Da Vinci's Inquest

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Da Vinci's Inquest
Created by Chris Haddock
Starring Nicholas Campbell
Suleka Mathew
Sarah-Jane Redmond
Donnelly Rhodes
Venus Terzo
Camille Sullivan
Ian Tracey
Gwynyth Walsh
Robert Wisden
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 91 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Chris Haddock
Laszlo Barna
Running time 45 minutes per episode
Production company(s) Haddock Entertainment
Barna-Alper Productions
Alliance Entertainment
Alliance Atlantis
Distributor Program Partners
Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBC Television
Original release October 7, 1998 (1998-10-07) – January 23, 2005 (2005-01-23)

Da Vinci's Inquest is a Canadian dramatic television series that aired on CBC Television from 1998 to 2005. While never a ratings blockbuster, seven seasons of thirteen episodes each were filmed for a total of ninety-one episodes.

The show, set and filmed in Vancouver, stars Nicholas Campbell as Dominic Da Vinci, once an undercover officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but now a crusading coroner who seeks justice in the cases he investigates.

The cast also includes Gwynyth Walsh as Da Vinci's ex-wife and chief pathologist Patricia Da Vinci, Donnelly Rhodes as detective Leo Shannon, and Ian Tracey as detective Mick Leary.


Da Vinci's Inquest was loosely based on the real life experiences of Larry Campbell, the former chief coroner of Vancouver, British Columbia, who was elected mayor of that city in 2002. The part of Da Vinci, however, was written specifically for actor Nicholas Campbell. Elements of the series storylines were also taken from sociopolitical issues faced by the real-life Vancouver, such as the plight of the homeless, the controversy over a designated injection site for drug users, the idea of establishing a red light district, and the disappearance of homeless women and sex workers-similar to the case of Robert Pickton.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nicholas Campbell received the Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his work on the series and has guest-starred in American shows such as Monk and T.J. Hooker. Donnelly Rhodes also received a Gemini Award for Best Actor in 2002 and the Earle Grey Award in 2006. The series was critically acclaimed as the best television series in Canada after winning the Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series for five of its first six seasons. When Da Vinci's Inquest completed its seventh and final season, it was continued in 2005 as Da Vinci's City Hall. In 2002 actress Keegan Connor Tracy won a Leo Award for her guest appearance in Inquest and was brought back again in 2005.

Availability outside Canada[edit]

United States[edit]

Da Vinci's Inquest made its U.S. debut the week of 17 September 2005, when it was already in syndication after the original run. The show continues to air in syndication and airs nationwide on the Retro Television Network. The series is distributed in the United States by Program Partners with ad-sales done by Sony Pictures Television. It formerly aired on Sleuth (now Cloo).

Other countries[edit]

In Australia, it aired late Monday nights on the Nine Network, and its affiliates WIN (although on a different night) and NBN. In mid-2006, the show was replaced with Quizmania. As of early 2007, it has been screening again late on Thursday nights (technically early Friday morning). With the launch of 13th Street on Foxtel on Sunday, November 15, Da Vinci's Inquest has begun airing in Australia again.

It has also been aired in late night slots on RTÉ One in Ireland.

In Iceland, Skjár einn has aired the show in various slots, including Saturday evening.

The show currently airs daily at 3am in the United Kingdom on the Living Channel and on late Saturday evenings in Finland and northern parts of Estonia on Finnish YLE TV2.

In Spain it airs daily on Sony Entertainment España.

Da Vinci's City Hall and TV movies[edit]

In Canada, the new spinoff series, Da Vinci's City Hall, premiered on 25 October 2005. However, after airing a complete first season of 13 episodes, the CBC cancelled the program.

In the U.S., Da Vinci's City Hall airs as part of the Da Vinci's Inquest rerun package, regarded as the eighth season of the series (even using the titles from the last three seasons of Inquest instead of the titles for City Hall). City Hall debuted in the U.S. on Superstation WGN on April 27, 2007, and released into national syndication to local stations, also as part of Da Vinci's Inquest, on November 4, 2007.

A TV movie following up on the two series, The Quality of Life, aired on CBC on June 14, 2008.[1]


Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]


Da Vinci's Inquest is notable for its unconventional story formats. Unlike most crime dramas, many crimes on Da Vinci's Inquest aren't clearly explained, and some aren't even solved. Many of the show's fans hail this characteristic as one of its finest qualities. Also unusual is its handling of story arcs. Some story arcs span the length of one or more season, but aren't touched on at all in some episodes within that season. Story arcs include Da Vinci's struggles with his ex-wife and daughter, Leo Shannon struggling to care for his mentally ill wife, the relocation of a mental hospital's cemetery and the intrigue that follows, and Da Vinci's quest to establish a red light district and safe injection site to protect the sex workers and drug addicts of Vancouver. In Internet fandom, the plot line following Mick Leary's descent into depression after a female constable infatuated with him commits suicide is often considered one of the most powerful and best-written arcs in the entire series by many fans.[citation needed]

Episode guide[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

Acorn Media UK has released the first three seasons on DVD in Region 1 (US only). Due to poor sales, no further seasons were released.

In Canada, Alliance Atlantis released the first season on DVD on October 14, 2003.[2] Season 2 was released on February 3, 2009 by Alliance Films, more than 5 years after the release of the first season.[3]

DVD Name Ep# Region 1 (US) Region 1 (CAN)
Season 1 13 February 27, 2007 October 14, 2003
Season 2 13 November 13, 2007 February 3, 2009
Season 3 13 June 10, 2008 N/A


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