ITV has rounded out the cast for Arthur & George.
Hilary MacLean (Outlander), Timothy Watson (Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) and Morfydd Clark (A Poet In New York) have signed on to co-star opposite Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali in the three-part Arthur Conan Doyle drama, which hails from Buffalo Pictures, Silent Witness scribe Ed Whitmore and director Stuart Orme, TVWise has learned exclusively.
Based on the book by Julian Barnes, Arthur & George is set in 1903 and tells the story of Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes) who, following the death of his first wife, recaptures his zest for life by attempting to overturn a miscarriage of justice which saw George Edalji (Arsher Ali) sentenced to seven years in Pentonville Prison for The Great Wyrley Rippings.
Hilary MacLean, whose previous credits include Torchwood and Casualty, has been cast as Connie, Arthur Conan Doyle’s sister; Timothy Watson, who was a series regular on the first season of ITV/PBS co-production Mr Selfridge, will play Ernest William Hornung, a fellow writer in his twenties who eventually marries Connie; while Morfydd Clark will play Mary, Arthur Conan Doyle’s daughter.
With this latest round of casting, ITV and series producer Buffalo Pictures have found actors for every major role from the novel. In addition to Clunes and Ali, Arthur & George also stars Hattie Morahan (The Bletchley Circle) as Jean Leckie; Art Malik (Holby City) as Reverend Shapurji Edalji; Emma Fielding (Silk) as Charlotte Edalji; Charles Edwards (Downton Abbey) as Woodie Wood; Sandra Voe (Holby City) as Conan Doyle’s mother; Geraldine Alexander (Shetland) as Louise Hawkins; and Pearl Chanda as Maud Edalji.