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Houdini and Doyle 

At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Weston ...  Harry Houdini 10 episodes, 2016
Stephen Mangan ...  Arthur Conan Doyle 10 episodes, 2016
Rebecca Liddiard ...  Adelaide Stratton / ... 10 episodes, 2016
Emily Carey ...  Mary Conan Doyle 6 episodes, 2016
Noah Jupe ...  Kingsley Conan Doyle 5 episodes, 2016
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At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police were overwhelmed with bizarre cases so they turned to outsiders including Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes.

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A world-famous magician. A legendary detective writer. Catching killers is elementary to them.


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Canada | UK

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English

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13 March 2016 (UK) See more »

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Houdini and Doyle See more »

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The police officer is called Adelaide Stratton and Conan Doyles sister is Jane Adelaide Rose Foley, (née Doyle). See more »

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In all the episodes,the collar number worn by the Woman Police Officer is different on both sides. The collars were designed so that the public could identify the officer because they did not display names. Looking at the collar numbers if you see her from her left, it reads "012" and from the right "120" See more »

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Entertaining and Intentional Anachronistic Fun

This reminds me of Ioan Gruffudd's Forever (2014-15), an edgy, yet cozy, murder mystery story that has likable performers, and is filled with anachronisms and good taste in clothing. (Except Conan Doyle's suits, which get louder as the series goes on, a possible sign of growing confidence in the characterization of the character.)

The hook is that Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have partnered to solve murders that have some connection to the supernatural and/or spiritual. It's set in the wrong time period for Houdini and Doyle to have been associated. A choice was made to make it Edwardian rather than in the more accurate 1920s. They use modern language and the modern music is intentionally unsettling. The series relies heavily on the old theater maxim of "a willing suspension of disbelief."

And it's highly entertaining. The actors are personable and talented. It's definitely an ensemble cast that works well together. The sets and costumes are well done (suitable for the time period),and highly detailed.

The story line doesn't explore any real substantial questions of politics, culture, war, or social values...yet. It's enjoyable, mindless entertainment, excellently done, with great potential for more robust story lines. Although the episodes might not have been filmed in the release-date order, the staging, story, and characters appeared to mature as the first season progressed.

But there is one travesty: They do a disservice to a good actor, and to women everywhere, by not giving their excellent female star better billing.


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