Canadian public broadcaster CBC has picked up their ratings winning period drama Murdoch Mysteries for an eleventh season, TVWise has learned. The show’s eleventh season will consist of 18 hour-long episodes and a two-hour Christmas special.
Co-produced by UKTV (who air the series on their crime focused Alibi channel), Murdoch Mysteries is set at the turn of the 20th century and revolves around Detective William Murdoch of the Toronto constabulary, who uses ground-breaking forensic techniques to close his cases.
Since it re-located from City TV several years ago, Murdoch Mysteries has been a ratings winner for CBC; with new episodes bringing in more then 1 million viewers in its Monday night time-slot. The show also plays well for Alibi here in the UK and ranks as one of the channel’s highest rated shows with an average audience of around 200K viewers.
Murdoch Mysteries is based on the series of novels by noted author Maureen Jennings and stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris and Mouna Traoré. The series is produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and UKTV 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 Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson and Peter Mitchell, who also serves as showrunner.