Both of UKTV’s Canadian co-productions are coming back. Canadian public broadcaster CBC today announced that they had handed out renewals to both Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries. Ten episodes have been ordered for the third season of Frankie Drake Mysteries, while Murdoch Mysteries season thirteen will consist of eighteen episodes.
Created by Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci, Frankie Drake Mysteries is set in 1920s Toronto and follows the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch. The drama series is produced by Shaftesbury and stars Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape Of Water), Chantel Riley (The Lion King), Rebecca Liddiard (Alias Grace), Sharron Matthews (Odd Squad), Wendy Crewson (Saving Hope) and Grace Lynn Kung (Star Trek: Discovery).
Based on the novels by Maureen Jennings, 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 is produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC, ITV Studios Global Entertainment and UKTV and stars Yannick Bisson, Thomas Craig, Helene Joy, Jonny Harris, Lachlan Murdoch and Daniel Maslany.
Both Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries are solid performers for Alibi here in the UK. With the renewal the two series now have a berth on the UKTV owned and operated channel’s 2019-2020 slate alongside their very first wholly commissioned original drama Traces. That series, based on an idea by best-selling crime writer Val McDermid, is being produced by Red Production Company and explores the world of SIFA, the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science.