hou­dini and doyle

Solv­ing su­per­nat­u­ral crime with history’s se­cret team-up…

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Sher­lock Holmes cre­ator Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle and es­capol­o­gist Harry Hou­dini did meet in real life. They had a shared in­ter­est in spir­i­tu­al­ism: Doyle wanted to be­lieve com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the dead was pos­si­ble; Hou­dini wanted to de­bunk it. They did not, how­ever, be­come the Mul­der and Scully of their day, in­ves­ti­gat­ing crimes with a spooky el­e­ment. Which is a shame­ful omis­sion from history that new ITV Encore se­ries Hou­dini And Doyle will put right.

From the cre­ator of House, David Shore, the se­ries stars Stephen Man­gan (Dirk Gen­tly) as Doyle and Michael Weston (House) as Hou­dini, and could prove to be the per­fect an­ti­dote to buddy cop shows.

“A ghost is ac­cused of killing nuns in a con­vent,” says Man­gan. “So Doyle goes to the po­lice – be­cause this is right up his street – to see if he can be part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

“I want to make sure that he’s not go­ing to prop­a­gate lies and take ad­van­tage of peo­ple naive enough to be­lieve in this stuff,” says Weston of Hou­dini. “We con­found each other and an­noy each other, yet we also really need each other to feel like we’ve proved our ar­gu­ment.”

Man­gan smiles. “Plus you’re a con­fi­dent and brash Amer­i­can and I’m an emo­tion­ally con­sti­pated Brit…” Dave Golder

Like Jekyll and Hyde, but they’re both quite nice.

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