‘Miss Scarlet’ set to continue with S5 sans The Duke

Kate Phillips as Miss Eliza Scarlet. Photo: Masterpiece on PBS

Masterpiece on PBS announced Thursday that Kate Phillips (Peaky  Blinders) will return as Miss Eliza Scarlet, Victorian London’s first ever female detective, for a fifth season of investigations, and the series will be retitled, Miss Scarlet. Stuart Martin (Jamestown), who played Scotland Yark detective William “The Duke” Wellington in the previous four seasons, will not return for Season 5.

Stuart Martin as ‘The Duke’ in Miss Scarlet and The Duke. Photo: Masterpiece on PBS

While The Duke will be missed by many and this will mean a definite shift in the series, Miss Scarlet will welcome back many cast members from previous seasons, including Evan McCabe as Detective Fitzroy, Cathy Belton as Ivy, Felix Scott as Patrick Nash, Paul Bazely as Clarence, Simon Ludders as Mr. Potts, and Tim Chipping as Detective Phelps.

Speaking of his time on Miss Scarlet, Martin notes, “It has been such an incredible joy to bring Duke to life through Rachael’s beautiful, brilliant writing, and to get to play him for the past four years. But it felt like the time was right for Scarlet to explore new stories and challenges for now, as the show continues to grow and evolve.”

I will miss working with my amazing partner in crime Kate and the rest of our brilliant family and team, but I’m excited to continue following Eliza and her escapades as a huge fan and newly enrolled Scarleteer!”, Martin added.

Kate Phillips says, “I will miss working with my pal Stu every day, and know Eliza will miss her Duke, but I think the best is yet to come for her. I can’t wait for fans to see what we have in store for Season 5.

Series creator Rachael New says, “We will miss our Duke but there is so much in store for Eliza –
new crimes, new friends, new foes and new romance. We will be keeping her very busy!

Miss Scarlet Limited’s Patty Lenahan Ishimoto adds, “Duke’s departure brings a poignant shift to the series. One that allows for further creative evolution and for Eliza to face new challenges, forging ahead in a narrative landscape filled with suspense, crime-solving, and unexpected (platonic and romantic) relationships.

For those the need a quick catch-up before S5 premieres on PBS, you can stream Miss Scarlet and The Duke Seasons 1-4 of the show when you watch with PBS Passport.


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