Shaftesbury Films celebrates the launch of Murdoch Mysteries with a cocktail party at the Windsor Arms Hotel this Thursday, January 17 from 6-8 PM

    TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - To toast the premiere of its one-hour drama
series Murdoch Mysteries, starring Yannick Bisson, Shaftesbury Films will host
a cocktail reception this Thursday, January 17 from 6-8pm at the Windsor Arms
Hotel. Murdoch Mysteries launches in Toronto on Thursday, January 24 at  10
p.m. on Citytv.

    What:  Murdoch Mysteries launch party
    When:  Thursday, January 17 from 6-8 p.m.
    Where: The Windsor Arms Hotel, 18 St. Thomas Street
    Who:   Murdoch Mysteries stars Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy and Jonny
           Harris, as well as Kate Trotter (The Jane Show); Dmitry
           Chepovetsky (ReGenesis), Teresa Pavlinek (The Jane Show), Joel
           Keller (Blue Murder), Maria del Mar (Terminal City) and more...

    Based on Maureen Jennings's critically acclaimed Detective Murdoch
Mystery novels, Murdoch Mysteries is set in 1895 Toronto, and explores the
intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a handsome young
detective using radical forensic techniques to solve some of the city's most
gruesome murders. Murdoch's small circle of confidantes includes pathologist
Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy), a staunch ally who shares the detective's
fascination with forensic science, and Constable George Crabtree (Jonny
Harris), Murdoch's eager but inexperienced right-hand man. Though his
unconventional approach elicits skepticism from his boss, Inspector
Brackenreid (Thomas Craig), Murdoch is often the only one who can crack the
    Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury Films,
produced 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.

    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 fourth season of the TV series ReGenesis for
The Movie Network, Movie Central and Showcase; 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

For further information:

For further information: and to confirm camera availability, please
contact: Sue Baldaro, Shaftesbury Films, (416) 363-1411 X 154 or (416)
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