Series Hails From Executive Producers David Titcher and David Hoselton and House Creator David Shore. Premieres Monday, May 2 at 9pm ET/PT on Global in Canada and Fox in the U.S.
In Houdini & Doyle, Harry Houdini (Michael Weston, House, Six Feet Under) – master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker – and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan, Episodes) – prolific writer, creator of “Sherlock Holmes” and paranormal aficionado – grudgingly join forces in 1901 London and Canada to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant in collaboration with New Scotland Yard Constable Adelaide Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard, MsLabelled). Inspired by true events, the series will draw heavily on the rich history of the period.
In the series, Houdini, Doyle, and Stratton are tasked with the cases that nobody else can solve. It challenges their sense of what is real and what is not. Houdini is a skeptic, while Doyle believes in the unseen. Their diverse viewpoints make solving crime a challenge and often Stratton is put in the middle. The trio face cases that appear to involve vampires, ghosts, monsters, and poltergeists…or are they a ruse to conceal murder?
The drama originated from Canadian production company Shaftesbury, and was ordered straight to series for Global in Canada and ITV Encore in the UK, and licensed in the US on FOX. Acclaimed director Stephen Hopkins (24, Californication) directed the pilot.
“I’ve long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle; men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right. But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect.” says David Shore, Executive Producer. “In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humor and mystique of these men, who even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life.”
“Houdini & Doyle is a paranormal period piece – think Edwardian X-Files – with a sense of humour,” added David Hoselton, Executive Producer.
Houdini & Doyle is also complemented by an original digital series, Houdini & Doyle: World of Wonders. Hosted by Houdini & Doyle star Rebecca Liddiard, the 10-part mini-documentary series explores the real lives and times of Houdini and Doyle through contemporary magic and mind-bending illusions, delivering a fresh and modern take on a time when the worlds of science and spiritualism collided. Houdini & Doyle: World of Wonders premieres on Monday, April 11 exclusively on GlobalTV.com and Global Go. The digital series is produced by Shaftesbury’s digital arm, Smokebomb Entertainment, in association with Shaw Media and the Canada Media Fund.
Produced in association with Shaw Media, ITV Encore and Sony Pictures Television, Houdini & Doyle is a Canada/UK treaty co-production from Shaftesbury (Canada) and Big Talk Productions (UK) in association with Shore Z Productions. The series is executive produced by David Shore (House), David Titcher (The Librarians) and David Hoselton (House, Chicago P.D.) along with Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy and Scott Garvie for Shaftesbury and Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Luke Alkin for Big Talk Productions. Producers are Suzanne Colvin-Goulding (Canada) and Adrian Sturges (UK). The series is distributed by Sony Pictures Television and produced with the support of the Canada Media Fund, the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
The first 8 episodes of the series were filmed in Manchester, UK from July to November 2015, with the last two episodes filmed on location in Toronto and southern Ontario from November to December 2015. All post-production work was completed in Toronto.