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Death at Victoria Dock 

Summoned to investigate a missing school girl, Phryne runs afoul of social anarchists at odds during a dock workers' strike.


Tony Tilse


Kerry Greenwood (novel), Shelley Birse

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Essie Davis ... Phryne Fisher
Nathan Page ... Detective John 'Jack' Robinson
Hugo Johnstone-Burt ... Hugh Collins
Ashleigh Cummings ... Dorothy 'Dot' Williams
Miriam Margolyes ... Aunt Prudence
Travis McMahon Travis McMahon ... Bert
Anthony J. Sharpe ... Cec (as Anthony Sharpe)
Richard Bligh Richard Bligh ... Mr. Butler
Ruby Rees ... Jane (as Ruby Rees-Wemyss)
Robert Grubb ... Gerald Waddington
Jack Finsterer Jack Finsterer ... Peter the Painter
Penne Hackforth-Jones Penne Hackforth-Jones ... Reverend Mother
Renai Caruso ... Mrs. Waddington
Sam Clark ... Paul Waddington
Isabella Clark Isabella Clark ... Lila Waddington


As his employees strike, a businessman asks Phryne to find his missing teenage daughter. Outside a shot rings out, and Phryne finds herself cradling a dying man. Soon, her investigations uncover forbidden love, religious iconography, and anarchists. Written by L. Hamre

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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English | Russian

Release Date:

16 March 2012 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Dolby Digital (5.1 surround)


Color | Color (High Definition)

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Miss Fisher refers to the Slavic language spoken at the docks, yet Latvian is not a Slavic language; it belongs to the Baltic branch of the Indo-European language family. The names of the Latvian characters don't follow Latvian naming conventions, either, being rather generically Slavic Eastern European - suggesting the writers/makers indeed did not research Latvian culture properly. See more »


Phryne Fisher: Why on Earth would anyone want to steal ammunition if they haven't got the gun?
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Royal Garden Blues
Written by Clarence Williams & Spencer Williams
Performed by Bix Beiderbecke
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Beguiling look at 1920's Melbourne
19 July 2012 | by amberdaila7See all my reviews

The positives first. Esse Davis fulfills her role with panache and style. In fact I look forward to each of the episodes just to see what she is wearing and how the producers have managed to capture 1920's Melbourne. Death at Victoria Dock however was an open mouthed shock. Now if you are not Latvian it really won't matter and you will continue to enjoy this episode. However, a note to Ms. Birse. The number of Latvians in Australia in the 1920's could be counted on one hand. They would NOT speak Russian just having managed to expel them and create a Republic. Balalaika music? The hair on the back of my neck stood on end! I note on the credits that "The Latvian Society" was consulted. Don't know who that was but if any of the 4,000 or so Latvians in Victoria find out, he/she will be firmly castigated. Apart from that bit of angst, I would still recommend viewing this series. It is charming and a delight to watch.

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