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

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

TORONTO, July 13, 2011 /CNW/ – 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.

**Images, a video interview with Prime Minister Stephen Harper regarding
Murdoch Mysteries, and footage from his cameo appearance are available at **

To tweet this release:

“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
Can’t get enough of Murdoch Mysteries? Watch Murdoch Mysteries: The Curse of the Lost Pharaohs, an exclusive 13-part original online series on 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.

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