Durham County is a Canadian television thriller series created by Janis Lundman, Adrienne Mitchell and Laurie Finstad Knizhnik and produced by Muse Entertainment and Back Alley Films about a homicide detective who moves his family back to the small town he grew up in after his partner is murdered, only to discover the town has many dark secrets of its own.
The series aired in Canada on The Movie Network and Movie Central from 7 May, 2007 to 29 November, 2010. There are 18 hour-long episodes in three seasons.
The series originally premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Thursday 17 December 2009, at 21h30. Only the first season aired on M-Net. The series later aired on DStv's Sony Entertainment Television (SONY) channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 1 originally aired on M-Net from 17 December, 2009 to 21 January, 2010, on Thursdays at 21h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Durham County premiered on SONY on Monday 17 October 2011, at 21h20. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are six episodes in the first season.
After his partner is murdered in cold blood, Detective Mike Sweeney moves his family back to the small town where he grew up. But beneath the rural calm of Durham County lurks secrets so dark that even those who carry them can no longer see the light of truth.
Mike Sweeney is no exception. He copes with his wife's battle with cancer by withdrawing into his work, and another woman's arms.
Sparks fly and tension mounts as a series of brutal murders cast a long shadow across Durham County.
Before long, Mike must come face to face with his past when he discovers that Ray Prager, a friend from his teenage years, is his new neighbour.
A deadly rivalry plays out in a psychological game of murder and revenge, drawing the members of both families ever deeper into a deadly web of desire and violence.
Mike's morbidly inquisitive teenage daughter, Sadie, starts to piece together the puzzle and becomes dangerously embroiled in the web being cast by their increasingly psychotic neighbour.
Meanwhile, the evidence and Mike's professional integrity are compromised by his own secret connection to one of the victims. It seems that Ray knows more about Mike than Mike can admit to himself.
Ray will do anything, including using his own family, to fulfil his increasingly brutal desires and psychotic needs. Sex, desperation and coming of age play out as a dangerous game of Russian roulette in Durham County.
Lies and deceit are revealed as family and personal secrets unravel almost as quickly as the lives bound up in them.
Even in quiet Durham County, sex and death wait in the shadows for someone to play.
Season 1 (6 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 17 Dec 2009 | Finale: 21 Jan 2010 | Thursdays, 21h30
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 17 Oct 2011 | Finale: 21 Nov 2011 | Mondays, 21h20
Season 2 (6 episodes)
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 28 Nov 2011 | Finale: 2 Jan 2012 | Mondays, 21h20
Season 3 (6 episodes)
Channel: SONY | Premiere: 27 Feb 2012 | Finale: 2 Apr 2012 | Mondays, 20h30