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Except the Dying is a 2004 made-for-TV film starring Peter Outerbridge, Colm Meaney, Keeley Hawes, William B. Davis and Flora Montgomery. It was adapted by Janet MacLean from the novel of the same name by Maureen Jennings.[1]

Except the Dying
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Based onExcept the Dying by Maureen Jennings(novel)
Written byJanet MacLean
Directed byMichael DeCarlo
StarringPeter Outerbridge
Colm Meaney
Keeley Hawes
William B. Davis
Flora Montgomery
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Scott Garvie
Laura Harbin
Christina Jennings
Virginia Rankin
Production company(s)Shaftesbury Films & Original Pictures
Original releaseMay 13, 2004
Followed byPoor Tom Is Cold



In this film, William Murdoch is introduced, as a man of strong principles, who uses his unique abilities to solve crimes, sometimes using advanced science for his time.

On the street of Toronto, in the 1890s, the naked body of a young chambermaid is found murdered, in a back alley. Inspecter Brackenreid decides that this is an accidental death, but Murdoch feels there's more to the situation at hand.

As Murdoch digs deeper into the death, he discovers that there is something more sinister going on and that the young girl was employed by a very rich and prominent family in Toronto.

Her autopsy, conducted by forensic scientist Dr. Julia Ogden, working as coroner, reveals she was pregnant and had opium in her system, which makes Murdoch even more suspicious of her death. Murdoch solves the crime and brings justice for a young girl's wrongful death.



All three films were released on DVD in a boxed set on November 11, 2008.
On March 3, 2015, Acorn Media announced a re-release for all three movies, set for May 26, 2015.[2]


  1. ^ "Murdoch Movies". Retrieved March 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "Acorn/RLJ Announces a DVD Set With the 2004-05 Pre-Series Movies". Archived from the original on March 5, 2015. Retrieved March 25, 2015.

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