Elementary, My Dear Murdoch

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
Murdoch Mysteries
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Geraint Wyn Davies) & Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson)

Elementary, My Dear Murdoch is the 4th episode of season 1 of the Canadian TV series Murdoch Mysteries produced by Shaftesbury Films / Granada International aired on 14 february 2008. 46 minutes.

About Conan Doyle in this fiction:

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is played by Geraint Wyn Davies.
  • He is merely a sidekick to Detective Murdoch.
  • The episode takes place in 1895, and Conan Doyle didn't give lectures about spiritualism before 1917.
  • In the conversations with Conan Doyle, there is some references to the death of Sherlock Holmes and his hypothetical return. The Conan Doyle's debut in medicine and his wish to embrace a writing career.
  • He is called "Mr. Doyle" (rather than "Conan Doyle") throughout the whole episode.
  • When Murdoch finds the missing bullet, Conan Doyle gives him a « Elementary, my dear Murdoch! »
  • Inspector Brackenreid tells Conan Doyle a story about the "Hell Hound of the Highlands" (which should have inspired the author for The Hound of the Baskervilles).


Plot summary

Arthur Conan Doyle, who is in Toronto to make a speech on spiritualism, invites Detective Murdoch to a seance hosted by Miss Sarah Pensall where they are told of the location of a woman's body. Detective Murdoch, despite his disbelief in communication with the dead, goes with Conan Doyle to the location and finds the body of Miss Ida Winston, who has been murdered...


  • Detective William Murdoch : Yannick Bisson
  • Dr. Julia Ogden : Hélène Joy
  • Inspector Thomas Brackenreid : Thomas Craig
  • Constable George Crabtree : Jonny Harris
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle : Geraint Wyn Davies
  • Sarah Pensall : Maria Del Mar
  • Fredrick Waters : Dan Lett
  • Conrad Hunt : Tom Barnett
  • Lisgar Gall : Chris Ratz
  • Hubert Winston : Alex Poch-Goldin
  • Ida Winston : Kerry Ann Doherty
  • Liza : Natalie Roy


  • Director : Don McBrearty
  • Screenplay : Jason Sherman, Cal Coons, Alexandra Zarowny, Maureen Jennings (novels)
  • Producer : Jan Peter Meyboom
  • Executive Producer : Cal Coons, Scott Garvie, Noel Hedges, Christina Jennings
  • Co-Producer : Laura Harbin, Shane Kinnear, Julie Lacey
  • Creative Producer : Derek Schreyer
  • Original Music : Robert Carli
  • Cinematography : David Perrault
  • Film Editor : Tom Joerin
  • Casting : Deirdre Bowen
  • Production Design : Sandra Kybartas
  • Art Director : Armando Sgrignuoli
  • Set Decoration : Andrew Kawczynski
  • Costume Design : Alexander Reda