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Link: Interview: Making history with Rebecca Liddiard of Frankie Drake Mysteries

From Captain John Kirk of Pop Mythology:

Link: Interview: Making history with Rebecca Liddiard of Frankie Drake Mysteries
” I would say I am more of a historical fiction nerd! I absolutely love to read and watch historical fiction pieces – I always have. That’s probably where it comes from. I can’t speak for the people who cast me but I always get excited when an audition comes up for these roles!” Continue reading.


Preview: Frankie Drake Mysteries sprints into Episode 2

Last Monday, we got our first look at Frankie Drake Mysteries on CBC. In a word: we loved it. It really is the perfect companion to Murdoch Mysteries though lighter in tone and featuring—count ’em—four kick-butt ladies doing the crime solving.

Last week’s “Mother of Pearl,” was spent giving us a bit of Frankie’s backstory, so we were hoping to get some info on Flo, Trudy and Mary in Monday’s new instalment. Here’s what the CBC has revealed about the storyline for “Ladies in Red,” written by Cal Coons and directed by Ruba Nadda:

Frankie and Trudy are hired by a factory owner to root out communists at his plant, but things soon take an explosive turn.

And here are some additional tidbits after watching a screener.

Flo is fabulous
We’re already in love with Sharron Matthews’ portrayal of Flo. She’s saucy, smart and unapologetic and is a hit with the menfolk. When Frankie and Trudy catch up with her on Monday, she’s in the middle of chatting up a passing fellow and has some laugh-out-loud evidence on Frankie and Trudy’s latest case.

It’s the 1920s so…
… Frankie and Trudy carry guns. That’s a major change from fellow Monday night partner Det. William Murdoch, though at least the coppers at Station No. 4 get to carry billy clubs. Good thing too, because Frankie’s major case involves the Bolsheviks, going undercover and a truly explosive scene. As for Mary, she’s very interested in science and has an inquisitive mind; perhaps she’s inherited that from her father, whom we have yet to meet. Any guesses as to who he may be?

Frankie rides a motorbike
Reason No. 25 why we’re enamoured in this show already.

Paul Amos and Karen Robinson guest star
Amos, who starred on Lost Girl and appeared on Murdoch Mysteries, drops by as Mr. Richard Scanlon, a factory manager. Robinson, who is so great as Ronnie on Schitt’s Creek, plays Trudy’s mother Mildred Clarke.

Franke Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.




Link: Frankie Drake Mysteries stars preview CBC’s unique new series

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Frankie Drake Mysteries stars preview CBC’s unique new series
“It was great to read this script and to see that they made Trudy on the same level as Frankie. It’s not like one is better than the other, they’re both highly intelligent women. Especially being a black woman on television and having that role, is also very important for myself. Being able to see that character be as strong as she is and as courageous as she is was very exciting for me to be able to jump into.” Continue reading.


Photo gallery: Frankie Drake Mysteries

Are you ready for Frankie Drake Mysteries to debut this Monday? We sure are. The series follows Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and her partner Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley) at Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency, as they fight crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rum-runners and speakeasies in 1920s Toronto.

Along for the 11-episode first season ride with Smith and Riley are Sharron Matthews as Flo, a Toronto morgue assistant; and Rebecca Liddiard as morality officer Mary Shaw.

Ahead of the debut, check out these gorgeous gallery images of the key cast.


Frankie Drake Mysteries airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.




Links: Frankie Drake Mysteries

From Melissa Hank of Canada.com:

Link: Frankie Drake Mysteries celebrates strong women
“We sort of dive right into a case and into Frankie and Trudy’s friendship. We’re not going to get a whole lot of backstory into how they became partners and how their friendship evolved — I think that’s going to slowly trickle in as the season progresses. But you will get a sense of their sisterhood.” Continue reading.

From Kelly Townsend of The TV Junkies:

Link: Frankie Drake Mysteries: 7 Reasons to watch the female-led series
“It has elements of everything. The period aspect, the action-adventure aspect, the drama aspect, and the somewhat procedural aspect in that every episode the audience will know that there’s some conflict that needs to be resolved. It melds the best of all of these little worlds.” Continue reading. 

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: The name’s Frankie, Frankie Drake, not Murdoch
“I don’t think it’s a show that necessarily shouts “Hey, I’m a woman!” But history is something that is very present. But it doesn’t overtake the storylines; it’s not necessarily a main focus, but it is important. Frankie solves the cases that people don’t want to touch or the police don’t want to know about. But she’s doing it during a certain period in time where women are not equals.” Continue reading.

From Anne Brodie of What She Said:

Link: There’s a New Trendsetter in Town: Interview with Lauren Lee Smith
“The creators of the show about this iconic, incredibly strong-willed rebellious character who in 1921 in unheard of. Yet it makes sense. It was such an interesting time for women. It was a time of liberation and females were standing up for themselves for the first time.” Continue reading. 

From Bill Brioux of Brioux.tv:

Link: Review: Frankie Drake Mysteries
Frankie Drake Mysteries is not deadly serious like PBS’s Sherlock. It works best when it is played broad in every sense of the word. There’s plenty of bounce in Episode One, with a jaunty jazz score accelerating the action. Continue reading.

From John Doyle of The Globe and Mail:

Link: CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries is fabulously fun Canadian content
Attention Murdoch Mysteries fans, there’s a new detective on CBC and this one is better dressed and more adept with the cutting wit. Oh, it’s all still set in the Toronto of the past so there’s that comfort factor if you like the cozy period-piece shows. But this new detective is all wisecracks and fab outfits. No Murdoch melancholy here. Continue reading.