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 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.
Unnatural Habits (#212H) Duration: 52:56 STEREO TVPG-V
Based on Kerry Greenwood's book 'Unnatural Habits'. The gothic world of the Magdalene Laundries - a halfway house for pregnant and wayward girls, run by Catholic nuns - sets the scene for the tragic death of an escaping teenager. AS Phryne becomes more suspicious of the goings-on behind the convent walls, she and Jack realize the threads of this crime lead higher up and closer to home than they ever suspected? The return of Jack's father-in-law - now Chief Commissioner Sanderson - his ex-wife, Rosie and her dashing beau - offers a chilling insight into extent of police corruption in Jack's hometown.
A Christmas Murder (#213H) Duration: 54:14 STEREO TVPG-V
Phryne, Dot and Dr. Mac happily accompany Aunt Prudence to a picturesque chalet to celebrate a white Christmas in July. The party arrives to find one of the residents dead - electrocuted while hanging festive lights. No more suspicious than the usual Miss Fisher investigation, until the body count starts to rapidly rise. Heavy snowfalls and harsh weather trap them all with a murderer in their midst - and any one of them the next victim. It's a race against time for Phryne and Jack to hunt down the culprit - and restore enough Christmas joy to take full advantage should they find themselves standing under that bunch of that mistletoe!
Cocaine Blues (#101H) Duration: 57:49 STEREO TVPG-V
The Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher disembarks the Orient at Victoria Dock, returning to Melbourne after years abroad. Almost as soon as she checks into the Windsor Hotel, Phryne is embroiled in mystery: poisoned husbands, cocaine smuggling rings and illegal abortionists - not to mention erotic encounters with the handsome Russian dancer, Sasha de Lisse. Her adventure reaches its steamy end in the Turkish Bath Palace off Little Lonsdale Street. Directed by Tony Tilse and guest stars Miranda Otto, Maria Mercedes and Kristof Piechocki.
Murder on the Ballarat Train (#102H) Duration: 55:28 STEREO TVPG-V
The glamorous Phryne Fisher, accompanied by her maid Dot, decides to travel to the country by train to collect her new Hispano-Suiza motor car. The charm of rail travel soon evaporates though, when Phryne unexpectedly has to use her trusty pearl-handled pistol to save a young woman's life and solve the disappearance of her fellow passenger's mother. Her train trip derailed by a gruesome murder, Phryne speeds home in her Hispano-Suiza to her new abode in St Kilda where she works through the clues until she discovers her unassuming murderer. Directed by Kate Dennis and guest stars Maeve Dermody, Abbe Holmes, David Berry, Dale March and Jacek Koman.
The Green Mill Murder (#103H) Duration: 56:20 STEREO TVPG-V
Phryne, gorgeous in her sparkling evening gown, had thought she would dance the night away at the hottest dancehall in town, the Green Mill. That was before death spoiled the evening. In jazz-mad 1920s Melbourne, Phryne finds there are hidden perils lurking in the smoky shadows - like a mystery man from her past - and it takes all her ingenuity, and her rusty flying skills, to unravel the trail of blackmail and murder. Directed by Kate Dennis and guest stars Toby Schmitz, Deni Hines, Wendy Hughes, Arthur Angel and Simon Lyndon.
Death at Victoria Dock (#104H) Duration: 57:22 STEREO TVPG-V
A young man with a blue tattoo lies cradled in Phryne's arms. Sadly, it's not another scene of glorious seduction. This time it's murder. Outraged by this brutal slaughter, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But Phryne doesn't yet know how deeply into the mire she'll have to go - bank robbery, anarchists and the kidnap of her beloved maid Dot. Her investigations lead her into the arms of the delicious yet dangerous anarchist, Peter the Painter. Directed by Tony Tilse and guest stars Jack Finsterer, Talia Zucker, Robert Grubb, Renai Caruso and Penne Hackforth-Jones.