This is an excellent 3-part miniseries. It's based on a
book by Julian Barnes, which is based on true events. Martin
Clunes stars as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the
Sherlock Holmes stories. Charles Edwards plays his helper
Alfred (part butler, part co-conspirator). After Doyle loses
his wife, he learns of a man named George Edalji (Arsher
Ali), who is trying to clear his name after he went to
prison for three years for some awful things.
Doyle also has a girlfriend; a woman that he befriended
while his wife was dying (which gives him a lot of guilt).
He and Alfred try to help George and his family figure out
the mystery of what happened to him. Racial prejudice
factors into George's case.
This is a very exciting, gripping drama, which great
colorful characters. I wish it were more than three parts!
You don't want to miss it.
MARTIN CLUNES STARS AS THE CREATOR OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IN
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Airing on PBS Sundays, September 6-20
– August XX, 2015 – PBS Distribution announced today
it is releasing “MASTERPIECE:
GEORGE” on DVD and Blu-ray
September 15, 2015.
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars as Sir
Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of
Sherlock Holmes, in a real-life case that inspired the great
author to put down his pen and turn detective. This program
traces a string of notorious animal mutilations alleged to
involve an attorney named George
will be available on DVD and Blu-ray September 15,
2015. The run time of this program is approximately
180 minutes on 1 disc. The DVD SRP is $34.99
and the Blu-ray SRP is $44.99. The program will
also be available for digital download.
is adapted from Julian Barnes’s acclaimed novel of the same
name, which was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the
most prestigious literary award in the English-speaking
Co-starring are Arsher Ali (The Missing) as
George Edalji, a mixed-race
solicitor living in the English Midlands; Art Malik (Upstairs
Downstairs) as his Indian father, an Anglican minister;
and Emma Fielding (Cranford) as his Scottish mother.
Also appearing are Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey) as
Alfred Wood, Sir Arthur’s private
secretary; and Hattie Morahan (Sense and Sensibility)
as Jean Leckie, the woman that Doyle befriended while his
wife was gravely ill.
The three-part drama won plaudits from the press during its
recent UK broadcast, with The Sunday Telegraph
(London) hailing it as “thoroughly enjoyable ... Clunes
proves exceptionally winning as the widowed writer and
sometime crusader for justice, Arthur
Conan Doyle, who finds a new zest for life when he comes
across the curious case of George
The Edalji case saw an improbable defendant, mild-mannered
lawyer George Edalji, convicted for
mutilating a pony and, by implication, a host of other farm
animals in a slashing spree known as the Great Wyrley
Outrages. The anonymous misdeeds also included poison pen
letters and intimidation aimed, oddly enough, at
George’s family. To Doyle, the whole
affair suggested blatant racism, targeting a family viewed
as outsiders by the local people and officials.
opens with the illness and death of Doyle’s wife, Louisa.
Wracked with guilt because he fears that Louisa suspected
his attachment to another woman, Jean Leckie, Sir
Arthur is at a low ebb—until he
receives a letter from the recently paroled
George, who wants the world-renowned author of
Sherlock Holmes to help him clear his name so he can resume
his legal career.
Unfamiliar with the Edalji affair, Doyle arranges to meet
George and uses a Sherlock-style
observation to deduce his innocence. He takes the case but
soon finds that he attracts a great deal of unwelcome
attention. For instance, in calling on the trial judge,
Doyle is greeted with open arms—and a stack of the judge’s
Sherlock Holmes books to autograph. Turning to business, the
justice sternly warns Doyle that by meddling in the case,
“You will taint not only yourself ... but the world’s
favorite consulting detective!”
Sir Arthur is also being tainted by
his increasingly public relationship with Jean, which is
deemed unseemly for such a recent widower.
With Wood acting as his Watson, Doyle uncovers a rush to
judgment against Edalji that provides plenty of suspects and
even a connection to the real criminal mastermind who
inspired Professor Moriarty. Exasperated by the mounting
twists and turns, the harried author exclaims at one point,
“If this were a story, I’d change the beginning, I’d change
the end, or I’d try something else!”
is a Co-Production of Buffalo Pictures and MASTERPIECE for
ITV, produced in association with Fresh Jade Limited. The
Producers are Philippa Braithwaite and Trevor Hopkins. The
Director is Stuart Orme. The Executive Producer for
MASTERPIECE is Rebecca Eaton.
The top-rated primetime show on PBS, MASTERPIECE is
presented on PBS by WGBH Boston. Rebecca Eaton is Executive
Producer. Viking River Cruises is the exclusive corporate
funder of Arthur
& George on MASTERPIECE
on PBS, with additional funding provided by The MASTERPIECE
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September 15, 2015
Time: Approx. 180 Minutes on 1 Disc
DVD $34.99 and Blu-ray $44.99
Format: DVD and Blu-ray
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