EXCLUSIVE: When the CBC/Alibi series Murdoch Mysteries returns for its sixth season (set to premiere on January 7th on CBC in Canada and in February on Alibi in the UK) it will feature two notable British characters and actors. I’ve learned that Andrew Gower (Being Human) and Thomas Howes (Downton Abbey) have both filmed guest spots on the show’s sixth season. What’s more, my sources tell me that Gower will be playing none other than legendary detective Sherlock Holmes (or at least someone who believes he is Sherlock Holmes), while Howes will appear as a young Winston Churchill. In addition, I’m also being told that Welsh actor Geraint Wyn Davies (24) will be reprising his role as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Based on the series of novels by Maureen Jennings, Murdoch Mysteries is set at then end of the 19th century and revolves around Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto constabulary, who uses groundbreaking forensic techniques to close his cases. The series – which is a co-production between UKTV, CBC, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and Shaftesbury Films – stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy and Jonny Harris. According to a synopsis of season six obtained by TVWise, in these 13 new episodes Detective Murdoch tries to clear the name of a young Winston Churchill after his visit to Canada goes awry; a dangerous madman threatens to unleash a deadly toxic gas attack; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle makes an appearance when his supposedly fictional creation, Detective Sherlock Holmes, becomes entangled in a violent robbery. Murdoch also crosses paths with the Wright Brothers, and sees first hand the amazement of mechanical airplane flight when he delves into a high-flying, high-level conspiracy.