Thursday, December 6, 2018



 -- Premiered Digitally on Prime Video Channels and PBS Passport --
-- Available on DVD January 8, 2019  -- 
Click Here For A Preview of the Program 

Arlington, Va. – December 6, 2018 – PBS Distribution announced today that the first season of the exciting 11-part female-driven crime mystery series “FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES will be released on DVD beginning January 8, 2019. Set against a backdrop of social change, radical politics and jazz music, the series featuring the fearless, adventurous and astute Frankie Drake who defies expectations, is immersed in both the real Toronto of the 1920s and the world of mystery and suspense conjured by creators Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci (Murdoch Mysteries).

The DVD will be available for a suggested retail price of $49.99. Each episode has a running time of approximately 44 minutes each with the entire series running 484 minutes.

Starring Lauren Lee Smith (The Listener, This Life), “FRANKIE DRAKE MYSTERIES follow’s Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s as she takes on the cases the police don’t want or can’t handle. Her gender is her biggest advantage – who would ever think a woman could be a detective? She has a knack for solving cases but she’s no cop – her brand of justice doesn’t always follow the law. Along with her partner Trudy (Chantel Riley; Race, The Lion King), Frankie and the Drake Detective Agency take on cases of all shapes and sizes. From airplanes and booze running to American G-men, Communists and union busters, Frankie’s fearless sense of adventure gets her into all kinds of trouble, but she always manages to find her way out. In a time of change and hopefulness, Frankie is a woman ahead of everyone. She’s a new detective for a new world. But is the world ready for her?

The ensemble cast also includes: Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard, Sharron Matthews, Grace Lynn Kung, and Emmanuel Kabongo. An array of high-profile guest stars including Laurence Fox (Gosford Park, Elizabeth: The Golden Age), Wendy Crewson (Air Force One, Room), Steve Lund (Helmock Grove), Melanie Scrofano (Saw VI, RoboCop), Kris Holden-Reid (Underworld Awakening, K-19: The Widowmaker), and Laura Vandervoort (Smallville, Jigsaw, V), appear throughout the series.

Other titles available from PBS Distribution include: “MASTERPIECE MYSTERY!: GRANTCHESTER, SEASONS 1, 2 & 3” and “MASTERPIECE: PRIME SUSPECT: TENNISON.”

About Kew Media Group
Kew Media Group produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes Kew’s catalogue of film, television and digital assets to more than 150 countries worldwide on almost every available viewing platform. Kew Media Group distributes a library of more than 10,000 hours of TV and digital content including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. Kew Media Group formerly traded as Content Media Corporation.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content around the world, reaching audiences through multiple platforms and formats including direct-to-consumer subscription video-on-demand (DTC-SVOD), transactional video-on-demand (TVOD), subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) licensing, and physical products on DVD and Blu-ray.  In addition, the company operates two Prime Video channels - PBS MASTERPIECE and PBS KIDS, as well as a theatrical releasing division, and educational, non-theatrical, inflight and international licensing businesses.    

PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 programming hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. For over 20 years, the company has extended the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers.

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Street Date: January 8, 2019
Genre: Mystery
Run Time: Approximately 484 minutes on 3 discs
SRP: DVD, $49.99
Format: DVD, Digital 

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