Sabbatical (TV series)

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Genre Suspense drama
Created by Peter Mitchell
Written by Peter Mitchell
Directed by Ken Girotti
Starring (see below)
Composer James Jandrisch
Country of origin Canada
Original language English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 1
Executive producers Barbara Bowlby
John Brunton
Peter Mitchell
Producer Rhonda Baker (line)
Production locations Wolseley, Saskatchewan
Cinematography Michael Storey
Editor Teresa Hannigan
Running time 60 minutes
Original network CTV
Original release 23 November 2007 (2007-11-23)

Sabbatical is a 2007 Canadian television film that was filmed in August 2007 as a pilot, and aired on CTV on 23 November 2007.


The film follows Patrick Marlowe (who is on sabbatical), his paleontologist wife Dr. Julie Marlowe, and their children, as they leave the big city for Julie's dinosaur dig in Saskatchewan's Avonlea Badlands (located south of Regina).

To be close to the dig the family moves to the fictional small town of Beacon Vista. On their way to Beacon Vista, their mildly autistic son Danny is almost kidnapped by a trucker, who had previously helped them change a tire while flirting with the daughter Gwyneth.

The family quickly finds some oddities about their new home. Cell phones don't work, and the local minister preaches the end is near.

The family wakes up after their first night in the new home to discover that a triple murder, a mother and two children whose husband/father is working on an oil rig, occurred next door while they slept.

Later, while both playing a video game and sleeping, Danny has some sort of psychic vision related to the murders.

Patrick also has a back-story involving a scam he pulled with Jack Driscoll (a now dead former coworker) and some related missing money.

The last revelations of the film are that the murders, and possibly some local teens, are connected to devil worship. While Sabbatical and Sabbath are related in their connection to time off and generally have positive connotations, the root sabbat is also used for Wiccan holidays, and has a history of negative connotations in fictional works (music, and games).



  • casting – Corinne Clark & Jennifer Page
  • costume designer – Jill Aslin
  • production designer – Sara McCudden
  • editor – Teresa Hannigan
  • composer – James Jandrisch
  • director of photography – Michael Storey, CSC
  • line producer – Rhonda Baker
  • co-producer – Stephen Onda
  • supervising producer – Shannon Farr
  • executive producer – Barbara Bowlby
  • executive producer – John Brunton
  • creator & writer – Peter Mitchell
  • director – Ken Girotti



  • SaskBusiness (September 2007). "Avonlea Badlands setting for series pilot".
  • DMc (November 23, 2007). "The Pilot Witness Protection Program: Sabbatical". Dead Things ON Sticks.

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