Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries Series 1
Recurring character(s): Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis), Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page), Dot (Ashleigh Cummings), Detective Constable Hugh Collins (Hugo Johnstone-Burt)
Original air date(s): 02/24/2012 to 05/18/2012 (in Australia)
Rating: Not Rated
Note(s): Based on a character created by Kerry Greenwood.
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Review: This Australian crime drama is based on a character created by Kerry Greenwood, with eleven of the thirteen episodes adapted from the books in the series. Anyone who has read these mysteries — which I have … not all, but several over the years — will suspect that casting would be the key to success here. And I'm pleased to report that the casting is nearly ideal. Essie Davis makes for a terrific Phyrne Fisher, a lady detective in 1920s Melbourne. It's only when she's being playful — fortunately, not that often — is there a disconnect with the character from the books. The literary Phyrne is playful in an adult sort of way; the television Phryne is more childish and silly. It took me a little while to warm up to Nathan Page as DI Jack Robinson; he isn't quite the mental image I have of him from the books but I think his portrayal works here, especially as a balance to Phryne. What I found surprising is how charming and endearing the two primary supporting characters are: Ashleigh Cummings as Dot and Hugo Johnstone-Burt as DC Collins. In the books they have a role, often a minor one, and they tend to fade into the background given how flamboyant Phryne is. Here, on television, they are an integral part of the cast and they're a delight to watch.
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