ITV Commissions New Drama Houdini & Doyle for ITV Encore
Adding to the growing list of exciting original content from UK broadcaster ITV, it has been confirmed today that a new 10-part drama, Houdini & Doyle, has been commissioned to premiere in 2016, exclusively to ITV Encore.
Starring Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) and Michael Weston (Six Feet Under, House), the bold and thrilling new crime drama is to be Executive Produced by David Shore, who created House. Meanwhile, the show has been written and created by Shore’s long-time collaborator, David Hoselton, and leading Canadian screenwriter David Titcher.
Mangan is set to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, while Weston will be Harry Houdini, making for an epic combination of two early 20th century icons. ITV describes the duo as “real-life friends, real-life adversaries, real-life crime solvers”. Houdini & Doyle also promises to draw heavily on the rich history of the period.
ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November said of the upcoming show: “We are delighted to be commissioning Houdini & Doyle, a series inspired by two of the greatest characters in the 20th century. We are looking forward to working with such a brilliant team to bring this unlikely, real-life friendship to our ITV Encore audience.”
Big Talk Productions CEO Kenton Allen added: “Our spectacularly talented writers, who are all conveniently called David, have conjured up brilliant scripts based on this remarkable real-life relationship that have attracted an incredible cast and creative team. I can’t wait for audiences around the world to enjoy the rollercoaster ride we’re about to take them on.’
David Shore, Executive Producer said: “I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini & 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. In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humour and mystique of these men, who even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life.”