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Tom Durant Pritchard (This Is Going To Hurt, The Crown) has joined the cast for the fifth series of hit crime drama Miss Scarlet, with Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, The Crown) returning as fan favourite Miss Eliza Scarlet.

Following the departure of Stuart Martin, who played William “The Duke” Wellington in the previous four series, Tom steps into the role of Alexander Blake, a handsome former soldier and respected detective inspector who joins the force at Scotland Yard to replace the Duke who has gone to America.

Shortly after he starts his new job, he meets private detective Miss Eliza Scarlet. He’s not particularly shocked by a woman working as a private eye, so Eliza takes this to mean she’ll be given more cases.

But their relationship gets off to a rocky start since Blake has decided not to allow private detectives to aid in his investigations. As Blake and Miss Scarlet cross paths at various crime scenes across London, they can’t help but develop mutual respect for one another, and perhaps even an attraction.


Tom Durant Pritchard said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team and to become part of the Scarlet family. Working with Kate has been a dream and she’s been so welcoming.”


In addition to Durant Pritchard and Phillips, series regulars Evan McCabe as Detective Fitzroy, Cathy Belton as Ivy, Felix Scott as Patrick Nash, Paul Bazely as Clarence, Simon Ludders as Mr. Potts, and Tim Chipping as Detective Phelps have all returned for series five. 


Miss Scarlet Limited’s Patty Lenahan Ishimoto added: “Rachael New and Ben Edwards, our talented writers, have crafted yet another captivating character in Alexander Blake and Tom brings him to life brilliantly. He is generous with his wit and charm and truly a welcome addition to the team.”


Susanne Simpson, executive producer of MASTERPIECE said: “I can’t wait for the Miss Scarlet fans to meet Alexander Blake and see how he and Eliza will get along. We’re so fortunate to have found Tom Durant Pritchard – he’s the perfect Inspector Blake.” MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by GBH Boston.


Melanie Rumani, global head of acquisitions at BBC Studios and UKTV added: "It’s great to see the Miss Scarlet series venture into an exciting new territory with the introduction of Alexander Blake. This character will bring a fresh dynamic to the series whilst also maintaining the wit, charm and mystery that our audiences love most.”

Filming is currently underway in Belgrade, Serbia and is set to return to Alibi in 2025.


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