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Frankie Drake Mysteries   



Set in 1920s Toronto, Frankie Drake Mysteries follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch. In a time of change and hopefulness, their gender is their biggest advantage as they defy expectations and rebel against convention. 

The Drake Private Detectives take on cases that explore every cross-section of Toronto, from gospel church choirs, bathing beauties and the early cinema scene, to the homes and private parties of the city’s elite. Frankie (Lauren Lee Smith, The Listener) and Trudy’s (Chantel Riley, Race) fearless sense of adventure gets them into all kinds of trouble, but they always manage to find a way out. They are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them? 


Frankie Drake Mysteries follows Toronto’s first female private detectives as they solve cases the police can’t, and other detective agencies won’t. In the brand-new second season, cases will take Frankie and her team of gal pals across prohibition-era Toronto, from renowned museums and high fashion houses, to dance halls and baseball leagues.

The year is 1921 and the world is undergoing massive changes. Jazz is on the turntables as communism and prohibition are being hotly debated over hard drinks in speakeasies. Society will never be the same – and crime has never had it better. A new age calls for a new kind of detective, and the women of Drake Private Detectives fit the bill. 


Featuring captivating performances from Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water), Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp), Rebecca Liddiard (Alias Grace) and Sharron Matthews (Mean Girls), plus an array of high-profile guest stars, thrilling female driven detective drama series Frankie Drake Mysteries is full of all the action, music, fun and spectacle of Toronto in the early 1920s.

Following the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch, the third season sees Frankie face a family secret while episodes bring her and the Drake Private Detectives team into the world of British aristocrats, illegal boxing, the supernatural, and political fundraisers.


Bank To The Future: Frankie Drake Mysteries 6-part digital series
In this unique crossover digital series Frankie meets Chief Constable Thomas Brackenreid and Detective Llewellyn Watts, the indispensable associates of Detective William Murdoch from Murdoch Mysteries, the long-running detective series set at the turn of the century. Over the course of the digital episodes, Frankie Drake remains fearless, adventurous and astute as she defies expectations and faces some daunting questions about her father’s past.



“Fabulously fun” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Attention Murdoch Mysteries fans, there's a new detective on CBC and this one is better dressed and more adept with the cutting wit” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“She's [Frankie Drake] played with glorious oomph by Lauren Lee Smith” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Thanks to its charm and the frocks, skirts, suits and, well, the gorgeous furniture, it's frightfully good entertainment” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“There is also an almightily zippy and delightful performance from Wendy Crewson” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Close attention is paid to the real Toronto of the 1920s, in all its squalor, stiffness and dashes of sizzle” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“It is a pleasure to see a new Canadian series that aims directly for entertainment value and hits the target” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“The concept and content are carried off with great poise. Long may it run” - THE GLOBE AND MAIL

“Riley, who came out of nowhere to dazzle for four years on Broadway on The Lion King, is a radiant presence” -  BRIOUX TV

“There’s plenty of bounce in Episode One, with a jaunty jazz score accelerating the action” - BRIOUX TV

“Full to the brim with strong and smart women able to take on dangerous cases” - THE TV JUNKIES

"Riveting" - THE SUBURBAN

"Fun to watch" - METRO NEWS

"In a word: we loved it. It really is the perfect companion to Murdoch Mysteries though lighter in tone and featuring - count ’em - four kick-butt ladies doing the crime solving." - TV, EH?

"It's girl power all the way" - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

"There's something enormously appealing about Frankie Drake...thoroughly enjoyable" - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Genre: Drama

Sub Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery, Drama, Crime

Year of Production: 2017-2018

Running Time: Season 1: 11 x one hour Season 2: 10 x one hour Season 3: 10 x one hour

Available in HD: Yes

Country: Canada

Production Company:A CBC original series, Frankie Drake Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC and UKTV.