Cameras rolling on Shaftesbury Films’ The Murdoch Mysteries, A New one-hour drama series for Bravo!
- Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas F.B.Eye) stars as Detective William Murdoch
- Based on the critically-acclaimed mystery novels by Maureen Jennings
Shaftesbury Films (ReGenesis) is pleased to announce that production has begun on The Murdoch Mysteries, a one-hour drama series based on Maureen Jennings’s acclaimed mystery novels and a wheel of TV movies produced by Shaftesbury. Filming of the 13 one-hour episodes began June 11 and runs until October 17, 2007 in Toronto and Hamilton. The series will air in 2008 on Bravo!.
“The response to the first three Detective Murdoch movies in Canada and around the world has been excellent. With this series, we’re taking the brand to the next level by injecting a dose of humour, and giving it an edgier, more contemporary feel,” says Christina Jennings, Chairman of Shaftesbury Films.
She adds: “Bravo! has been a wonderful partner in the Murdoch franchise and we are delighted to be working with them again.”
Set in 1895 Toronto, The 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 scepticism 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 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.
The Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films (ReGenesis). Producers are Cal Coons (Blue Murder), Peter Meyboom (The Newsroom) and Laura Harbin for Shaftesbury Films.
Series directors are Don McBrearty (Terry), Shawn Alex Thompson (Billable Hours) and Farhad Mann (Painkiller Jane); director of photography is David Perrault (The Eleventh Hour); and production designer is Sandra Kybartas (ReGenesis).
The Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury Films, produced in association with Bravo!, 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.