Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
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A Merry Murdoch Christmas 

While investigating the murder of a rich benefactor and the theft of children's presents at a Christmas charity pageant, Murdoch discovers suggestions that a Christmas monster, a Krampus, may be involved.


Michael McGowan


Bob Carney (developer) (as R.B. Carney), Jordan Christianson (executive story editor) | 6 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Yannick Bisson ... Detective William Murdoch
Thomas Craig ... Inspector Thomas Brackenreid / Brackenreid's Dad
Helene Joy ... Dr. Julia Ogden (as Hélène Joy)
Jonny Harris ... Constable George Crabtree
Lachlan Murdoch ... Constable Henry Higgins
Kristian Bruun ... Constable Jackson
Arwen Humphreys ... Margaret Brackenreid
Brendan Coyle ... Rankin
Kelly Rowan ... Millicent McGowan
Peyton Kennedy ... Mary Pickford
Peter Mansbridge Peter Mansbridge ... Mayor's Aide
Edward Asner ... Kris Kringle
Randal Edwards ... Robert Kratchit
David Huband ... Mayor Clarkson
Jenny Young ... Sick's Kids Staffer


At a Christmas party, the police find the body of Alistair McGowan, a rich businessman renowned for his generosity for giving at Christmas-time. The investigation quickly reveals that McGowan wasn't quite the philanthropist he made himself out to be - the Christmas gifts for the children, now missing, were usually paid for by reducing his employees' wages, something his work force resented. Mrs. McGowan points the finger at her husband's business rival Cyrus Lynch, who is now missing. The police find some of the missing presents and an old gentleman with a long white beard who says his Kris Kringle. With rumors that a mythical creature, Krampus, is lurking in the woods, the solution to the murder is found much closer to home. Written by gaykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 December 2015 (Canada) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS (DTS 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Did You Know?


The play they watch at the Christmas Party in the beginning is "'The Little Match girl", which is a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. (1805-75). The tale was published 1845. See more »


Gladys Mary Smith acted as Baby Gladys in her early years, and did not take the name Mary Pickford until 1907, yet she is using the better known name in this episode which is set in 1903. This is probably a deliberate choice by the writers; See more »


[first lines]
Detective William Murdoch: [riding in a sleigh, she kisses him] Julia! The driver.
Dr. Julia Ogden: I'm sure he's seen it before. And much more I'd wager,
Detective William Murdoch: You're probably right.
[they kiss again]
Detective William Murdoch: It's almost Christmas.
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


Good King Wenceslas
Lyrics by John M. Neale (as John Mason Neale) (1853)
Music edited by Thomas Helmore
Performed by Jonny Harris
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A MUST see but "Not for small children"
27 May 2019 | by Christmas-ReviewerSee all my reviews

Review date 5/27/2019

I Have Reviewed OVER 500 "Christmas Films and Specials". Please BEWARE Of films and specials with just one review! For instance When "It's a POSITIVE" chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. "If its Negative" then they may have a grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

The special follows Detective Murdoch and the team at Station House No. 4 who are called to investigate when a rich philanthropist is murdered, which may result in many of Toronto's underprivileged losing Christmas after the presents he hands out every year go missing. As the investigation unfolds, Murdoch believes he has found the murderer in one Cyrus Lynch, but when he turns up dead and the presents are still missing, Murdoch and colleagues have to find out who killed him.

This is very entertaining. This is not your "Hallmark" film. So be aware of that. This is not an overly violent film for the image of a "Dead Santa" to children might be too much.

Now the story might be confusing at times but then again I was watching this late at night. What this special does have is "Christmas Spirit" . I loved the ending of this film. A MUST SEE

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