irish themed content and to see what others have to share. The link list is at the bottom of this post. Pour a cup of tea or lift a pint and join our link party!

Last week, I planned a fantasy trip to Lyme Regis in Dorset. Tina reviewed the ARC of In Times of Rain and War by Camron Wright, a World War II story set to be published in April.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke is a mystery series set in 1882 London. Eliza Scarlet attempts to run her father's detective agency after his untimely death. Her efforts are both helped and hampered by William Wellington (nicknamed 'Duke' after the more famous Wellington), a protégé of her father's who is now a Detective Inspector with Scotland Yard. And, of course, her efforts are stymied in every direction by the fact that she's a woman.

I enjoyed this mostly because of the fun relationship between the two title characters. They've known each other long enough to have something of a sibling vibe going on, but not quite long enough that a slip into romance is out of the question. If Bridgerton was too steamy for you, Miss Scarlet & The Duke might be perfect.

The screenwriter is Rachael New, who also wrote Grantchester, another series that I love because of the interactions between the two mystery solvers.

Kevin Doyle played Eliza's father, in both memory and imagination. Doyle played Molesely on Downton Abbey, a character that I mostly pitied and occasionally lost patience with due to his whining. In this role, he is much more dignified, a worthy father figure to both of the title characters.

According to this Variety article, the show was filmed in Dublin. Now, I feel like I should watch again, because I hadn't guessed that as a filming location. I've been to both Dublin and London and I can see how Dublin might work well as a 19th century London. One of the things that I loved about Dublin was its human scale since it's never gone for the super-high skyscrapers of other cities.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke was shown on PBS's Masterpiece. It's currently available to stream on the PBS website with a PBS Passport - a benefit I got by joining my local PBS station.

The series has a satisfying ending, but also plenty of room for another season. There were rumors on line that filming might have started in September, but is on hold due to COVID-19. Here's hoping that everything works out for us to get more time with these fun characters.

Miss Scarlet & The Duke #TVReview #BriFri

About Joy Weese Moll

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