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CBC'S HIT PERIOD CRIME-DRAMA MURDOCH MYSTERIES CELEBRATES ITS 100TH EPISODE WITH THE MOST ANTICIPATED EPISODE OF THE SEASON

Will Murdoch and Ogden finally make it to the altar?

Murdoch Mysteries marks the broadcast of its 100th episode on Monday, Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT), including a live broadcast screening with cast and crew for 1000+ fans at CBC Toronto. 

One dashing detective, eight seasons, 100 episodes, 160 murders solved

CBC's number one Canadian entertainment program, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, celebrates its 100th episode with tonight's broadcast of "Holy Matrimony Murdoch!" airing at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television. One of Canada's most successful and longest-running dramas, the beloved period-crime drama has become a staple for CBC and broadcasters around the world with its winning formula that brings together compelling mysteries, unique slices of turn-of-the-century history, ingenious inventions and personal moments for each character. Since its debut on CBC in fall 2012, the series has generated more than 50 million first-run views on the network.

In the 100th episode, "Holy Matrimony, Murdoch!," as Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Julia (Hélène Joy) prepare to walk down the aisle, they are pulled into the trial of a woman accused of killing her husband. Complicating the case is Crown Prosecutor Alister Gordon (Neil Crone), the same lawyer who relentlessly pursued Julia in the murder of her late husband Dr. Darcy Garland, who is convinced of the woman's guilt. 

"CBC is proud to be a part of the long journey of this beloved, long-running series," said Sally Catto, general manager, programming, CBC Television. "Congratulations to all of the talented people behind Murdoch Mysteries as we celebrate the 100th episode."

Licensed to broadcasters in 110 countries and territories including the U.S., UK, France and China, MURDOCH MYSTERIES continues to thrive with eight seasons and 100 episodes under its belt, boasting audiences of over one million viewers each week in Canada. On the road to 100 hours, the series has logged 651 days of shooting in 122 unique locations, and triggered 8000 production jobs in Ontario for actors, writers, directors, producers, crew, background performers and technical and production services across three made-for-television movies and eight seasons of the series.

"Achieving 100 episodes is a testament to the strength of Canadian storytelling and talent, including our outstanding cast led by Yannick Bisson, showrunner Peter Mitchell, and our producers, writers, directors and crew, many of whom have been with the show since day one," said Christina Jennings, Executive Producer; Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury. "Thank you to CBC and our international partners as well as our loyal fans in Canada and around the world for taking this remarkable journey with us."

MURDOCH MYSTERIES has brought 23 historical figures to life including Tesla, Edison, Houdini and Winston Churchill, and featured 88 guest stars, including Victor Garber, Tom McCamus, Mary Walsh, Nicholas Campbell, Dragons' Den judge Arlene Dickinson, Canadian opera singer Measha Brueggergosman, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley and Prime Minister Stephen Harper. 

With millions of fans, the series boasts one of the most engaged fan communities in Canadian television, including 52,000 likes on Facebook and more than 55,000 followers for the series and its cast on Twitter. MURDOCH MYSTERIES events in Ontario attract thousands of fans each summer from across Canada, the U.S., UK, France and Australia. To celebrate the 100th episode, more than 1000 fans have RSVPed to watch the live broadcast of the episode with the cast and crew at the CBC's Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto this evening.

Set in Toronto at the dawn of the 20th century, MURDOCH MYSTERIES is a one-hour drama series that explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical and dashing detective who pioneers innovative forensic techniques to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders. Murdoch's colleagues include the love of his life, coroner and psychiatrist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy, Durham County), a staunch ally who shares the detective's fascination for science; Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Of All Places), Murdoch's eager but sometimes naïve right-hand man; Inspector Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Coronation Street), Murdoch's skeptical yet reluctantly supportive boss; and coroner Dr. Emily Grace (Georgina Reilly; The L.A. Complex), Dr. Ogden's protégé.

Season 8 of the series finds Detective Murdoch and his colleagues exploring the world of corsets; the women's suffrage movement; vaudeville; the silver boom in Cobalt, Ontario; the rise of the automobile; and the early days of organized crime on the Toronto waterfront. The new season also delves into Detective Murdoch's origins, and features historical figures including notorious lawman, gunslinger and sports writer Bat Masterson; outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Teddy Roosevelt; Mark Twain; Thomas Edison and his son; and W.C. Fields.
 
MURDOCH MYSTERIES was initially adapted for television from Maureen Jennings's popular Detective Murdoch series of novels as three made-for-TV films produced by Shaftesbury and broadcast in Canada in 2004 and 2005. The series first premiered in Canada in January 2008 and aired on Citytv for five seasons, before moving to CBC in September 2012.

MURDOCH MYSTERIES is developed and produced by producer and distributor Shaftesbury, in association with CBC, ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the COGECO Program Development Fund. Shaftesbury Sales Company and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment hold worldwide distribution rights for the series.

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Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) waits at the altar with Father Clements (Anthony Lemke), but is he waiting in vain?
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About Shaftesbury
With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an innovative creator and distributor of original content for television and digital platforms. Sold in 120 countries worldwide, Shaftesbury's programming slate includes five seasons of The Listener for CTV, Fox International Channels and ION Television; eight seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment; and new Kids' CBC series The Moblees. Shaftesbury's groundbreaking digital media division, Smokebomb Entertainment, creates convergent experiences for television and original digital content including the comedy series Backpackers for The CW and CTV Extend; vampire series Carmilla; and 3D sci-fi series State of Syn for Hulu and Google Glass. Shaftesbury recently launched shift2, an innovative agency that creates, manages and markets digital content targeting Generation C on YouTube.

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For further information, please contact:

Cathleen Saville, entertainment publicist, CBC

Katherine Wolfgang, Shaftesbury