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Miss Scarlet and the Duke Season 2 (And 3): Everything We Know So Far

Expect more wit, romance, mystery, and action in Seasons 2 and 3. Watch the official trailer, find out the premiere dates, hear clues from the actors, and find out which Jane Austen character creator Rachael New compares "The Duke" to...

While I love a good period mystery, I stayed with Miss Scarlet and the Duke for the smoldering chemistry between Eliza Scarlet and Inspector William ‘Duke’ Wellington. With fantastic slow-building tension, the writers and actors only hinted at the romance between this investigative duo in season one. Thankfully, Miss Scarlet and the Duke Season 2 (and now 3) promises even more epic romantic moments and immersive mystery storytelling. 

Miss Scarlet and the Duke Season 2 (And 3): Everything We Know So Far

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ABOUT THE SHOW AND CAST

Almost 8 million viewers watched Miss Scarlet and the Duke, a MASTERPIECE Mystery series about the first-ever female detective in 19th century Victorian London. Kate Phillips (Peaky Blinders, the Downton Abbey movie) stars as our impatient, intelligent female detective who takes over her father’s detective business after his tragic passing. 

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Broke and refusing to marry for money, Eliza won’t let any man stop her from running her own business, including her childhood friend, Scotland Yard Detective Inspector William Wellington (The Duke), played by the handsome Stuart Martin (Jamestown). 

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Stuart Martin as William Wellington (The Duke) and Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet in season 1. Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE

Together, even if reluctantly at first, Eliza and William solve crimes and face danger, all while a simmering attraction builds between the dynamic duo.

The main characters and cast also include Andrew Gower (Poldark), Kevin Doyle as Eliza’s father, Henry Scarlet (Downton Abbey), Ansu Kabia (World on Fire), and Cathy Belton (Philomena).

It’s one of several British period dramas that have been an excellent addition to the Masterpiece family.

MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE SEASON 2 RELEASE DATE

After a long wait, Miss Scarlet and the Duke is finally back! Make sure to mark the date and check your local listings. According to MASTERPIECE Mystery on PBSMiss Scarlet and the Duke premieres on Sunday, October 16th, 2022, at 8/7c on MASTERPIECE on PBS. 

The official U.K. premiere date is June 14th, 2022 on Alibi.

MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE SEASON 3 RELEASE DATE & WHERE TO WATCH

Masterpiece officially announced in July 2022 that fans wouldn’t have to wait long for Miss Scarlet and the Duke Season 3!

Season 3 will now premiere on Sunday, January 8, 2023, at 8/7c on PBS, only a couple of months after the premiere of season 2. The episodes, like in season 2, will release on a weekly schedule on PBS, with episodes also streaming on PBS Passport.

WATCH THE NEW OFFICIAL TRAILER AND READ THE SEASON 2 SYNOPSIS!

Official Synopsis

“In Miss Scarlet and The Duke’s six high-octane new episodes, aspiring detective Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips, Peaky Blinders) competes for cases, trades jabs, and even partners with her longtime friend/rival, The Duke (Stuart Martin, Jamestown), as their relationship delightfully and maddeningly simmers on.”

Official First Trailer: 

Based on the trailer and PBS video above, Season 2 looks to be thrilling and romantic. 

WHAT TO EXPECT IN SEASON 2

The trailer teases more romantic tension between Eliza and William in the six-part mystery. But what about the actors? Thanks to a fantastic interview on Masterpiece PBS, stars Kate Phillips and Stuart Martin give us some fabulous hints and inside scoop about the upcoming season.

Kate Phllips as Eliza Scarlet
Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet. Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE

When it comes to Eliza’s relationship with William, Kate Phillips explains that “Eliza is still paving her way as a private detective and as much as she wants him in her life, her work is still at the forefront.” 

Not to mention, Eliza is “still in the process of proving herself to the world and she won’t let anything get in the way of that. Even the Duke.” 

She further describes season 2 as “Witty. Bouncy. Romantic.” Witty and romantic? Is anyone else excited for season 2? I hope for more hand touches, romantic sparks, and swoony moments.

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Stuart Martin as the Duke in Miss Scarlet
Stuart Martin as William Wellington (“The Duke”). Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE

Meanwhile, the leading man, Stuart Martin, hints at a deeper characterization of the gruff and handsome Inspector. In the Masterpiece interview, he states that “In this new season you get to see so much more, and you get a much deeper look at him emotionally, seeing what makes him tick and where he comes from.” 

Plus, he further describes season 2 as “Full of fun!”

THE ROMANCE

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Eliza and William in Season 2. Credit: MASTERPIECE

As for the romance, Phillips said that “The fans will also be happy to hear there is as much sparring and comedy as ever.” Martin further hints that Eliza and William “are deeper emotionally, but at the same time they have this very fractious sparring that is a lot of fun to play.” 

I recommend reading the full interview for even more great scoops.

SERIES CREATOR RACHAEL NEW

The show’s creator Rachael New in a separate Masterpiece interview gives even more tidbits on season 2 to get all of us fans pumped, including sharing her Jane Austen influence (she sees the Duke as “a little bit more Knightley than Darcy.”)

When asked what fans have to look forward to in season 2, New says it will be “a bit more fun.” She wants to give the fans what they want! 

Finally, she tells Masterpiece that while she is making it more fun, “the same premise will be there, which is the engine of the show: a woman in a man’s world, trying to stay in the game. Yes, there will always be a crime of the week, but the most important aspect of the show is what those crimes throw up to our main characters—the problems, the dilemmas, the obstacles.”

MORE THOUGHTS ON MISS SCARLET AND THE DUKE – SEASONS 2 & 3

With more characterization, romance, and a ton of fun, it’s safe to say that season 2 of Miss Scarlet and the Duke will be must-see television and everything we romantic period fans like to see. It’s time to start counting down the days until October 16th. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE FIRST SEASON OF MISS SCARLET

William and Eliza
Stuart Martin as William the ‘Duke’ Wellington and Kate Phillips as Eliza Scarlet. They make an incredible team! Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE

If you haven’t watched season one or just want a refresher, you can watch it on these streaming services: PBS Passport (the PBS app) and PBS Masterpiece Amazon Prime Channel. You can also buy it Digital or on DVD. 

For more of our thoughts on season one, see our review.

Will you be tuning in to watch the next two seasons of Miss Scarlet and the Duke? Has it become one of your favorite shows? Let me know in the comments below!


Featured image: The second season of Miss Scarlet and the Duke. Eliza Scarlet (Kate Phillips) and The Duke (Stuart Martin). Credit: Courtesy of MASTERPIECE


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By on June 7th, 2022

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works as a YA Librarian.

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3 thoughts on “Miss Scarlet and the Duke Season 2 (And 3): Everything We Know So Far”

  1. It is time to update your list to add Jane Seymour’s great new show, “Harry WIld.” While a bit rocky and stereotypical in its support characters, Jane does an excellent job here as a recently retired literature professor who reinvents herself as a cunning crime-buster.

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