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 3 premiered on SONY on Monday 27 February 2012, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are six episodes in the third and final season.
In Season 3, Durham County focuses on a task force that covers crimes along the 401 highway corridor.
Mike Sweeney, now the Superintendent of the Durham police precinct, is on this force, which, when the episode opens, is investigating the murder of two young drug runners. Mike wonders whether these deaths are warnings to other runners or the beginnings of a gang war.
Mike's challenge is how to get through the language barriers and trace the crimes to sources, which may be here or overseas.
Durham, because of its proximity to the 401 corridor, is a transportation hub, one stop on a crime corridor. Nothing has roots here, but everything passes through.
Ivan Sujic (ex-military), partners with Mike on the task-force investigating the drug-trafficking murders. Mike quickly learns that Ivan is distraught because his wife, Katya, is missing and didn't return from a trip to the United States.
The friendship between the two men, a friendship that grows and deepens, also becomes for Mike, a murder investigation.
Mike suspects that Ivan's troubled brother-in-law, Miro, may have something to do with Katya's disappearance and that Ivan may know something about it.
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