A1 Telekom Austria
A1 Telekom Austria is a major Austrian fixed and mobile network operator. Austria's first GSM mobile phone network began testing in 1992 and commercial operations began in 1994, under the name Mobilkom Austria. After the merger with Telekom Austria in July 2010 it operates under the new name of A1 Telekom Austria. A1 Telekom Austria is a 100% subsidiary of Telekom Austria. A1 Telekom Austria offers convergent communication solutions; the product portfolio includes Fixed line and mobile telephony, internet, IT services, IPTV, wholesale services as well as mobile payment solutions. It offers products under the brands A1, Bob and Yesss! as well as Red Bull MOBILE. The company launched GPRS in 2000. Three years A1 introduced UMTS, upgraded first to HSDPA in 2007 and afterwards to HSPA+ in March 2009. Followed by LTE in September 2010 and DC-HSPA+ in December 2010. In October 2013 A1 Telekom Austria AG acquired 2 x 70 MHz in mobile frequencies in the Austrian multiband auction; the total expenses amounted to EUR 1.03 billion.
As a consequence of the acquisition of Orange Austria by Hutchison, A1 acquired the discount brand Yesss! from Orange for €390 million. In December 2016, A1 had a market share of 45,1 % in voice telephony; the company had around 6 million mobile and 3.5 million fixed line subscribers at year end 2016 A1 Austria debuted its newly refreshed logo on 24 May 2018 after Telekom Austria's Bulgarian subsidiary was rebranded to A1 Bulgaria. A1 was the title sponsor of the A1-Ring racetrack from 1996 to 2003 and is a team sponsor of the Austrian Ski Federation since 1997
Gran Hotel (TV series)
Gran Hotel is a Spanish drama television series directed by Carlos Sedes and starring Yon González and Amaia Salamanca. It first aired on Antena 3 in Spain on 11 October 2011 and on Sky Arts 1 in the UK on 18 November 2012; the series, filmed at the Palacio de la Magdalena in Santander, is set in an early 20th century aristocratic hotel during the reign of King Alfonso XIII and is centered on the mysteries that involve the owner's family and the hotel servants. The events take place in 1906–1907 in Spain, near a town called Cantaloa; the working-class Julio Olmedo arrives at the luxurious Grand Hotel to visit his sister Cristina, who works there as a maid and, promoted to floor manager. Julio is told by a waiter that Cristina was fired for theft a month before, a story Julio does not believe, he is convinced something happened to her at the hotel and there was a coverup. He takes a job there as a waiter under the name Julio Espinosa to investigate his sister's disappearance, he soon finds an ally in one of the daughters of the hotel's owner Doña Teresa.
Alicia, being forced to marry hotel manager Diego Murquía, is suspicious of things happening at the hotel. Together Julio and Alicia work to uncover the secrets of the Grand Hotel. Season 1: Julio Olmedo arrives at the Gran Hotel to look for his sister Christina; when he learns that she has been fired for theft and no one has any idea of her whereabouts, he joins the hotel as a waiter, with the help of Andres. Here he meets Alicia Alarcon whom he falls in love with; the couple however cannot be together as Alicia is engaged to Diego Murquia the manager of the hotel. At the end of the season she marries Diego despite being in love with Julio. In France, the series premiered on Téva on 1 June 2012 and on M6 on 4 July 2012. In Russia, it started airing on Domashny on 11 June 2012; the rights to broadcast Grand Hotel were acquired in the United Kingdom by Sky Arts. The series has been sold to Turkey, Lithuania and Venezuela. In Germany, the rights were acquired by Sony Entertainment Television and on the free-TV-channel Disney Channel.
