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Viewers might have tuned in to Miss Scarlet and the Duke for the mystery, but it was Eliza and the Duke’s chemistry that kept them coming back for more. Fortunately for the fans, filming has officially started for the second season, according to a recent announcement from Masterpiece PBS.
Miss Scarlet, which stars Kate Phillips (The Crown, Peaky Blinders, Wolf Hall) as the titular Eliza Scarlet, the first-ever female detective in 19th century London, follows the progression of her relationship with childhood friend and now business partner Inspector William “The Duke” Wellington, played by Stuart Martin (Jamestown).
Almost eight million people watched season one when it premiered on Masterpiece PBS in January 2021. Susanne Simpson, executive producer of the program, called it an “instant fan favorite” in a press release announcing the renewal.
Here’s everything we know so far about the show's next chapter.
Masterpiece PBS is officially working on a second season of the series.
The show was originally launched by A+E Networks International. A+E dropped the project after the first season, but fans don't need to worry. In March 2021, Masterpiece announced that the show would get a second season, and on Wednesday, they shared that filming has officially begun. Production will now be a collaboration between Masterpiece and Element 8 Entertainment.
“It’s like no time has passed at all,” Kate Phillips said in Wednesday's press release. “We’ve slipped right back into the same old Duke and Eliza dynamic. If anything, it feels richer and more playful than ever. I can’t wait for our MASTERPIECE audience to see it.”
“I’m beyond delighted to be back in Duke’s bowler hat and boots, swaggering the streets of London by Kate’s side,” said Stuart Martin, per the announcement. “To return to this rich, wonderful world and the characters that Rachael has created, with this incredible team, it feels like we’re home. I can’t wait for our MASTERPIECE family and fans to see where Eliza and Duke go next, and who they bump into on the way.”
Season 2 will be written by creator Rachael New and Ben Edwards.
New and Edwards both worked as writers on season one and will be returning to the series. In contrast, the first season was directed by Declan O’Dwyer, but Steven Hughes will replace him for forthcoming episodes.
Expect even more action.
In an interview with T&C following the show's debut, Phillips shared her enthusiasm for doing stunts. In fact, she enjoyed those scenes so much, she talked to New about writing more of them into the second season. “It’s fun to run down a staircase being chased by someone scary,” she said.
In a press release, New confirmed that Phillips would get the action she asked for—plus, the romance the fans want—saying, “I have so much in store for Duke, Eliza and her crew. With even more action, adventure and of course a nice big dollop of romance, it's going to be a cracking season. The fans are going to LOVE it!”
The season is currently being filmed, but there’s no release date yet.
Masterpiece PBS announced on Wednesday that production has started on location in Belgrade, Serbia. While there's no release date yet, we know that season two will air on PBS in 2022. In the meantime, Miss Scarlet and The Duke is available to stream on Amazon Prime, or PBS.org for members.
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