Murdoch Mysteries - Series 4 [DVD
The Murdoch Mysteries is an excellent Canadian/UK Co-Production, which occupies a space somewhere between the gritty darkness of, say, "Criminal Minds" and the lightness of a "Diagnosis Murder" type series. This foruth series moves the show a little more towards the darkness, but the series is always helped by a sprinkling of humour that arises from it's central character, whose logical approach to both life and crime fighting can lead to some light comedic moments. Other characters, such as the enthuasiastic Crabtree and Inspector Brackenreid help to create a enjoyable and likeable team. The season begins with a new Pathologist replacing Dr Ogden, Murdoch's love interest, who left at the end of season three. This character, Dr Francis, is truly a horrible creation, arrogant and annoying - and often very funny. His introduction is rather strange, though, as he is supposed to have joined the team in the season break, and is given no real introduction within a story, just appearing. Dr Ogden - the excellent Helene Joy - does return, but as usual, the path of true love does not run smooth.
The season ends on rather a down note - I won't give the plot away but suffice to say the last episode suggests major changes. I was worried that this was the end to the series, but it has now been confirmed that, thankfully, there will be a season five, and that the author of the original Murdoch novels, Maureen Jennings, will even write an episode of the new series.
On more technical matters, the presentation maintains the poor quality of treatment that this series recieves from ITV - it doesn't even list episodes on the sleeve so you know what's on what disk, and there are no extras, though it does have subtitles.
This is a classy series that deserves to be better known and seen by a wider audience.