The period drama, ‘Miss Scarlet and The Duke’ is set to return for a second series on UKTV’s dedicated crime drama channel Alibi.

Series two sees the return of Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown) as the fearless female detective Eliza Scarlet, alongside Stuart Martin (Medici, Jamestown) as her childhood friend and potential love interest, Inspector William ‘The Duke’ Wellington.

The first series was one of the top-rating shows on Alibi in 2020 and has reached over 1.57 million individuals since its launch.

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Devised by Rachael New, it followed the first-ever female detective in Victorian London. After the death of her father (played by Downton Abbey’s Kevin Doyle), Eliza Scarlet (Phillips) was left penniless and determined to become a private detective to support herself. Unfortunately, detectives have always been men, but a family friend at Scotland Yard called The Duke (Martin) offers to help. So begins a collaboration that grows into something more ardent.

The show is created by Rachael New, who also co-wrote the series alongside Ben Edwards. The lead director is Steve Hughes.

Emma Ayech, Alibi’s channel director added: “Miss Scarlet and The Duke has built a massive following since it first aired on Alibi last year, so we are thrilled to have it back for another series. Rachael New has created a wonderful range of characters and mixes the gritty scenes of Victorian London with a brilliant light-hearted side, making it a firm favourite for our viewers”.

Series two is set to air on Alibi in 2022.