Martin Clunes is taking on the role of Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a new ITV drama.
Clunes will star in a three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel Arthur & George which is loosely based on the true story of the Great Wyrley outrages of 1903.
A large part of the plot focuses on Conan Doyles’ real-life attempts to clear George Edalji, a half-Indian solicitor who was imprisoned for a series of attacks on livestock in the Staffordshire community of Great Wyrley.
The drama will start filming this autumn for a likely broadcast either at the end of the year or early next year.
The news was announced by ITV director of programmes Peter Fincham at a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch today.
He also revealed that Shameless star David Threlfall, last seen playing Tommy Cooper in the ITV biopic of the late comedian, will star as DCS David Baker in Code of a Killer, the true story of the first big case cracked in the mid-1980s through the science of DNA profiling.
The drama has been written by Kidnap & Ransom screenwriter Michael Crompton.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.