Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
Miss Scarlet and the Duke

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Air date: Jan 17, 2021

Eliza Scarlet goes to work as a private detective to get out of debt. Luckily, a family friend known as the Duke is a cop willing to help.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2021

A man is caught with a bloodied knife at a murder scene. Eliza is hired to prove his innocence, even though he has confessed. Also, she is about to be evicted.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2021

The Duke hires Eliza to spy on suffragettes. Going beyond her instructions, she gets involved in Britain's biggest plot since Guy Fawkes.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2021

A post-mortem portrait photographer gets messages from beyond the grave. Eliza's investigation takes her into the spirit world.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2021

Searching for the secret to her father's fate, Eliza goes to an abandoned prison. When the Duke joins her, they stumble on a nefarious criminal enterprise.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2021

Forgery, murder, and false accusation strain Eliza's forensic skills as she gets to the bottom of her father's death, aided by the Duke and her underworld friend Moses.

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Cast & Crew

Danny Midwinter
Frank Jenkins
Nick Dunning
Superintendent Stirling
Matthew Malone
PC Honeychurch
Stuart Martin
William Wellington
Kate Phillips
Eliza Scarlet
Andrew Gower
Rupert Parker
Jin Ishimoto
Eoin McGuirk
Russell Gleeson
Tony Kearns
Patty Ishimoto
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Critic Reviews for Miss Scarlet and the Duke Season 1

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

Drawn from the likes of other heroines like Elizabeth Peterson's Amelia Peabody, Phillips' performance is so enthralling it brings thrills on its own and enhances everyone else's work.

Jan 20, 2021 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's an easy-to-take show that does most everything well, looks good, has a lively pulse. The mysteries are suitably twisty but not so obscure that you won't solve a few before the detectives do.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

Lack of experience isn't this show's crime. The real murderer is the show's total absence of spark, the workmanlike dialogue and uninspired performances.

Jan 19, 2021 | Full Review…

There is a curious kind of sexual tension being cooked up constantly, and as entertainment the series is droll, not deep, and good fun for fans of English period-piece mysteries.

Jan 15, 2021 | Full Review…

Pleasant. Mild. Benign. And yet, is that really a crime?

Jan 15, 2021 | Rating: 7.4/10 | Full Review…

Violence is diluted in female-centered period mystery.

Jan 26, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Sherlock Holmes has been the British detective default standard for a century. Perhaps that's why the opening to Miss Scarlet & The Duke is so refreshing.

Jan 22, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Miss Scarlet and the Duke: Season 1

  • Feb 23, 2021
    Well done and wonderfully acted, if a little predictable. Mystery fans may notice the 2020 suffragette episode resembles the explosive 2019 "Murdoch" suffragette episode. And are they running the Murdoch title sequence backwards for their opening credits? Great minds think alike.
  • Feb 16, 2021
    Great fun, well acted
  • Feb 09, 2021
    More realistic than Sherlock! A strong female lead!
  • Feb 03, 2021
    Victoran Mary Sue. Enough said.
  • Feb 02, 2021
    Not bad--worth watching because the cast and dialog are good. The first thing that strikes me is that it's a rip-off of PBS's Phryne Fisher mysteries. Phryne Fisher is set in Australia instead of England, but that's pretty much the only difference. Even Phryne is called "the lady detective," like Eliza. And instead of Inspector Jack Robinson as the love interest, it's Inspector William (The Duke) Wellington.
  • Jan 31, 2021
    I have to say I only saw 2 episodes so far but it is rife with historical inaccurate elements like Miss S's bleached teeth, the fact that she is not in black mourning with a parent recently death and as a virgin in Victorian times realising what being gay is.
  • Jan 31, 2021
    Watched 4 episodes of this series. Sadly disappointing. Could have been a super fun and innovative series set in the 1880s, but is rife with aggressive anachronisms and societal attitudes from 2021. Modern-day attitudes are overlaid on the past when actually, if a woman acted like Miss Scarlet does, especially having no family and apparently few or no friends, she would be committed to an asylum. Sigh... I'd eagerly awaited the debit of this show, as did my Mom (who is 90). We were chagrined to see how the main character is acting like a narcissistic brat from 2021, pouting, acting put-upon, flouting social conventions. However, the series pretends that in 1880 there were absolutely no social conventions any different from now--while in reality that era was extremely oppressive, and people's roles were rigidly defined and nonnegotiable. But here is Miss Scarlet flitting around, mouthing off to everyone, having bristly easily offended sensibilities, but also being able to shoot a gun like a pro, always knowing more than any man, uncannily able to see everything that men overlook, and matter of fact and unflinching when told about a secret society of men who meet on the downlow due to their proclivities. In reality, a young, unmarried woman of that time would not likely even know what he was talking about--nor would a man in his situation ever confide in someone he barely knew about such a then-taboo orientation. The actress (and character) is mostly emotionless and expressionless except for the type of direct come-hither suggestive stare through through the eyelids that in--in reality--in the 1880s only "ladies of the evening" would have given powerful men, as she does brazenly to the police chief. My 90-year-old Mom laughed: "I'm old enough to remember that women didn't even behave this way in the 1930s, let alone the age of my grandmothers!"
  • Jan 25, 2021
    The theme of "boo hoo, women are discriminated against in Victorian England" is anachronistic and tedious to a 21st century audience. As a viewer, I want to get beyond what women were perceived to be unable to do because they were women—the reminder of these beliefs is riling.

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