ITV’s ‘Houdini & Doyle’ Casting News


Stephen Mangan (left) and  Michael Weston (right) have been tapped to play Doyle and Houdini, respectively.  House creator David Shore will executive produce.  Filming is slated to start this year, and the program should air in 2016.

I … well. This is interesting. I’ve only seen snippets of Mangan on “Episodes,” and I vaguely recognize Weston. It might be brilliant casting, honestly. I mean, based on Blackadder and Jeeves and Wooster, I wouldn’t have dreamed Hugh Laurie could have been a misanthropic American doctor.

‘There is nothing like first-hand evidence:’ An Interview with Robert Hewitt Wolfe of ‘Elementary’

Elementary Title Card

After reading “Elementary” writer/producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe’s tweets one week during an episode of the show, I was powerfully compelled to reach out to him and get down to the nitty gritty. Obviously, ScarletSherlock and I had a slew of questions that could not be accommodated by Twitter’s draconian 140-character restriction. Well, he didn’t want to just email back and forth – he actually wanted to talk. On the phone! In 2015! It was rather refreshing.

Quick thumbnail background information: The brainchild of Robert Doherty, “Elementary” premiered in the United States on CBS on September 27, 2012. The show stars Jonny Lee Miller (“Hackers,” “Trainspotting”) and Lucy Liu (“Kill Bill,” “Charlie’s Angels”) and locates a contemporary Sherlock Holmes in contemporary New York City. Also features Girl!Watson and a turtle. The season finale airs on Thursday, May 14. At that point, it will have presented 72 episodes, more than any other television or film incarnation of Holmes. I interviewed Wolfe at the end of April, and I’m writing this article in advance of the showing, so there shall be no spoilers. Read More

Sleuths Byomkesh Bakshi and Sherlock Holmes: Contrasts and Similarities

This article attempts to draw relevant comparisons and contrasts between Holmes and Bakshi, and make the point that Bakshi is an original creation independent of Holmes. Having never read the Bakshi novels, I can’t make an informed argument one way or the other, but this is an interesting read. ~Chat
Sleuths Byomkesh Bakshi and Sherlock Holmes: Contrasts and Similarities

  • Arnab Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi; Updated: Apr 02, 2015 16:46 IST

First things first. The Yashraj Films produced and Dibakar Banerjee directed film Detective Byomkesh Bakshi that hits the screens on 3rd April, 2015,is not a plagiarized version of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Byomkesh is an intelligent detective from Kolkata who solves many mysteries that were unsolved by the police.

Of course, the fictional character of Sherlock Holmes that was created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is also a private detective, and there would be umpteen similarities as far as the themes of the two in many stories are concerned that range from encountering cops, averting a national tragedy, resorting to underhand or even unlawful tactics to get to the bottom of the truth etc, but the similarity between the two ends there.

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PBS to Air ITV’s “Arthur & George”

ITV’s “Arthur & George” has just wrapped up its three-part series — ScarlettSherlock and I plan to review it asap.

If you’re in the U.S. and have missed the show, here’s some good news: PBS is bringing it straight to you! Right now, it’s being advertised as airing in late 2015, whatever that means. The series is based on Julian Barnes’ novel of the same name, a fictionalized account of Doyle’s interactions with George Edalji, a young solicitor accused of a crime he maintains he did not commit.

I haven’t read the novel yet, and normally I can’t stand to see the movie version first, but hey, I’m game. Here’s the trailer for your viewing pleasure: