Minis­eries: Arthur & Ge­orge

Isis Town and Country - - Television -

Fri­day, ABC, 8.30pm

In the­ory, it should have jumped off the screen. Martin Clunes (left) plays Sher­lock Holmes’ au­thor Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle in this three-part minis­eries based on the best-selling book by Ju­lian Barnes. Clunes is on point, prov­ing what a ver­sa­tile ac­tor he is. The cos­tumes and sets are im­pres­sive and the sup­port cast is great, but the pace is slow, mak­ing it hard to find a rea­son to care about Doyle’s ef­forts to solve a puz­zling case. In tonight’s pre­miere we meet Doyle, who is griev­ing the loss of his wife, as he agrees to help Ge­orge Edalji (Ar­sher Ali), a man who has spent three years be­hind bars for a crime he is adamant he did not com­mit.

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