From a media release:
GUNS â€“ GRITTY, EXPLOSIVE TWO-PART DRAMA TELECASTS ON CBC-TV, SUNDAY, SEPT. 6 AND MONDAY, SEPT. 7, AT 8 P.M.
GUNS is the story behind the headlines of Canada’s mounting gun problem and the lives touched by violence. The two-part, four-hour miniseries featuring an all-star cast telecasts on CBC Television on Labour Day weekend, Sunday, Sept. 6 and Monday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m.
A gritty and explosive drama, the miniseries tells the story of four families caught up in illegal gun trafficking and the ripple effect this has on their lives. From the streets of Toronto to Dayton, Ohio, and all the way to the front lines of Uganda, GUNS examines the incendiary issues of illegal arms in Canada, the U.S. and around the world. This is the story of the people who traffic guns, the elite police force charged with catching them, and the lives caught in the crossfire.
GUNS follows a pair of Toronto detectives leading an investigation centering on a 23-year-old gun trafficker, Bobby Duguid (Gregory Smith: Everwood, Closing the Ring, The Dark is Rising). Detective Rick Merriweather (Shawn Doyle: 11th Hour, Big Love) and Detective Constable Ford Sanders (Lyriq Bent: Sophie, SAW II-IV) are two dedicated officers from the Weapons Enforcement Unit who struggle to balance family life with an investigation growing in complexity and danger.
Duguid traffics guns from the U.S. and sells them to street thugs. His father, Paul Duguid (Colm Feore: Bon Cop, Bad Cop, Chicago), is the man pulling the strings behind a much larger organization. Paul is a legitimate arms dealer accredited by many governments to sell weapons internationally, but he sells weapons illegally too. Paul comes under increased police scrutiny when Bobby mistakenly shows up at a street level gun dealer’s house that happens to be under surveillance. Trouble deepens for Bobby after he engages his girlfriend Frances’ (Elisha Cuthbert: 24, Captivity, Love Actually) help and the police begin tracking her movements as well.
GUNS also stars Cle Bennett (How She Move, Odyssey 5) as Conrad Shannon, KC Collins (Doomstown, Poor Boy’s Game) as Derek Wilson, and Stephen McHattie (Diamonds, 300, The Rocket) as Detective Sgt. Clay.
GUNS is written and co-created by Jennifer Holness and Sudz Sutherland. It is directed by Sudz Sutherland and produced by Jennifer Holness. It is a Hungry Eyes Film & Television in association with CBC Television.