Look out, United States, the Honourable Miss Phryne (pronounced Fry-nee) Fisher is coming back to America in 2014.
For all those who have seen series one, you understand that Miss Fisher is definitely not your parents’ Miss Marple. Phryne Fisher is a fashionably beautiful investigator with a penchant for murder cases that take her through back alleys, jazz clubs and shady neighborhoods all with a twinkle in her eye that fits right in to the risque world of 1920’s Melbourne. Phryne Fisher is equally at home solving murders with her pearl-handled Smith & Wesson as she is with a cocktail in hand, charming a long line of potential paramours in her full-length white silk coat.
Series 1 premiered last Fall on public television with a second series set for a late Spring release. Tellyspotting caught up with series star, Essie Davis, while on the set of filming the second series for a bit of a Q&A to talk about Miss Phryne Fisher. Based on author Kerry Greenwood’s novels Dead Man’s Chest, Unnatural Habits and various short stories, series 2 premiered this past Fall on ABC1 in Australia and concluded with a special Christmas episode in December.
Aside from the obvious star of the series, Essie Davis, right up there is the costume designer for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Marion Boyce. In addition to stellar costuming and set design, series 2 features 700 extras, 130 guest stars, 76 vintage vehicles, 49 filming locations and 35 stunt actors.
While Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries still may not make you abdicate your undying allegiance to Sherlock, it is, without a doubt, worth checking out the new series episodes in the coming months on public television.