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The Murdoch Insider: A Day In the Life of Yannick Bisson

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Dominique Bisson caught this photo of her dad, Yannick Bisson, and the family dog on the Murdoch Mysteries set this summer. For the next few weeks, she'll be answering fan questions as part of CBC Live's "Murdoch Insider" series. 

My dad is Yannick Bisson, and as the daughter of a Canadian actor I've grown up on sets, watching him perform a variety of film and TV roles. Of all dad's characters, though, none is as beloved as Murdoch Mysteries' Detective Murdoch. 

For the past few months I've been working as a Talent Assistant at CBC, and I've had the opportunity to meet some of my dad's loyal Murdoch fans. They always have lots of great questions about the series, which inspired me to do my own investigating. 

I asked fans to tweet me the things they've always wanted to know about the show, because I've got the answers that only a Murdoch Insider can provide. And each week, I'll be answering a new question on CBC Live -- packed with Murdoch Insider intel and photos from the set. 

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Yannick spends between 12 and 14 hours a day on set filming when the series is in production, and his day starts when he's picked up in the morning (between 5:30 and 6:30 am) and travels to the location. When he arrives he goes straight to his trailer, changes into his costume and heads to hair and make-up.

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Yannick Bisson, not having mascara applied, in the Murdoch Mysteries make-up chair.

"Bet you didn't know this, when I get to hair and make-up I have to shave, because if I shave at home my beard will have started to grow in by dinner!" he says. It should also be noted that no, he does NOT wear eye make-up, no matter how much it might look like he does.

From the make-up chair, he'll head to set for the blocking (rehearsals) of the first scene. 

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Action! The cast reports to set.

The filming of each episode is broken down into pages, and an average 7-11 pages will be taped each day. (Each script, so you know, is 60-70 pages long.) It usually takes an hour for one page to be shot. The length varies depending on a bunch of factors: how many people are in the scene, the amount of dialogue, if there are stunts, etc.

After a very busy morning Yannick, the rest of the cast and the crew break for lunch.  

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The star of Murdoch Mysteries lounges poolside on his coffee break.

When their hour is up they return to set and repeat blocking and filming for the rest of the day. Once Yannick's scenes for the day have wrapped, he gets his call sheet. (A call sheet is an elaborate, detailed schedule with all the next day's shooting information and logistics.)   

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Full disclosure: This photo illustration of Inspector Murdoch chillaxing was taken on location in Newfoundland, not at Yannick Bisson's place. But you get the gist.

Finally, he heads home to learn his lines for the following day and to catch up on his beauty rest. 

-- The Murdoch Insider, Dominique Bisson

Have a question for CBC Live's Murdoch Insider? Tweet us @CBCLive! Murdoch Mysteries returns to CBC for an all new season Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT).

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