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Miss Scarlet and the Duke Review 2020 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Rachael New
Stars: Kate Phillips, Stuart Martin, Cathy Belton
Miss Scarlet and The Duke starts continues tonight (April 7) on Alibi. The series stars Peaky Blinders’ Kate Phillips and Medici’s Stuart Martin in the titular roles but is the show based on a true story?
Is Miss Scarlet and the Duke based on a true story?
Miss Scarlet and the Duke on Alibi is not based on a single true story.
Both the characters and plot are entirely fictional, however, many of the themes in the series are based on facts, such as the inequality of men and women and the suffragette movement.
The series follows the first-ever female detective in Victorian London, Eliza Scarlet (played by Kate Phillips).
However, Eliza was raised to be independent and instead, takes over her father’s detective agency.
During her work as London’s first female detective, Eliza crosses path with a family friend, Detective Inspector William ‘Duke’ Wellington of Scotland Yard (played by Stuart Martin) who is not entirely pleased that a woman is helping solve crimes in late 19th century London.
Eliza Scarlet joins forces with a Scotland Yard Inspector to solve crime in 19th century London.
When Eliza’s 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. Luckily, she has an ace up her bonnet – her father’s business – a private detective agency. Eliza knows all the tricks of the trade but as a genteel 19th century lady she’s never been allowed to put them into practice. To operate in this man’s world, she needs a partner. Step forward Detective Inspector William Wellington of Scotland Yard, who is also known as “The Duke;” drinker, gambler and womaniser. Eliza and The Duke strike up a mismatched, fiery relationship that will crackle and smoulder with sexual tension as they team up to solve crime in the murkiest depths of 1880’s London.
Eliza Scarlet is a character I imagined. I wanted to create a female Sherlock Holmes – ‘She-lock’ if you will. I took elements from some of my favourite literary characters – Eliza Bennett and Scarlet O’Hara to name a couple – and combined them to create a 19th-century woman with a forensic mind and a determination to succeed in a man’s world.
She added: “In terms of research I’m afraid this might be a dull answer since I did the usual – books, documentaries, podcasts.
“I did have the added luxury of having in-laws that are both historians so that was definitely a bonus.”
Discussing the main character, Eliza Scarlet, New said she wanted to create a “likeable” female protagonist.
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