Miniseries: Arthur & George
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.