We’ve had Scandi Noir, and more recently French Noir. But how about Aussie Noir? In TV channels’ unrelenting search for new content, no corner of the globe is left unturned and it seems Australia’s slate of crime dramas is being snapped up globally. A few minutes ago I posted a story about the full series of Jack Irish coming to the UK next year, and now we have another – albeit very different – series from Down Under starting back up this autumn.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a delight. Here’s what its UK home, Alibi, had to say about series three:
Alibi plunges back into the glamorous world of 1920s Melbourne to hitch a ride with the city’s sassiest lady detective, Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis).
She’s out to solve more crimes with the help of her ensemble of household cohorts and continues her playful partnership with the suave and dedicated, Detective Jack Robinson. When Phryne’s estranged father, Lord Henry George Fisher, arrives unannounced in Australia after selling up the family estate in England, he does his best to ingratiate himself with Dot, Bert, Cec and Mr Butler, though his roguish charm is lost on his own daughter. When Phryne recalls a secret encounter she witnessed during the War, between her father and an angry visitor, she begins to suspect that the cousin the Fishers inherited their title from is still alive and could be out to exact his revenge.
What makes this fun is not only the character of Phryne, but also Essie Davis, who’s spot on as the sashaying detective. Once again, here’s a taster:
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Wednesday 28th October, 9pm, Alibi