From a media release:
Christmas cheer returns to Station House No. 4 once more with the second annual MURDOCH MYSTERIES holiday special, â€œOnce Upon a Murdoch Christmas,â€ premiering Monday, December 12 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC with an encore broadcast on Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25, at 5 p.m. (5:30 NT). In the standalone two-hour special, Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Brackenreid (Thomas Craig) find their jobs at risk as they investigate a series of brazen robberies targeting Torontoâ€™s wealthiest businessmen just days before Christmas. In keeping with the festive spirit, the special also includes a unique scripted integration with The Salvation Army, featuring the historic brandâ€™s presence and message of giving written into the storyline. Commissioned by CBC and produced by Shaftesbury, â€œOnce Upon a Murdoch Christmasâ€ is written by Paul Aitken, Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci and directed by T.W. Peacocke.
Itâ€™s four days â€˜til Christmas, and with no snow on the streets of Toronto, spirits are low until two bombastic businessmen barge into Station House No. 4 with a far-fetched story about a train robbery â€“ a bandit is trying to steal Christmas! Murdoch (Bisson) is baffled but soon, more impossible robberies have him giving chase around the city. Crabtree (Jonny Harris) is convinced the bandit is based on his latest fictional hero but Brackenreid (Craig) dismisses this outlandish theory. Meanwhile, Constable Jackson (Kristian Bruun) forms a Station House No. 4 choir, but with only a few days to whip the singing constables into shape he begs Rebecca James (Mouna TraorÃ©) for help. And Ogden (HÃ©lÃ¨ne Joy) finds herself mysteriously spirited away after a family of children who need her help mistake her for a storybook heroine. Stories collide on Christmas Eve â€“ and once again, Murdoch must find a way to pull off a Christmas miracle.
Nearly two million (1.969M) Canadians enjoyed the gift of last yearâ€™s inaugural two-hour holiday special, making it the highest-rated MURDOCH MYSTERIES ever. Overall, it reached 3.5 million Canadians â€“ or 10% of the population â€“ over the course of the two-hour broadcast.*