Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch.com - S2-E10

Factual error: Enid, the telegraph operator, exclaims that "He is sending an SOS." However, in the 19th century, distress calls did not include the letters "SOS," It was not until the early 20th Century that SOS was chosen as the international distress call.

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Suggested correction: The show is set in the early 1900's, which is the early 20th century. By the time this event transpired, SOS would have been established as a universal distress signal.

The show starts in 1895 and by season 2, it was still the 19th century and before Germany adopted SOS in 1905.

Bishop73

The Annoying Red Planet - S1-E13

Factual error: Golf balls did not have inverted dimples until 1905, the exterior covers were dark, rougher and probably with an interior of wood. The white golf balls used by Murdock to illustrate a point had not been invented at that time.

Back and to the Left - S5-E2

Factual error: In the opening scene when the men in orange sashes are greeting each other, you can briefly see one of the men in an orange sash wearing what are quite obviously modern sunglasses. Even if the glasses were meant to be from the period, sunglasses were not mass-produced or widely available until the late 1920's.

Rigid Silence - S13-E14

Factual error: Everyone is standing in front of a sandstone building. The construction date literally carved in stone above is MCMXXX or 1930 - long after the show is set.

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Suggested correction: It's actually "After the Ball is Over"! I believe it was written sometime in the 19th century.

Home for the Holidays - S11-E1

Other mistake: Only one set of prints were said to be on the garrote but in the last episode of season 10 Graham handles the garrote before handing it over to the murderer without wearing gloves. So there should have been 2 sets of prints.

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Question: Why does Murdoch's bike not have a ring bell or horn? He is often seen cycling through the busy streets at high speed to arrive on a scene ASAP but never uses any sound warning apart from yelling occasionally - which looks pretty awkward for an official person.

Dangar

Answer: It's certainly a personal choice about using one, and probably similar to how some people refuse to wear a helmet or forego other safety equipment. Most bells and horns on bikes are not very loud and probably wouldn't be heard in busy traffic, making them mostly ineffective. Murdoch would likely still yell, even if he had a bell or horn.

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