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Tara Bradbury
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CBC shows tape crossover episode at Middle Cove

(From left) Allan Hawco, Jonny Harris and Yannick Bisson rehearse a scene in Middle Cove Friday for an upcoming episode of “Murdoch Mysteries” that will be crossover show with “Republic of Doyle.” — Photo by Rhonda Hayward/The Telegram

If Jake Doyle had been born in the early 1900s, he’d have been the type of guy to have mutton-chop sideburns.

There might have been a vest and pocket watch in place of the leather jacket — and the GTO would obviously be out — but he’d probably have been just as much a pain the arse to turn-of-the-century police officers as he is to contemporary cops on “Republic of Doyle.”

Actor Allan Hawco joined the cast of “Murdoch Mysteries” at Middle Cove Friday afternoon, for the filming of a crossover show which sees Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) and Const. George Crabtree (Pouch Cove native Jonny Harris) travel to Newfoundland in search of a killer.

They run into Jacob Doyle, a character who, like his eventual descendant, Jake, is known to police, though not as a criminal.

“(Our producer) has said for a couple of years, ‘It would be great if we could get to Newfoundland, and then, I guess with the fact that both of the shows are on CBC now, and Allan was going to be here, working on ‘Republic of Doyle,’ that it loaned itself to some cross-promotion,” said Harris.

“I think it was a great idea,”  

It’s an important episode for Harris’ character, who has always alluded to his East Coast heritage, but had never explained his back story.

In the show, he is reunited with his beloved aunties — Daisy, Marigold and Azelea — as well as a thicker Newfoundland accent and a love of Screech.

There’s a treasure map, cliff-climbing, and a cameo by Marconi (played by Jason Card).

Season 7 of “Murdoch Mysteries” will premiere on CBC TV Sept. 30.

Twitter: @tara_bradbury

Organizations: CBC

Geographic location: Middle Cove, Newfoundland, Doyle Pouch Cove East Coast

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Recent comments

  • Robin
    November 30, 2013 - 14:02

    I loved that episode and was really excited when I saw it was going to be on last week. Best episode so far of all the seasons o Murdoch Mysteries. Just need Detective Murdoch of Toronto P.D. and his partner Crabtree to visit Republic of Doyle.

  • Lesley
    August 07, 2013 - 01:31

    This sounds like it will be a fabulous episode! And the idea of a R. of D. flashback to Murdoch is brilliant, Juila! I hope they do it.

  • Stephen Redgrave
    Stephen Redgrave
    August 03, 2013 - 07:54

    This sounds like this will be a lot of fun. Murdoch Mysteries takes a fairly time period accurate look, at old time Toronto (my home town). There's lots of room for a writers creativity in this latest merged episode. Education for Newfoundland youngsters is another bonus. Great idea!

  • Juila
    August 03, 2013 - 07:22

    The next thing you will see is Jake Doyle trying to sovle a 100 year old cold case of Murdoch's with plenty of flashback scenes.