houdini and doyle
Solving supernatural crime with history’s secret team-up…
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.