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The Artful Detective

The Artful Detective

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  • Premiered: 
    January 24, 2008
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  • Network: Citytv
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the series of books (Murdoch Mysteries) by Maureen Jennings 
  • Subject Matter: Crime
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It's 1890s Toronto, and Detective William Murdoch cracks the toughest cases using Steampunk technology, employing unorthodox methods of detection. Murdoch, a handsome detective, invents ingenious forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. Based on Maureen Jennings's popular Detective Murdoch novels, THE ARTFUL DETECTIVE (aka MURDOCH MYSTERIES in the Canada) also features Murdoch's colleagues: Inspector Brackenreid, Murdoch's skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; feisty pathologist Dr. Emily Grace; and the love of his life, pathologist-turned-psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden, a staunch ally who shares the detective's fascination with forensic science and innovative ideas. After airing on City TV for the first five seasons, MURDOCH MYSTERIES moved to CBC for its sixth season, where it has aired since. When this one-hour series premiered in the United States on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 8pm ET/5pm PT, Ovation aired the series with a new title: THE ARTFUL DETECTIVE. On Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, Ovation aired the U.S. premiere of the eighth season of this series. In the season opener, "On the Waterfront (Part 1)," Murdoch suspects the brutal murder of a waterfront merchant might be linked to the vicious assault on Inspector Brackenreid. Season 8 finds Detective Murdoch and his colleagues exploring the world of corsets, the Women's Suffrage Movement, Vaudeville, the silver boom in Northern Ontario, the rise of the automobile, and the early days of organized crime on the Toronto waterfront. The new season also delves into Detective Murdoch's origins, and features historical figures, including lawman, gunslinger, and sports writer Bat Masterson; President Teddy Roosevelt; Mark Twain; Thomas Edison and his son; and W.C. Fields. Ovation broadcast the U.S. premiere of the series' ninth season on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Season 9 begins in the year 1903, with Detective Murdoch and his team -- Dr. Julia Ogden, Inspector Brackenreid and Dr. Emily Grace -- continuing to solve the unsolvable and confronting each case with wit, wisdom and innovation. Season 9 also upholds the series' tradition of bringing historical figures to life. In the second episode, William Shatner portrays the beloved author and humorist Mark Twain.On Monday, January 9, 2017 at 7pm ET/4pm PT, Ovation aired the U.S. linear television premiere of the 18-episode 10th season of THE ARTFUL DETECTIVE, immediately following an all-day marathon (8am-7pm) of encore episodes. As Season 10 begins, Det. Murdoch is proceeding with plans to build a house and create a happy life for himself and his wife, Dr. Julia Ogden. But unbeknownst to the detective, Ogden is suffering silently from guilt for killing her tormentor, the psychotic Eva Pearce. In an effort to distract herself from her anxiety, Ogden is introducing her newly-arrived friend Lady Suzanne Atherly and her daughter Elizabeth to Toronto society at a debutante ball. Unfortunately, the elegant event turns deadly when one of the ladies vying to marry Toronto's most eligible bachelor is murdered. The situation worsens when a destructive fire begins to rage throughout downtown Toronto, distracting the police from the case and putting Ogden in grave danger. As the season continues, Murdoch and Ogden must face the possibility that they sent the wrong man to prison for a murder when new forensic testing challenges their original evidence. The detective and doctor will also revisit a harrowing past case when they meet a murderer convinced he's possessed by the devil.
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Season 11 premiered on Ovation on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10pm ET. The Season 10 finale saw the futures of Detective Murdoch and the heroes of Station House No. 4 in jeopardy amidst a corruption investigation gone awry. Season 11 picks up with the aftermath of the finale's events that left the lives of Murdoch's beloved Dr. Julia Ogden, Inspector Brackenreid and Constables George Crabtree, Henry Higgins, and Slugger Jackson at stake and their fates unknown. Season 11 storylines will feature a number of Canadian and international historical figures, including physician William Osler and Helen Keller, the return of artist Tom Thomson, President Theodore Roosevelt, and Alexander Graham Bell. Season 11 begins with Murdoch jailed and framed for the murder of a burlesque dancer. His constables were gunned down in an ambush, Brackenreid was last seen with a gun to his head, and the corrupt politician and his cronies responsible kidnapped Ogden. Murdoch must prove his innocence from behind bars, as Detective Llewellyn Watts helps covertly to solve the case.

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Other Titles

  • Originally aired in the Canada with the title: Murdoch Mysteries

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Shaftesbury
  • In association with ITV Studios Global Entertainment

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  • - Toronto, Ontario Canada