By Patrick Munn | May 27, 2020 - 7:35 pm | No Comments
Frankie Drake will continue to solve crimes in 1920s Toronto. UKTV co-production Frankie Drake Mysteries has been picked up a fourth season by Canadian public broadcaster CBC. The renewal comes mere weeks after fellow UKTV co-production Murdoch Mysteries was renewed for a fourteenth season.
By Patrick Munn | May 11, 2020 - 1:22 pm | No Comments
UKTV's longest running scripted co-production is coming back. Canadian public broadcaster CBC has renewed Murdoch Mysteries for a fourteenth season. The renewal comes just ahead of tonight's UK broadcast of the show's thirteenth season finale on Alibi.
By Patrick Munn | May 30, 2019 - 4:00 pm | No Comments
Acorn Media Enterprises - the UK based development division of U.S. streaming service Acorn TV - has teamed up with Irish broadcaster RTÉ to commission Dead Still, a six episode period drama from Deadpan Pictures, Murdoch Mysteries indie Shaftesbury and ZDF Enterprises.
By Patrick Munn | May 21, 2019 - 8:18 pm | No Comments
Colm Feore (The Umbrella Academy, House Of Cards) and Claire Goose (The Coroner, Casualty) have been tapped for guest starring roles on the thirteenth season of Murdoch Mysteries. There is no word on the nature of the characters they will be playing. Production on the show's eighteen-episode thirteenth season is now underway in Ontario, and is expected to wrap in November. Season 13 will air on CBC in Canada later this year and is expected to premiere on UKTV's Alibi channel in early 2020.
By Patrick Munn | April 3, 2019 - 6:54 pm | No Comments
Shaftesbury - the leading Canadian indie behind Frankie Drake Mysteries and Murdoch Mysteries - has hired former UKTV executive Alexandra Finlay to serve as their Senior Director for Creative and Co-Productions. She will based in London and will report to Shaftesbury's Chairman and CEO Christina Jennings.
By Patrick Munn | March 25, 2019 - 5:22 pm | No Comments
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.
By Patrick Munn | January 7, 2019 - 3:34 pm | No Comments
Universal TV is adding another Canadian drama to their schedule. The NBCU owned and operated channel has acquired the UK rights conspiracy thriller Departure, starring Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife). The six episode series is set to air on Universal TV later this year.
By Patrick Munn | May 25, 2018 - 10:53 am | No Comments
Here's some cross-company synergy for UKTV. Alan Davies, who fronts As Yet Untitled on Dave, has landed a guest starring role on the second season of their co-production Frankie Drake Mysteries. The 1920s period drama launched on Alibi earlier this year and quickly proved to be a hit; improving the channel's slot-average by 210%. As a result of the strong ratings in both the UK and Canada, UKTV and CBC picked up a ten episode second season, which has now started filming.