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Murdoch Mysteries: Blasts and bodies

Wasn’t last week’s episode of Murdoch Mysteries a blast? Brackenreid was back at Station No. 4, Terrence Meyers made a hilarious reappearance and Pendrick cheated death once again.

Speaking of blasts, it looks like there is at least one in Monday’s new episode, “Hades Hath No Fury.” CBC’s teaser boasts a big boom and it appears a body is found in the rubble. Here’s what the network has said officially:

An explosion involving the mysterious woman Watts has been investigating leads Murdoch to a surreptitious community.

And here a few more story points from us after watching a screener of the episode, written by Michelle Ricci and directed by Leslie Hope.

Murdoch and Julia are on the case right out of the gate after an explosion rips through a Toronto building. And it turns out she’s someone very important to Watts’ ongoing investigation. And while Murdoch is set in the early 1900s, clues in the case reach back to the ancient Greeks.

Watts is down in the dumps
The investigation has a profound effect on Watts and actor Daniel Maslany turns in one heck of a performance. Yes, Watts’ wacky skills as a detective are fun to watch, but the serious stuff is fantastic too.

Real history is part of the storyline
We love it when real historical facts and people make it into Murdoch Mysteries scripts and there is one heck of a juicy one on Monday night.

A longtime friend of Murdoch’s visits
The teaser released by the CBC ahead of this instalment has already revealed this: Freddie Pink is back in Toronto. By the way, have you seen Alex Paxton-Beesley in Season 1 of Pure? She’s fantastic as Anna Funk, the wife of a Mennonite pastor who does some very, very bad things in order to keep him family safe from violent criminals. You can watch all six episodes at CBC.ca.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Link: Murdoch Mysteries by the numbers

From Melissa Hank of Canada.com:

Link: Murdoch Mysteries by the numbers
Now in its 10th season, the show is based on the book series by Maureen Jennings and is broadcast all over the globe. In Canada, though, you can catch it Mondays on CBC. A snapshot of the show, by the numbers.

230: murders solved, at least, during the show’s run.

985: days spent filming. So far, production crew has set up shop in places including Toronto, Hamilton, the Vancouver area, Drumheller, Alta., and Bristol, England.

3: made-for-TV movies broadcast before the television series debuted. In the films, which aired in 2004 and 2005, Peter Outerbridge played Murdoch, with Keeley Hawes as Dr. Julia Ogden, Matthew MacFadzean as George Crabtree, and Colm Meaney as Insp. Brackenreid. Continue reading.


Murdoch Mysteries: Brackenreid is back!

How is it possible that we’re already on Episode 14 of this season of Murdoch Mysteries? It seems like only yesterday Season 10 bowed and here we are in the final stretch.

After an extended period of time away—first at the Olympics in St. Louis and then jaunting to Panama with Pendrick—Inspector Brackenreid returns to Toronto. Here’s CBC’s official description of “From Murdoch to Eternity,” written by Simon McNabb and directed by Jill Carter.

Murdoch devises a mysterious tonic that restores youthful vitality, but his pursuit of a partnership alarms Crabtree.
Here are a few more tidbits after watching the episode:
A longtime character gone?
The episode begins dramatically, with Murdoch on stage, in front of a hushed crowd, revealing a great man—and recurring guest star—is no more. Since the synopsis mentions “a mysterious tonic that restores youthful vitality” it’s no surprise the good detective is speaking of James Pendrick. What happened to the great inventor, and why is Murdoch peddling his fountain of youth? The opening scene also features a shocking entrance by Brackenreid.
Margaret returns
With her husband back, it makes sense Margaret would appear in Monday’s episode too. Her reaction to seeing her husband is … well … um … interesting.
Crabtree does some investigating
It’s not common for George to do sleuthing without some guidance from Murdoch, but he does just that. He’s got a good reason, and calls on Louise Cherry and Samuel Bloom for help.
Orphan Black‘s Ari Millen stops by
Ahead of Orphan Black‘s Season 5 return in June, Millen portrays Tanner, a member of Canadian intelligence who has some questions—via Prime Minister Laurier—about the tonic.
Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


Link: Inside CBC’s hit series Murdoch Mysteries with showrunner Peter Mitchell

From Eleanor Besley of Pop Journalism:

Link: Inside CBC’s hit series Murdoch Mysteries with showrunner Peter Mitchell
“I’m responsible for the large, creative parts of the show. I work with the writers to come up with ideas for stories, casting, and the post-production and editing work. From beginning to end, I have a hand in all those aspects. This show has been running for ten years now, so everybody knows their job. On a good day, I don’t have to do anything, except to say “yes,” “no,” or “sure, try that,” and just let everybody do their jobs.” Continue reading. 


Murdoch Mysteries: There goes the “Neighbourhood”

It’s been a long time since we visited the Murdoch property, that idyllic plot of land next to the river where William is planning to build the house of his dreams. The land figures prominently in Monday’s new episode of Murdoch Mysteries … and for all of the wrong reasons.

Here’s what the CBC has released as the official episode synopsis for “Mr. Murdoch’s Neighbourhood,” written by Carol Hay:

When Murdoch and Ogden use their riverside property as a burial ground to study human decomposition, they dig up more than they imagined.

And here’s what we can tell you after watching an advance screener:

There is a time jump
Murdoch Mysteries doesn’t use time jumps all that much, but it’s important to the main storyline and advances other plotlines too, namely Dr. Ogden’s role at the Toronto College for Women.

Julia Ogden and Rebecca James in the field…
… And in a field alongside Anne Baxter and Katherine Roy; the quartet are there for some key forensic studies alongside Crabtree, Jackson and Higgins.

How’s Murdoch’s house coming along?
It doesn’t take long for viewers to find that out … and that William’s best-laid plans will never cover all circumstances when it comes to home building.

A third Murdoch?!
The series, of course, follows the adventures of Det. William Murdoch. Then there is Lachlan Murdoch, who portrays Constable Henry Higgins. A third Murdoch drops by on Monday night: veteran actor Laurie Murdoch—Lachlan’s dad—who has appeared on Da Vinci’s Inquest, Dan for Mayor and Cold Squad to name but a few. Here he’s Alvin Nash. Keep an eye on Alvin.

Romance for Jackson?
It’s early days, but Jackson certainly seems to have a spark of connection with someone he works with on a case.

Murdoch‘s homage to a classic movie
Crabtree spouts a line from a beloved, critically-acclaimed film during one scene. We won’t spoil it for you, but it made us laugh out loud.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.