Filming begins in Melbourne in mid October with Essie Davis resuming her role as Phryne Fisher.
Head of ABC TV Fiction, Carole Sklan, says, “The ABC is very happy to support a 3rd series of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. Essie Davis is captivating in the role of the fabulous, irreverent lady detective. The beautifully filmed series has inspired a devoted following with its charm, wit, ingenious stories and resonant social themes.
Producers Fiona Eagger and Deb Cox added, “We are elated to be bringing more Miss Fisher to our loyal fans – both within Australia and from around the world. They have provided us with so much passionate support it seems only fitting to reward them with more episodes of Essie’s virtuoso performance as our daring, cheeky and impeccably-dressed heroine, Phryne Fisher.”
The series based on the works of crime author Kerry Greenwood, has sold to more than 120 overseas territories, including USA, Canada, France, the UK and Asia and Latin America.
Last year Fiona Eagger told TV Tonight, the show may be the victim of budget cuts.
“I believe there’s a desire from the ABC for a third series, I think they’re very proud of the show. It’s got very loyal following and it’s doing outstandingly well in terms of ratings on Friday nights and overseas,” she said.
“But I think what the ABC is struggling with is that they’ve had budget cuts and they’ve got a lot of potentially-returning shows. They’ve got an embarrassment of riches.”