The Ruby In The Smoke (BBC Drama, Billie Piper)

In The Ruby In The Smoke, based on the novel by Philip Pullman, we are in Victorian England where Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper) attempts to discover why her father died. She soons finds herself enmeshed in a mystery involving the hunt for a valuable jewel which is also being sought by the evil Mrs Holland (Julie Walters).

There was a second Sally Lockhart mystery the following year called The Shadow in the North. This also starred Billie Piper as Sally.

Cast: Billie Piper (Sally Lockhart), Julie Walters (Mrs Holland), J. J. Feild (Frederick Garland), David Harewood (Matthew Bedwell / Reverend Nicolas Bedwell), Don Gilet (Henry Hopkins), Robert Glenister (Samuel Selby), Hayley Atwell (Rosa Garland), Elliot Cowan (Van Eeden), Matt Smith (Jim Taylor), Sian Thomas (Mrs Rees), Kay Lyon (Ellen), Robert Putt (Porter), Trevor Cooper (Mr Higgs), Dominic Coleman (Jeremiah Blyth), Miles Anderson (Major Marchbanks), Tilly Vosburgh (Mrs Thorpe), Chloe Walker (Adelaide), Ramon Tikaram (Maharajah), Matthew Cureton (Young Marchbanks), Tom Davey (Young Lockhart), Martin Jarvis (Voice of Captain Lockhart), Tony Maudsley (Mr Berry), Pik Sen Lim (Madame Sheng), Julia Joyce (Young Sally Lockhart), Tom Wu (Perak), Billy Seymour (Paddy)

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Writer: Adrian Hodges / Novel: Philip Pullman / Music: Martin Phipps / Executive Producers: Sally Woodward Gentle, Rebecca Eaton / Producers: Kate Bartlett / Director: Brian Percival

UK / BBC One / 1×95 minute episode / Broadcast 27 Dec 2006

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