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Frankie Drake Mysteries gets second series on crime drama channel Alibi

Tuesday, April 10th 2018 by Phil Wilkinson-Jones

Fans of Frankie Drake Mysteries can look forward to more action and adventure as it’s been confirmed that the prohibition-era drama will return for a second series.

The show, set in 1920s Toronto, follows the city’s only female private detectives as they tackle the cases the police don’t want to touch.

Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water, The L Word) stars as the eponymous private eye alongside Chantel Riley (Race, The Lion King) as her fearless partner Trudy. The show also features Rebecca Liddiard (Alias Grace, Houdini & Doyle) as policy morality officer Mary and Sharron Matthews (Mean Girls, Odd Squad) as morgue attendant Flo.

Frankie Drake Mysteries is a CBC original series but has been developed and produced alongside UKTV, the British broadcaster behind such channels as Dave, Gold and Yesterday, which explains why season two will follow season one by having its UK premiere on one of UKTV’s other channels, Alibi.

There’s no word yet on when the second season will air, but we have been promised 10 new hour-long episodes and can surely expect to find out more about Frankie’s enigmatic past.

'A time of immense change'

"The series follows four fascinating women, living in a time of immense change, each pushing for their place in the world," said Christina Jennings, the show’s executive producer.

Emma Sparks, UKTV's head of acquisitions, said: “Frankie Drake Mysteries launched with huge success on UKTV's premium crime drama channel Alibi. The UK fell in love with Frankie's dynamism.

“We are delighted to work with [Canadian production company] Shaftesbury again to co-produce another successful season and can't wait for more action and adventure with Toronto's only two female detectives.”

Unlike some of UKTV’s other channels, Alibi isn’t available on Freeview. In order to watch it you’ll need a subscription to either a pay-TV service such as Sky or a streaming service like TV Player or NOW TV.

Sky includes Alibi in its main Sky Entertainment package, Virgin Media includes it in the Mix, Full House and VIP bundles and with BT TV you’ll get it with the mid-level Entertainment and top Max packages. If you’re a TalkTalk customer you’ll need to add an Entertainment Boost for an additional monthly fee.

Alibi is one of 11 so-called premium channels included in the NOW TV Entertainment pass and it’s also available as part of TVPlayer Plus. Both streaming services offer free 14-day trials, after which you’ll be charged £7.99 for NOW TV or £5.99 a month for TVPlayer Plus unless you cancel.

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