From a media release:
– British/Canadian Co-Production from Big Talk Productions (U.K.) and Shaftesbury (Canada) to Premiere on Global in Canada, ITV Encore in the UK and Fox in the US in 2016 –
Michael Weston (Six Feet Under,Â House) and Stephen Mangan (Episodes) have been cast in the lead roles ofÂ Houdini & Doyle, a mystery adventure drama series scheduled to debut onÂ GlobalÂ in 2016. Inspired by true events, the series will draw heavily on the rich history of the period. Two great men of the 20th Century â€“ Harry Houdini (Weston), master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker; and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), prolific writer, creator of â€œSherlock Holmesâ€ and paranormal aficionado â€“ grudgingly join forces to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant in collaboration with New Scotland Yard.
The 10-episode drama was ordered straight to series for ITV Encore in the UK and Global in Canada and licensed in the US on FOX. Award-winning director, Stephen Hopkins (24,Â Californication), will be directing the series.
Also joining the cast is breakout Canadian actress Rebecca Liddiard (Between, MsLabelled) as Constable Adelaide Stratton, whose characterÂ is the first femaleÂ constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.
American television and film actor Michael Weston will play the role of Harry Houdini. Weston is best known for his roles onÂ HouseÂ andÂ Six Feet Under. He has also appeared onÂ Elementary,Â Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,Â The OfficeÂ andÂ Burn NoticeÂ among others.Â Â His feature film credits includeÂ Garden State,Â Wish I Was Here,Â The Dukes of HazardÂ andÂ Coyote Ugly.
Stephen Mangan is an English actor, best known for his television roles onÂ Episodes,Â Green WingÂ andÂ I’m Alan Partridge. He is an acclaimed stage actor, having been Tony-nominated for his portrayal of Norman inÂ The Norman ConquestsÂ on Broadway. Mangan made his feature film debut in the hit movieÂ Billy Elliot, appearing most recently on the big screen in Ron Howardâ€™sÂ Rush.
Produced in association with Shaw Media,Â Houdini & DoyleÂ is a UK/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, David Titcher (The Librarians) and David Hoselton along with Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice, Luke Alkin for Big Talk and Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy, and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury. The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television.