|Except the Dying|
|Based on||Except the Dying by Maureen Jennings(novel)|
|Written by||Janet MacLean|
|Directed by||Michael DeCarlo|
William B. Davis
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Production company(s)||Shaftesbury Films & Original Pictures|
|Original release||May 13, 2004|
|Followed by||Poor Tom Is Cold|
Except the Dying is a 2004 made-for-TV film starring Peter Outerbridge, Colm Meaney, Keeley Hawes, William B. Davis and Flora Montgomery. It was adapted by Janet MacLean from the novel of the same name by Maureen Jennings.
In this film, William Murdoch is introduced, as a man of strong principles, who uses his unique abilities to solve crimes, sometimes using advanced science for his time.
On the street of Toronto, in the 1890s, the naked body of a young chambermaid is found murdered, in a back alley. Inspector Brackenreid decides that this is an accidental death, but Murdoch feels there's more to the situation at hand.
As Murdoch digs deeper into the death, he discovers that there is something more sinister going on and that the young girl was employed by a very rich and prominent family in Toronto.
Her autopsy, conducted by forensic scientist Dr. Julia Ogden, working as coroner, reveals she was pregnant and had opium in her system, which makes Murdoch even more suspicious of her death. Murdoch solves the crime and brings justice for a young girl's wrongful death.
- Peter Outerbridge - Detective William Murdoch
- Colm Meaney - Inspector Brackenreid
- Keeley Hawes - Dr. Julia Ogden
- William B. Davis - Alderman Godfrey Shepcote
- Flora Montgomery - Ettie Weston
All three films were released on DVD in a boxed set on November 11, 2008.
On March 3, 2015, Acorn Media announced a re-release for all three movies, set for May 26, 2015.
- "Murdoch Movies". www.maureenjennings.com. Retrieved March 15, 2011.
- "Acorn/RLJ Announces a DVD Set With the 2004-05 Pre-Series Movies". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.