Frankie Drake & Trudy Clarke

Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci

This “frothy” (that’s what a friend called it) CBC drama series follows the adventures of 1920s era motorcycle-riding private detective FRANKIE DRAKE and her associate TRUDY CLARKE. Together they make up Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency.
It’s no Montreal, but this retrofitted version of twenties Toronto is a reasonably wild town, if not quite the world class hotbed of social change, rum-runners, suffragettes, speakeasies, radical politics, flappers and jazz music the producers try to paint it. A town that not only boasts an all-female detective agency, but a show that stretches its modern-era politically correct casting to the breaking point, allowing the character of Trudy to be black, a notion that would send the blue bloods of the real Toronto of the era running for their snuff.
Also on hand to help fill out the PC checklist: Mary Shaw, a morality officer in Toronto’s police force who often helps out the agency; Wendy Quon, the owner of Quon’s Cafe where the gang chows down; Flo, a pathologist at the Toronto City Morgue and Moses Page, Frankie’s boxing instructor. And just to remind you that T.O. is a world class city, Ernest Hemingway, then a writer and reporter for The Toronto Star, pops in every now and then.
Fans of Miss Fisher should love it. The sets and the costumes are pitch-perfect, and if there are some overly earnest anachronisms, well, forget about it — pass the gin and let’s dance. The show was aired on the CBC in Canada, Alibi in the U.K. and PBS in the States.
Creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, and executive producer/showrunner Cal Coons all previously worked on Murdoch Mysteries, another popular Canadian mystery series. In fact, two of the characters from that series, detectives Brackenreid and Watts, still investigating a 1905 crime, appear in A Frankie Drake Mysteries Cold Case, a six-part web series that served as a novel introduction to Frankie and Mary a week before the regular television series began.

UNDER OATH

  • “…it’s a hoot and as silly as all get-out… thanks to its charm and the frocks, skirts, suits and, well, the gorgeous furniture, it’s frightfully good entertainment.”
    — John Doyle, The Globe and Mail
  • “… the messaging in this CBC series sometimes hits you over the head, but it’s fun to watch women run their own show.”
    — Johanna Schneller, The Toronto Star

INTERNET

  • A FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES COLD CASE
    (October 23, 2017, CBC.ca)
    Six episodes
    Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci
    Starring  Lauren Lee Smith as FRANKIE DRAKE
    and  Rebecca Liddiard as Officer Mary Shaw

TELEVISION

  • THE FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES
    (2017-18, CBC)
    Premiere: November 6, 2017
    Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci
    Executive producer/showrunner: Cal Coons
    Starring  Lauren Lee Smith as FRANKIE DRAKE
    and Chantel Riley as TRUDY CLARKE
    With Rebecca Liddiard as Officer Mary Shaw
    Emmanuel Kabongo as Moses Page
    Sharron Matthews as Flo
    and Steve Lund as Ernest Hemingway
    Also starring Laurence Fox, Wendy Crewson
    • Season One  Buy the DVD  Buy the Blu-Ray
    • “Mother of Pearl” (November 6, 2017)
    • “Ladies in Red” (November 13, 2017)
    • “Summer in the City” (November 20, 2017)
    • “Healing Hands” (November 27, 2017)
    • “Out of Focus” (December 4, 2017)
    • “Whisper Sisters” (December 11, 2017)
    • “Ties That Bind” (January 8, 2018)
    • “The Pilot” (January 15, 2018)
    • “Ghosts” (January 22, 2018)
    • “Anastasia” (January 29, 2018)
    • “Once Burnt Twice Spied” (February 5, 2018)
    • Season Two
    • “The Old Switcheroo” (September 24, 2018)
    • “Last Dance” (October 1, 2018)
    • “Radio Daze” (October 8, 2018)
    • “Emancipation Day”
    • “Dressed to Kill”
    • “Extra Innings”
    • “50 Shades of Greyson”
    • “Dealer’s Choice”
    • “Diamonds are a Gal’s Best Friend”
Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith, following a lead from Chris Baldemoor.

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