Houdini & Doyle


Region: N/A

Year of Production: 2016

London, turn of the last century. For the first time in human history, everything is changing and there’s a growing belief that science can explain it all, including the mysteries of death itself. Enter two of the great characters of the last 100-odd years – Harry Houdini, master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker – and Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the greatest detective of all time, a man who brought to life the ultimate rationalist and a man who believes in faeries. They grudgingly join forces to investigate crime; specifically crimes that appear to have, and may indeed have, a supernatural slant. At its core, it’s a character study masquerading as a procedural -- involving vampires or ghosts or time travel or telepathy -- and each week there will be a mystery solved. Or almost solved, for there’ll always be a nagging doubt about what really happened. Which gives us a chance to explore real fundamental human issues. What do we believe – and more importantly -- why? Is cynicism to be admired or is it the death of what makes us human? Is reason the antithesis of hope? But don’t worry, it’s also fun, funny and scary.   

PRODUCTION COMPANY: Shaftesbury Films Inc.

Coproduction Partner(s): Big Talk Productions (UK)

Cast/Participants: Stephen Mangan, Michael Weston, Rebecca Liddiard

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