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Shouldn’t the alternate name for CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries really be Love Interrupted?

- October 9th, 2013

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Are the doctor and the detective ever going to get together on Murdoch Mysteries?

The series, which has begun its seventh season, airing Mondays on CBC, has thrown no shortage of roadblocks between Det. William Murdoch, played by Yannick Bisson (pictured above, centre), and Dr. Julia Ogden, played by Helene Joy (pictured above, second from right). So much so, some viewers could be excused for screaming at their televisions, “For God’s sake you two, it’s the early 1900s, just get on a train and go off together, no one ever will bother you.”

“But isn’t that wonderful angst?” Joy asks rhetorically. “Isn’t that lovely angst to be having?”

Both Joy and Bisson point out that one of the things they love about the doctor-detective relationship is that it feels very real, in terms of both the professions of their characters and the times in which they’re living.

“Because it’s the Victorian era, we’re able to manufacture more and more reasons, plausible reasons, why they would be apart,” Bisson says. “Whereas if it were happening on CSI, it would be like, ‘Oh, come on.’ But all of these issues are very real.

“And they respect each other professionally, too. Part of the kick they get from each other is working together. They don’t want to jeopardize that. So that has to be layered in, too.”

Luckily, Murdoch Mysteries has been such a homegrown ratings juggernaut since shifting to CBC last season (from its original home on City), Det. Murdoch and Dr. Ogden have time on their side. And the series has been picked up by the Ovation network in the U.S., airing under the name The Artful Detective (say what? How is the name Murdoch Mysteries too Canadian?).

“Both these people (Dr. Ogden and Det. Murdoch) are very passionate about their work and they still have to get on,” Joy says. “They stand alone, they have power separately, and they’re trying to navigate something. I think that’s really refreshing and I’ve had fans tell me that, too.

“Love will overcome, ultimately. But it might take a while. It might take a few more seasons.”

bill.harris@sunmedia.ca

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3 comments

  1. linden fitzgerald | October 10, 2013 at 11:35 am

    in the show Tour de Murdoch Joe Fenton had a bruise on his RIGHT arm, but at the end of the show the injection was shown on his LEFT arm. Do you not keep track of where you make these injections? your’s truly LWF

  2. Marianne C | December 3, 2013 at 3:08 am

    Actually, no. It isn’t lovely. It’s been stretched out so long it’s become an embarrassment. It’s breeding viewer frustration and resentment. That and the atrocious farce that is every episode featuring James Gillies.

    Just get the romance going and let Murdoch and Julia have a life together. A seven-year courtship is ridiculous. But so are the repeated escapes of Gillies, who is apparently the illegitimate child of Houdini and Indiana Jones.

  3. Varonica | February 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I love the murdoch mysteries but please get rid of the ridiculous james gilles its putting me off!

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