In Poland the series started on 12 November 2013 by AXN White in its original language and Polish lector. In Slovakia, broadcasting by RTVS TV canal, started on the 7th of January 2014. In Serbia, it started airing on RTS 2 on 10 March 2015. In Bulgaria the series started on 5 June 2015 on Nova Television. In the United States, Grand Hotel premiered on VmeTV on 31 October 2013 in its original language; as of June 2015, episodes can be streamed on Netflix with English subtitles. Hulu is showing the first season with English subtitles. 2016 summer in Greece end all episodes in Alpha television. In Iran, the series broadcast by GEM TV. Italy's Rai 1 premiered an adaptation directed by Luca Ribuoli on 1 September 2015; the Italian version was re-titled in German-speaking countries as Hotel Imperial when it was broadcast by Servus TV on 29 July 2016. The Italian version consists of six episodes of two hours each, whereas the German broadcast has been divided into twelve one hour episodes. Mexican network Televisa produced an adaptation, El hotel de los secretos, that premiered on Las Estrellas channel in January 2016.
Egypt's CBC produced a popular Arabic market adaptation of Grand Hotel as a musalsal in 2016 which received critical acclaim and several awards. On 15 March 2018 Netflix released the Egyptian version under the title Secret of the Nile with English, German and Spanish subtitles, it is the first Egyptian series to air on Netflix. In the United States, ABC will premiere an adaptation on 17 June 2019. Official website Gran Hotel on IMDb
Downton Abbey is a British historical period drama television series set in the early 20th century, created by Julian Fellowes. The series first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom on 26 September 2010, in the United States on PBS, which supported production of the series as part of its Masterpiece Classic anthology, on 9 January 2011; the series, set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey between 1912 and 1926, depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their domestic servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic in the first series; the sixth and final series introduces the rise of the working class during the interwar period and hints towards the eventual decline of the British aristocracy. Downton Abbey has received acclaim from television critics and won numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Miniseries or Movie.
It was recognised by Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011. It earned the most nominations of any international television series in the history of the Primetime Emmy Awards, with twenty-seven in total, it was the most watched television series on both ITV and PBS, subsequently became the most successful British costume drama series since the 1981 television serial of Brideshead Revisited. On 26 March 2015, Carnival ITV announced that the sixth series would be the last, it aired on ITV between 20 September 2015 and 8 November 2015. The final episode, serving as the annual Christmas special, was broadcast on 25 December 2015. A film adaptation, serving as a continuation of the series, was confirmed on 13 July 2018; the first series, comprising seven episodes, explores the lives of the fictional Crawley family, the hereditary Earls of Grantham, their domestic servants. The storyline centres on the fee tail or "entail" governing the titled elite, which endows title and estate to male heirs.
As part of the backstory, the main character, Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, had resolved his father's past financial difficulties by marrying Cora Levinson, an American heiress. Her considerable dowry is contractually incorporated into the comital entail in perpetuity; as the eldest daughter, Lady Mary Crawley had agreed to marry her second cousin Patrick, the son of the then-heir presumptive James Crawley. The series begins the day after the sinking of the RMS Titanic on 14/15 April 1912; the first episode begins as news reaches Downton Abbey that both James and Patrick had perished in the sinking of the ocean liner. Soon it is discovered that a more distant male cousin, solicitor Matthew Crawley, the son of an upper-middle-class doctor – has become the next heir; the story centres on the relationship between Lady Mary and Matthew, who resists embracing an aristocratic lifestyle, while Lady Mary resists her own attraction to the handsome new heir. Of several subplots, one involves John Bates, Lord Grantham's new valet, Thomas Barrow, an ambitious young footman, who resents Bates for taking over the position he had desired.
Bates and Thomas remain at odds. After learning Bates had been released from prison and Miss O'Brien begin a relentless pursuit that nearly ruins the Crawley family in scandal. Barrow - a homosexual man in late Edwardian England - and O'Brien create havoc for most of the staff and family; when Barrow is caught stealing, he hands in his notice to join the Royal Army Medical Corps. Matthew does propose to lady Mary, but she puts him off when Lady Grantham becomes pregnant. Cora loses the baby after O'Brien, believing she was to be fired, retaliates by leaving a bar of soap near the bathtub steps, causing Cora to slip while getting out of the tub, the fall resulting in a miscarriage; the series ends just after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the outbreak of the First World War in July 1914. The second series comprises eight episodes and runs from the Battle of the Somme in 1916 to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. During the war, Downton Abbey is temporarily converted into an officers' convalescent hospital.
