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Several shows from Canada and the UK are headed to Ovation, including the latest season of Frankie Drake Mysteries.

Frankie Drake Mysteries
Frankie Drake Mysteries: Lauren Lee Smith as Frankie Drake & Chantel Riley as Trudy Clarke — Image courtesy of Ovation

Currently in the midst of its first run on Canada’s CBC, the third season of the hit whodunit series Frankie Drake Mysteries will make its US broadcast debut on Ovation — both on Ovation’s linear channel and on-demand service Ovation NOW.

Set in 1920s Toronto, the show follows Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith, This Life) and her business partner Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley, Wynonna Earp) — the city’s only female private detectives — as they take on cases the police don’t want to touch. The ten-episode third season finds the team at Drake Private Detectives delving into the realms of illegal boxing, the supernatural, and political fundraisers, and Frankie working with Agatha Christie (Honeysuckle Weeks, Foyle’s War) to solve a mystery involving a wartime friend of Frankie.

Season 3 of Frankie Drake Mysteries will air on Ovation in April 2020.

Another Canuck series that will screen on Ovation is the crime dramedy Republic of Doyle, which follows a pair of father-and-son private investigators in and around St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It stars Allan Hawco (Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan) as Jake Doyle and Sean McGinley (Shetland) as Jake’s father Malachy Doyle. Ovation will air all 77 hour-long episodes.

Ovation has picked up programs from across the pond, too, including more seasons of hit Brit mystery series Midsomer Murders and BAFTA nominee Travel Man, as well as the culinary travel show Gordon’s Great Escape.

Based on the award-winning detective novels by Caroline Graham, Seasons 7-11 of Midsomer Murders see DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles, Bergerac) bidding farewell to the newly-promoted DI Gavin Troy (Daniel Casey, Emmerdale), and working with new sidekicks DS Dan Scott (John Hopkins, Poldark) and DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes, Marcella) to investigate all manner of dastardly goings-on and creatively-executed murders in Midsomer, the idyllic and deadliest (fictional) county in England. (Season 7 began airing on Ovation this past Thursday, November 14.)

In Seasons 7 and 8 of Travel Man, presenter Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd) wants maximum holiday value from the 48 hours he spends in a celebrated city with a celebrity guest. They include Eddie Izzard (Hannibal) in Ljubljana, Frank Skinner (Doctor Who) in Zurich, Jessica Knappett (Drifters) in Ibiza, Morgana Robinson (The Windsors) in Milan, Dawn French (The Vicar of Dibley) in Athens, and Nish Kumar (The Kumars) in Porto, as well as David Baddiel (Horrible Histories), who spends 96 hours with Richard in Jordan for the show’s 2018 Christmas Special.

And in Gordon’s Great Escape, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay leaves his hectic professional life behind to embark on a pilgrimage for fresh flavors. In Season 1, curry-loving Ramsay travels to India for the first time, experiencing the diversity of its cuisine and immersing himself in all aspects of Indian culture. In Season 2, the chef explores the culinary traditions of Southeast Asia via visits to Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. (FYI: Ramsay has an accompanying cookbook for each season: Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape: 100 of My Favourite Indian Recipes and Gordon’s Great Escape Southeast Asia: 100 of My Favourite Southeast Asian Recipes.)

Travel Man: Seasons 7-8 and Gordon’s Great Escape: Seasons 1-2 will air in 2020 (dates tba). Stay tuned for updates.


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Ovation Picks Up Season 3 of Frankie Drake Mysteries, Republic of Doyle & More