Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian drama television series. It was first broadcast on ABC on 24 February 2012. The series is based on author Kerry Greenwood's novels and was created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries revolves around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne. The first thirteen-part series was filmed over a six-month period in and around Melbourne from July 2011 and each episode had a budget of A$1 million. The drama has been bought by broadcasters in 120 countries and territories worldwide. A second series was commissioned in August 2012 and filming began in February 2013. The series began airing from 6 September 2013 and concluded with a Christmas special on 22 December 2013. A third series was commissioned in June 2014 and began airing on 8 May 2015.
|Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries|
|Theme music composer||Greg J Walker|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||3|
|No. of episodes||34 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Every Cloud Productions|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Original release||24 February 2012 – 26 June 2015|
No official announcement has been made about a fourth series. Discussions were reported about a possible Miss Fisher movie and perhaps a series four set in the United Kingdom, where Essie Davis was based for film work.
In late 2016, there were some plans for a movie trilogy featuring the character Phryne Fisher. However, the producers would need to wait until Essie Davis is available for filming. The actress now lives in England where she had a recurring role on Game of Thrones, and in June 2016 started filming The White Princess (8 episodes at minimum), playing Elizabeth Woodville. In May 2016, the actress said she would certainly consider appearing in a Miss Fisher film. "[We’re] just working out the ideas of how to make it bigger and better and more fabulous than the TV show." In April 2017, a photo was published on the official Miss Fisher Instagram showing Essie Davis and Nathan Page holding advanced copies of the movie script. The production company Every Cloud is pursuing finance.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Essie Davis as Phryne Fisher, an independent, glamorous private detective, who is determined to solve any crime.
- Nathan Page as Detective Inspector John "Jack" Robinson, a police detective who works reluctantly with Miss Fisher.
- Ashleigh Cummings as Dorothy "Dot" Williams, Miss Fisher's paid companion. Dot is a devout Catholic and has an ongoing relationship with Hugh Collins, a Protestant, and in late Series 3 marries him.
- Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Hugh Collins, Inspector Robinson's right-hand-man and Dot's boyfriend, and later husband.
- Richard Bligh as Mr. Butler, Miss Fisher's loyal butler, an excellent household manager who provides good advice when needed, and veteran from the Australian Imperial Force who can put up a fight if required to.
- Travis McMahon as Bert Johnson, a working-class devout communist who often assists in Miss Fisher's investigations.
- Anthony Sharpe as Cec Yates, a friend of Bert and also working-class devout communist who often assists in Miss Fisher's investigations.
- Tammy MacIntosh as Dr. Elizabeth "Mac" Macmillan, Miss Fisher's close friend and doctor at a women's hospital in Melbourne.
- Miriam Margolyes as Prudence Elizabeth Stanley, Miss Fisher's aunt and a reputation-conscious society matron.
- Ruby Rees-Wemyss as Jane Ross, Miss Fisher's ward who shares the same first name of Phryne's deceased sister, "Janey". (Series 1, 2)
- Nicholas Bell as Murdoch Foyle, a former university lecturer imprisoned after the disappearance of Miss Fisher's sister Jane. (Series 1)
Background and productionEdit
Head writer and producer of the series, Deb Cox, has said that she and Fiona Eagger were looking to adapt a crime novel for television and believed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) were looking for a prime-time crime series for their network. The producers were disappointed by what they initially found and Cox explained: "It takes so long to raise the finance and script and produce a television series, so you need to feel it's worthwhile—both financially and philosophically. It was hard to find a reason to bring stories about psychotic killers and serial murderers to the screen." Cox and Eagger then came across Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher murder mystery series and were drawn to them because of their diverse fan base.
Eagger said that they were curious to discover what made the series appeal to all generations. Eagger told a writer for If Magazine, "We were a bit curious to know what it was about it that could appeal to a 16-year-old and a 70-year-old. Phryne is one of the first feminists. She chooses to live alone, she chooses not to get married. She's got many lovers. She's a bit of a James Bond action hero—she's much better dressed than James Bond though." Cox and Eagger realised that the novels reflected their moral values and fitted in with their style of storytelling, so they began adapting them.
Cox and Eagger initially thought adapting novels would be easier than writing an original screenplay, but soon discovered that it was not. Speaking to Andrew Wrathall from Fancygoods.com.au, Cox stated,
"It takes a whole new set of skills to preserve what's most important in the stories, rationalise the impossible, gather what's left into a cohesive whole and still reflect the boundless worlds of imagination encouraged in the readers' minds by a few hundred words on paper—in a way that's achievable in production terms!"
