The Ruby in the Smoke

Character: Rosa Garland
Created by: Philip Pullman (novel)
Directed by: Brian Percival
Written by: Adrian Hodges (screenplay)
Produced by: Kate Bartlett, Matt Harrigan, Sally Woodward Gentle (among others)
Other cast: Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Julie Walters
Release date: 27 December 2006
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Running time: 1h 35min

In Victorian England, a young woman searches for a priceless ruby and uncovers even greater mysteries.

Synopsis (Warning: contains spoilers!)

Sally Lockhart attempts to find the meaning behind her late father’s last letter which contained the phrase “the seven blessings” — a cryptic message that can strike a man dead with fear. Sally is helped by her friends, including Frederick Garland, a photographer, and Jim, a young assistant at the family’s shipping firm. The ever twisting mystery involves assassins, opium dens, Chinese gangs, and the Ruby of Agrapur. The priceless ruby is also sought by the ruthless Mrs. Holland, who is willing to kill to get her hands on it.

Trivia
  • Costars Billie Piper and Matt Smith would both go on to feature in Doctor Who (2005) – Billie Piper played companion Rose Tyler (2005-2006; 2008; 2013) and Matt Smith played the Eleventh Doctor (2010-2013).
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