Vancouver coroners, pathologists and homicide detectives inhabit a murky world as they attempt to solve the mysteries behind the unnatural, accidental, or suspicious deaths committed in the city's back alleys and bedrooms. At times selfless, at times grudging, they all have agendas and history, passion for their work, and ambition for their futures. Charismatic, controversial and mercurial Vancouver Coroner Dominic Da Vinci (Nicholas Campbell) is the pivot around which this complex world spins.
Gemini Award-winner Nicholas Campbell stars in Da Vinci's Inquest as the controversial Vancouver Coroner who, working with homicide detectives and pathologists, speaks for the dead to protect the living.
The crackling Canadian police procedural Da Vinci's Inquest
combines the best elements of popular U.S. police procedurals like CSI
, Crossing Jordan
, and Law & Order
--with a little throwback to Quincy
for good measure. What makes Da Vinci's Inquest
so compelling is the performance of lead actor Nicholas Campbell, a cop turned coroner who tells anyone who'll listen, and lots of people who won't, that his job is to represent and look after the dead. Season 1, which debuted in 1998, follows Campbell's Dominic Da Vinci through the gritty side of Vancouver, navigating serial murders as well as extreme dysfunction in his own life. The focus on Da Vinci's personal life--his tumbles off the wagon, the torture of his ex-wife's involvement with a colleague--gives the series more heart than most blood-and-guts crime series. The show and Campbell have won several Gemini Awards (the Canadian Emmys) for the nuance and intellect that keep viewers engaged, even as they sense ominous turns of events about to unfold. Mystery fans can't ask for more. --A.T. Hurley
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