{television} Miss Fisher’s second series


miss f header“Our glamorous lady detective, The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher, swans into early 1929 Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.”

No need to imagine my delight with the second series return of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2013) if you’ve read my ravings about series one or have seen the Australian television show for yourself. We signed up for a free month’s trial for Acorn TV (which we are tempted to subscribe to once we’ve the funds) so we could get our greedy medium-sized hands on the latest 13 episodes. Please, renew, please renew for a series 3!

If you are unfamiliar with my reasons why you should watch The Honourable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) and company at work: read my ravings here. and then catch series one on Netflix, I believe they are still streaming.

In the meantime…Season/Series 2

Miss Phryne Fisher, Lady Detective, returns to television with as fabulous a wardrobe as ever, and the mysteries aren’t too shabby either. Of course, the interactions between the primary characters of absolute interest. The evolution of Dorothy “Dot” Williams (Ashleigh Cummings) continues in an exciting fashion. And the ways in which the male characters respond to the ‘new woman’ and their own societal pressures/expectations is especially emphasized this season—and not at the cost of Fisher’s ideals.

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We get to meet:  Dot’s sister—who is decidedly not Dot-like. Aunt Prudence’s (Miriam Margolyes) husband (in a flashback). Learn more about Hugh’s (Hugo Johnstone-Burt) familial background. And Jack’s ex-wife Rosy, and his (ex)father-in-law join the cast…

That romantic-friendship tension between Jack (Nathan Page) and Phryne…yeah, it gets even more delicious and so achingly sweet. And if you don’t leave certain shows wanting to hug Hugh and Dot, you’ve no romantic bone in that body at all!

We are still recovering from World War I, so mysteries related continue. Other excitements include: Gentleman’s clubs; Seances; Temperance Unions; Pugilism; Gangs; Haute Couture versus Ready-to-Wear; Football; Labor abuses/trafficking; Race Car driving (ladies); Religion; University life; and madness; creepy rural villages; Radio Shows; Silent cinema; and Christmas in July.

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(1) “Murder Most Scandalous” dir. Tony Tilse, written by Kristen Dunphy

Miss Phryne Fisher is back! When Jack’s father-in-law is implicated in the brutal murder of a prostitute, Phryne decides to perfect her ‘fan dance’ in order to go undercover at a gentleman’s club.

(2) “Death Comes Knocking” dir. Ken Cameron, written by Ysabelle Dean

Phryne plays host to ghostly soldiers and exotic spiritualists and Aunt Prudence is swept up in the new spiritualist fad and enlists a famed psychic to contact her dead godson.

miss f s2ep3(3) “Dead Man’s Chest” dir. Ken Cameron, written by John Banas

Buried treasure and pirate legends bubble to the surface in the seaside holiday town of Queenscliff and Phryne finds herself at the pointy end of a Spanish dagger.

(4) “Dead Weight” dir. Declan Eames, written by John Banas

When a gang leader is found dead outside a travelling boxing tent, Phryne’s investigation leads her into the dangerous but thrilling world of fight rigging & tribal payback.

miss f s2ep5(5) “Murder A La Mode” dir. Sian Davies, written by Kristen Dunphy

When Phryne arrives at the exclusive fashion house of Madame Fleuri for a fitting, she unexpectedly finds herself amidst a crime scene, and everyone present is a suspect!

(6) “Marked For Murder” dir. Declan Eames, written by John Banas

Set amidst the passion & fanaticism of 1929 Australian Rules football. When Phryne is duped into investigating the coach’s missing ‘lucky cap’, she discovers a gruesome murder instead.

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(7) “Blood at the Wheel” dir. Sian Davies, written by Michelle Offen

When the driver of the ladies’ motorcar rally team is found dead in her roadster, Phryne is up in arms struggling to convince Jack that her friend’s death was no accident.

(8) “The Blood of Juana the Mad” dir. Peter Adrikidis, written by John Banas

Now estranged, Phryne and Jack step around each other to investigate a murder and the disappearance of a valuable manuscript.

miss f s2ep9(9) “Framed for Murder” dir. Peter Adrikidis, written by Chris Corbett

Phryne journeys into the twilight world of silent movies. When a lead actor and a director are murdered, Phryne steps in to solve the crime and save the production.

(10) “Death on the Vine” dir. Catherine Millar, written by Chris Corbett

When Phryne arrives at an idyllic vineyard to investigate a suspicious death, hostile townsfolk do everything they can to drive her out of town, and Hugh prepares for a perfect proposal.

miss f s2ep11(11) “Dead Air” dir. Catherine Millar, written by Ysabelle Dean & Mia Tolhurst

There’s a new wireless in the Fisher household – and a murder on the airwaves. Dot suffers the realisation that she doesn’t want to relinquish working for Miss Fisher when she marries.

(12) “Unnatural Habits” dir. Tony Tilse, written by Ysabelle Dean

The gothic world of a halfway house for pregnant & wayward girls sets the scene for the death of a teenager. Phryne & Jack realise the threads of the crime lead closer to home than they suspected.

miss f s2ep13(13) “Murder Under the Mistletoe” dir. Tony Tilse, written by Elizabeth Coleman

Phryne, Dot and Dr Mac accompany Aunt Prudence to a picturesque chalet to celebrate Christmas. When they arrive they find one of the residents dead and soon the body count starts to rapidly rise.

{episode synopses via ABC Australia}

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Thanks for the Acorn TV heads up. I think we’ll do that too. I was tempted to pay the ridiculous price on Amazon to buy this just so we could watch it. I’ll read the rest of your post after we’ve gotten a chance to watch it.

    1. L says:

      the rest is mostly synopses… I look forward to your likes and favorites.

  2. Emma Powick says:

    I’ve just found your blog and it is fab. If you like Phryne Fisher please check out my blog, the fabulous miss fisher

    1. L says:

      Thanks! will do!

  3. Glad to hear of another Phryne addict. Season three is almost upon us here in Australia and I cannot wait for the broadcast. But since you enjoy the series and are an avid reader you really should read Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne books. Easy reads and highly addictive. Love the fact that all of her adventures are just a stone throw from where I live.

    1. L says:

      You’re right–I really should read Greenwood’s Phryne books. So geeked for another season!!

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