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Shaftesbury Partners with Ontario Government on Murdoch Mysteries Companion Series

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2015-03-12

Shaftesbury today announced that it has partnered with the Ontario government on Making Murdoch, a 20-part online series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Murdoch Mysteries on location in Ontario, with a special focus on the sites and stories of the province. Available on the CBC YouTube channel and at cbc.ca, Making Murdoch has also been shared with Murdoch Mysteries’ international distribution and broadcast partners in 110 countries worldwide.   

Filmed on location in Ontario during production of Murdoch Mysteries Season 8 from April to December 2014, Making Murdoch (20 x seven minutes) offers an in-depth look at the making of the series, including interviews with the cast, crew, writers and producers who bring the show to life, and insight from expert spokespeople on the people and places of Ontario featured in the show. Season 8 (18 x one hour) of Murdoch Mysteries premiered in October 2014 and airs Mondays  on CBC in Canada, with the season finale of the series scheduled for Monday, March 30. Season 9 of the series will begin production in May 2015.

From Cambridge to Cobalt, Making Murdoch explores the beautiful sites and untold stories of Ontario featured in Murdoch Mysteries Season 8, including the history of Old Town Toronto and the Constabulary’s Station House No. 4, where the series is set; Queen’s Park and the Canadian women’s suffrage movement; the legendary Walper Hotel in Kitchener; the rough-and-tumble nature of the Toronto waterfront and the rise of the automobile circa 1902; the legacy of vaudeville and the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatres in Toronto; the industrial background of Hamilton’s 270 Sherman heritage site; the little known story of Northern Ontario’s silver rush in Cobalt; the perfectly preserved Black Creek Pioneer and Westfield Heritage Villages; the beautiful Rockwood Conservation Area; the South Simcoe Railway, Tottenham’s historical gem; turn-of-the-century honeymoon traditions in Niagara Falls; the dangers of the corset as showcased at the Fashion Victims exhibit at Toronto’s Bata Shoe Museum; Hamilton’s storied Scottish Rite Club and Whitehern Historic House and Garden; the remarkable Foster Memorial in Uxbridge; and the picturesque and historic communities of Dundas, Georgina, Cambridge and St. Marys.

Murdoch Mysteries was initially adapted for television from Maureen Jennings’s popular Detective Murdoch series of novels as three made-for-TV films produced by Shaftesbury and broadcast in Canada in 2004 and 2005. The series first premiered in Canada in January 2008 and aired on Citytv for five seasons, before moving to CBC in September 2012.

Making Murdoch is directed and produced by Jean Greig; produced by Lorraine Clark and Katherine Wolfgang; and edited by Mike Garniss and Mike Meddik, with Graeme Potts serving as cinematographer. Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie are executive producers.

Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by producer and distributor Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the COGECO Program Development Fund. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.


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