the 18 episode eighth season of the UKTV/CBC/ITVSGE/Shatesbury Films co-production Murdoch Mysteries (known as The Artful Detective on Ovation) will debut on Saturday February 21st at 7/6c
As of November 2014, the series has become incredibly popular in Finland. The episode aired on November 17, 2014, reached a viewership of 0.485 million, making it the most watched foreign TV program of the week in Finland, soundly beating even the hugely popular Downton Abbey (0.42 million viewers). The episode in question was viewed by 8.87 % of the entire population.
The eighth season of Murdoch Mysteries will receive its UK premiere on Alibi on Monday January 26th at 9pm, it has been announced.
Based on the series of novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries is set at the turn of the 20th century and revolves around Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto constabulary, who uses ground-breaking forensic techniques to close his cases. The drama series is produced by Canadian production company Shaftesbury Films in association with UKTV, CBC & ITV Studios Global Entertainment and stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris and Georgina Reilly.
………” Maureen Jennings is not only just about the best crime novelist in Canada, she’s among the best writing anywhere — a national and international treasure.”
Read the review here
“Joan Barfoot is a Canadian novelist. She has published 11 novels, including Luck, which was a nomineee for the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and Critical Injuries, which was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize.”
Debuting at #5, the new Tom Tyler book has its most successful start for the series. Plus read Margaret Canon’s review below
“Another great historical mystery from Jennings, whose popular Murdoch series is a television staple. It’s 1942. Detective Inspector Tom Tyler has been assigned to the small town of Ludlow in Shropshire. It could be a quiet backwater for Tyler, after the bombs in London, but he’s barely in town before a particularly grisly double murder occurs at St. Anne’s Convalescent Hospital. There appears no possible motive or suspects. The hospital is run by Anglican nuns and the patients are all horribly injured servicemen, most with multiple amputations, blind, helpless. Visitors are screened and the faint of heart or stomach kept out. It is not a place easily accessed. In short, we have an excellent historical mystery with a good locked-room plot and Jennings keeps the suspense going right to the end. Television series, anyone?”