Meet HOUDINI AND DOYLE, the Super Sleuths Inspired By a Real Life Friendship
Houdini and Doyle are FOX’s latest paranormal recruits, and yes, you read that correctly — that’s magician and escape artist extraordinaire Harry Houdini and the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
The new adventure drama plays fast and loose with the real life relationship between both famous men, turning a brief friendship into an ongoing partnership that sees the duo investigating the strange, the unexplained and the paranormal on the weekly, come May 2nd.
This bickering couple will be grudgingly accompanied in their investigations by Adelaide Stratton, the first female Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force.
Despite sounding a little bit Sherlock, a little bit Penny Dreadful, and perhaps even a little bit Sleepy Hollow, this light-hearted slice of Victorian gothica is definitely its own thing: charming, intriguing, supremely well acted, and well worth your time.
The series stars Stephen Mangan (of Episodes fame) as the spiritually-inclined Doyle, who is almost as desperate to escape his own celebrity as he is the ghost of the famous character he had the audacity to kill off.
His foil is Harry Houdini (the excellent Michael Weston, House, Six Feet Under) a paranormal debunker who seems to believe in nothing but mankind’s capacity to swindle, hoodwink and generally con each other. Houdini would be all too happy to play up his celebrity status — if only someone would recognize him!
Sidebar: Weston can’t quite seem to escape the ghost of Sherlock Holmes either, having twice played the role of an acquaintance of the famous literary character. In the first he was a private detective hired by House in the series House M.D., and more recently a junkie friend of Jonny Lee Miller’s Holmes in Elementary.
Planted firmly between these two huge egos is Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard of Man Seeking Woman fame), who is assigned the dubious duty of “nanny” to these celebrity paranormal investigators.
Stratton’s assignment may be due to the Chief Inspector’s near-sighted inability to imagine where the talents of the first female Constable of the London Metropolitan Police Force would best be served, but it isn’t long before she shows everyone just what she’s capable of.
The series is executive-produced by David Shore, creator and executive producer of the long-running medical drama House, and written and created by his longtime collaborator, David Hoselton, and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher (The Librarians).
The series kicks off on Monday May 2 at 9/8c on FOX.
Meet the Trio: