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Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher
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Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher

Airs Saturdays, August 29 - October 17, 2015 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

The third season of MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES builds on the meticulously constructed world of seasons one and two as it follows the independent, glamorous and unflappable leading lady detective Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis). This lush take on the traditional crime drama explores the fascinating and varied sub cultures of 1920s ‘between-the-wars’ Melbourne.

Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher
Courtesy of © Acorn Media
Essie Davis as Miss Phryne Fisher

In this new season, viewers will delve into Phryne's closet for a surprise or two - both of the late 1920s couturier variety (upholding her reputation for style and elegance) but, also of the family skeleton variety! This time around, her father arriving unexpectedly—in trouble and in need of cash—unravels long buried secrets, grows our onscreen ensemble and challenges Phryne's usual composure. While Miss Fisher is as daring and playful as ever—mounting gun fights with the mafia, climbing tall buildings to rescue the helpless, performing death defying feats of escapology and battling villains down back alleys—the overarching story attached to her father sheds fascinating new light on our lead.

Detective Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) is intrigued and amused, in turns, as Henry Fisher, Baron of Richmond Upon Thames, gets under his daughter's skin like no-one else can. And there is a bonus for Jack - as Phryne learns more about her father and a subtle shift of the heart feeds into her attitude to love and commitment. With the two primed for romance, the final episode feels like it’s the time to deliver on a promise! From the shadowy lanes of the city to the halls of academia, from high-class brothels to haute couture, she defends the innocent and juggles admirers with her usual panache, all the while keeping up her delicious dance around Detective Inspector Jack Robinson. Returning cast members include Ashleigh Cummings (as Dot Williams), Hugo Johnstone-Burt (as Constable Hugh Collins) and Miriam Margolyes (as Aunt Prudence).


“Death Defying Acts” airs Saturday, August 29 at 8 p.m. - When the unfortunate assistant in a magic show is beheaded on stage, Jack and Phryne’s investigation unravels a secret murder in the past. Phryne’s estranged father makes a surprise visit.

“Murder And The Maiden" airs Saturday, September 5 at 8 p.m. - When a high-ranking RAAF officer disappears without explanation from an RAAF Base, Phryne is called upon by an old flame to discreetly solve the mystery.

“Murder And Mozzarella” airs Saturday, September 12 at 8 p.m. - In the world of family Italian restaurants, old grudges from the village are stirred up when matriarch Nonna Luisa dies and the ownership of a secret book of recipes becomes the suspected motive.

“Blood And Money” airs Saturday, September 19 at 8 p.m. - The same morning Phryne is approached by a young boy whose brother has gone missing, Dr Mac calls her to advise that another boy has been found in a shallow grave near the hospital where she works.

“Death & Hysteria” airs Saturday, September 26 at 8 p.m. - When Phryne’s Aunt Prudence opens her home to a psychiatrist and natural healer to conduct his sanatorium for ‘hysterical’ women, Phryne takes on more than she bargained for.

“Death at the Grand” airs Saturday, October 3 at 8 p.m. - When a Hotel Concierge is pushed from the rooftop with an empty bag ‘souvenired’ from Phryne’s house Jack calls Phryne in to investigate what looks like a robbery gone wrong.

“Game, Set & Murder” airs Saturday, October 10 at 8 p.m. - Phryne hosts a tennis tournament to raise money for female tennis players, where the practice partner of a rising star dies; A murder investigation reveals Phryne’s hidden fear.

“Death Do Us Part” airs Saturday, October 17 at 8 p.m. - When a prize-winning scientist is found murdered on the same night the man intent on murdering Henry Fisher escapes police custody, Phryne must put all misgivings aside to protect her father.

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