DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
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