Streaming platform Acorn TV has confirmed plans to revive Australian drama Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries with production on a second season to commence soon.
Based on the original ABC series, this 1960s spinoff features Geraldine Hakewill in the lead role as Phryne Fisher’s niece who inherited a windfall from her famous aunt and sets out to become a world-class private detective in her own right.
Season One of Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries first aired on Seven in February 2019. Ratings for the drama were disappointing, and until now Seven had declined to comment on the future of the series.
The first season premiered on Acorn TV in the U.S. and Canada in April last year, and its success on the platform has prompted the streaming platform to fund more episodes. Season 2 will feature eight one-hour mysteries.
Production on the second season will commence this October and will exclusively premiere on Acorn TV in Australia, United States, Canada, and New Zealand in 2021. The series will also get a free-to-air premiere on Seven at a later date.
The second season will feature returning co-stars Joel Jackson (Peter Allen: Not The Boy Next Door, Deadline Gallipoli) as smart, ambitious cop Detective James Steed; Catherine McClements (Wentworth) as Birdie, an ex-member of WW2 Special Forces and head of The Adventuresses Club, a group of exceptional women of which Peregrine’s celebrated aunt was a member; and Birdie’s gadget-designing brother, Samuel (Toby Truslove).
Season 1 took place in 1964 Melbourne – after Phryne went missing over the highlands of Papua New Guinea in her light plane – and her long-lost niece, the fearless Peregrine Fisher, took up her famous aunt’s mantle.
In Season 2, as crimes continue to unfold around her in the streets of 1960’s Melbourne, our never-say-never sleuth tackles her biggest mysteries yet while juggling romance, a career, and the life of an Adventuress all at the same time. Just as Peregrine prepares to settle into her no-questions-asked courtship with noble policeman James, his desire for marriage brings the crime-fighters to a crossroad on possibly divergent paths.
After their combined, valiant efforts solving cases in department stores, TV studios, and cooking schools in Season 1, Peregrine, James and the rest of the team continue their journeys of self-discovery and romance, tackling some very tough questions about the role of men and women in changing times and facing a fun mix of mysteries involving sexual liberation, flight attendants, family prejudices, dog shows, teen gang wars, bowling alleys, pigeon-racing, and ending the season with a murder at a New Year’s Eve party.
Don Klees, SVP, Programming for the Acorn brands, AMC Networks SVOD noted,
“Acorn TV viewers loved the first season of Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries, so we’re thrilled to commission even more mysteries for our subscribers around the world to enjoy. After the success earlier this year of Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears, we’re especially excited to be working again with our friends at Every Cloud Productions and all3media on the highly anticipated return of Geraldine Hakewill as the fun and fashionable 1960’s private detective.”
Every Cloud Production’s Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger said:
“We are thrilled to be returning to the delightful world of Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries with our fabulous cast and our incredible partners, including Acorn TV and all3media who have championed both the original Miss Fisher series and feature film as well as the first series of Miss Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries. They have ensured that our legion of fans around the world get to enjoy Miss Fisher in all her incarnations.”
Head of Content at Screen Australia Sally Caplan said:
“The Miss Fisher franchise has become a global phenomenon and we’re delighted to be supporting creators Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox as they bring a second season of this popular spinoff to audiences in Australia and around the world. The scripts are filled with all the twists and turns you would expect from the Miss Fisher team and I look forward to seeing Peregrine back on our screens sleuthing her way across 1960s Melbourne.”
AMC Networks’ Acorn TV is North America’s largest streaming service specializing in British and international television with over 1 million paid subscribers in the U.S and Canada as well as subscribers worldwide in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.
In 2020, Acorn TV has featured the Irish period mystery series Dead Still, British dramas Deadwater Fell starring David Tennant and Cush Jumbo and Gold Digger starring Julia Ormond; as well as several returning favorites with Series 2 of Welsh drama Hidden and Acorn TV’s first feature film with Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears.