One is an accomplished escape artist, the other created Sherlock Holmes: together they solve crime! (I’ve always wanted to use that line!)
Houdini & Doyle will star Michael Weston (House, Burn Notice) and Stephen Mangan (Episodes, I’m Alan Partridge) as the eponymous Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as they tackle crimes with a supernatural slant.
The series is slated to run on England’s ITV and on FOX in america in 2016. For further details, follow the jump.
SUPERNATURAL ADVENTURE DRAMA “HOUDINI & DOYLE,” STARRING MICHAEL WESTON AND STEPHEN MANGAN, TO DEBUT IN 2016 ON FOX
International Co-Production, From Big Talk (U.K.) and Shaftesbury (Canada), to Premiere on U.K.’s ITV Encore in Spring 2016, followed by Canada’s Global
Series Hails From Executive Producers David Titcher, David Hoselton and “House” Creator and Executive Producer David Shore; Stephen Hopkins Joins as Series Director
Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have been cast in the lead roles of HOUDINI & DOYLE, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut in Spring 2016 on ITV Encore and in 2016 on FOX. Inspired by true events, HOUDINI & DOYLE will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century – Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.
Also joining the cast is breakout Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard (“Man Seeking Woman”) as “Constable Adelaide Stratton,” whose character is the first female constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.
The 10-episode drama was commissioned straight to series for ITV Encore in the U.K., and by Global in Canada, and licensed in the U.S. on FOX. Acclaimed director Stephen Hopkins (“24,” “Californication”) will direct the series.
“I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect,” said executive producer David Shore. “In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humor and mystique of these men who, even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life.”
American television and film actor Michael Weston is best known for his roles on “House” and “Six Feet Under.” He has also appeared on “Elementary,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “The Office” and “Burn Notice,” among others. His feature film credits include “Garden State,” “Wish I Was Here,” “The Dukes of Hazzard” and “Coyote Ugly.”
Stephen Mangan is an English actor, best known for his starring television roles in “Episodes,” “Green Wing” and “I’m Alan Partridge.” He is an acclaimed stage actor, having been nominated for a Tony Award for his portrayal of “Norman” in Broadway’s “The Norman Conquests.” He also starred as “Bertie Wooster” in “Jeeves and Wooster in Perfect Nonsense,” which won the 2014 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Mangan made his feature film debut in the hit movie “Billy Elliot,” and appeared most recently on the big screen in director Ron Howard’s “Rush.”
HOUDINI & DOYLE is a U.K./Canada Treaty co-production from Big Talk Productions (U.K.) and Shaftesbury (Canada), in association with Shore Z Productions. The series is executive-produced by David Shore, creator and executive producer of the network’s long-running and award-winning medical drama, “House”; and written and created by his longtime collaborator, David Hoselton, and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher (“The Librarians”). Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Luke Alkin for Big Talk Productions; and Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury also serve as executive producers. The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.