Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis) is a thoroughly modern woman of the late 1920s operating in a mostly male world. The glamorous "lady detective" goes about her work with a pistol close at hand - and, more often than not, a male admirer even closer. To the dismay of Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), Phryne's investigations take her through the back alleys, jazz clubs, and shady markets of Melbourne. Ignoring the dangers all around her, she seems to glide through life determined to enjoy every moment. This lush take on the traditional crime drama explores the fascinating and varied sub cultures of 1920s 'between-the-wars' Melbourne.
Dead Man's Chest (#203H) Duration: 55:02 STEREO TVPG-V
Based on Kerry Greenwood's book of the same name. Buried treasure and pirate legends bubble to the surface in the seaside holiday town of Queenscliff. When Aunt Prudence insists Phryne help an old school chum whose holiday mansion has been burgled, Phryne and Jack discover the summer paradise is not so perfect. Things take a deadly turn when more than one body washes up on the beach and Phryne finds herself at the pointy end of a Spanish dagger.
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Murder Most Scandalous (#201H) Duration: 55:30 STEREO TVPG-V
Sumptuous brothels and respectable mansions. When Jack's ex father-in-law, Deputy Commissioner George Sanderson, is implicated in the brutal murder of a prostitute, Jack is determined to clear his name. Despite strict instruction from Jack not to meddle in his case - which also reintroduces Jack's ex-wife, Rose - Phryne decides to perfect her 'fan dance' in order to go undercover at the gentleman's club of the notorious Madam Lyon.
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Marked for Murder (#204H) Duration: 56:36 STEREO TVPG-V
Set amidst the passion and fanaticism of 1929 Australian Rules Football. When Phryne is duped into investigating the coach's missing 'lucky cap', she discovers a gruesome murder instead - the local team Captain is found hanging by a rival team's scarf and it seems at first a clear-cut case of murderous sabotage. Phryne's investigation is complicated by the return of Jack's ex-wife, her dashing fiance - and the Police Commissioner's fanatical support for the opposition team. As she uncovers a past crime, Phryne reveals the lengths some men will go to for the sake of the game.
Death Comes Knocking (#202H) Duration: 55:37 STEREO TVPG-V
Phryne plays host to ghostly soldiers and exotic spiritualists. Aunt Prudence is swept up in the new spiritualist fad and enlists the famed Mrs. Bolkonsky to contact her dead godson, Lieutenant-Colonel Roland Claremont. The seance leaves Phryne certain there is something amiss - but it has nothing to do with the psychic realm. A message from beyond the grave leads to the death of a war veteran and Phryne uncovers a past murder that lay buried in the battle field for more than ten years - before returning to haunt the perpetrators.
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Murder A La Mode (#205H) Duration: 55:44 STEREO TVPG-V
Set in the Fleuri sisters' exclusive fashion salon on the 'Paris end' of Collins Street. When Phryne arrives at Madame Fleuri's for a fitting, she unexpectedly finds herself amidst a crime scene. The salon's benefactor has been found impaled on her own hairpiece in the sumptuous powder room and everyone present is a suspect! Phryne uses her innate understanding of haute couture fashion to help Jack uncover an elaborate jewel smuggling scheme.
Deadweight (#206H) Duration: 56:20 STEREO TVPG-V
The gaiety of St. Kilda's famous Esplanade is marred by the violence of gang warfare and the police who struggle to control it. 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 and tribal payback. As Constable Hugh Collins becomes emotionally embroiled, Phryne digs further to protect him and finds the most formidable fighters are outside the ring?
Blood at the Wheel (#207H) Duration: 54:32 STEREO TVPG-V
In the fast-moving world of an all-women's motorcar garage, Phryne's mechanic Ailsa is preparing for an annual rally put on by the Victorian Automobile Association. Everything changes when Gerty, the driver for the ladies' team, is found dead in her roadster. The crash deals a solid blow to the case for women drivers and has Phryne up in arms struggling to convince Jack that her friend's death was no accident. Jack has his own inner battle to contend with - coming to terms with the absolute desolation he experienced when he mistakenly thought the motorcar accident involved Phryne Fisher - and decides that he needs to step away.
The Blood of Juana The Mad (#208H) Duration: 52:39 STEREO TVPG-V
Loosely based on a Kerry Greenwood short story and set at a university college. When the fresh corpse of Professor Katz turns up in place of a cadaver in Dr. Mac's anatomy lecture she demands that Phryne and Jack - now estranged - work together in her interest. As they step around each other to investigate the murder and the disappearance of a valuable manuscript - the Book of Hours of Juana the Mad - a web of college pranking, politics and eugenics theory looks set to unravel. Not only do they solve the crime, but Jack and Phryne accept they work better together - in the interests of 'law and order'!
Framed for Murder (#209H) Duration: 53:31 STEREO TVPG-V
A journey into the twilight world of silent movies. Hollywood has a stranglehold on the Australian industry and with 'talkies' on the way, the exotic 'Bride of Babylon' production is in serious jeopardy. With one of Phryne's oldest friends producing the movie, she has no choice but to get involved when the lead actor is murdered on set. She steps in to solve the crime and save the production - juggling the roles of principal investor and private investigator. The show must go on, and when the director is also killed, Phryne takes the reins.
Death on the Vine (#210H) Duration: 56:25 STEREO TVPG-V
When Phryne arrives at an idyllic vineyard in the countryside to investigate a suspicious death in the past, she lands in the middle of an annual Wine Festival and the recent murder of her own 'client'. She feels obligated to investigate his death and continue with her original case, but the hostile townsfolk decide she's outstayed her welcome and do everything they can to drive her away. Phryne realizes that the scenic town has harbored grief over the loss of nearly all their able-bodied men forever a decade - but their loss has turned to anger, directed squarely at the German family who has run Voigts winery since the turn of the century. Hugh happily rescues dot from the threatening town as he nervously prepares for the most perfect, poetic proposal he can muster.
Dead Air (#211H) Duration: 55:05 STEREO TVPG-V
There's a new wireless in the Fisher household - but there's murder on the airwaves when Dot's favorite show is interrupted by an on air panic. The radio station's bookkeeper and budding announcer is found choked to death but when Phryne gets involved, she finds Jack already undercover as the newsreader. In an ironic turnaround, Phryne is officially engaged to investigate the death - as Jack resorts to more clandestine investigative strategies. In the cut and thrust of the investigation, Dot suffers the terrible realization that she doesn't want to relinquish working for Miss Fisher when she marries and takes up her wifely duties.