The Detective Murdoch Mysteries are produced by Shaftesbury Films and Original Pictures, for Chum Television, with the participation of Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Television Fund, COGECO, Manitoba Film & Sound Recording Development Corporation, the Government of Canada Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit program, the Government of Manitoba – Manitoba Film and Video Production Tax Credit and the Government of Ontario – The Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit.
The Detective Murdoch Mysteries also stars Colm Meaney (Star Trek: The Next Generation and Deep Space 9, The Snapper) as Murdoch’s boss, Inspector Brackenreid; Keeley Hawes (MI 5, Tipping the Velvet), as Dr. Julia Ogden, Toronto’s first female coroner; William B. Davis (The X-Files), as Alderman Godfrey Shepcote, a high-powered Protestant politician, and Flora Montgomery (When Brendan Met Trudy) as Ettie, a prostitute who provides Murdoch with information from the streets of Toronto.
Except The Dying
Except The Dying introduces TV audiences to Detective Murdoch (Outerbridge), a principled young man who uses his innate abilities to sift through the crime scene in order to solve the mystery of a poor “woman of the street.” When Toronto police find the body of a young woman in a back lane, Murdoch’s superior, Inspector Brackenreid (Meaney) is quick to dismiss the incident as an accidental death. However, Murdoch soon discovers her death was far more sinister. The victim was the housemaid of a wealthy and very prominent Toronto family. The stakes are raised when Murdoch determines she was pregnant and had opium in her system. With the help of coroner Dr. Julia Ogden (Hawes), Murdoch is able to piece together all the evidence needed to reveal the killer’s identity.
Poor Tom Is Cold
In Poor Tom Is Cold, Detective Murdoch (Outerbridge) investigates the apparent suicide of his young friend and protégé, Constable Oliver Wicken (Graeme) The evidence, according to the coroner, is irrefutable. He was shot in the temple with his own revolver and a farewell note found by his side. But Murdoch is not convinced and neither is Dr. Julia Ogden (Hawes) one of Toronto’s first female coroners, who is able to confirm Murdoch’s suspicions. At the inquest, a young woman testifies she was secretly engaged to Wicken but broke off the engagement that night. Could this unexpected news provide a motive? Murdoch continues his investigation and discovers a possible witness who has been locked away in a lunatic asylum.
Under The Dragon’s Tail
Set at the turn of the 20th Century in Victorian Toronto, when forensic science was in its infancy, Under The Dragon’s Tail follows Detective William Murdoch (Peter Outerbridge) as he investigates the murder of a back-street abortionist, Dolly Shaw. The list of suspects is long since Dolly kept a log of her clients, all of whom have their own personal reasons to fear the divulgence of their indiscretions. Dolly’s murder is no surprise, but when a young boy, a ward of Dolly’s, is found dead a week later, Murdoch starts to wonder if he’s hunting for one murderer or two.
Detective Murdoch’s search takes him into the music halls and chic Rosedale mansions of Victorian Toronto, but when he’s lured by the temptress Ettie Weston (Flora Montgomery), Murdoch has to decide if the beautiful woman is a saint or a sinner.