Holmes Team Kicks off Fourth Season
Show's Star Grow Along With Local Film Biz

Winnipeg Sun



Actress Meredith Henderson is growing up along with the local film industry her TV series The Adventures of Shirley Holmes has helped to vitalize over the past three years.

Henderson, 15, was self-assured and expansive on the first day of shooting for the series' fourth season yesterday -- but maybe that's because she's right at home on the Holmes set.

"It feels like I never left. Usually you have the first-day jitters. I don't," Henderson says, adding she's looking forward to some intense storylines, including a romantic two-episode interlude with actor Bill Switzer, who was her first "lean-in" when he guested on The Case Of The Galloping Ghost last season.

Since moving to Vancouver from Ottawa last fall, Henderson says she's had guest roles on a few TV series, but while she's free to move on after this year, she'd like to do a fifth season of Shirley Holmes, which is now seen in Australia, Germany, Britain, the U.S. and dozens of other countries.

Executive producer Kim Todd says the decision to carry on depends on several factors, the major one being whether main buyer YTV, which airs the series three times weekly in Canada, orders a new set of 13 episodes.

Todd says there are an infinite number of stories to tell, but the Credo Entertainment series has already accomplished several goals Credo set for it, particularly as a training ground for local film crews.

Because the series is like making a small movie every week, Todd says trainees get valuable experience and the local industry gets top-notch crews.

City of Winnipeg film and cultural liaison Kenny Boyce says the industry is in a self-perpetuating growth cycle, with local crews gaining more experience every year and earning a reputation for quality -- which leads to even more work.