Da Vinci's Inquest (TV Series 1998–2006)


Da Vinci's Inquest (TV Series 1998–2006)

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 ...
IMDb   8.0 /10
TheMovieDb    5.5 /10
FilmAffinity   4.5 /10
Creator Chris Haddock
Release Date1998-10-07
GenreCrime, Mystery, Drama
Content Rating
Awards40 wins & 67 nominations.
CompanyCanadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Da Vinci Productions, Haddock Entertainment
Dominic Da Vinci 91 episodes, 1998-2005
Det. Leo Shannon 91 episodes, 1998-2005
Det. Angela Kosmo 91 episodes, 1998-2005
Det. Mick Leary 91 episodes, 1998-2005
Helen 84 episodes, 1998-2005
Chick Savoy 80 episodes, 1998-2005
Sgt. Sheila Kurtz / ... 75 episodes, 1998-2005
Chief Coroner Bob Kelly / ... 71 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

Da Vinci's Inquest

Da Vinci's Inquest is a Canadian dramatic television series which originally aired on CBC Television from 1998 to 2005. While never a ratings blockbuster, the critically acclaimed show did attract a loyal following, and ultimately seven seasons of thirteen episodes each were filmed for a total of ninety-one episodes.

The show, set and filmed in Vancouver, starred Nicholas Campbell as Dominic Da Vinci, once an undercover officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, but now a crusading coroner who seeks justice in the cases he investigates.

The cast also included Gwynyth Walsh as Da Vinci's ex-wife and chief pathologist Patricia Da Vinci, Donnelly Rhodes as detective Leo Shannon, and Ian Tracey as detective Mick Leary.


Dominic Da Vinci, once an undercover officer for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is now a crusading coroner who seeks justice in the cases he investigates.


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1137 October 19983 February 1999
2136 October 199919 January 2000
3134 October 20006 February 2001
41330 September 200121 January 2002
51327 October 200223 February 2003
61323 November 20034 April 2004
71312 October 200423 January 2005



  • Nicholas Campbell as Coroner (Mayor in season 8) Dominic Da Vinci
  • Suleka Mathew as Dr. Sunita "Sunny" Ramen (credited as "Sue Mathew" in the first season) (seasons 1–5 & beginning of season 6)
  • Donnelly Rhodes as Detective Leo Shannon (seasons 1–7)
  • Venus Terzo as Detective Angela Kosmo
  • Ian Tracey as Detective (Coroner in season 8) Mick Leary
  • Gwynyth Walsh as Dr. Patricia Da Vinci (seasons 1–4)
  • Robert Wisden as Chief Coroner James Flynn (seasons 1–2 & beginning of 3)
  • Sarah-Jane Redmond as Sergeant Sheila Kurtz (seasons 3–7, recurring in seasons 2 and 8)
  • Gerard Plunkett as Chief Coroner Bob Kelly (seasons 3–7; recurring in seasons 1–2 and 8)
  • Kimberly Hawthorne as Detective Rose Williams (credited as "Kim Hawthorne") (seasons 4–7)
  • Alex Diakun as Forensics Detective Chick Savoy (seasons 5–8, recurring in 1–4)
  • Sarah Strange as Helen (seasons 5–7, recurring in 1–4)
  • Simone Bailly as Constable Jan Ferris (season 8)
  • Brian Markinson as Police Chief Bill Jacobs (season 8; recurring in seasons 6–7)
  • Mylène Dinh-Robic as Rita Mah (season 8)
  • Benjamin Ratner as Sam Berger (season 8)


  • Emily Perkins as Sue Lewis (seasons 1–7)
  • Stephen E. Miller as Accident Investigation Sgt. Zack McNab (recurring in seasons 1–7)
  • Robert Clothier as Joe Da Vinci (season 1)
  • Joy Coghill as Portia Da Vinci (seasons 1–5)
  • Duncan Fraser as Staff Sgt. Regan (season 1 and beginning of 2)
  • Max Martini as Danny Leary (seasons 1–4)
  • Jewel Staite as Gabriella Da Vinci (seasons 1, 3–4)
  • Peter Williams as Morris Winston (seasons 1–5)
  • Warren Takeuchi as Wayne (seasons 1–5)
  • Crystal Lowe as Sylvia (seasons 1–3)
  • Lee Jay Bamberry as Det. Roy LaBoucane (seasons 2–5)
  • Callum Keith Rennie as Detective Bob Marlowe (seasons 2–4)
  • Nathaniel De Veaux as Morris Steadman (seasons 2–5)
  • Fred Keating as Councillor Jack Pierce (seasons 2–8)
  • Terry Chen as William Chen (seasons 3–4, 6–7)
  • Dean Marshall as Constable Carter (seasons 4–7)
  • Keegan Connor Tracy as Jackie (seasons 4, 7)
  • Hrothgar Mathews as Constable (later Sgt.) Charlie Klotchko (seasons 5–7, regular in 8)
  • Colin Cunningham as Detective Brian Curtis (seasons 5–8)
  • Camille Sullivan as Detective Suki Taylor (seasons 5–7)
  • Shaun Johnston as Fire Marshal Sid Fleming (seasons 5, 8)
  • Alisen Down as Dr Maria Donato (seasons 6–8)
  • Bill Dow as Mayor Russ Hathaway (seasons 6–7)
  • Rob LaBelle as Phil Rosen (seasons 6–8)
  • Patrick Gallagher as Internal Affairs Detective Joe Finn (season 7, regular in 8)
  • Chris Britton as Richard Norton (seasons 7–8)
  • Hiro Kanagawa as Fire Captain Roy Komori (season 8)
  • Charles Martin Smith as Joe Friedland (season 8)
  • Gina Holden as Claire (season 8)
  • Rebecca Reichert as Marcie (season 8)
  • Eugene Lipinski as Lloyd Manning (season 8)
  • Rekha Sharma as Constable Cindy Winters (season 8)


