Cameras rolling on Shaftesbury Films' The Murdoch Mysteries, A New one-hour drama series for Bravo!

Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) review a new forensic instrument in Shaftesbury Films' The Murdoch Mysteries. (CNW Group/Shaftesbury Films Inc.)

-   Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas F.B.Eye) stars as Detective William
        Murdoch
    -   Based on the critically-acclaimed mystery novels by Maureen JenningsTORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ - Shaftesbury Films (ReGenesis) is pleased to
announce that production has begun on The Murdoch Mysteries, a one-hour drama
series based on Maureen Jennings's acclaimed mystery novels and a wheel of TV
movies produced by Shaftesbury. Filming of the 13 one-hour episodes began
June 11 and runs until October 17, 2007 in Toronto and Hamilton. The series
will air in 2008 on Bravo!.
    "The response to the first three Detective Murdoch movies in Canada and
around the world has been excellent. With this series, we're taking the brand
to the next level by injecting a dose of humour, and giving it an edgier, more
contemporary feel," says Christina Jennings, Chairman of Shaftesbury Films.
She adds: "Bravo! has been a wonderful partner in the Murdoch franchise and we
are delighted to be working with them again."
    Set in 1895 Toronto, The Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world
of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson, Sue Thomas F.B. Eye), a handsome young
detective using radical forensic techniques, like fingerprinting and trace
evidence, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. Though his
unconventional approach elicits ridicule from fellow officers and scepticism
from his boss, Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street),
Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the case.
    Murdoch's small circle of confidantes includes pathologist Julia Ogden
(Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective's
fascination with forensic science, and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny
Harris, Hatching, Matching and Dispatching), Murdoch's eager but inexperienced
right-hand man. Both are valuable allies who help Murdoch solve his varied
cases and traverse the many stratums of Victorian society.
    The Murdoch Mysteries is executive produced by Christina Jennings and
Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury Films (ReGenesis). Producers are Cal Coons (Blue
Murder), Peter Meyboom (The Newsroom) and Laura Harbin for Shaftesbury Films.
Series directors are Don McBrearty (Terry), Shawn Alex Thompson (Billable
Hours) and Farhad Mann (Painkiller Jane); director of photography is David
Perrault (The Eleventh Hour); and production designer is Sandra Kybartas
(ReGenesis).
    The Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury Films,
produced in association with Bravo!, Granada International and UKTV, and with
the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the
Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Television Fund.

    About Shaftesbury Films

    Founded in 1987, Shaftesbury Films has established a reputation as one of
Canada's leading producers of high quality film and television programming.
Recent productions include the TV movies In God's Country and Eight Days to
Live, both featuring Kelly Rowan and both delivering record breaking ratings
for CTV; The Robber Bride, a TV movie starring Mary-Louise Parker for CBC; and
season three of the critically-acclaimed science drama ReGenesis for The Movie
Network and Movie Central. The ReGenesis II Extended Reality Game, an online
companion to season two, recently won an International Emmy Award. Shaftesbury
Films also produces a variety of kids' programming, including the
International Emmy Award-winning series Dark Oracle, and the highly successful
kids' series Life of Derek, which currently airs on Family Channel and Disney
Channel, and in over 100 countries worldwide. Shaftesbury's large format
division, SK Films, released the multi-award winning box-office success Bugs!
(IMAX 3D). Visit the Shaftesbury website at www.shaftesbury.org.

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For further information: or to arrange on-set interviews with the cast
or crew please contact: Sue Baldaro, Unit Publicist, Communications,
Shaftesbury Films, (416) 363-1411 ext 154, (416) 573-8481 cel,
sbaldaro@shaftesbury.org