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 2 premiered on SONY on Monday 28 November 2011, at 21h20. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are six episodes in the second season.
The lesson that "love hurts" is well learned by the characters who inhabit the eerie suburb of Durham County as the series launches its second season.
The series returns to the bleak and disturbing landscape of an alienated suburbia with a new star villain Michelle Forbes, known for her intense portrayals on the HBO series True Blood and In Treatment.
Durham County unfolds season two in the aftermath of the devastating impact of serial killer Ray Prager (played by Justin Louis in the first season, who was replaced by Romano Orzari for the second) on the lives of its characters, anchored by Homicide Detective Mike Sweeney (Hugh Dillon), his now estranged wife Audrey (Hélène Joy) and their traumatized teenage daughter Sadie (Laurence Leboeuf).
Season 2 pits Mike against an antagonist who has found a place in his heart and in his bed.
Dr. Penelope Verrity (Forbes), a forensic psychiatrist, understands the hell Mike suffers as a consequence of his Season 1 encounter with serial killer Ray Prager.
Mike’s marriage and family are falling apart, and Pen, having lost her young daughter in a drowning accident, becomes a port in a storm – a charming, beautiful, empathetic lover.
When Mike begins to suspect that Pen may be a murderess, that her daughter’s death was deliberate not accidental, he finds himself caught in a game of cat and mouse, emotionally bound to a villain who is ruthless and cunning.
Rejected by her husband and grieving for a daughter we can't be certain she didn't kill, Pen sets her sights on having Mike Sweeney - at any cost...
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