The Ruby in the Smoke

Airing Sunday, September 21, 2008 on PBS   Check local listings

Orphan Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper, Mansfield Park), schooled by her late father in shooting, bookkeeping and Hindustani, is putting all her spunk and savvy to use inquiring into her father's mysterious death. A cryptic letter advising her to beware of the "Seven Blessings" starts Lockhart down a harrowing path where she must brave assassins, opium dens and a homicidal crone, Mrs. Holland (Julie Walters, Harry Potter films, Mamma Mia). At the glittering center of the mystery is a priceless and cursed ruby and some stunning secrets. JJ Feild (Northanger Abbey) also stars in this adaptation of Philip Pullman's Victorian-era thriller.

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