In what has become a welcome Christmas present from Murdoch Mysteries, CBC and Shaftesbury, this year’s special TV-movie, Home for the Holidays arrives this Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC in all its bow-wrapped glory.
Written by Peter Mitchell and Simon McNabb, the two-hour spectacle directed by Gary Harvey boasts snow, holly, presents and a murder. Here’s the official episode synopsis from the CBC:
Detective Murdoch and Dr. Ogden travel to Victoria to visit Murdoch’s brother, RCMP officer Jasper Linney (Dylan Neal). There, they investigate a murder connected to an archaeologist (Megan Follows) who has uncovered an ancient Indigenous settlement, leading to a trek through the rugged beauty of British Columbia and encounters with the Songhees and Haida nations.
And here are a few more morsels we can add after watching the project.
Have no fear, the Brackenreids are here
Margaret and Thomas weren’t left out of Home for the Holidays. Their storyline involves an investment opportunity that, well, doesn’t turn out exactly as planned. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Crabtree and Higgins plot a holiday at a ski chalet with Nina Bloom (Erin Agostino) and Ruth Newsome (Siobhan Murphy). We might not always agree with the way Higgins conducts himself on the job but we love seeing he and Ruth together. As for Crabtree and Higgins, a trip sounds like fun until they find out exactly what snow skiing is. Kudos to Lachlan Murdoch for a very, very funny scene outside Station House No. 4.
Guest stars galore
The stockings are stuffed with familiar faces from Canada’s deep stable of actors. Among those participating in Home for the Holidays are Jake Epstein, Wayne Baker, Trevor Carroll and Simon R. Baker, as well as Dragons’ Den‘s Jim Treliving and ET Canada‘s Sangita Patel.
The West Coast does us proud
British Columbia is a beautiful province and is a stunning backdrop for this year’s A-storyline. There might not be any snow, but the lush vegetation is breathtaking.
Murdoch Mysteries: Home for the Holidays airs Monday at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Images courtesy of CBC.