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& Doyle" review by Suzanne
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
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"
It's an interesting show. You should check it out if you
like historical fiction/fantasy shows.
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