• Cardinal Series


    Key Information

    S1: 6 x 60', S2: 6 x 60', S3: 6 x 60'
    Year of production
    Country of origin
    Produced by
    eOne, Sienna Films
    New & Returning

    Language versions





    Set in the town of Algonquin Bay in Northern Canada, Cardinal is a serialised drama based on the critically acclaimed novels by Giles Blunt. Cardinal follows detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell, The Killing) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse, Revenge) as they investigate major crimes and unearth the darker side of their picturesque community. The series is executive produced by Sienna Films’ Jennifer Kawaja and Julia Sereny (Ransom).

    In the first season of Cardinal, detectives Cardinal and Delorme investigate the mysterious death of a young girl found frozen in ice. But as the case grows in scope and horror, a dark secret from Cardinal’s past threatens to derail the investigation.

    The #1 hit series returns for Seasons 2 and 3, each taking place in a different season of the year, highlighting the beautiful landscape of Algonquin Bay and the people and crimes that happen within it.

    Season 2 begins amid the lush and green summer, but longer days and warmer temperatures also bring black flies. The calm of the Algonquin Bay summer is shattered when a living gunshot victim is discovered with a bullet lodged in her brain. Even after emergency surgery, the victim cannot recall who she is, much less who tried to kill her. Cardinal and Delorme uncover a possible suspect, but when he also turns up dead, they realize they may be seeking something – and someone – far more twisted and dangerous than they imagined.

    Season 3 picks up in autumn, but the glorious fall colours of Algonquin Bay can’t hide a gruesome double murder for long. As Cardinal and Delorme’s detective work brings them precariously close to a doomsday cult with nothing to lose, Cardinal launches his own investigation into a case far more personal and dangerous.

    Additional Information

    • #1 highest-rated Canadian drama for 2016/17 (L+7, CTV)

    • #1 in its time slot for All Viewers and All Key Demographics

    • BBC Four’s #1 rated show for over a year (Saturday, UK)

    • More than doubled BBC Four’s slot average among A25-54

    • Included in the top 5 most watched shows on UK’s #1 VOD service BBC iPlayer

    • "Must-see" - Toronto Sun

    • "Unmissable TV" - Radio Times

    • ★ ★ ★ ★ - Mail on Sunday

    • "Gripping, superbly made crime drama" - The Globe and Mail

    • "Smart, atmospheric" - The Observer

    • Won Best Writing for a TV Drama at the 22nd Annual Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards (Aubrey Nealon, Cardinal, Season 1, "John Cardinal")


    Season Breakdown:
    • S1: 6 x 60 min (2017)
    • S2: 6 x 60 min (2018) - New
    • S3: 6 x 60 min (TBD) - Coming Soon

    Cast & Crew

    Daniel Grou
    Key talent(s)
    Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse
    Executive Producer(s)
    Aubrey Nealon, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia Sereny
    Aubrey Nealon