The movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears will come to select theaters and Acorn TV in the U.S. sometime later in 2019. But if you need a smart, independent 1920s woman doing her own thing, maybe with a mystery or two, in the meantime, and you’ve watched the original seasons of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries so many times you can quote them, perhaps this might tide you over…
The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (1999-2000)
Diana Rigg plays sharp-witted widow Adela Bradley, who is clearly Phryne Fisher’s spiritual mother in style, sexual liberation, and detective work. Only five delicious episodes were made, but they’re currently on Amazon Prime. Her hat game is legendary!
Cable Girls aka Las Chicas del Cable (2017-)
More of a soap opera than a mystery, but the four main characters are complicated, realistic women testing out newfound independence in 1920s Spain. Their stories range from sexy to heart-breaking to criminal, and there’s more to come.
The Cat’s Meow (2001)
Based on real-life murder that happened on William Randolph Hearst’s yacht in 1924, this film is a tangled web of intrigue and affairs gone wrong. Darker and less female-focused than the others on this list, it’s still gorgeously costumed.
Frankie Drake Mysteries (2018-)
Set in the 1920s, this new-ish series follows Toronto’s only female private detective and her partner Trudy as they take on the cases the police ignore. Sound familiar? The costume quality is sometimes low-budget, but so was Miss Fisher‘s when that started. Coming to the Ovation Network in the U.S. on June 15!
Tommy & Tuppence: Partners in Crime (1983-1984)
The characters of Tommy Beresford and Tuppence Cowley are introduced and end up married in the TV movie The Secret Adversary (1983). They take their mystery-solving partnership on the go in a 10-episode series, currently found on Amazon. Tuppence is the adventure-seeker of the duo, plus she’s always amazingly dressed! (There’s a 2015 version set in the 1950s, but the costumes are not as fabulous.)
Also coming on April 29th to Acorn TV: Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries. Phryne’s niece in the 1960s goes searching for her long-lost aunt and becomes a detective herself. The show is already airing in Australia, so Aussie frock flickers, let us know what you think!
How are you passing the time until the Miss Fisher movie?