Frankie Drake Mysteries

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Frankie Drake Mysteries
Genre
Created by Carol Hay
Michelle Ricci
Starring
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15
Production
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Shaftesbury Films
UKTV[1]
Release
Original network CBC (Canada)
Alibi (UK)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release November 6, 2017 (2017-11-06) – present
External links
Website
Production website

Frankie Drake Mysteries is a Canadian television drama series, which premiered on CBC Television in the 2017–18 television season.[2] The series premiered on November 6, 2017. On April 5, 2018 the show was renewed for a second season of ten episodes.

Background[edit]

Lauren Lee Smith portrays the fictional Frankie Drake, the first female private detective in 1920s Toronto, with Chantel Riley as her crime solving partner Trudy.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Lauren Lee Smith as Frankie Drake, Toronto's first female private detective and the owner of Drake Private Detectives.
  • Chantel Riley as Trudy Clarke, Frankie's partner in her private detective business.
  • Rebecca Liddiard as Mary Shaw, a morality officer in Toronto's police force who often surreptitiously helps Frankie with her cases.
  • Sharron Matthews as Flo Chakowitz, a pathologist at the Toronto City Morgue.

Recurring[edit]

  • Grace Lynn Kung as Wendy Quon, the owner of Quon's Cafe in The Ward which is frequented by the main cast.
  • Wendy Crewson as Nora Drake, Frankie's mother and con artist.
  • Emmanuel Kabongo as Moses Page (season 1), Frankie's boxing instructor.
  • Steve Lund as Ernest Hemingway (season 1), a writer and reporter for the Toronto Star.
  • Romaine Waite as Bill Peters, a friend of Trudy's who works at city hall and helps the girls out with information at times.
  • Anthony Lemke as Detective Grayson (season 2), recently transferred to the Toronto and a thorn in Frankie's investigations.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017 - 2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
(millions)
11"Mother of Pearl"Ruba NaddaMichelle RicciNovember 6, 2017 (2017-11-06)N/A
Frankie partners with a surprising ally when she's named as the number one suspect in a robbery that looks like the work of her dead father.
22"Ladies in Red"Ruba NaddaCal CoonsNovember 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)N/A
Frankie and Trudy are hired by a factory owner to root out communists working for him, but things are not as they appear.
33"Summer in the City"Norma BaileyCarol HayNovember 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)N/A
When a dead body turns up in the luggage of a young man, the case brings Frankie and Trudy into Toronto's elite social circles.
44"Healing Hands"Sudz SutherlandAndrew Burrows-TrotmanNovember 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)N/A
When Trudy gives shelter to a faith-healing preacher's daughter, she and Frankie find themselves investigating Toronto's Jazz scene.
55"Out of Focus"Sudz SutherlandJohn CallaghanDecember 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)N/A
Frankie and Trudy go undercover in the glamorous world of film in order to solve a seemingly impossible murder on a silent movie set.
66"Whisper Sisters"Leslie HopeAdriana MaggsDecember 11, 2017 (2017-12-11)N/A
After a shooting injures the young son of a friend, Frankie and Trudy's investigation leads them into the dangerous world of bootlegging.
77"Ties That Bind"Eleanor LindoCarol HayJanuary 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)N/A
Mary recruits Frankie and Trudy to find a missing teacher, but their investigation leads them to family secrets, Chinatown and murder.
88"The Pilot"Leslie HopeCarol HayJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)N/A
A day off turns into a day at the office for Frankie and Trudy when the infant son of a charismatic aviator is kidnapped during an air show.
99"Ghosts"Peter StebbingsIan CarpenterJanuary 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)N/A
The horrors of war haunt Frankie when an investigation into a soldier's murder reunites her with a friend left traumatised by his tour of duty.
1010"Anastasia"Cal CoonsMichelle RicciJanuary 29, 2018 (2018-01-29)N/A
Frankie is hired to confirm the identity of a young woman claiming to be a Russian princess and protect her from those who want her dead.
1111"Once Burnt Twice Spied"Peter StebbingsMichelle RicciFebruary 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)N/A
When Frankie gets a mysterious call from a British spy, Mary discovers how she and Trudy met, and how Drake Private Detectives was formed.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateCanada viewers
(millions)
121"The Old Switcheroo"Ruba NaddaCarol HaySeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)[A]TBD
132"Last Dance"Ruba NaddaJames HurstOctober 1, 2018 (2018-10-01)[B]TBD
143"Radio Daze"Cal CoonsRuba NaddaOctober 8, 2018 (2018-10-08)TBD
154"Emancipation Day"Ruba NaddaAndrew Burrows-TrotmanOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15)TBD
165"Dressed to Kill"TBATBAOctober 22, 2018 (2018-10-22)TBD
176"Extra Innings[4]"TBATBAOctober 29, 2018 (2018-10-29)TBD

Production[edit]

The series was created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci; both women also served as writers and producers and previously worked on Murdoch Mysteries together.[5][6] It is produced by Shaftesbury Films.[7]

Broadcast[edit]

Ovation will season one in June 2019, with plans to air season two as well, at a future date. The show has also been picked up in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.[8]

DVDs[edit]

The first season was released in Canada on DVD May 8, 2018. It was released on both DVD and Blu-ray (Region B locked) in the United Kingdom one day later. An Australian DVD release was released on June 27, 2018.

Reception[edit]

The series has received generally positive reviews since its release.[9] John Doyle of The Globe and Mail remarked "it's a hoot and as silly as all get-out," and concluded that "thanks to its charm and the frocks, skirts, suits and, well, the gorgeous furniture, it's frightfully good entertainment."[10] Johanna Schneller of the Toronto Star wrote that "the messaging in CBC series sometimes hits you over the head, but it's fun to watch women run their own show."[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Last Dance", season 2, episode 2, will be preempted from the October 1, 2018 in Quebec due to provincial elections.
  2. ^ "The Old Switcheroo", season 2, episode 1, will be preempted from the September 24, 2018 air in New Brunswick due to provincial elections. Instead it will on October 1, 2018 at 5:00 pm AT.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kakoullis, Adrienne (August 31, 2017). "Additional Casting Announced for New CBC ORIGINAL Series Frankie Drake Mysteries from Shaftesbury". CBC.ca. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "The TV home of Murdoch Mysteries is getting a new detective drama". Toronto Star, April 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "Shaftesbury". shaftesbury.ca.
  4. ^ https://tvlistings.zap2it.com/overview.html?programSeriesId=SH02746726&tmsId=EP027467260014&aid=gapzap
  5. ^ "Female-detective drama 'Frankie Drake Mysteries' set to debut on CBC". National Post. November 3, 2017. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Schneller, Johanna (November 12, 2017). "In Frankie Drake Mysteries, some characters get a chance to sashay". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "CBC greenlights Shaftesbury’s Frankie Drake". Playback, April 4, 2017.
  8. ^ "U.S. Deal for Frankie Drake Mysteries". Worldscreen.com. Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Frankie Drake | TV, eh?". www.tv-eh.com. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "CBC's Frankie Drake Mysteries is fabulously fun Canadian content". Retrieved December 16, 2017.

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