Ottawa Citizen

Da Vinci back for movie and actor wants character to stay


Dominic Da Vinci, the fictional mayor of Vancouver in Da Vinci’s City Hall and one-time crusading coroner of Da Vinci’s Inquest, may be world-weary but there’s nothing old about the man himself, says the actor who has given Da Vinci life since Da Vinci’s Inquest first aired on CBC in 1998.

“I never get tired of him,” Nicholas Campbell said from his home in Toronto.

Da Vinci will return today in a one-off made-for-TV movie, The Quality of Life, which airs at 9 p.m. on CBC, in which the hardpresse­d, world-weary mayor tries to unravel the mystery behind a domestic servant’s murder following a high-society sex party.

It’s a typically complex, tightly woven Da Vinci plot, as crafted by longtime Da Vinci collaborat­ors Chris Haddock and Alan DiFiore. The Quality of Life was directed by Ginger Snaps filmmaker John Fawcett, with a supporting cast that includes Michael Murphy as an all-powerful media magnate, Mary Walsh as his scheming socialite wife and Hugh Dillon as his consiglier­e and profession­al fixer.

Campbell hopes The Quality of Life will lead to more Da Vinci TV movies, but he’s realistic about its prospects. In 2006, CBC cancelled Da Vinci’s City Hall after just one season. Da Vinci’s Inquest lasted for seven seasons before that.

It is harder now to earn living as a working actor in Canada, Campbell believes, than when he moved back to Toronto in the late 1970s, after studying in the U.K.

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