Matthew, having left Downton has become engaged. His fiancée is the daughter of a Liberal minister. William Mason, the 2nd footman, is drafted after attempts by the Dowager Countess of Grantham to save him from conscription. William is taken under Matthew's protection as his personal orderly. Both are injured in a bomb blast. William dies from his wounds but only after a deathbed marriage to the kitchen maid. While Daisy does not believe she loves William, she marries him in last days as his dying wish, it isn't until a brief encounter with the dowager countess that she begins to realize that her love was real but she was unable to realize it herself at the time. Mary, while acknowledging her feelings for Matthew, becomes engaged to Sir Richard Carlisle, a powerful and ruthless newspaper mogul, their relationship is rocky, but Mary feels bound to Carlisle after he agrees to kill a story regarding her past scandalous indiscretion. Bat
Scott & Bailey
Scott & Bailey is a British drama series that debuted on ITV on 29 May 2011 and concluded on 27 April 2016. The series stars Suranne Jones, Lesley Sharp, Amelia Bullmore, Nicholas Gleaves, Danny Miller, Pippa Haywood; the show, written by Sally Wainwright, revolves around the personal and professional lives of Detectives Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey. Both characters are members of the Syndicate Nine Major Incident Team of the fictional Manchester Metropolitan Police. A creative choice was made to end the series after an abbreviated fifth series in 2016, despite continued good reception and strong viewership. In March 2018, Canadian TV remade the series as The Detail but the show was cancelled after one season. Scott & Bailey was commissioned after the concept was introduced to executive producer Nicola Shindler, who brought it to writer Sally Wainwright; the series is produced by Manchester-based Red Production Company and is filmed in the Greater Manchester area. Scott & Bailey is based on an original idea by Suranne Jones and Sally Lindsay, with Jones commenting that there needed to be more roles for women "that weren't wife-of, sidekick-to, mother-of, mistress-to, etc." Jones remarked, "We were just chatting away over a bottle of wine in a pub" when the idea came to fruition.
Lindsay, a fan of television programmes such as Cagney & Lacey, was interested in the concept of a programme detailing the lives of two professional women. Jones spoke of the programme, saying it is "the Cagney & Lacey of Manchester", though she acknowledged that Scott & Bailey as a drama was more "gritty" and "real". Upon taking the idea to Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, Shindler contacted Sally Wainwright, who wrote a script for an episode and, according to Jones, they "loved it". Despite the positive reaction, the project "kind of got a bit lost" until ITV discovered it and requested that Wainwright rewrite the script. Subsequently, Wainwright paired up with Diane Taylor, a former Detective Inspector from Greater Manchester Police, to create the programme, the production expanded from Jones and Lindsay's original concept. From Taylor's perspective, police procedurals were filled with not only technical inaccuracies, but what she felt were inaccuracies of how officers behaved, saying: "that's what irritates me in other dramas – detectives crying over dead bodies and getting drunk senseless.
You'd last about two weeks". She said, of her time as a police officer in comparison to portrayals on television, that "reality is much more interesting. I could pull. People need drama because they would not believe the reality". Scott & Bailey is produced by Manchester-based Red Production Company, which itself is majority owned by StudioCanal following an acquisition estimated at £30 million in December 2013. Nicola Shindler, who founded the company in 1998, is the programme's executive producer alongside writer Sally Wainwright and Tom Sherry; when speaking of Shindler, Wainwright said: "Nicola is just a genius. She makes you raise your game. So if you're good, she'll make you better"; the role of producer was undertaken by Yvonne Francas for Series 1, from Series 2–3, Tom Sherry. Sherry, who has worked for Red Productions for over 15 years, described his job as "the opportunity to meddle in all departments – it's about being able to have a passable stab at everyone's job and to be able to empathise with what they're trying to achieve".
