Hoselton confirmed that the series is set in 1901 and history will be "fudged in favour of story." The article suggests that episodes will find Houdini and Doyle encountering "ghosts, vampires and other beasts that go bump in the night." There's even mention of a space alien.
"We’re trying to stay true to the nature of the characters," says creator David Shore. "We take liberties with the timing of Doyle's wife's illness but she was sick. The big thing is creating a show that says something and is entertaining."
The official IMDb page also reveals that some famous faces will be appearing in the series, including Thomas Edison played by Peter Outerbridge and W.B. Yeats played by Stuart Adams. One name that has yet to appear on the cast list is that of Bess Houdini. Might Harry be a bachelor in the series?
Houdini & Doyle stars Michael Weston as Houdini and Stephen Mangan as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series will air next year on ITV Encore (UK), Global TV (Canada), and FOX (U.S.).