"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Murdoch Mysteries Gets Political with Cameo Appearance by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, July 20 on Citytv

...on location in Guelph, Ontario last summer

Prime Ministers of past and present collide with a special episode of Murdoch Mysteries, involving Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Wilfrid Laurier and a murder that risks national security

TORONTO, July 13, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Murdoch Mysteries fan and long-time viewer, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, makes a cameo appearance on the Citytv original series Murdoch Mysteries, premiering Wednesday, July 20 at 10pm ET/PT (8pm MT, 9pm CT) on Citytv. Prime Minister Harper plays hockey fan, Desk Sergeant Armstrong, a seemingly imperceptive man who ironically doesn't recognize Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier when he walks into Station 4.

The Prime Minister's scene was shot on October 15, 2010, and directed by actor Yannick Bisson, who plays Detective William Murdoch in the popular series.

"Murdoch Mysteries is my favourite program…It's wonderful to meet these people who can take characters of over 100 years ago, make them three dimensional and bring them to life. It's a lot of fun to see them work and try to work with them a little as an amateur," said Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the set of Murdoch Mysteries.

Set in late 1890s Toronto and based on Canadian author Maureen Jennings' popular series of novels, Murdoch Mysteries explores the intriguing world of William Murdoch (Bisson), a handsome young detective using radical forensic techniques, for the time, to solve some of the city's most gruesome murders.

In episode 407 "Confederate Treasure," premiering July 20, the discovery of a map and a letter signed by Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. MacDonald, is found on the corpse of a murder victim, sending Murdoch on an investigation that risks national security. When the victim is identified as a former Minister of Defence, Canadian spy Terence Meyers (Peter Keleghan) - Murdoch's nemesis - warns Murdoch off the case. With the help of Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier, Murdoch learns the map is thought to indicate a spot in Lake Ontario where a small fortune in gold was sunk - gold intended to influence the outcome of the American Civil War. In a race against time to avoid a major diplomatic dispute, Murdoch and his team set sail under cover of darkness in a desperate attempt to locate the gold before the Americans do.

With a passionate following of loyal audiences in Canada and around the world including the UK, France and, most recently, China, Murdoch Mysteries has been sold to broadcasters in 100 countries and is one of the most successful international co-productions in Canadian television history.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is the latest in an elite list of prominent guest stars to the series including Victor Garber, Lisa Ray, Simon Williams, Nicholas Campbell and Lally Cadeau.

Murdoch Mysteries is developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with Citytv, a division of Rogers Media Inc., ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment and UKTV, and with the assistance of the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canada Media Fund, the Bell New Media Fund and the Cogeco Production Development Fund. ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment holds worldwide distribution rights for the series (excluding Canada and the UK). Season four of Murdoch Mysteries premiered in Canada on June 7, 2011 on Citytv. Season five is currently in production in and around Toronto, Ontario.

Full episodes of Murdoch Mysteries are available after broadcast, exclusively on citytv.com.
Can't get enough of Murdoch Mysteries? Watch Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, an exclusive 13-part original online series on Citytv.com. Created as an extension of the fourth season of Murdoch Mysteries, the web series features the stars of the series and brings to life Constable George Crabtree's first novel, "The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs."

Check out Citytv.com for full episodes and exciting extras from some of your favourite Citytv programming, available 24 - 48 hours post broadcast. You can now also catch up on your iPad by downloading the free Citytv video app on iTunes.

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