For the production of Series 4, Sherry undertook the role of executive producer alongside Wainwright and Shindler, while the position of producer is staffed by Juliet Charlesworth. For the fifth series, filmed in 2015, Suranne Jones became an executive producer alongside Schindler; the involvement of Diane Taylor as a consultant producer is credited with maintaining Scott & Bailey's "rigorous authenticity". According to Jessamy Calkin of The Telegraph, "the attention to detail is more extreme on this series, say many of the crew, than others they have worked on". During the filming of Unforgiven in 2008, Wainwright was told to meet Taylor by Grant Montgomery, the show's designer. After meeting, the production was given the green light by ITV and the script was re-written, with Wainwright commenting: "I wasn't writing a single line of dialogue that Diane hadn't influenced". Wainwright is responsible for writing the majority of episodes. Amelia Bullmore, who plays Gill Murray, wrote three episodes.
For her first episode as writer, "Bullmore was given a brief – that everything must be from Scott and Bailey's point of view – and she was given a murder". Though she had been a professional writer for two decades and Bailey marked the first instance of Bullmore writing and starring in the same production. Due to Wainwright's increased workload on her other drama series' Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley, Bullmore was chosen to be the head writer for Scott and Bailey's fourth series in 2014, she was joined on the writing team by Lee Warburton. And returned to write Scott & Bailey's fifth series in 2015; the directing of Scott & Bailey is undertaken in a method whereby "each director directs a'block' of two or three episodes, dictated by the schedule – when each episode has finished shooting, the director goes into the edit and a new director takes over for the next block", according to Calkin. The most prolific director of Scott & Bailey is Morag Fullerton. Jones, who had always envisaged herself playing Rachel Bailey when the idea of the project came in to mind, was given the role, though at the programme's pre-production stag
Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008 TV serial)
Tess of the D'Urbervilles is a 4-hour BBC television adaptation of Thomas Hardy's book of the same name. The script is by David Nicholls, it tells the story of Tess Durbeyfield, a low-born country girl whose family find they have noble connections. The series commenced in the United Kingdom on 14 September 2008 and ran until 5 October 2008 airing in four parts on BBC One. In the United States, it aired as part of PBS's Masterpiece Classic in two parts from 4 January until 11 January 2009. In Australia, ABC1 opted to air this series as a two-part special each Sunday at 8:30pm from 11 April until 18 April 2010; the cast features Gemma Arterton as Tess, Hans Matheson as Alec, Eddie Redmayne as Angel, Ruth Jones as Joan, Anna Massey as Mrs d'Urberville and Kenneth Cranham as Rev Clare. David Nicholls first read Hardy's famous novel at the age of 16, but on reapproaching the story over 25 years he says "it seemed to cry out for a new screen adaptation", he described it as "a wonderfully emotionally-charged story, both intensely romantic and startlingly violent".
In adapting the novel for the screen Nicholls gave particular focus to the character of Tess as "an active, opinionated young working-class woman" and not a "passive victim". He was "keen to emphasise that this is much a novel about young people in love". On completion of the project Nicholls said he was "delighted" with how it turned out, hoping audiences would find it "faithfully captures the light and shade of Hardy's masterpiece". Nicholls worked with director David Blair to ensure the visual style of the series complimented his faithful adaptation of the story; the episodes were filmed in Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and shot on high quality 35mm film rather than on digital video for a richer and more romantic appearance. Nicholls observed that "any adaptation of Hardy has to capture the beauty of his nature writing without forgetting that this is a brutal, unforgiving landscape", that "the production should be beautiful but not'pretty'. Filming took place including Thomas Hardy's native Dorset.
