Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the case grows more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer's next victim.
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Series cast summary:
 John Cardinal / ... (8 episodes, 2017-2019)
 Constable K. Fox (7 episodes, 2017-2018)
 Lise Delorme (7 episodes, 2017-2018)
 Eric Fraser / ... (6 episodes, 2017)
 Noelle Dyson (6 episodes, 2017)
 Det. Jerry Commanda (6 episodes, 2017)
 Catherine Cardinal (6 episodes, 2017)
 Josh (6 episodes, 2017)
 Detective McLeod (6 episodes, 2017)
 Detective Hannam (6 episodes, 2017)
 Edie Soames (5 episodes, 2017)
 Malcolm Musgrave (5 episodes, 2017)
 Keith (5 episodes, 2017)
 Dorothy Pine (4 episodes, 2017)


Cardinal is a Canadian crime drama television series, currently in production for a scheduled debut on CTV in the 2016-17. An adaptation of Giles Blunt's award-winning mystery novel Forty Words for Sorrow, the series stars Billy Campbell as John Cardinal and Karine Vanasse as Lise Delorme, detectives investigating the murder of a young girl.

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The show is filmed in the future. On episode 5 ("Keith), when Lise is watching surveillance footage of a Motel security camera, the date stamp is of March 17, 2017, when the show aired on Feb 25th, 2017. See more »

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Not for action fans, good for gritty detective drama
8 February 2017 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The show may come across as plodding to people expecting an action series with a Hannibal Lector-like serial killer, but the show is a character-driven drama featuring a cast of flawed people very reminiscent of "Nordic Noir" shows such as "Wallander", but very unapologetic Canadian very with very good sense of place. Algonquin Bay on the show, and in the original novels, is quite clearly North Bay, Ontario in all but name (many of the same street names, located between the same lakes, and geographically in the same location), and the show, as with the novels, touches on the mix of English, French, and First Nations groups that form the culture of the area. And anyone who has lived in communities in northern Canada can sympathize with water lines freezing.

Billy Campbell does good work playing the troubled, but very good detective Cardinal, while Karinne Vanasse plays his partner Lise Delorme --also from the novels, lest people think they were casting a French-Canadian actress simply as a token--as equally competent, if not as experienced. The dynamic between is certainly not a copy of the Holmes-Watson relationship that people might be tempted to assume it is, and the pair do a very good job of portraying a detective paired up with a partner who is just as good as he is.

Overall, a very engrossing series again, as long as you aren't expecting shootouts or a serial killer leaving taunting clues.

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