CBC is bringing a new female role model to the forefront with Frankie Drake Mysteries. The series, which premieres Monday, November 6, stars Lauren Lee Smith (This Life) as title character Frankie Drake and TV newcomer Chantel Riley as her crime-solving partner Trudy, two private detectives living in Toronto in the 1920s. It follows their adventures, tackling the cases that the local police won’t take.
“It has elements of everything,” Smith told The TV Junkies during a visit to the set. “The period aspect, the action-adventure aspect, the drama aspect, and the somewhat procedural aspect in that every episode the audience will know that there’s some conflict that needs to be resolved. It melds the best of all of these little worlds.”
We could tell you all the reasons why we’re excited about the series, but instead we thought we’d let stars Smith and Riley explain why Frankie Drake Mysteries is a show you won’t want to miss.
THE ALL-FEMALE LEAD CAST
The series may be called Frankie Drake Mysteries, but it’s full to the brim with strong and smart women able to take on dangerous cases. “There’s four female leads in this show, which is pretty unusual,” says Smith, whose character is joined by her partner Trudy, Morality Officer Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard), and Morgue Attendant Flo (Sharron Matthews). “The four main characters are these vastly different women but all equally kick ass, equally ahead of their time, and doing things that are a little bit unconventional for the time. It’s great to see these gals all in their get-ups, throwing punches and kicking butt.”