Progress, no thanks. So far the city of Toronto has lived well with its DC street lighting, so who needs newfangled inventions like the dangerous "alternating current" in arc lamps? At most, crazy fanatics like this engineer Nikola Tesla (Dmitry Chepovetsky), assistant to the famous Thomas Alva Edison in New York, who just fell out with his master and has been playing around since then, generating even more strange inventions and patents. Ridiculous things that nobody needs like wireless voice transmission. Maybe even with a picture in the future, he calls it "television". Anyone who comes up with this will probably also believe in self-driving automobiles.

Tesla traveled to Canada (which, by the way, has only existed as a nation for a little more than twenty years) at the beginning of the nineties of the 19th century for the execution stage show of the AC opponents in the opening episode "Unter Strom" and is now watching the demonstration of the DC fanatic "Toronto Electric & Light Company ”members and the city council. Chasing a thousand volts through a dog's body, that's the plan of the large company, which is well connected with politics. The audience only understands what they see. Instead of a street dog, however, the preppy "Miss Toronto Electric & Light" was fatally caught. The circuit has been manipulated, which of course only electrotechnically trained people can find out. For example, police officers like the tinkerer Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), for whom no investigation is to be sworn,if it can only be solved with an understanding of technology and ingenuity. And if the pathologist Dr. Julia Ogden (Hélène Joy) and the youthful Constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris) are there.

The Canadian-British police series "Murdoch Mysteries" based on the novels by Maureen Jennings is basically old hat. It has been running extremely successfully in Canada since 2008, with its fifteenth season coming this fall. There are now well over two hundred episodes, some of them on the Sony Channel, some of them on DVD, which accompany the not entirely socially compatible, idiosyncratic detective from the fourth police station in Toronto around 1890 and his cases to be solved with scientific expertise. Each episode also takes just over forty minutes to expand the audience's physics skills. In the second episode, for example, Murdoch explains the difference between a battery and a capacitor in front of the assembled police officers. His superior, the sturdy Inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig),Usually only understands the train station, but Murdoch likes to convince himself of the clearing-up rate. The “Closed Society” also shows that inventors don't always have to be benefactors - even if their creative spectrum from mopeds to “corn splinters in cardboard boxes” (unfortunately “stolen” from Kellogg's) encompasses everything possible.

The public digital channel One is now showing the first two seasons of “Murdoch Mysteries” in German-English two-channel sound, thus killing two educational assignments with one stone.

In order to strengthen foreign language skills, there is the imparting of scientific and technical issues, which as a task of the broadcasters has come into focus "since Corona" at the latest.

The episodes of historical crime thriller and physics tutoring are usually cleverly combined, but the “Murdoch Mysteries” are too much of a mere vehicle for advanced puzzle fans.

The episodes that are half as long are far from the tricky finesse of thoughtful thinking in “The Young Inspector Morse”, for example.

Murdoch Mysteries

starts today at 9:50 p.m. on ARD One.