Shaftesbury Films and Citytv welcomed Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the Toronto set of their popular drama series, Murdoch Mysteries yesterday. A longtime fan of Murdoch Mysteries, the Prime Minister visited the set to meet the cast and crew of the series, which is set in late 1890s Toronto and follows the adventures of a detective who pioneers forensic techniques in his quest to solve the city’s crimes. Canadian production company Shaftesbury Films is currently filming season four of Murdoch Mysteries, which is broadcast on Citytv in Canada and drama channel Alibi in the UK, and has also been licensed in more than 100 countries and territories worldwide.
“Without the support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Media Fund and tax credit programs, Murdoch Mysteries would simply not exist,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury Films. “Murdoch Mysteries has created more than 5000 jobs in the Canadian television industry since 2003, is enjoyed by audiences on TV and online in Canada, and has been sold to broadcasters in more than 100 countries around the world, making it a true Canadian success story.”
“Murdoch Mysteries on Citytv represents some of the finest homegrown programming available to Canadian audiences,” commented Leslie Sole, CEO, Rogers Media Television. “We are extremely proud of this series heading into its impressive fourth season. Murdoch Mysteries has solidified its position as a true fan favourite keeping Citytv audiences entertained week after week.”
Based on Canadian author Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch series of mystery novels set in late 1890s Toronto, Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), who uses unusual techniques for the time – including fingerprinting, human-blood testing, surveillance and trace evidence – to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Murdoch’s small circle of confidantes include pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a staunch ally who shares the detective’s fascination for forensic science; Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris), Murdoch’s eager but sometimes naïve right-hand man; and Murdoch’s reluctantly supportive boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig).
Since 2003, Murdoch Mysteries has created more than 5000 jobs for actors, writers, directors, producers, crew, extras and technical and production services. Murdoch Mysteries was initially adapted for television as three made-for-TV films produced by Shaftesbury, which were broadcast in Canada in 2004 and 2005. Following the success of the three movies, the series premiered in Canada in January 2008. Shaftesbury is in production on the fourth season of Murdoch Mysteries in and around Toronto and Southern Ontario until early November, for broadcast on Citytv in Canada and Alibi in the UK in early 2011. 52 hours of the series will have been produced upon completion of season four (four seasons x 13 one-hour episodes).
Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury, in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media Inc., ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell New Media Fund and the Cogeco Production Development Fund. ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment holds worldwide distribution rights for the series (excluding Canada and the UK).
Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury, Noel Hedges for ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment, Larry Lalonde and Phil Bedard. The series is produced by Laura Harbin for Shaftesbury and Stephen Montgomery, with Peter Meyboom serving as Supervising Producer. Production executives for Citytv are Alain Strati, Vice President, OMNI Station Group, Specialty TV & Development, and Patrice Baillargeon, Director, Development and Production, Rogers Media Television. The production executive for UKTV’s Alibi is Alexandra Finlay, Acquisitions Manager.