Murdoch Mysteries: Downton Abbey meets Midsomer Murders

Detective William Murdoch, played by Yannick Bisson.
Detective William Murdoch, played by Yannick Bisson.

On Monday evening the UK will be introduced to the new series of Murdoch Mysteries, a Canadian period crime drama. Set in Toronto at the turn of the century, our hero of the hour is William Murdoch, a dapper detective who uses revolutionary forensic methods of investigation (like fingerprinting) to solve mysterious murders.

Episode one begins with a fantastic flying machine crashing into the city, and it is up to Detective Murdoch to investigate why the airplane crashed, and how it came to be responsible for the death of an innocent bystander.

Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) reassembles the crashed plane
Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) reassembles the crashed plane

I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the costumes for this show. From these special preview photos it looks like there are going to be some wonderful dresses, and I can’t wait to see how the producers have presented the fashions at the turn of the century. Let’s not forget the men’s couture in all our excitement though – it looks like there are going to be some very sharp suits (with braces, which are making a comeback in Britain), and some very smart uniforms.

Dr. Ogden (Hélène Joy) and Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) discuss their relationship, as well as her wonderful new dress and hat.
Dr. Ogden (Hélène Joy) and Detective Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) discuss their relationship, as well as her wonderful new dress and hat.
Another wonderful turn of the century dress and jacket.
Another wonderful turn of the century dress and jacket.
MOUNTIES! There are going to be MOUNTIES in this show!
MOUNTIES! There are going to be MOUNTIES in this show!

Detective Murdoch’s investigation into the air crash catches up with a new face, a daring aviator from the age of invention. I’m really excited to see how this old plane is going to fly (we’ve all seen these early planes in museums and wondered just how on earth they didn’t fall to pieces, let alone flew). Check out the preview clip below for some great shots of the plane:

… and what a cliffhanger.

Murdoch Mysteries starts on Monday evening at 9pm on Alibi channel.

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