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Houdini & Doyle
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Series 1 - Episode 1
The Maggie's Redress
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If you don’t have ITV’s paid-for Encore channel, then don’t get too attached to Houdini and Doyle – after a simulcast premiere on ITV and Encore, it’s Encore-only for the rest of the series.
Though on the evidence of episode one, I can’t see too many viewers reaching for their credit cards, as this is a very silly bit of pseudo-Victorian Gothic. The desperate-sounding premise is that brilliant escapologist Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, are a crime-busting partnership.
But wait, there’s a paranormal element! Doyle (the estimable Stephen Mangan) believes in the supernatural and fairies, while Houdini (Michael Weston, House) is an arch rationalist and exposer of charlatans. In the first story, the ghost of an ill-used Magdalene Laundry girl is accused of killing a nun.
The pair are assisted by a plucky woman police constable with 21st-century feminist sensibilities. I know, I know.
Historical murder mystery starring Stephen Mangan and Michael Weston in which Arthur Conan Doyle and escape artist Harry Houdini assist the police with baffling cases that appear to have a supernatural element. Their first case finds the duo joined by Scotland Yard's first female constable to investigate the murder of a nun at one of the infamous Magdalene Laundries, where an eyewitness claims a ghost committed the crime.
Cast & Crew
Arthur Conan Doyle
Touie Conan Doyle
Kingsley Conan Doyle
Mary Conan Doyle
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