Review of the Canadian CBC television series "Murdoch Mysteries". Review entitled "Murdoch is 'our ideal self in any sort of crisis'". "In its eighth season, shown in 110 countries, 'Murdoch Mysteries' (CBC) is often praised for the detective's use of innovative crime-solving technologies. But the series offers more: a study of how its central characters work through all that is new in their time. As in our own, much in late 19th century Toronto was new, forcing the main characters into perplexing situations". Shannen Hengen, a writer based in Sudbury, Ont., recently interviewed actor Yannick Bisson who plays detective Murdoch. "Do your own values figure into the character ? ... William Murdoch is our ideal self in any sort of crisis. He's sort of the eyes of the audience. He helps to guide the audience through the ebbs and flows. He's honest, he's forthright, he stands by his principles, he's forward-thinking, but he hangs on to tradition".