A+E Networks, known for being the home of channels like History Channel, is getting in on the scripted drama game with a new Victorian-era crime series.
Miss Scarlet And The Duke, which was created by Grantchester and The Mallorca Files writer Rachael New, follows the first ever-female detective in 19th century London and is to star Kate Phillips of The Crown.
It stars Phillips, who plays Venetia Scott in the Netflix royal drama and has also starred in Peaky Blinders and the forthcoming Downton Abbey movie, as Eliza Scarlet. When her father dies, he leaves her penniless in a time where marriage is her only option for financial security. But the headstrong Eliza is determined to find another way and tales over his private detective agency. To operate in this man’s world, she needs a partner, Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, who is also known as The Duke, a drinker, gambler and womanizer. Eliza and Duke strike up a mismatched, fiery relationship and team up to solve crime in 1880’s London.
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