She added that the restrictions tested their limits of creativity and inventiveness. Greenwood was invited to the first brainstorming session for the series and provided the producers with answers to their questions and helped with the historical background to the novels. The author would read the scripts and help make corrections. Cox praised Greenwood's ability to write for the screen and accept the changes they made to the novels.
In June 2011, it was announced that the ABC had commissioned a thirteen-part series to air on their ABC1 channel the following year. The drama was originally titled The Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery Series, but was changed on the advice of distributor All3Media, who wanted to avoid having to tell international broadcasters how to pronounce Phryne's name.
The first series was filmed over a six-month period in and around Melbourne from July 2011. Greenwood had researched the history of the city "meticulously" for the novels, so the producers were keen to do the same. While they used some real locations, others were recreated, including a Turkish bathhouse and the Eastern Market. The interior of Phryne's house was built on a sound stage at the ABC's studio in Elsternwick. The historic house Wardlow in Parkville, Victoria was used as the exterior to the house. A number of National Trust houses provide settings including Rippon Lea Estate at Elsternwick, Labassa at Caulfield North and Como House in South Yarra. Each episode had a budget of $1 million. Eagger said "I wanted every cent on screen. I wanted the steam train, I wanted the plane, I wanted the ocean liner and the Hispano-Suiza. It stretched everyone, it really made people bleed." ABC TV, Film Victoria, Screen Australia and distributor All3Media funded the series.
The second series was approved for Screen Australia funding in July 2012. Filming began on 18 February 2013 in Melbourne. The shoot wrapped on 9 August. The third series began shooting in mid-October 2014 in Melbourne and wrapped on 23 January 2015.
On 6 August 2012, Michael Idato from The Sydney Morning Herald said that the ABC had commissioned a second series of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Idato reported the second series would go into production later in the year. ABC's Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan, stated
"ABC TV is delighted to be bringing a second series of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries to the screen. The first series proved an instant hit with viewers and Every Cloud Productions has again assembled a stellar cast and team for 13 more exciting, intriguing, and unpredictable mystery stories."
The second series is based on Greenwood's novels Dead Man's Chest, Unnatural Habits and various short stories. Cox commented that she and Eagger were "thrilled" that many of the cast and crew from the first series were returning. The second series premiered on 6 September 2013.
The position we are in is an embarrassment of riches – tons of successful series and at some point Carole (Sklan, Head of Fiction) and I need to sit down and work out how many of the successful shows we can afford to return, without standing still, and still doing new stuff. Woven into that we obviously need to know how much money we think we're going to have.
Knox added that there were fears funds to the broadcaster could be cut. Colin Vickery, writing for news.com.au, reported that another reason Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries had not been green-lit for a third series was due to ABC wanting to attract a younger audience. Vickery also said that if the show was given a third series it would not air until 2015.
On 13 June 2014, it was confirmed that Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries had been commissioned for a third series. ABC renewed the series after a social media campaign run by fans of the show. Eagger told If Magazine's Emily Blatchford that all of the cast would be returning, and admitted that the writers wanted to add some magic to the series and include an episode set in the military. She also hinted that there might be a wedding. Eagger added "It's a tough time for the ABC so we are thrilled they are able to bring us back, and to have that support from Film Victoria as well." The third series began airing from 8 May 2015.
The costume designer for the series was Marion Boyce. She told ABC's Darren Smith that she loves the 20s and 30s and thought the opportunity to work on a show in her hometown (Melbourne) was "fantastic." Boyce had eight weeks pre-production, but she said that she began putting stuff together early on. She stated "After those eight weeks, we had 16 days to complete the next two episodes. It was a fast and furious process, and the series included circuses, bohemian nightclubs and the docks. Each episode is quite different from the rest." The costume department included one cutter, one sewer, a costume coordinator and a buyer who was also an art finisher. Boyce called the team "incredibly talented", as they had to do a lot of different jobs. The team, Mandy Murphy and Gareth Blaha, the head of the ABC's Costume Department, along with two milliners, made some of the hats. Boyce and her team created around 120 costumes for the series, including sleepwear, daywear, nightwear and special occasion outfits.
Boyce explained that while vintage pieces were incorporated into the series, the department designed the majority of costumes. Cox told Alexandra Spring from Vogue Australia that some of the costumes were sourced from eBay and vintage shops. Cox said "Once you go back to the 1920s, things have either deteriorated or they are too small because the women were smaller, so it means a lot of it has to be made from scratch." The fabrics were taken from Boyce's own collection and fabric stores in Melbourne and Sydney. The designer admitted that parting with some of the fabric was difficult, as she had had some of them for around 25 years. Boyce told Smith that at the end of filming, the costumes that were hired were sent back to where they came from. The ones made from fabric bought by the ABC, went back to them and Boyce took the ones that were made from fabrics out of her own collection.
