Preview: Murdoch Mysteries, “Manhunt”

A familiar face re-visits the world of Murdoch Mysteries on Monday night, as Nigel Bennett returns as Inspector Giles. Fans will recall that Giles was imprisoned for his role in the death of Constable Finch.

Here’s what the CBC has revealed as the storyline for “Manhunt,” written by Paul Aitken and directed by Yannick Bisson:

Murdoch pursues Inspector Giles after he escapes from prison to vindicate a murderer.

And here are more notes and thoughts from us after watching a screening copy of the episode.

Nigel Bennett is awesome
Bennett is one of my favourite-ever frequent guest stars on Murdoch Mysteries. It’s always a pleasure to see him and Yannick Bisson’s William sparring on the small screen and they don’t disappoint on Monday. And the entrance Giles makes? Truly memorable. And, he’s not the only former copper from the past to make an appearance in the episode.

Julia delivers a spike or two
Costume designer Joanna Syrokomla and her team have outdone themselves again with a stunning array of outfits for everyone, in particular the Murdoch ladies, who don stripes for a game of mintonette, a.k.a. volleyball.

A new career for Effie?
After a traumatic experience at the hands of the Ernst sisters, one would understand it if Effie wanted to take a step back from her law practice. But what will she do?

A very special guest appearance
It took me until minute 35 of “Manhunt” to identify someone close to Yannick Bisson in real life. See if you do it before I did. I’m sure you will.

Murdoch Mysteries airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on CBC.

Images courtesy of CBC.


5 thoughts on “Preview: Murdoch Mysteries, “Manhunt””

    1. Yes, she is the daughter of Yannick Bisson. If the dad is a famous actor and director, then at least a cameo role will be provided for his daughter.

  1. Gripping storyline – so complex and so thrilling. Excellent work by Yannick Bisson as an actor and director. Loved the return on an episode of the talented Nigel Bennett (former Chief Constable Giles), it was impressive. I hope that we will meet with him in future stories. Respect to costume designer D. Syrokomla for original costumes for the girls on the volleyball team and Julia’s beautiful outfits (in all episodes).
    And another funny moment in the plot. It’s good that Murdoch got a new hat and Giles returned his personal weapon.

  2. The former Inspector Giles, was mostly arrogant in the past, when dealing with Detective W. Murdoch /Inspector Brackenreid etc…… Only when landing in prison, did he suddenly become humble & likeable. Everyone, now roots for him, succeeding at making things right with help & now on the lam, sadly. Will he be vindicated in the end ?

  3. Just watching this episode now. Could the circumstances of Giles’s first appearance be a tip of the hat to Nigel’s most famous role in Forever Knight?

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