Nicholls recalled how he found "Tess and Angel's farewell in the morning light at Stonehenge... the most moving scene in English literature, so to be able to recreate it, at dawn, on location at the correct time of year, has been tremendously exciting." Gemma Arterton as Tess Durbeyfield - Tess is the innocent but spirited protagonist of the story and the eldest daughter of a poor, rural Victorian family. She is sensitive and kind and tries to do the best for her loved ones. A "fine and handsome girl", Tess attracts the attention of admirers but her life is tragically undone by their misdeeds and misjudgements. Arterton said, "I was attracted to the role because stripped down, it's such a basic story about love and missed opportunities, everyone can relate to it. It's just brilliant, brilliant storytelling." She perceives Tess as "a straightforward country girl pretty, but unaware of her beauty. Although people chip away at her life, she grows stronger, the incredible thing about her." Hans Matheson as Alec D'Urbeville - Alec is the self-centered and manipulative eldest son of Tess' supposed illustrious relatives, the D'Urbervilles.
After going to work at The Slopes — Alec's family home — Tess falls into his clutches. He is the "tragic mischief" and she is seduced by his apparent charm and generosity. Matheson observed. So you have to understand him as a human being, as well as a villain." He found the story "about the countryside... spring and the seasons and the descriptions of love" and found it surprising how few cinematic versions there were of the tale, because "the novel is so filmic." Eddie Redmayne as Angel Clare - Angel is an intelligent and kind clergyman's son. Tess first sees him at a Mayday dance but he ignores her. Choosing to follow a life in farming rather than one in the Church, he wants to work for the "honour and glory of man". Tess meets him again at a farm where she's working as a milkmaid and they fall in love. Redmayne heaped praise on the novel and the character of Tess, acknowledging that "Hardy had the boldness to create a character with great strength at that time, which I think is what makes her so enduring and relevant today".
Ruth Jones as Joan Durbeyfield Ian Puleston-Davies as John Durbeyfield Jodie Whittaker as Izz Huett Donald Sumpter as Parson Tringham Anna Massey as Mrs D'Urbeville Christopher Fairbank as Groby Jo Woodcock as Liza-Lu Durbeyfield Joel Rowbottom as Abrham Durbeyfield Steven Robertson as Cuthbert Clare Hugh Skinner as Felix Clare Laura Elphinstone as Car Darch Sara Lloyd Gregory as Nancy Darch Christine Bottomley as Kate Emma Stansfield as Mary Merelina Kendall as Miss Evans Sarah Counsell as Drunken woman Ellie Darcey-Alden as Modesty Julie Barclay as Mrs BaxterCellan Geraint David as "Baby Sorrow " Reaction to the serial was mixed, generating warm but unenthusiastic reviews. Most critics were impressed with the acting of Gemma Arterton's portrayal of the titular character, but found the series period details to be anachronistic for the era. Euan Ferguson of The Guardian praised the first and second episodes as "wonderful", that while it lacked the "bubbling, spirited humour of Cranford" it was "less insipid than so much Austen".
He acclaimed Arterton as "terribly subtle" in the leading role. Hermione Eyre of The Independent called it a "commendably faithful adaptation" and praised Arterton's performance in the titular role, asserting that the actress "brims with life and spirit". Eyre did acknowledge, that the version la
John Rabe (film)
John Rabe is a 2009 German-Chinese-French biopictorial film directed by Florian Gallenberger and starring Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl and Steve Buscemi. It focuses upon the experiences of John Rabe, a German businessman who used his Nazi Party membership to create a protective International Safety Zone in Nanking, helping to save over 200,000 Chinese from the Nanking Massacre in late 1937 and early 1938; the massacre and its associated atrocities were committed subsequent to the Battle of Nanking by the invading Imperial Japanese Army after they defeated the Chinese Nationalist forces defending the city during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Based upon John Rabe's published wartime diaries, shooting for the film commenced in 2007, it premiered at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival on 7 February 2009. Upon the film's release it did not receive theatrical distribution in Japan and was the subject of vociferous refutations by Japanese ultranationalists who denied the events took place; the film begins in Nanking during late 1937, where German businessman John Rabe, director of the local Siemens subsidiary, his wife Dora have resided for thirty years.
