There’s something glamorous about period dramas of a certain era. Maybe it’s the flashy autos. Or perhaps it’s the foreign concept
of every night being for social engagements and dancing. Whatever the reason, it’s hard not to be swept up into these old fashioned worlds.
Pretty much anything set in the the late 1800s – 1920s is, for me, worlds that fit this description. The feeling is no different with my current period drama find. An underrated little series, Frankie Drake Mysteries.
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After discovery of this series, not only did I learn it’s from producers of Murdoch Mysteries (hello, favorite bait!), it also has the possibilities of being like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Though it’s not the same as ‘Miss Fisher,’ Frankie Drake and her band of cohorts are uniquely their own kind of investigators.
Full of unique investigations and characters, this Canadian series is easily one of my latest favorites. With its jazz music and snazzy costuming, the sets, scenes and costumes dazzle. Of course, none of this mentions the characters, all of whom are equally as compelling and curious. It’s Frankie we get to know best, though her partner in crime Trudy has potential for a great backstory too (her family is adorable), and then of course, there’s Mary. She’s the most cheated when it comes to discovering who she really is, but I adore her sweet personality and flustered aptitude.
Also, fun trivia fact for you, Lauren Lee Smith who plays the titular character once starred as Christy in the three film remake series.‘Frankie Drake Mysteries,’ Series One – A Fearless 1920s World! #PeriodDrama #GoodTV Click To Tweet
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You can purchase a region 2 (U.K. region) DVD set on Amazon or find it digitally on Amazon Video with a PBS add on.
The official review for this one is over on Silver Petticoat, but in the meantime you can read a snippet below and then follow the links to read it in full. Head over there to let me know what you think of this one, or drop a comment below! Did you see Frankie Drake Mysteries, series one? Do you want to? What’s your favorite 1920s era series or film? I look forward to chatting with you all!
I find “simple joy” in the discovery of a new period drama. Such was the case when I found this Canadian series called, Frankie Drake Mysteries. Knowing very little about it, I promptly tracked down the first season and settled in one evening to meet Frankie Drake and her mates. Continue reading on Silver Petticoat →
Photos: Shaftesbury / CBC