DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Friday -

IN­SPEC­TOR Jack Robin­son is still scarred by his school­boy en­counter with Gil­bert and Sul­li­van. He ar­rives late at the theatre tonight and gets an un­pleas­ant shock when he sees Phryne Fisher has in­vited him to a pro­duc­tion of Rud­dig­ore.

They’d gone to open­ing night for Dot’s birth­day. Con­sta­ble Collins was a no-show, a mis­take, be­cause Dot is hot for one of the ac­tors, and ex­cit­ingly, they’re both wit­nesses (as are the en­tire au­di­ence) to the un­scripted death of the lead­ing man.

Hope­fully Con­sta­ble Collins can make it up to her with his birth­day present.

Jack cheers up when one of the cast is mur­dered.

A prime sus­pect soon emerges — Dorothea Cur­tis, a ‘‘ promis­ing so­prano’’ who’s been dead 20 years. Stabbed her­self through the heart one open­ing night.

‘‘ That’s un­usual,’’ Phryne re­marks when Bart Tar­rant fin­ishes his story. In­nit, he says. He was the one who found her. You can see it’s still fresh.

An­other av­enue of in­quiry presents it­self, this one in­volv­ing some­thing slightly more solid: opium. Lit­tle Lons­dale Street was the place to go in Melbourne in the re­laxed 1920s, ap­par­ently.

Phryne (Essie Davis) had al­ready made friends with a Chi­nese guy named Lin Chung at the start of the episode, and I be­lieve peo­ple who read the Miss Fisher books will be aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of this meet­ing.

He is a silk im­porter, but Phryne’s won­der­ing if silk also means other things. David Cae­sar di­rected tonight’s episode, but I wouldn’t have thought Phryne Fisher was quite his thing. He used to do films when there were films and now does a lot of TV. Miss Fisher’s Mur­der Mys­ter­ies ABC1, 8.30pm

Sleuth: Essie Davis

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