The thought of transferring management to his successor Fliess and returning to Berlin is a substantial professional setback for him. During the farewell ball in his honor, Nanking is bombarded by planes of the Japanese air forces. Rabe saves the panicked civilians. While the fires are being put out the next morning and the damages are inspected, the remaining foreigners in the city discuss what they can do in the face of the threat. Dr. Rosen, a German Embassy Attache of Jewish descent, reports about Shanghai where a safety zone was established for civilians, his suggestion of a similar zone is warmly supported by his superior, Ambassador Trautmann, Valérie Dupres, director of the International Girls College. John Rabe is nominated as the chairman of the international committee, since he is a German "ally" of the Japanese; the committee meets, though with the initial reluctance of Dr. Robert O. Wilson, the American head doctor of a local hospital, who harbors ideological antipathy towards the German "Nazi" Rabe.
The next day, Rabe sends his wife back to his Germany. Tragically, the ship is bombed, the passengers on board are killed including his wife. Meanwhile, Japanese forces have captured many National Revolutionary Army soldiers during a battle outside of Nanking. Nanking is brutally overrun. John Rabe and the international committee however manage to have the Nanking Safety Zone recognized by the Japanese authorities. Hundreds of thousands seek refuge. Further atrocities follow, every member of the committee tries their best to keep these innocent people safe. Mme. Dupres stoutly refuses to give up the Chinese soldiers hidden in the attic of the Girls College. Under all the stress, Dr. Wilson and Rabe become friends, drinking and playing the piano together; the committee celebrates Christmas. Some packages have made it to them from the outside world. Rabe gets an unmarked one, it is a Gugelhupf cake. Rabe faints as he realizes that his wife must have sent him this, his favorite cake, as a secret message that she is safe and well.
His friends rush to his aid. Dr. Wilson discovers that Rabe has run out of insulin; the doctor manages to procure some vital insulin from the Japanese authorities. Life, survival, become more desperate in the new year. Rabe offers his last savings to buy supplies; as Japanese troops march up to the gates of the zone, Chinese civilians form human shields together with the international committee. Japanese tanks are brought into position as well, but before a shot can be fired, the horn of a steamboat signals the return of Western diplomats and journalists; the film ends with Rabe making his farewells. Carrying a small suitcase, he is escorted by a troupe of Japanese through the ruins of Nanking to the harbor. There he is cheered by the Chinese, he is reunited with his wife on the pier. Most major characters are accurate. However, Rabe's important fellow Nanking Safety Zone committee member Minnie Vautrin, actual director of the Ginling Girls College, is substituted by a fictive French Lady Valérie Dupres of an "International Girls College".
Florian Gallenberger stated that although working with the Chinese censorship authorities was protracted, it was not impossible. The resulting film was deemed satisfactory. International Sino-Japanese politics was a more erratic interference. At one point concern about good relations because of a major gas exploration joint-venture caused production to be halted; when a Japanese school book was published without the inclusion of the Nanking Massacre however, the go-ahead was given again. The film picked up over seven German Film Awards nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, it won the awards for Best Actor, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. Lead actor Ulrich Tukur won the 2009 Bavarian Film Awards for Best Actor. In Japan, none of the major film companies were willing to watch the screening. Florian Gallenberger confirmed those difficulties; the director was asked by one potential Japanese film distributor if they could remove all footage of Prince Asaka, commander of the Japanese forces in its final assault on Nanking, but the distributor refused.
Asaka was the presiding officer under which the order to "kill all captives" was issued, thus
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries is an Australian drama television series. It was first broadcast on ABC on 24 February 2012; the series revolves around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher, a glamorous private detective in 1920s Melbourne. Three series have been broadcast, beginning in 2012. Television stations in other nations have picked up the series, Netflix has the series available in many countries; the series was created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger. Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries revolves around the personal and professional life of Phryne Fisher, a glamorous private detective in late 1920s Melbourne. In the first series, a running theme is the kidnapping and death of Phryne's younger sister Janey when they were children watching a circus, a crime that still haunts Phryne, feeling she should have protected her sister; the first thirteen-part series was filmed over a six-month period in and around Melbourne from July 2011 and each episode had a budget of A$1 million. The drama has been bought by broadcasters in territories worldwide.
