Cameras Rolling on Second Season of Shaftesbury Films’ Murdoch Mysteries

From a media release:

  • Premieres in Spring 2009 on Citytv

Shaftesbury Films is pleased to announce that production has begun on season two of its successful one-hour drama series Murdoch Mysteries (13 X 60′). Filming runs until November 11 in Toronto and Hamilton, with days scheduled to shoot in Calgary and Vancouver. The second season of Murdoch Mysteries will air on Citytv in spring 2009.

Based on Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch Mystery novels, Murdoch Mysteries is set in 1895 Toronto, and explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a handsome young detective who uses radical forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination with forensic science, and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch’s eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Though his unconventional approach elicits skepticism from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case.
Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films and Cal Coons. It is produced by Peter Meyboom and Laura Harbin for Shaftesbury Films and Shauna Jamison. Series directors include Paul Fox (Life with Derek), Farhad Mann (Painkiller Jane), and Don McBrearty (ReGenesis); and director of photography is Jim Jeffrey (Blue Murder). Production executives are Alain Strati and Diane Boehme for Citytv, Noel Hedges for Granada and Alexandra Finlay for UKTV.

Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced 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, the Canadian Television Fund and the Independent Production Fund. Granada International has worldwide distribution rights (excluding Canada and UK TV rights).

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22 thoughts on “Cameras Rolling on Second Season of Shaftesbury Films’ Murdoch Mysteries”

  1. Yeah, yeah! I’ve been reading a lot about this show – So it must be thrilling. Though I’ll never get the chance to watch it on TV, hope some DVD’s will sove the problem.

  2. Yeah, Yeah, for me too..Glad to hear it’s back. Now all I need is Rob Carlie to go into the studio and cut some CD’s of the theme music. It really is worth publishing…

  3. great,a real Canadian show.Long may it last!!!

    just one thing??–why is it set in 1895?–If the police building in
    the opening credits says 1899??

  4. The constant background sounds/noice is terrible and much of the voice sound track is drowned out by shuffling sounds, wind sounds, bells, birds chirping and on and on.
    I’m for Canadian productions of all types & especially concerned about the impending Harpur governments promised cutbacks.

    Barring those concerns I think Murdock Mysteries has great possibilities. No violence, a challenging plot, credible actors, and good scripts. So…
    Cut out much of that noise for the ’09 series.

  5. So glad to hear that the show and cast will be coming back later this season. In my opinion, this show can hold it’s own against any other show on television. The fact that it is produced in Canada is a bonus!

  6. Right. Most Excellent show is any that can capture the concept of feeling, from a time that is embedded, in the roots of Toronto’s history. Coupled with the grassroots of forensic science, and its development from the beginning. Murdock’s Mysteries not only does not insult the intelligence of the audience, but enhances their understanding, of the modern techniques of catching the bad guys. May the show continue for even another season. ‹(•¿•)›

  7. Can anyone tell me what the name of thew theme song is for Murdoch Mysteries. I can find it anywhere and I love it.

  8. Ah…thrilled that we get another season of this great show. Since re-runs have been running, I feared no more were being shot.
    The cast for this show is fabulous. Murdoch and the female coroner have great chemistry (hard to find) and the writing for both is right on.
    The 2 main police characters are perfect. Watched the younger playing
    with Mary Walsh in Hatching etc and now we really get to see his stuff.
    Once again, chemistry with the 4 main actors is rich.
    Thank you, thank you, for creating a wonderful Canadian show that we
    can all be proud of. Congratulations.

  9. This one really great show. The chemistry between Murdoch and Ogden is so alive. It will be interesting to see what happens to them as the show continues. Glad to see that a second season is being produced.
    I like how we get little snippets of what Murdoch did before he became a detective. I also like the fact that we see a female pathologist which for around this time would have been a rarity.
    Keep up the great work and bring on the new shows. Hopefully here in Australia we will not have to wait too long for season two to show here.

  10. Excellent show, great cast, i hope you continue for many seasons. My wife and i enjoyed watching a little taping in cambridge and St George.

  11. This is an excellent show – one of the very few things I would bother turning on the TV for. The writing and acting are top-notch. The chemistry between the very shy and proper Detective Murdoch and the clearly frustrated Dr. Ogden really sizzles. I also particularly appreciate the sensitive way in which Detective Murdoch’s faith is portrayed, as well as the way in which Dr. Ogden continually challenges him to think outside the historical box in which he lives his faith. You can almost see the wheels turning in his head as he contemplates the radical notion that perhaps homosexual people do not choose their sexuality any more than heterosexual people do.

    The mysteries are compelling, and I love the attention to historical detail. I hope we keep seeing new seasons of this show for many years to come.

    Bonnie Neaves

  12. Cudos to above comments, I agree with all of them. Just want to add that I am so glad to have MADE IN CANADA show, that is so much above most of the American dreck. Glad to hear it will be back. Keep up the good work.

    Rick Belsher

  13. Our whole family LOVED the first Murdock Mystery series. We can’t wait for the second to start tonight.

  14. My wife and I both enjoy Murdock Mysteries and are glad to see it for another season. The four main characters all portray excellent parts. We’re hoping it continues for many more seasons.


  16. Thursday, May 14,2009
    My wife & I enjoy the show so much that we sometimes watch the same episode twice in the same week to make sure we haven’t missed anything. We hope that the relationship between him ( Murdoch) and the Doctor is going somewhere. “ENID” has to go somewhere and soon. She just isn’t part of the whole “investigation” thing. 5 Stars. Just great.
    Derek Mills

  17. One of only 3 TV shows I make sure I watch. Love it. Yannick as Murdock, perfect.

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