Murdoch Mysteries - NEW CANADIAN SERIES! - Thursday January 24

Citytv Premieres

“Murdoch Mysteries”

Thursday, January 24th, 2008

Citytv Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary
Citytv Winnipeg Premieres Sunday, January 20th, 2007

A New Weekly Dramatic Series

Starring Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch

Based on the Critically Acclaimed Mystery Novels by Maureen Jennings

Also Available in Toronto on Citytv HD (Rogers Channel 519)

Citytv will premiere “Murdoch Mysteries”, a new one-hour weekly dramatic series based on Maureen Jennings’ critically-acclaimed mystery novels, Thursday, January 24th, 2008 (Citytv Winnipeg January 20th, 2008), on Citytv stations across Canada. The series stars Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas, F. B. Eye) as Detective William Murdoch.

Broadcast Schedule as follows:

Citytv Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver Thursday, January 24th at 10:00pm (repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)

Citytv Winnipeg Sunday, January 20th at 9:00pm (no repeat)

Set in 1895 Toronto, “Murdoch Mysteries” explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, “Sue Thomas F.B. Eye”), a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques, like fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Though his unconventional approach elicits ridicule from fellow officers and skepticism from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, “Coronation Street”), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case.

Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, “Durham County”), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, “Hatching, Matching and Dispatching”), Murdoch’s eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Both are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian society.

“Murdoch Mysteries” is produced and developed by Shaftesbury Films in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media Inc., Granada International and UKTV, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Television Fund.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Murdoch Mysteries” Thursday, January 24th, 2008 (Citytv Winnipeg January 20th, 2008), on Citytv stations across Canada. “Murdoch Mysteries” will be video described in all markets.

For further information on Citytv and “Murdoch Mysteries”, please visit

Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg, broadcasts intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse television in its own unique, interactive style. With its strong local voice, Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television offerings. Its instantly recognizable ‘look’ and ‘sound’ are the product of refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high television style. Citytv is a division of Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications Inc.

About Shaftesbury Films

Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury Films has established a reputation as one of Canada’s leading producers of high quality film and television programming. Recent productions include the TV series ReGenesis for The Movie Network, Movie Central and Showcase, currently shooting its fourth season; the TV movies In God’s Country and Eight Days to Live, both featuring Kelly Rowan and both delivering record breaking ratings for CTV; and The Robber Bride, the Emmy-nominated TV movie starring Gemini award-winner Mary-Louise Parker for CBC. Shaftesbury Films also produces a variety of kids’ programming, including the highly successful kids’ series Life with Derek, currently airing on Family Channel and Disney Channel, and broadcast in over 100 countries worldwide. Shaftesbury’s large format division, SK Films, released the multi-award winning box-office success Bugs! (IMAX 3D). Visit the Shaftesbury website at

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  • jane

    murdoch mysteries;I was watching the episode this week titled “the robber bride”.when murdoch is wrapping up the murder with the bride he says the bride had done similar murders in other cities,london,windsor and CAMBRIDGE. Galt, preston and hespeler didn’t become Cambridge until 1974. I’m just assuming this is the cambridge that he was talking about? Jane Lee 11 Osborne ST.Camb.on.n1s-3g9. P.S. excellent show.

  • Bud Riley

    I watched this week’s episode (March 10(?), 2008) in which we are told that coffee in 1895 is a new drink to Toronto. Are the writers kidding? Okay, tea was very popular, but coffee was around for at least 200 years before that. It was a staple for the U.S. troops in the American civil war–so important that some rifle stocks came with coffee grinders. Okay, so the science on the show pre-dates some of the real forensic history for dramatic purposes, but small historic side details like coffee should keep to the facts.

  • Joe Tamai

    Excellent series which I hope will be continued. I have been spreading the word and getting people hooked. If there were more Canadian TV of such quality we wouldn’t have to watch US programs. Much better than anything on CBC since The Last Spike. Makes you wonder why we pee away a billion dollars of tax money a year on the CBC. Does anyone watch it?

    My only complaint with Murdoch and also all my friends’ is the post production work. Whatever company does the audio mixing should be dumped. The background music drowns out the dialogue something fierce. I know nothing about post production but I can hear. Too bad the person doing the mixing is obviously deaf.

    Anyway City, PLEASe keep up the good work (with a new audio company) and produce more Murdochs. It is already destined to be a classic that will run for years. The only thing I can compare it to is BBC programs and Masterpiece Theatre as comparable quality.

  • Susan A.

    I have read and enjoyed all the Maureen Jennings Murdoch mystery novels and have also loved this entertaining TV series. Great that it is shot in and around Toronto and employs Canadian actors too.
    I hope that I heard correctly that there will be a second season with the same excellent set of actors (and guests) and if so, when will the next series start?

  • Kate1999

    It is generally a good and entertaining series. My husband and I watched all the shows. The characters were interesting and the story lines different because of the historical perspective. Yes, it had its faults. But then again, what series doesn’t? I hope there will be a second season.

  • John Plaxton

    I thought you might be interested in the March 29th, 2007 issue of “The Beaver” “Canada’s History Magazine”. There are two articles under the cover heading of “CSI Canada…The Canadians who changed the world of crime scene investigations.”
    “Fine Chemistry” … “…But all that changed when forensic chemist Henry Holmes Croft made Canadian legal history…” on page 25 and
    “Rigorous Science” … “A scientist [Dr. Wilfrid Derome] who can solve the puzzle using ballistics evidence – precise proof never before used in a Canadian court. …” page 31

  • Gerry Kelly

    Murdoch is a great mystery series and I would like to know where it was filmed.