Boyce explained that Phryne is "completely fluid" and has "an extraordinary amount of energy", so she wanted her outfits to move with her when she went from room to room. When it came to Dot, Boyce designed her wardrobe with her religion and position in society in mind. Dot's clothes are more buttoned up, so she does not show off her body parts. Boyce commented "She was a really nice contrast to Phryne and a lot more conservative. Dot has nice tweeds and cardigans."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||24 February 2012||18 May 2012|
|2||13||6 September 2013||22 December 2013|
|3||8||8 May 2015||26 June 2015|
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries has been bought by 120 territories worldwide. The Canadian broadcaster Knowledge Network began airing the series at 8:30 pm on 5 October 2012. The UKTV network acquired the broadcasting rights to Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries in the United Kingdom in September 2012. Series 1 premiered on the network's Alibi channel on 11 February 2013.
French broadcaster France 3 acquired Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries in January 2013, while Alibi and the Knowledge Network renewed their deals to air Series 2. Alex Farber of Broadcast reported that Norway's TVNorge, Poland's Canal+, and Eastern Europe's Viasat networks had also picked up the show. The series began airing on Italy's Rai 1 channel on 31 July 2013.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is available in the United States through Acorn TV, Netflix and some PBS stations (including WLIW channel 21.1 in the New York City area). Miss Fisher Uncovered, a behind-the-scenes special for American audiences, aired in the U.S. in August 2015. The program includes interviews with cast and crew, and author Kerry Greenwood.
Netflix holds broadcasting rights for all three series in several countries, including the United States, Denmark, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Japan and Canada. It also currently hold rights for the first two series in the Australian market in association with ABC TV and ABC Commercial.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - OST, a CD collection featuring various artists used as music on the show, was released in Australia by ABC Commercial on 27 April 2012. The compilation included the series' theme music by Greg J. Walker. The selections were made available simultaneously on iTunes. The soundtrack for Series 2 was released on 15 November 2013, and for Series 3 on May 1, 2015. The official soundtrack for the series featuring music composed by Greg J. Walker was released on iTunes on 10 Jun 2014.
Episodes 1–7 were released on DVD in Region 4 on 3 May 2012, while episodes 8–13 were released on 7 June 2012.[dead link] [dead link] The series was also released on Blu-ray.[dead link] Series 1 was released as a DVD box set by ABC Commercial in November 2012. Series 2 was released on DVD as a box set by Acorn Media on 27 May 2014.[dead link] The complete series (1–3) was released as a DVD box set by ABC Commercial on 4 November 2015.
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries became available for streaming and VOD on Netflix in the U.S. in September 2014. It became available in the United Kingdom in June 2015, in Canada in March 2016, and in Australia/New Zealand in April 2017.. The series became available on Amazon Video on May 16, 2016.
While reviewing the first episode, David Brown from the Radio Times commented "Just when you thought that all variations of the amateur-detective genre had been explored, along comes Miss Phryne Fisher, who sashays through the jazz clubs of late 1920s Ballarat, tackling villains with her pearl-handled pistol. The plot's hardly revolutionary, but it is worth watching for lead actress Essie Davis, with her sleek bob and killer cheekbones, who runs bad guys to ground with both wit and raunch."
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Result|
|Australian Production Design Guild Awards||Best Costume Design for Screen||Marian Boyce||Nominated|
|Best Design on a Television Drama||Robert Perkins||Nominated|
|Screen Music Awards||Best Music for a Television Series or Serial||Greg J. Walker||Nominated|
|Best Television Theme||Nominated|
|2013||2nd AACTA Awards||Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama||Essie Davis||Nominated|
|Equity Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Series 1 cast||Nominated|
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Actress||Ashleigh Cummings||Nominated|
|2014||3rd AACTA Awards||Best Costume Design in Television||Marion Boyce||Won|
|Equity Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Series 2 cast||Nominated|
|Logie Awards||Most Popular Actress||Essie Davis||Nominated|
|Most Popular Drama Program||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries||Nominated|
|Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on TV||Essie Davis||Nominated|
|2015||5th AACTA Awards||Best Television Drama Series||Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries||Nominated|
|Best Costume Design in Television||Marion Boyce||Nominated|
|2016||Logie Awards||Best Actress||Essie Davis||Nominated|
|Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on TV||Nominated|
|Most Outstanding Actress||Nominated|
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