The first trailer has been released for Houdini and Doyle, ITV’s new drama series from House creator David Shore.
The 10-part series stars Stephen Mangan (Episodes) as Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, alongside Michael Weston (Six Feet Under) as Harry Houdini.
A UK/Canada co-production, Houdini and Doyle is set at the turn of the 20th century and will air in the UK exclusively on ITV Encore.
The official synopsis for Houdini and Doyle reads: “Harry Houdini: master magician, escape artist, born penniless and now the highest paid performer in the world and he wants everyone to know it. He refuses to believe in the paranormal. As a professional magician and master of illusion he knows there’s nothing supernatural about magic. To him, everything unexplained is a trick, a gimmick, or a fraud.
“Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of the greatest detective of all time – Sherlock Holmes – but is also a passionate believer in the paranormal. Because, having lost someone very close to him, he desperately wants to find a way of communicating with them.
“What can we believe? What should we believe? Is cynicism to be admired or is it what makes us human? Is reason the antithesis of hope?”
The cast also includes Tim McInnerny (Spooks) as Inspector Horace Merring, Adam Nagaitis as Sergeant George Gudgett and Rebecca Liddiard as Constable Adelaide Stratton, the first female PC ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force
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