I’ve really been enjoying TV show Murdoch Mysteries, based on the novels of Maureen Jennings. Detective Murdoch of the Toronto Constabulary solves crimes with deduction and oftentimes the very latest forensics discoveries, some of which he invents himself – just before and after 1900.
Some of the stories have science-fictional elements as might be imagined around the turn of the 20th century. These include a possible Martian invasion and a time machine. Several SF and detective-fiction authors have guest appearances, including H. G. Wells and Arthur Conan Doyle. Several inventors do too, including Alexander Graham Bell and Nikola Tesla. One of the more amusing episodes happens at an inventors’ convention.
The show has grown very popular among Canadians, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper who appeared in cameo in the video below as a Constabulary Sergeant (his fannish daughter’s idea). It is also becoming ever more popular worldwide in more than two dozen countries. It’s available on DVD and Blu-ray for seasons 1-6. My lady and I, however, have been watching it downloaded from Amazon Instant Video on her Sony Blu-ray player.
Season 7 was recently broadcast, the last episode shown on January, 27th, of this year. Five more episodes were then OK’d and shot to bring the usual 13-episode count up to 18. The further Season 7 episodes will be shown starting March 3rd.