Canadian period drama Murdoch Mysteries – which is co-produced by UKTV and airs on their Alibi channel – has been renewed for a twelfth season. Canadian public broadcaster CBC has commissioned 18 hour-long episodes and another two-hour Christmas special for season twelve.
The renewal was announced last night at Canadian Screen Awards Broadcast Gala, where Murdoch Mysteries won the Golden Screen Award for TV Drama or Comedy – which is awarded to Canada’s most watched series. Across its current (eleventh) season, Murdoch Mysteries has been averaging 1.2 million viewers per week.
On Alibi here in the UK, it averages a consolidated audience of more than 200K viewers per week; consistently ranking as one of the channel’s better rated shows. Murdoch Mysteries is one of two Canadian series, which hails from Shaftesbury and CBC, that UKTV co-produces for their Alibi channel. The second, Frankie Drake Mysteries, has been performing marginally better than Murdoch. There’s no word yet from CBC as to whether or not Frankie Drake will return for a second season.
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. The drama series stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy and Jonny Harris. Stephen Montgomery and Julie Lacey serve as producers. Shaftesbury CEO Christina Jennings executive produces alongside Scott Garvie, Yannick Bisson and Peter Mitchell, who also serves as showrunner.
The drama series, which is based on the series of novels by Maureen Jennings, is developed and produced by leading Canadian indie Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and 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. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV Studios Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.