Citytv Premieres "Murdoch Mysteries" Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008

                         A New Weekly Dramatic Series
             Starring Yannick Bisson as Detective William Murdoch
     Based on the Critically Acclaimed Mystery Novels by Maureen Jennings

         Also Available in Toronto on Citytv HD (Rogers Channel 519)

    TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Citytv will premiere "Murdoch Mysteries", a new
one-hour weekly dramatic series based on Maureen Jennings'
critically-acclaimed mystery novels, Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008, on Citytv
stations across Canada. The series stars Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas, F.B. Eye)
as Detective William Murdoch.

    Broadcast Schedule as follows:

    Citytv Toronto           Tuesday, January 22nd - 8:00pm ET
                             (repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)
    Citytv Winnipeg          Sunday, January 27th - 8:00pm CT
    Citytv Calgary           Monday, January 21st - 8:00pm MT
                             (repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)
    Citytv Edmonton          Monday, January 21st - 8:00pm MT
                             (repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)
    Citytv Vancouver         Tuesday, January 22nd- 8:00pm PT
                             (repeats Saturdays at 8:00pm)

    Set in 1895 Toronto, "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 skepticism
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 Dr. 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.
    "Murdoch Mysteries" is produced and developed by Shaftesbury Films in
association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media Inc., 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.
    Don't miss the premiere of "Murdoch Mysteries" Tuesday, January 22nd,
2008, on Citytv stations across Canada. "Murdoch Mysteries" will be video
described in all markets.
    For further information on Citytv and "Murdoch Mysteries", please visit

    Citytv, with stations in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and
Winnipeg, broadcasts intensely-local, urban-oriented, culturally-diverse
television in its own unique, interactive style. With its strong local voice,
Citytv offers a distinct alternative to other conventional television
offerings. Its instantly recognizable 'look' and 'sound' are the product of
refreshingly different on-air personalities, unique program formats and high
television style. Citytv is a division of Rogers Media Inc., a division of
Rogers Communications Inc.

    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 series ReGenesis for The Movie Network,
Movie Central and Showcase, currently shooting its fourth season; the TV
movies In God's Country and Eight Days to Live, both featuring Kelly Rowan and
both delivering record breaking ratings for CTV; and The Robber Bride, the
Emmy-nominated TV movie starring Gemini award-winner Mary-Louise Parker for
CBC. Shaftesbury Films also produces a variety of kids' programming, including
the highly successful kids' series Life with Derek, currently airing on Family
Channel and Disney Channel, and broadcast 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

    Editors:  Artwork is available at

For further information:

For further information: Veronica Logue, Citytv, T: (416) 764-3195, E:; Bev Nenson, Citytv, T: (416) 764-3192, E:; Sue Baldaro, Shaftesbury Films, (416) 363-1411 ext.154,

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