With a total of 25 Gemini® nominations to its credit, this sharp, sophisticated mystery series features Yannick Bisson as William Murdoch, a Toronto police detective at the cutting edge of Victorian science. Together with a forward-thinking pathologist (Gemini® winner Helene Joy, Durham County), he applies revolutionary criminology techniques to crack the toughest cases. This season finds Murdoch making the acquaintance of H.G. Wells, teaming up a second time with Nikola Tesla, investigating art forgery, and using the fledgling science of psychology to out the era's most elusive murderers. Seen on public television, based on novels by Maureen Jennings. "Mesmerizing"-- Sun (UK). 13 episodes, 10 hrs, 4 DVD or 3 Blu-ray discs, SDH.
Episode 1: The Murdoch Identity
A dazed Murdoch wakes up in Bristol, England, with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Worse still, it seems he's wanted by British intelligence agents for murder. While evading capture, Murdoch races to reconstruct his memory.
Episode 2: The Great Wall
When a policeman is murdered in Chinatown, the force wants to pin the blame on an elderly immigrant, but Murdoch isn't sure they have the right man. Risking his reputation, he begins to investigate his colleagues.
Episode 3: Victor, Victorian
Murdoch and the team are introduced to the complex underworld of Toronto's secret societies after a man dies at a Masonic initiation ritual. Dr. Ogden goes deep undercover in an attempt to discover more about the victim's double life.
Episode 4: Rich Boy, Poor Boy
A tranquil day in the park turns sinister when Inspector Brackenreid's son is abducted while playing with a friend. The detectives work feverishly to find him before tragedy strikes, but the kidnappers may have made a dangerous error.
Episode 5: Me, Myself and Murdoch
It seems like an open-and-shut case when local farmer Alexander Reynolds is found with an axe in his chest at his birthday celebration. Reynolds's blood-soaked daughter immediately confesses to the crime, but Murdoch believes there are deeper issues at play.
Episode 6: This One Goes to Eleven
Wealthy James Pendrick enlists the force to guard his priceless Rembrandt, but an audacious thief manages to steal it, killing a man along the way. Murdoch must sort through the clues and fend off the advances of Sally, Pendrick's beautiful wife, to crack the case.
Episode 7: Blood and Circuses
Bedlam strikes Barnett's Traveling Royal Circus when an out-of-control tiger kills its trainer before escaping. Although the animal is later caught, Murdoch suspects the case may be more complicated than it appears and begins investigating the other circus performers.
Episode 8: Future Imperfect
The great science-fiction writer H.G. Wells makes an appearance as the guest of honor at a secret meeting of the Toronto Society for the Advancement of Eugenics. Murdoch has been invited by the lovely Sally Pendrick, who seems determined to enlist him in the movement.
Episode 9: Love and Human Remains
Bridge builders at the Don River discover the mummified bodies of a man and a woman. Murdoch and Ogden ascertain that the pair was murdered, possibly some time ago. Working closely with Dr. Ogden also causes Murdoch to reevaluate his feelings for her.
Episode 10: The Curse of Beaton Manor
When a second heir to the Beaton fortune dies in unusual circumstances, Murdoch questions the staff at Beaton Manor. The workers seem convinced that a malevolent ghost haunts the home, but the always-scientific detective remains highly skeptical.
Episode 11: Hangman
While Dr. Ogden is examining a suspicious mark on the body of the recently hanged Cecil Fox, the man suddenly wakes, knocks her unconscious, and flees the morgue. The incident forces Murdoch to reexamine other recent cases, with some surprising results.
Episode 12: In the Altogether
Murdoch delves into the scandalous world of Victorian erotica after a young woman who posed for a series of saucy pictures is murdered. During his investigation, Murdoch discovers photographs of a very unlikely model.
Episode 13: The Tesla Effect
Murdoch's old friend Nikola Tesla appears on the scene of a bizarre murder, announcing that his latest invention has been stolen. While Murdoch pieces together the clues, Dr. Ogden seriously considers a career change and a move to the United States.
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 624 minutes
Number of discs: 4
Color or B&W: Color
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
"Mesmerizing"--The Sun (UK)
"Yannick Bisson is perfect as Murdoch."--Deseret News
"Excellent adventure"--Midwest Book Review
"Truly outstanding"--The Fort Bend/Southwest Star
"Clever and smart"--Deseret News
"Smart, fast-paced fun"--The Globe and Mail (Canada)
"The compelling performances of the cast help make the series absolutely addictive"--The Boston Event Guide
"This is a show that perhaps you haven't heard much of, but it is truly outstanding. Check this out right away!"--Fort Bend Star
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (2009)
Gemini Award Winner for Best Original Music Score for a Program or Series (2008)
Gemini Award Winner for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Gavin Crawford, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Achievement in Casting (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Achievement in Make-up (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Dramatic Series (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Thomas Craig, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by and Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series (Jonny Harris, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Dmitry Chepovetsky, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Stephen McHattie, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Vincent Walsh, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Performance by and Actress in a Guest Role, Dramatic Series (Kate Trotter, 2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Series (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Visual Effects (2008)
Gemini Award Nomination for Best Writing in a Dramatic Series (2008)