From a media release:
FOLLOWING A SUCCESSFUL INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH MORE CASES IN STORE FOR MURDOCH MYSTERIES FANS
- Citytv Orders Season Four of Shaftesbury Films’ Crime Drama
- UKTV’s Crime Channel Alibi Picks Up Season Four
- ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment Sells Internationally
Canadian producer Shaftesbury Films is thrilled to announce that season four of their international hit series Murdoch Mysteries has been renewed by Citytv in Canada and by UKTV’s crime drama channel Alibi in the UK. ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment Ltd is excited to continue their co-production relationship with Shaftesbury Films and have acquired the worldwide distribution rights to the significant fourth season of the one-drama and will showcase the series at MIPTV. The highly anticipated fourth season is scheduled to begin production in Toronto, Canada later this year.
The series has proven to be a great success globally as illustrated by the opening numbers for the third season with an increase of 123% *(adults per episode) over the first 8 episodes in the UK on Alibi. The series also has received many glowing reviews, including â€œThe superb period sleuthing drama is back for a third season,â€ appearing in Britain’s well-regarded Sky Magazine. Murdoch Mysteries is the thrilling murder-mystery primetime television drama set in 1890s Toronto, starring Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch and has gained international recognition as a successful independently produced television series. New episodes from season three are currently airing on Citytv in Canada and on Alibi in the UK. The series (39 x60) is watched in over 80 territories around the world, including Australia, Canada, France, Italy and the UK.
Based on Maureen Jennings’s critically acclaimed 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 using radical forensic techniques to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Julia Ogden (HÃ©lÃ¨ne 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.
The series is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films, and Larry Lalonde and Phil Bedard. It is produced by Peter Meyboom and Laura Harbin for Shaftesbury Films. Production executives are Alain Strati (Vice-President, OMNI Station Group, Specialty TV & Development) and Patrice Baillargeon (Director, Develop & Production, Rogers Media Television) for Citytv, Noel Hedges (Executive Producer) for ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and Alexandra Finlay (Acquisitions, UKTV) for UKTV.