UPDATED: Detective William Murdoch, Dr Julia Ogden and the Toronto constabulary will be bringing some festive cheer to UKTV this Christmas.
UKTV’s Alibi channel has revealed plans to air a special two-hour Christmas episode of Murdoch Mysteries on Tuesday December 22nd at 9pm as a stand alone TV movie (under the title Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas), before the show’s ninth season launches on the channel in 2016.
The special follows Detective Murdoch and the team at station number four who are called to investigate when a rich philanthropist is murdered, which may result in many of Toronto’s underprivileged losing Christmas after the presents he hands out every year go missing. As the investigation unfolds, Murdoch believes he has found the murderer in one Cyrus Lynch, but when he turns up dead and the presents are still missing, Murdoch and the gang have to find out who killed him.
Produced as a special two-hour episode of the show’s ninth season, Murdoch Mysteries: A Merry Murdoch Christmas sees series regulars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris and Georgina Reilly joined by a roster of high-profile guest stars including Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey), Kelly Rowan (Perception) and Ed Asner (The Good Wife).
Now in its ninth season in Canada, Murdoch Mysteries has been a staple of Alibi’s schedules dating back to when it was known as UKTV Drama. “[Murdoch Mysteries] is a really important show to us on Alibi”, UKTV’s Head of Acquisitions and Co-Productions Alexandra Finlay told TVWise earlier this year. “It’s a show which is due to go into a new season shortly and it’s absolutely been fundamental to the programming mix on that channel, sitting alongside the more, contemporary US content there.”
Alibi’s parent company UKTV co-produces Murdoch Mysteries, which is based on the novels by Maureen Jennings, alongside ITV Studios Global Entertainment, CBC and Shaftesbury Films, with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the COGECO Program Development Fund. The executive producers are Scott Garvie, Noel Hedges, Cal Coons, Peter Mitchell and Christina Jennings.