Republic of Murdoch?

CBC shows tape crossover episode at Middle Cove

Published on August 3, 2013
(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.

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