Da Vinci's Inquest

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  • 1998
  • 7 Seasons
  • 8.1  (1,282)

Da Vinci's Inquest is a Canadian television show that aired on CBC from 1998-2006. It was created by Chris Haddock and starred Nicholas Campbell as Dominic Da Vinci, a coroner, and former Vancouver city coroner. The show follows Da Vinci's investigations into suspicious deaths in the city of Vancouver, as well as his dealings with local politicians and law enforcement.

Throughout the seven seasons of the show, Da Vinci works alongside a team of coroners and police officers, including forensic investigator Leo Shannon (Ian Tracey), medical examiner Dr. Patricia Da Vinci (Gwynyth Walsh), and detective Mick Leary (Donnelly Rhodes).

The show delves into complex issues surrounding crime and justice, including the relationship between the police and the public, corruption in the justice system, and the role of politics in law enforcement. It also explores social issues such as homelessness, addiction, and mental illness, and how these issues intersect with the criminal justice system.

One of the key themes of the show is the moral ambiguity of the justice system. Da Vinci is a passionate advocate for justice, but he often finds himself at odds with the police and politicians who prioritize their own interests over the needs of the community. The show doesn't shy away from exploring the messy and often conflicting ideals that underpin our justice system.

The cast of Da Vinci's Inquest is notable for its strength and diversity. Suleka Mathew plays Da Vinci's loyal assistant, Homicide Detective Angela Kosmo, and Sarah-Jane Redmond portrays lawyer and political consultant Donna Sabine. Venus Terzo plays the tough-talking Detective Rose Williams, while Camille Sullivan portrays Dr. Da Vinci's protégé, Dr. Sunita Ramen.

Other notable actors who appear on the show include Robert Wisden as Mayor Dominic Da Vinci's political rival, Gerard Plunkett as City Manager Bob Kelly, and Stephen E. Miller as Deputy Chief Coroner Zack McNab. Kim Hawthorne plays Detective Lois Carver, while Sarah Strange portrays Da Vinci's daughter, Jill.

Da Vinci's Inquest also features breakout performances from actors who would go on to become well-known in their own right. The show marked one of Jewel Staite's first major roles, as she played Da Vinci's troubled teenage daughter, Gabriella. Alex Diakun also gave a standout performance as a homeless man named Freddy, who often finds himself caught up in the city's criminal underworld.

The show was praised for its gritty, realistic portrayal of crime and justice, as well as for its nuanced, multidimensional characters. It won numerous awards over the course of its run, including several Gemini Awards for Best Dramatic Series.

Da Vinci's Inquest remains a standout example of Canadian television, showcasing the country's unique perspective on issues of crime and justice, and featuring a talented cast of actors who brought the complex characters and storylines to life.

Da Vinci's Inquest is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (91 episodes). The series first aired on October 7, 1998.

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Must Be A Night For Fires
13. Must Be A Night For Fires
January 23, 2005
Dominic plans to announce his run for Mayor, but must outsmart interim Joyce Simkins who strongly opposes his red light proposal. A fire started at Kosmo's house may be tied to a man found immolated in his car. Mick rushes to catch his lead suspect before he slips past the border. Sue suffers an overdose in prison.
Before They Twist The Knife
12. Before They Twist The Knife
January 23, 2005
A conflict of interest is feared when Dominic looks at a constable shooting a man in self-defence at a safe injection site. Kosmo begins working with Suki in robbery, but receives optimistic news when she hears that the Crown is dropping some of Brian Curtis' cases. Both Mick and Rose catch big breaks in their respective cases.
A Delicate Bloodbath
11. A Delicate Bloodbath
January 18, 2005
Dominic gets backing to help persuade him to run in the Mayor's place. Rose and Curtis investigate the death of a drug counsellor, a key witness in the Sue Lewis case. With a lead gone, Mick continues to try and uncover his friend's murder by approaching a DEA agent.
Ride A Crippled Horse
10. Ride A Crippled Horse
January 11, 2005
Dominic tries to chase a body down in the sewers while the Mayor's time in office runs low. Kosmo finds out that Kurtz failed to pass down a piece of information to her on the missing women case. Curtis is bumped to homicide and tagged with Rose as Leo begins a hotel security job.
Better Go Herd Your Ducks
9. Better Go Herd Your Ducks
December 7, 2004
The media goes into a frenzy when Dominic's red light proposal is backed up, but in the midst of it, they get wind of the Mayor's role in the hit-and-run. Rose works a case of a wife who believes her husband was killed by his co-workers. Mick and Kosmo move on to an investigate of an escort killing a client in self-defence while the Tuan siblings try to throw Mick off their trail. Leo's investigative work for Dominic quickly turns up interesting findings.
The Ol' Coco Bop
8. The Ol' Coco Bop
November 30, 2004
Dominic makes peace with the Mayor and Chief of Police long enough to get their support on his red light proposal. Kosmo gets the runaround in trying to talk to Sue who is being held in interrogation.
First The Seducing Then The Screwing
7. First The Seducing Then The Screwing
November 23, 2004
A woman found dead in her car turns out to be a private investigator looking for dirt on Dominic. Sue is arrested and the testimonies from the reliable witnesses Brian has brought forward help pins the charge of murder on her. Chick helps Mick put surveillance on the Summers' boat.
You Promised Me A Celebrity
6. You Promised Me A Celebrity
November 16, 2004
Dominic confronts the Mayor and Chief of Police to sort out their dirty dealings, but makes more progress when he talks to the Mayor's wife. Brian coerces another "witness" against Sue. Leo copes with the loss of his wife.
That's Why They Call It A Conspiracy
5. That's Why They Call It A Conspiracy
November 9, 2004
With Kosmo's help, Mick investigates the death of an old friend whose ship is found to be robbed of drug he was smuggling. Dominic comes across a couple of inexplicably changed stories: one from John Dunne, another covering for the mayor. Internal begins to look at Kosmo's relationship with her informant Sue.
Mr. Ellis Himself Woulda Been Proud
4. Mr. Ellis Himself Woulda Been Proud
November 2, 2004
Dominic is called to the scene of a strange case of a man found hanged off a bridge. Rose and Leo investigate the findings of a mummified infant. Dominic is suspicious when Kurtz and Jacobs simultaneously stall the Roy Cardinale case.
That Sounds Like What We Call A Mutiny
3. That Sounds Like What We Call A Mutiny
October 26, 2004
Dominic tries to rule on the death of the captain of a Chinese freighter, but is complicated by jurisdictional issues. Rose and Leo continue to investigate the suicide in Richard Norton's office, but are catching wind up of a cover-up. Brian Curtis begins spreading rumours on Sue.
Wash the Blood Out of the Ring
2. Wash the Blood Out of the Ring
October 19, 2004
Zack begins looking into the theft of the mayor's car while Mick and Kosmo talk to a friend of Roy Cardinale. Dominic investigates the death of a man who fell off an apartment building while attempting to steal cable. When no knife is found on Pierce's car, Curtis has to rethink his strategy.
Not So Pretty Now
1. Not So Pretty Now
October 12, 2004
A case of police brutality maybe linked to an accident by the train tracks while the mayor's car is involved in a hit-and-run. A man's apparent suicide occurs in a law office, but Leo and Rose can tell something is amiss. Dominic looks into a woman's death outside of a church and her connection to its priest.
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  • Premiere Date
    October 7, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (1,282)