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Ovation solves Frankie Drake Mysteries

Lauren Lee Smith in Frankie Drake Mysteries

US arts network Ovation has picked up broadcast rights to two seasons of Canadian detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.

The Toronto-based show, from Canuck prodco Shaftesbury for pubcaster the CBC, is set in the 1920s and follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch.

It will premiere to US audiences on Ovation in June following the broadcaster’s agreement with Kew Media Distribution, which has also struck deals for the second 10-part season with Viasat for Central and Eastern Europe, Globosat in Brazil, Sky in New Zealand and YLE in Finland.

The show, which has already been picked up by UKTV-owned Alibi, is part of Kew’s slate for Mipcom next week along with 90-minute event drama Care, made by LA Productions for BBC1. Kew’s catalogue also includes the fifth season of cop thriller Line of Duty (6×60′) and the new instalment of the Bletchley Circle franchise, The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco (8×60′).

Further Mipcom launches include Clink, a 10-part drama from LA Productions set in fictional women’s prison HMP Bridewell, and The Dead Lands, an eight-part action-adventure drama from GFC Films, based on the film set in pre-European Polynesia.

Miniseries Cold Call (4×60′) is from UK-based Chalkboard Productions and tells the story of June, who, after falling victim to a cold call that destroys her family’s future, sets out to take her revenge.


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