Stephen Mangan (Episodes) plays Sir Arthur Conan Doyle alongside Michael Weston (Six Feet Under, House) as Harry Houdini, two of the most fascinating and iconic characters of the early 20th century: real-life friends, real-life adversaries, real-life crime solvers.
The new 10-part drama, Houdini & Doyle, which will premiere in the UK in 2016 exclusively on ITV Encore and is Executive Produced by House creator David Shore, and written and created by his long-time collaborator David Hoselton, and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher.
Houdini & Doyle will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police, mired in the ways of the 19th century, were overwhelmed with bizarre and often inexplicable cases so they turned to outsiders including, believe it or not, Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.
A weekend in the Suffolk countryside is the last encounter between two couples with a long shared history.
It should be an idyllic four days, over the last baking hot Bank Holiday weekend of the summer, but the competitive edge to the men's relationship is soon in evidence and by Friday afternoon they have resurrected an old bet, the stakes of which become higher and higher.
Brenda Blethyn reprises her role as the brilliantly perceptive DCI Vera Stanhope alongside actor Kenny Doughty (Stella, The Ayran Couple ) who plays DS Aiden Healy, replacingDS Joe Ashworth (David Leon) and it's not long before he is on the receiving end of DCI Stanhope’s caustic wit.