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Yannick Bisson to play Detective Murdoch in Shaftesbury’s ‘Murdoch Mysteries’

TORONTO, Shaftesbury Films Chairman Christina Jennings is pleased to announce that Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas, F. B. Eye) will play the lead role of Detective William Murdoch in The Murdoch Mysteries, a one-hour dramatic series based on Maureen Jennings’ critically-acclaimed mystery novels and a wheel of TV movies produced by Shaftesbury. The series will air in 2008 on CHUM stations across the country.

The Murdoch Mysteries is a one-hour dramatic series set in 1895 Toronto that explores the fascinating world of William Murdoch, a young detective who uses progressive forensic techniques, such as fingerprinting, to successfully solve cases and apprehend murderers. The harshness of life in the Victorian streets is contrasted with the civilized world hiding behind the drawing room curtains of the wealthy and elite, but does the wide class divide truly separate good from evil?

The Murdoch Mysteries is produced and developed by Shaftesbury Films in association with CHUM Television, Granada International and UKTV, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Television Fund.

About Yannick Bisson

Born in Montreal, Yannick moved to Toronto as a teenager where he began acting lessons. After appearing in numerous television commercials, his professional career took off when he was cast in the lead in CBC’s critically-acclaimed movie-of-the-week Hockey Night with Rick Moranis. Yannick went on to appear in numerous television series, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents; TNT’s The Pretender; CBS’s Ray Bradbury Theatre; Lifetime’s The Hidden Room; Catwalk; and PAX TV’s Twice in a Lifetime. He was a series lead in High Tide for four seasons; and Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye for three seasons; and had a recurring role in Showtime’s Soul Food. Yannick also has extensive film credits, including Rookies, which earned him a 1992 Gemini Award nomination; Young at Heart with Olympia Dukakis and Frank Sinatra; and The Moving of Sophia Myles starring Della Reese.