Da Vinci's Inquest was loosely based on the real life experiences of Larry Campbell, the former chief coroner of Vancouver, British Columbia, who was elected mayor of that city in 2002. The part of Da Vinci, however, was written specifically for actor Nicholas Campbell. Elements of the series storylines were also taken from sociopolitical issues faced by Vancouver itself, such as the plight of the homeless, the controversy over a designated injection site for drug users, the idea of establishing a red light district, and the disappearance of homeless women and sex workers-similar to the case of Robert Pickton.


Da Vinci's Inquest is notable for its unconventional story formats. Unlike most crime dramas, many cases on Da Vinci's Inquest aren't fully explained, and some aren't even solved; often the episodes end with the resolution implied or withheld entirely. Many of the show's fans hail this characteristic as one of its finest qualities. Also unusual is its handling of story arcs. Some arcs span the length of one or more seasons, but aren't touched on at all for several episodes at a time, similar to the Mythology / Monster of the Week format of The X-Files (which was also a Vancouver production, though not at the same time as Da Vinci's Inquest); several main and many guest actors appeared on both shows. An exception to this is Season 7, which features at least three main plots that are addressed in every episode. Two episodes, Season 3's "It's Backwards Day" and Season 4's "Pretend You Didn't See Me," are notable for their extended opening takes, which follow Da Vinci as he walks around a location and speaks with multiple characters in one continuous, ten-minute shot; the former episode is also noted for playing out largely in real time.

Major story arcs include: Da Vinci's attempts to balance his work life with his ex-wife and daughter, as well as his battles with alcoholism; Leo Shannon struggling to care for his mentally ill wife and facing pressure to retire from the force; the relocation of an old mental hospital's cemetery and the intrigue that follows; Sunny overseeing an archaeological dig at a construction site; Angela Kosmo's battle with a corrupt Vice cop and the teenage prostitute who tries to manipulate both of them; and Da Vinci's quest to establish a red light district and safe injection site to protect the sex workers and drug addicts of Vancouver, which leads him to run first for police chief and then mayor. The sex trade is a recurring theme throughout the entire series, and early season premieres and finales center around high numbers of homicides where prostitutes are the victims, which often turn out to be the work of a serial killer. Relationships between characters (such as Da Vinci's many romantic flings and that between Mick Leary and Sunny Ramen) are left in the background of or take place between episodes.

In Internet fandom, the plot line following Mick Leary's downward spiral into depression after an unstable female constable infatuated with him commits suicide is often considered one of the most powerful and best-written arcs in the entire series by many fans.

Availability outside Canada

United States

The original run of Da Vinci's Inquest was always available in certain U.S. markets (e.g., Seattle) where the CBC could be viewed either over the air or on cable. It made its formal U.S. debut, however, the week of September 17, 2005, when it was already in syndication after the original run. The show has continued to air in syndication, along with multiple networks (including Retro TV, Cloo, WGN America, and Court TV Mystery) due to its low-cost syndication arrangement. The series is distributed in the United States by PPI Releasing, a large distributor of Canadian programming to the American market.

Other countries

In Australia, the series aired late Monday nights on the Nine Network, and its affiliates WIN (although on a different night) and NBN, and later on 13th Street. It has also been aired in late night slots on RTÉ One in Ireland. In Iceland, Skjár einn has aired the show in various slots, including Saturday evening.

Home media


Acorn Media UK has released the first three seasons on DVD in Region 1 (US only).

In Canada, Alliance Atlantis released the first season on DVD on 14 October 2003. Season 2 was released on 3 February 2009 by Alliance Films, more than five years after the release of the first season.

DVD NameEp#Region 1 (US)Region 1 (CAN)
Season 113February 27, 2007October 14, 2003
Season 213November 13, 2007February 3, 2009
Season 313June 10, 2008N/A


Season One is available on Amazon Prime. As of 2017 season one has been released online for free on Canada Media Fund's Encore+ YouTube Channel.

Awards and nominations

Nicholas Campbell received the Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Continuing Leading Dramatic Role for his work on the series and has guest-starred in American shows such as Monk and T.J. Hooker. Donnelly Rhodes also received a Gemini Award for Best Actor in 2002 and the Earle Grey Award in 2006. The series was critically acclaimed as the best television series in Canada after winning the Gemini Award for Best Dramatic Series for five of its first six seasons. When Da Vinci's Inquest completed its seventh and final season, it was continued in 2005 as Da Vinci's City Hall. In 2002, actress Keegan Connor Tracy won a Leo Award for her guest appearance in Season 4's "Pretend You Didn't See Me" and was brought back for a second appearance in 2005.

Da Vinci's City Hall and TV movies

In Canada, a spin-off series, Da Vinci's City Hall, premiered on 25 October 2005.

In the U.S., Da Vinci's City Hall airs as part of the Da Vinci's Inquest rerun package, regarded as the eighth season of the series (even using the titles from the last three seasons of Inquest instead of the titles for City Hall). City Hall debuted in the U.S. on Superstation WGN on April 27, 2007, and released into national syndication to local stations, also as part of Da Vinci's Inquest, on November 4, 2007.

A TV movie following up on the two series, The Quality of Life, aired on CBC on 14 June 2008.