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"Houdini & Doyle" review by Suzanne 5/11/16
Mondays, 9/8c on FOX

I really enjoy this fun show. It's what they used to call "high concept." In real life, escape artist Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries, and a doctor) were friends, for a while. They both had an interested in the supernatural. Eventually, Houdini became a skeptic, no longer believe in anything that couldn't be proven by science. Their friendship died.

In this show, Houdini (Michael Weston) is already a skeptic, and Doyle (Stephen Mangan) is trying to find out if there is life after death. They're new friends, and searching for answers as well as solving murders. Doyle's wife is in a coma and dying (as she did in real life), so he's desperate to find answers. It's personal for Houdini as well because he feels that his magic tricks and escape artist tricks are creating more fake magicians who are claiming to have supernatural powers (and conning people).  They have another thing in common: the police hate both of them: Doyle for disparaging them in his stories, and Houdini for making fun of them as he keeps getting out of handcuffs and other traps they set.

Aiding their efforts is a young female constabile, Scotland Yard's first female detective, Adelaide (Rebecca Liddiard). There was such a person in real life, too, but it's doubtful that she ever aided Houdini and Doyle (if she even met them).  Here, she's a spunky young, pretty and smart police officer. They make a great threesome, and they all have chemistry together. I find the stories very interesting.

The show's executive producer is David Shore, who created "House."  Perhaps not coincidentally, that show was also based on Sherlock Holmes.  Michael Weston appeared frequently in the fourth season of "House" as a private investigator. He also played a pivotal role in "Elementary" last year.

It's an interesting show. You should check it out if you like historical fiction/fantasy shows.

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