Unfortunately, the unique Australian trailers for Part I and II are no longer online.
The drama will draw on what the production team claim to be historically documented instances of the Metropolitan Police turning to Houdini and Doyle to help tackle “unsolved and inexplicable crimes.”
Fox Sets ‘Houdini & Doyle’ for 2016 Debut with Stars Michael Weston & Stephen Mangan
Fox is saying “abracadabra” to David Shore’s supernatural adventure series “Houdini & Doyle” with ten episodes set to debut next year on the network.
Michael Weston (“House,” “Six Feet Under”) and Stephen Mangan (“Episodes”) have nabbed the two title roles in the period drama, inspired by true events. Stephen Hopkins (“24,” “Californication”) has signed on as director.
Rounding out the cast, Rebecca Liddiard (“Man Seeking Woman”), has been set as Constable Adelaide Stratton, the first female constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.
The series revolves around master magician, escape artist and paranormal debunker, Harry Houdini (Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Mangan), the prolific writer, paranormal aficionado and creator of “Sherlock Holmes,” as they grudgingly join forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant.
“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,” said exec producer Shore. “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.”
The international U.K./Canada Treaty co-production from U.K.’s Big Talk Productions and Canada’s Shaftesbury, in association with Shore Z Productions, hails from scribes David Titcher and David Hoselton who serve as exec producers with the “House” creator. Big Talk’s Kenton Allen, Matthew Justice and Luke Alkin, plus Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings, Maggie Murphy and Scott Garvie also exec produce.
Fox’s stateside premiere date has not been set, other than sometime in 2016, but the series will premiere on ITV Encore and Canada’s Global in spring 2016. Sony Pictures TV is the distributor.
I'm sorry you didn't like the Houdini book idea. What you saw (the carbon of the True booklenghther) is just a bare outline of what that guy really was. There has never been a real biography written -- the book by Harold Kellock, Houdini, His Life Story, is just posthumous publicity, with Bess portraying her marriage as a 33-year idyll. It was like hell.
Perhaps I'm just an enthusiast but I'd love to write a true account of Houdini's life and my years as a fact-detective editor have given me enough know-how to avoid libel. Incidentally, many years ago there was a cute little redhead bombshell who worked in the old Martinka's magic store. She was named Daisy White. After Houdini's death Bess Houdini found a stack of carbon copies of love letters Harry had written Daisy. The schmuck, he thought he took one great secret with him to the grave! What a character.
Knowing Houdini's prudishness and ultraconservatism in his attitude toward women, Daisy had written him several torrid love letters just to see what would happen. Houdini never threw away any scrap of paper unless it was a clipping which boosted and imitator. He kept the gag-love-letters hidden. After his death Bess found them and is said to have pitched quite a fit until Daisy explained the circumstances and managed to pacify her.
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"In the long run, anything that promotes discussion about Houdini and interest in magic is great in our books, but just for the sake of clarity, we recommend you use this FACT CHECKING GUIDE while you watch Episode #1 on Tuesday night."
February 20, 1915
HOUDINI WANTS $40,000
Harry Houdini was approached by the Universal this week to appear in its production of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." When it came to the money talk Houdini took the film men off their feet upon demanding $40,000.
In explaining why he asked the big money Houdini explained his vaudeville prestige would be damaged by appearing on the screen. Houdini offered to be handcuffed and then placed in a coffin and buried underneath the sea by divers, all in full view of the camera.
The offer made Houdini, the film men stated, was the same as Annette Kellerman's salary, which they said was $400 weekly with a small percentage of the profits.
Houdini's Magical Appleton
$5.00 per person / $2.50 for Museum Members
Wed., June 17, 2015 for walkers at 6:00pm
Wed., June 24, 2015 for advanced walkers at 6:00pm
Location: History Museum at the Castle
Join a guided walking tour of the sites associated with the myths and reality of Houdini’s life in Appleton. Houdini claimed the city to be his birthplace, but he was actually born in 1874 in Budapest, Hungary. We will explore his brief life in Appleton by visiting where his childhood home once stood, sites of fictional magical feats, and his father’s synagogue. Explore the city that Houdini called home. Fees will be collected the night of the event.
Principal Jeffrey Roadcap reflected on key moments in history occurring on June 12 and tied each one to a lesson. In recalling Harry Houdini's act of freeing himself from a straitjacket while suspended from 40 feet upside down in New York City on June 12, 1923, Roadcap pointed to the importance of perseverance to get out of sticky situations.
"You need determination to be successful in life," he said.
"I didn’t really know that much about Houdini beforehand so when I got the role I went to The Magic Castle in Los Angeles and did a lot of research and it was crazy to find out what a big deal he is, like, literally the big deal of magic."
In 1920, Hungarian-American magician and escape artist Harry Houdini met celebrated British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for the first time. The two men quickly became close associates, however Houdini was troubled by his new friend's passion for mediumship and his fervent belief in life after death. When shown the mediums' miraculous feats, all Houdini could see were the kind of conjuring tricks with which he was all too familiar.
Directed by Hannah Eidinow and starring Phill Jupitus as Conan Doyle and Alan Cox as Houdini, Impossible, the new play by Robert Khan and Tom Salinsky (writers of 2012's Coalition and 2014's Kingmaker), tells the unlikely, extraordinary and true story of what happened next - a story of spiritualism and seances, friendship and feud, death and regret.