Out of all the historical people I have learnt about this year, the most interesting character who comes to mind is not an actual person in history, but a fictional TV character.
Mr Murdoch from Murdoch Mysteries.
The Canadian version of Sherlock Holmes.
Serious. Clever. Handsome. Chiseled features, and a sharp eye for what often gets missed. Not very tall, this others tend to tower over him. He speaks in a proper gentlemanly manner, and has own brand of the whole suit, along with the hat, while looking very smart.
There’s some captivating about Murdoch (Yannick Bison), and you want to watch the whole hour’s episode, so you can learn what he was thinking through the whole case, and how he reached that conclusion. Your mind: he thought that? Really? How did it realize that? He gets me thinking, and I aim to try and work it out before he does at the end of the show. I always learn something new from him too.
Serious. Clever. Handsome. Chiseled features, and a sharp eye for what often gets missed.
I like his wife a lot: Dr Ogden (Hélène Joy). She’s a doctor; a medical examiner, to be exact. Beautiful. Intelligent. Ladylike. Standing up for women’s vote. There’s also another doctor; the intelligent and feisty Dr Grace (Georgina Reilly), who handsome Crabtree (Jonny Harris) fancies. They are an inspiration, because woman at that time couldn’t do much without marriage, and they achieved doctorates as single women.
The chief (Thomas Craig) is funny, as he’s from Yorkshire, who uses a lot of Yorkshire slang, which sound very modern and I’m not always sure if Victorian Canadians used slang like this at the time. For instance: “having a laugh.” This is the only aspect of the show that I regard that may not always inaccurate, as I’m not always always sure that the things that I said in the show was said at the time.
That’s why I like Murdoch Mysteries, because it’s a crime drama with the historical twist. While it is a fictional programme with Murdoch and other characters based on a set of novels by author Maureen Jennings¹, a lot of of facts that happened in history are incorporated. For example, Suffragette Movement, the discovery of silver that pushed the natives out of their lands, the early film industry.
That’s why I like Murdoch Mysteries, because it’s a crime drama with the historical twist.
Actual historical figures are written into the storyline: Sir Authur Conan-Doyle (he shadowed Murdoch for his Holmes books), a young Sir Winston Churchill (a brilliant performance by Thomas Howes), Thomas Edison, to name but a few.
I haven’t watched it from start to finish as the Alibi Channel tends to jump from one random episode to another a lot. But I like it how the fiction and facts are intertwined together, so I watch the show whenever I can. It’s a triple win: I get entertained, along with my history fix, while learning something new either from the characters or the events depicted.
A winner all round.
¹ Wikipeida, Murdoch Mysteries, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murdoch_Mysteries, [n.d.], [accessed: 15 April 2015].
In response to Writing 101: A Character Building Experience, and Death to Adverbs.