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Old 06-01-2016, 09:42 PM   #1
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Default Murdock Mysteries/Artful Detective

Has anyone else seen this all Commonwealth production with Yannick Bisson?

Set in 1890s Toronto it is a police who applies the latest scientific and deduction techniques to crime.

Very high production value. Produced by Grenada Media which did the most excellent Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett.

Some British expat dumped a lot of Region 1 encoded British crime DVDs at the local resale shop and I scarfed them all. Season 1 was in the pile.

Some of the other British made "modern" series, ehh, not so much.
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Have not watched it, though I've been tempted too. Most references I've seen here make jokes about it. Not nice ones. Might be because we're sick of decades of bad CanCon shoved down our throats, and just assume it's bad without watching.
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Between that, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and The Doctor Blake Mysteries, we are all filled up on old-timey murder mystery shows here in Oz.
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I watch when I can catch it on. I basically watch it for the costumes and backgrounds lol

same reason why I watched the sherlock holmes and when Upstairs Downstairs was on PBS here ( found the whole UD series on tape at the goodwill store and snatched it up)
also caught the last few eppies of downton abbey.

again for the costumes and backgrounds.
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Have not watched it, though I've been tempted too. Most references I've seen here make jokes about it. Not nice ones. Might be because we're sick of decades of bad CanCon shoved down our throats, and just assume it's bad without watching.
Yea CanCon programming reminds me of Christian financed movies. They know they have a captive audience and sometimes (especially the latter) spend less money than they should on set, actors, etc.

However, it is really good in my opinion. Of course I have only seen year one so far so we will see how it goes. 8-9 are DVRed.

I like how they throw in a historical figure. Of course they do take some liberties but they got the major parts of S1:1 with Tesla and others with Arthur Conan Doyle were also good. I also learn a little bit of Canadian history I didn't know. I had never heard about the Home Children from England.

As WV said the costumes are good but a gentleman would never go out in public without a hat like Murdock does.
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Most of Canada has a ton of choice when it comes to TV - a ton of American networks & some decent alternative Canadian ones. So we're not a captive audience.

But we do tend to do series that are what I'll call 'gentle' - more polite, understated & in many cases, far more family oriented. Some are really, very good. Some are far too saccharine but still... they provide an alternative to some of the more paced paced, hard hitting stuff.

I like both.
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There have been some gems that have popped up due to CanCon (Canadian content, as required by the government agency CRTC). North of 60 is likely the most watched, world-wide. Street Legal, Corner Gas, Kids in the Hall, The Red Green Show, SCTV (or was that American?), Continuum were worth watching. Most CanCon is currently co-production material with other countries...Orphan Black, Vikings, etc.
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The Red Green Show! oh wow! I haven't seen one of those in forever. I always found them funny and silly. Made me laugh out loud
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Red Green is on every Saturday night here. I love it.
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Red Green was airing new when I was in university. It originated with CHCH out of Hamilton, Ontario, which was just a town or two over from where I went to school. My 25 year old self thought it was one of the most annoying pieces of television ever made. Partly because at the same time the bucktoothed actor playing Red's sidekick was a serious actor on another show I watched then...Traders.

Just like Oscar Leroy on Corner Gas, a total dumbass, was a highly respected lawyer named Leon on Street Legal. The Canadian acting world is pretty small.
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And just for Pote...Kim Coates was on a number of episodes of Street Legal way back when. I can't recall if he was a lawyer or being defended by one. Knowing him I'd go with defended.
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Just an update.

I am amazed how much technology was first invented by the Canadians!

They are right up there with Ayla in the Clan of the Cave Bear series!

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We probably descend in a straight line from Ayla. If you ever want a good snicker - figure out the distances she must have 'travelled' & try to make that work with what they think were average ages back then. No way.
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The Artful Detective is very.... SteamPunk
Just like Sherlock Holmes
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