A second series was commissioned in August 2012 and filming began in February 2013. The series began airing from 6 September 2013 and concluded with a Christmas special on 22 December 2013. A third series was commissioned in June 2014 and began airing on 8 May 2015. Essie Davis as The Honourable Phryne Fisher, an independent, glamorous private detective, determined to solve any crime. Nathan Page as Detective Inspector John "Jack" Robinson, a police detective who works reluctantly with Miss Fisher. Ashleigh Cummings as Dorothy "Dot" Williams, Miss Fisher's paid companion. Dot is a devout Catholic and has an ongoing relationship with Hugh Collins, a Protestant, in late Series 3 marries him. Hugo Johnstone-Burt as Constable Hugh Collins, Inspector Robinson's right-hand man and Dot's boyfriend, husband. Richard Bligh as Mr. Butler, Miss Fisher's loyal butler, an excellent household manager who provides good advice when needed, a veteran of the Australian Imperial Force who can put up a fight if required to.
Travis McMahon as Bert Johnson, a working-class devout communist who assists in Miss Fisher's investigations. Anthony Sharpe as Cec Yates, a friend of Bert and working-class devout communist who assists in Miss Fisher's investigations. Tammy MacIntosh as Dr. Elizabeth "Mac" Macmillan, Miss Fisher's close friend and doctor at a women's hospital in Melbourne. Miriam Margolyes as Prudence Elizabeth Stanley, Miss Fisher's aunt and a reputation-conscious society matron. Ruby Rees-Wemyss as Jane Ross, Miss Fisher's ward who shares the same first name of Phryne's deceased sister, "Janey". Nicholas Bell as Murdoch Foyle, a former university lecturer imprisoned after the disappearance of Miss Fisher's sister Jane. Pip Miller as The Baron of Richmond, Phryne's father Head writer and producer of the series, Deb Cox, has said that she and Fiona Eagger were looking to adapt a crime novel for television and believed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation were looking for a prime-time crime series for their network.
The producers were disappointed by what they found and Cox explained: "It takes so long to raise the finance and script and produce a television series, so you need to feel it's worthwhile—both financially and philosophically. It was hard to find a reason to bring stories about psychotic killers and serial murderers to the screen." Cox and Eagger came across Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher murder mystery series and were drawn to them because of their diverse fan base. Eagger said. Eagger told a writer for If Magazine, "We were a bit curious to know what it was about it that could appeal to a 16-year-old and a 70-year-old. Phryne is one of the first feminists, she chooses to live alone, she chooses not to get married. She's got many lovers. She's a bit of a James Bond action hero—she's much better dressed than James Bond though." Cox and Eagger realised that the novels reflected their moral values and fit in with their style of storytelling, so they began adapting them. Cox and Eagger thought adapting novels would be easier than writing an original screenplay, but soon discovered that it was not.
Speaking to Andrew Wrathall from Fancygoods.com.au, Cox stated, "It takes a whole new set of skills to preserve what's most important in the stories, rationalise the impossible, gather what's left into a cohesive whole and still reflect the boundless worlds of imagination encouraged in the readers' minds by a few hundred words on paper—in a way that's achievable in production terms!" She added that the restrictions tested their limits of inventiveness. Greenwood was invited to the first brainstorming session for the series and provided the producers with answers to their questions and helped with the historical background to the novels; the author would help make corrections. Cox praised Greenwood's ability to write for the screen and accept the changes they made to the novels. In June 2011, it was announced that the ABC had commissioned a thirteen-part series to air on their ABC1 channel the following year; the drama was titled The Phryne Fisher Murder Mystery Series, but was changed on the advice of distributor All3Media, who wanted to avoid having to tell international broadcasters how to pronounce Phryne's name.
The first series was filmed over a six-month period in and around Melbourne from July 2011. Greenwood had researched the history of the city "meticulously" for the novels, so the producers were keen to do the same. While they used some real locations, others were recreated, including a Tu