ITV and Fox have reportedly landed a new drama series about the unlikely friendship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini.
According to Deadline, the two broadcasters, as well as Canada’s Shaw Media, have handed out a 10 episode straight-to-series order to Houdini and Doyle, which hails from House showrunner David Shore and Sony Pictures Television.
The series will follow Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini as they “grudgingly join forces to investigate crimes with a supernatural slant. Although they’re both rich, famous and brilliant, they’re the original odd couple, with Houdini believing in nothing, Doyle in everything.”
ITV, Fox and Shaw Media are said to have picked up the series based off of a script from David Titcher and David Hoselton. ITV owned indie Big Talk Productions will co-produce alongside Shaftesbury Films – the production company behind period drama Murdoch Mysteries. David Shore will executive produce.
For ITV this would mark the second Conan Doyle themed drama commission in the past year. The broadcaster previously handed out a three episode order to Arthur & George, a drama series about Conan Doyle attempting to clear the name of wrongly convicted George Edalji starring Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali.