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Ovation TV announced today its acquisition of the US broadcast rights to Season 4 of the hit period mystery drama Frankie Drake Mysteries.

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Frankie Drake Mysteries: (front) Chantel Riley as Trudy Clarke, Lauren Lee Smith as Frankie Drake; (rear) Sharron Matthews as Flo Chakowitz, Rebecca Liddiard as Mary Shaw — Photo by Ben Mark Holzberg © 2020 Shaftesbury Frankie IV Inc, courtesy of Ovation TV

Ovation TV‘s deal with DCD Rights for Frankie Drake Mysteries includes both the ten-episode fourth season and a one-off hour-long musical special titled Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight, featuring the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Set in 1920s Toronto, the series follows the adventures of Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith) and her business partner, Trudy Clarke (Chantel Riley), at Drake Private Detectives, the city’s only all-female detective agency, as they find themselves fighting crime in the age of flyboys, gangsters, rumrunners, and speakeasies.

Season 4 of Frankie Drake Mysteries opens with the intrepid detectives and their best gal pals, Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard) and Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews), traipsing through the woods on a scavenger hunt that quickly turns deadly. From the wilderness to the world of high society, from an underground cabaret to a candy factory, Frankie and Trudy investigate murders, kidnappings, heists, and poisonings. Using her position as a morality officer, Mary is able to snoop through police files and be privy to non-civilian discussions, while Flo lends a hand with autopsy reports, science experiments, and her newly-acquired medical skills.

Frankie Drake Mysteries: Music at Midnight, a coproduction of Ovation TV, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), and Shaftesbury, features performances from series stars Chantel Riley and Sharron Matthews alongside series composer Robert Carli and members of the TSO. Taking place on the set of Frankie Drake Mysteries, this concert gives fans of the series the opportunity to see and hear something different and unexpected. It was filmed following strict safety protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic, and serves as a way to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to live performance and to showcase Frankie Drake Mysteries and the TSO’s ability to adapt and expand through creative collaborations.

Said Scott Woodward, EVP Programming and Production, Ovation:

“Having the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform on the Frankie Drake set was an amazing opportunity to combine Ovation’s mission of celebrating artistic expression with a fan-favorite drama series. Mixing the art of storytelling with the art of music is the perfect blend of programming that Ovation is always looking to share with our audience.”

Added international distributor Nicky Davies Williams, CEO, DCD Rights:

“A huge hit with viewers around the world, we are delighted that Frankie Drake Mysteries will continue to be broadcast on Ovation, one of the world’s foremost arts and entertainment networks.”

Ovation TV will air Frankie Drake Mysteries: Season 4 and the musical special this fall.

Stay tuned for updates.


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Frankie Drake Mysteries: Ovation TV Picks Up Season 4 of Hit Canadian Series