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4 December 2013
I must admit that I wasn't entirely convinced about this series after the first couple of episodes, but once I accepted the at times unbelievable plots and silly stage fighting (the running on the train scene springs to mind) and let the spunk, wit and arrogant entitled charm of the main character and her diverse group of friends and family take me in, I actually rather enjoyed the rest of the series.

I enjoyed the camera work throughout with warm colours which helps create the cosy, playful and jazzy atmosphere. The depiction of the end of the "roaring" 20s, I think, is really well done and as you will see from the Extras on the DVD, where they interview the author as well as the set designers, actors and directors etc., much thought has gone into that part as well.
There is, however, no doubt that Miss Fisher is the pivotal character and there are few scenes without her. She has a voracious appetite for fun and men, but she is also a strong, big-hearted friend with an open-minded and sometimes unconventional outlook on things, and, as we come to realise later in the series, she has also been though some horrible events during the "war to end all wars" which probably goes a long way to explain some of her actions/antics.

It is tongue-in-cheek old-school mystery telling without gore, but with high-end deduction powers, lots of banter, allusions to romance and plenty of charm.

Extras on disc 1:
Interview with author about choosing directors as well as the art department
Interviews with directors, actors, set designers and information about locations, steam trains etc.
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