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MURDOCH MYSTERIES Season 14 Q&A w/ Cast Yannick Bisson, Hélène Joy, Shanice Banton + Episode Guide

Maj Canton - February 20, 2021

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On Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT Ovation premieres the fourteenth season (11 episodes) of MURDOCH MYSTERIES. The year is 1908 as Season 14 begins. Detective Murdoch continues his inventive detective work with Ogden's unflinching support even after an investigation leads him to a family member that he never knew about. Brackenreid and Margaret's marriage, now on the mend, is tested once more, and a potentially volatile interloper threatens Crabtree's relationship with Effie Newsome. Family relations also loom large for Higgins now that Ruth is pregnant. Unfortunately, Watts' secret love affair faces dangerous scrutiny, while Violet Hart's now public liaison with a wealthy playboy causes social outrage. Starring Yannick Bission as Detective William Murdoch, Hélène Joy as Dr. Julia Ogden, Shanice Banton as Violet Hart, Thomas Craig as Inspector Thomas Brackenreid, Jonny Harris as Constables George Crabtree, Lachlan Murdoch as Henry Higgins-Newsome and Daniel Maslany as Detective Llewelyn. Returning cast members also include Arwen Humphreys and Siobhan Murphy. Star Yannick Bisson returns to the director's chair for the first two episodes of the season.


 


Q&A WITH YANNICK BISSON, HÉLÈNE JOY AND SHANICE BANTON

Last month TV Tango had a chance to chat with three of the stars of MURDOCH MYSTERIES.


Question: How has filming been during the coronavirus pandemic?


Yannick Bisson: Much like the differences that you see all around you, our entire crew had to be outfitted with masks, observe social distancing, and make use of hand sanitizer stations throughout the day. At the all-important moment we would roll cameras, the actors would remove their masks and the touch-up crew wore a shield for added protection. The crew as a whole was divided into pods. Production office, prep crew (art department, construction, paint, set decoration) were all separated and swab tested on different days.


Hélène Joy: It has been challenging to say the least. I felt for all of the departments whose jobs were made a lot harder by all of the protocols. No one loved it, but we did it and we stayed very safe.


Shanice Banton: Filming during the pandemic has been different of course, since we've had to implement many new rules to keep safe, but everyone caught on really quickly and we still found so much joy and laughter through it all.

Question: Were any changes made to scripts due to the pandemic?


Yannick Bisson: There were some minor changes in how many background performers were added, proximity and touching of principal actors. Things like kissing were implied as opposed to actual.


Hélène Joy: Yes, no kissing scenes this year. Apologies to the fans!


Question: What can we expect in Season 14 for your character?


Yannick Bisson: The last couple of episodes see pretty much all of our main characters in some degree of turmoil -- things that will likely affect them for good. The rest of the season has lots to offer as well albeit more of our usual, staple episodes. We do have some big baddies returning and Murdoch and Ogden take a trip into the wilderness that gets pretty interesting. We wanted to give the Murdoch fans what they've become accustomed to over the years... that much more given the delayed return and this nutty time we are living in.


Hélène Joy: There was a lot of fun this year. Julia is very involved with William and his cases and even when they are not on the job, and they go adventuring they seem to end up in the middle of something.


Shanice Banton: In Season 14, we can expect…the unexpected from Ms. Hart. But besides Hart's actions, prepare to see a little more into her personal life.

Question: What's going on with your character's family life this season?


Yannick Bisson: This is what will be turning literally upside down towards the end of the season. It seems William's past will come walking right into station No 4.


Hélène Joy: There is a story development at the end of this season that will shock many and will most definitely change William and Julia's life together forever.


Question: Any new inventions this season?


Yannick Bisson: One thing that stood out was the way in which William uses the magnets inside of an old telephone to discern where deadly currents are coming from in order to save Julia's life at the hands of a very big bad guy.


Question: Which historical characters will we see this season?


Yannick Bisson: The season opens with a traveling Vaudeville show and Midway coming to town. We get to meet a young Stan Laurel, Charlie Chaplin and an even younger Buster Keaton. I got to direct this episode and it was a blast adding in the beginnings of black-and-white film to our storytelling.


Question: Any new sets or costumes this season?


Hélène Joy: We always have extraordinary new costumes every year and this is no different. We had some fun new sets indoor and outdoor. One that sticks out is a set of an underground dungeon chambers that of course we all get trapped in. Also William's forest tramping outfit is definitely new and a departure from the usual suit.


Shanice Banton: A lot of new costumes for Ms. Hart and I'm absolutely loving them! Can't wait for you all to see.


Question: What would you like to see your character do in a future season?


Yannick Bisson: I think a trip to Quebec City would be awesome.


Hélène Joy: It would be great to see Julia involved in the early civil rights movements.


Shanice Banton: I would like to see my character interact with a family member/s


Anya Taylor Joy as Beth Harmon in THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT

Question: What TV series are you currently watching?


Yannick Bisson: MONEY HEIST, OZARK, THE LAST DANCE, THE MANDALORIAN


Hélène Joy: I watch a lot of stand-up comedy mostly, but also British comedy series.. AFTERLIFE, LOVE LIFE, BACK TO LIFE and the occasional Australian series...RAKE, THE LETDOWN, STATELESS.


Shanice Banton: THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT


Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope in SCANDAL

Question: If you could play any character in the history of television, who would it be?


Yannick Bisson: I honestly can't say...


Hélène Joy: Phoebe from FRIENDS.


Shanice Banton: Olivia Pope from SCANDAL.


ADDITIONAL BEHIND-THE-SCENES PHOTOS FROM SEASON 14


EPISODE GUIDE FOR SEASON 14


If you want to know nothing about the episodes at all, skip this section. Provided by Ovation, this episode guide includes general episode descriptions and specific plot details.


Episode 1401 "Murdoch and the Tramp" (US debut on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): When Murdoch investigates the death of a vaudeville comic he crosses paths with Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton.

Episode 1402 "Rough and Rowdy Ways" (US debut on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): When Brackenreid's youngest son is accused of murder, the inspector refuses Murdoch and Watt's help to clear his name.

Episode 1403 "Code M for Murdoch" (US debut on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): Murdoch intercepts a coded message from James Pendrick who has been abducted after making a major scientific discovery.

Episode 1404 "Shock Value" (US debut on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): When a man is found electrocuted Murdoch discovers controversial research experiments at the university.

Episode 1405 "Murder Checks In" (US debut on Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): Murdoch and Ogden's romantic weekend turns into an investigation after a guest is stabbed at the inn they're visiting.

Episode 1406 "The Ministry of Value" (US debut on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): After the suicide of disreputable woman, Murdoch suspects murder and nefarious dealings involving arranged marriages.

Episode 1407 "Murdoch Escape Room" (US debut on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): Trapped in elaborate puzzle rooms, Murdoch, Ogden, Crabtree and Brackenreid must escape or face horrific deaths.

Episode 1408 "The Dominion of New South Mimico" (US debut on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): Murdoch's murder investigation at the Newsome estate is complicated by claims they've founded a sovereign nation.

Episode 1409 "The .38 Murdoch Special" (US debut on Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): Murdoch's investigation of a murder at an opium den intersects with Brackenreid's pursuit of Nomi's missing friend.

Episode 1410 "Everything is Broken (Part 1)" (US debut on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): When a woman's body is found dissolved in a drum of lye, Murdoch fears his old lover has been caught by a crime family.

Episode 1411 "Everything is Broken (Part 2)" (US debut on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 7pm ET/4pm PT): Reeling from the revelation he has a young son, Murdoch seeks to avenge the murder of Anna Fulford.