Murdoch Mysteries is one of those very watchable, Golden Age-era crime shows that has a touch of the Sherlock Holmes and Ripper Street about it.
Starring Yannick Bisson as the titular detective in early 20th century Toronto, and based on novels by Maureen Jennings, it sees William Murdoch use up-and-coming forensics techniques and an unconventional approach, which often elicits scepticism from his fellow officers and his boss. Coroner Julia Ogden becomes Murdoch’s number one ally, and they make a top-notch team, but he must struggle against tradition and prejudice to solve some of the city’s most-gruesome murders. Not only that, but Murdoch Mysteries does a really good job at mixes fiction with real-life characters from history.
The long-running show is about to enter its 12th series.
In the opening episode of the show’s 12th season, titled Murdoch Mystery Mansion, after being designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Murdoch and Ogden’s house is rocked by an explosion that claims a man’s life.
Murdoch Mysteries (Series 12): Monday 14th January, 9pm, Alibi