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Da Vinci's Inquest (1998–2006)

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A Vancouver cop turned coroner searches for truth and justice with the help of his friends.


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Series cast summary:
 Dominic Da Vinci (91 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Det. Leo Shannon (91 episodes, 1998-2005)
Venus Terzo ...
 Det. Angela Kosmo (91 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Det. Mick Leary (91 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Helen (84 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Chick Savoy (81 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Sgt. Sheila Kurtz / ... (75 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Chief Coroner Bob Kelly / ... (72 episodes, 1998-2005)
 Dr. Sunny Ramen (66 episodes, 1998-2003)
 Dr. Patricia Da Vinci (52 episodes, 1998-2002)
 Det. Rose Williams (44 episodes, 2000-2005)


Vancouver City Coroner Dominic Da Vinci is an ex-police officer who brings his police mentality into his current job. Da Vinci is opinionated which has caused him to make many friends but also many enemies along the way of his professional career path. Although he has the admiration of most that work with him, especially a very loyal secretary, Helen, he also often butts heads with even his most ardent of supporters in the Coroner's Office and the Homicide Department of the Vancouver Police Force. These include his bosses, the homicide detectives and the pathologists, one of whom is his ex-wife Patricia. Da Vinci, the staff at the Coroner's Office and the Homicide Department work together to try and undercover some of the mysteries surrounding the deaths that take place in Vancouver. Da Vinci tries to balance his professional life with his personal life, which includes taking care of his teen-aged daughter with whom he has joint custody with Patricia. More often than not, he is ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

7 October 1998 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Coroner Da Vinci  »

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1.33 : 1
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Before the show premiered in 1998 there was an ongoing mystery concerning the disappearance of dozens of Vancouver area prostitutes which did not stop until the arrest of a Port Coquitlam. B.C. pig farmer - Robert "Willy" Pickton - for multiple murder of some of these prostitutes. The three part opening episode was based on this mystery. See more »


Dominic Da Vinci: Not even if Hell freezes over and they play The Stanley Cup down there.
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31 August 2004 | by (Roatan (Vancouver is Home)) – See all my reviews

I had heard about this series through friends who worked on set, but actually watched my first couple episodes in Honduras (go figure). I actually live and work in the downtown east side of Vancouver, where most of the series takes place. The imagery, and story lines, are quite true to the neighborhood. Most of the TV series coming out of Vancouver, use the backdrop and call it something else, often side stepping a lot of the uniqueness of the city in an effort to mask the location. DVI actually embrace Vancouver's look as well as problems, which makes thing leagues more genuine.

I LOVE the feel of the show, it's built on longterm story, and the evolution of characters over seasons instead of just episodes. The drama isn't overly heated, it's kept in range enough so to get into an almost documentary feel. Which actually has a better impact as it is taken for reality, more than say... Third Watch, or other "shaky-cam cop shows" that can get over the top dramatic, reminding you that these are actors, on a big budget set.

Canadian TV has always been pretty solid on drama and story, as there isn't always a budget big enough to blow up buildings, cars, or anything else for that matter. They are heavily supported by Canadian viewers. I will watch things sometimes just because they are Canadian, and am often quite surprised. And by Canadian, I mean real Canadian, not American companies, heading north in the interest in saving money.

All in all great show, great stories, great characters, in a great city. And Even though most of the focus is on the more seedy of areas of Vancouver, if you've ever lived there, you'll know there a certain charm to that area. Bottom line, take some time, and enjoy your first episode, It will go from there I'm sure.

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