ITV has greenlit Arthur & George, a three-part drama about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which is based on the novel by Julian Barnes. Doc Martin star Martin Clunes has been cast as one of the leads in the drama and will play the part of the physician turned novelist who would become famous for creating Sherlock Holmes.
Arthur & George is set in 1903 and tells the story of Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes) who, alongside his trusted manservant Alfred ‘Woody’ Wood, attempt to overturn a miscarriage of justice which saw George Edalji serve seven years in Pentonville Prison for allegedly mutilating animals and sending threatening letters, a series of offences which have become known as The Great Wyrley Rippings. George maintains his innocence and is unable to return to his “until the taint is washed from his name” – a mission Conan Doyle is more than happy to accept.
The three-part drama, based on Julian Barnes’ novel, was adapted for television by Silent Witness scribe Ed Whitmore. Buffalo Pictuures is producing Arthur & George, with production slate to commence this Autumn on location in Greater London and Staffordshire. Casting for the remaining roles is currently underway.
“Arthur & George explores what we think we know about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s life. It’s a fascinating insight into the man who was to become one of the most famous of his age,” said ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November, who commissioned Arthur & George. “We’re delighted to be working with Martin and the production team at Buffalo Pictures on such a clever and complex adaptation of Julian Barnes’s acclaimed novel.”