Houdini & Doyle – the three way co-production between ITV Encore here in the UK, Fox in the United States and Global in Canada – has been cancelled after one single ten episode season, TVWise has confirmed.
Houdini & Doyle follows Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini as they are called upon to investigate and close bizarre and “inexplicable” cases for London’s Metropolitan Police Service. The cast of the drama series includes Stephen Mangan, Michael Weston, Rebecca Liddiard, Tim McInnerny and Adam Nagaitis.
While not a huge ratings performer for Fox in United States (the season one final drew a mere 1.7 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 demo rating), Houdini & Doyle actually performed quite well for ITV Encore. During its ten week run on the pay channel, it was consistently among the highest rated shows on ITV Encore; averaging a consolidated audience of 92K viewers. The series premiere was simulcast on ITV’s main channel.
A UK/Canada treaty co-production, Houdini & Doyle was created by David Hoselton & David Titcher and produced by the ITV owned Big Talk Productions and Murdoch Mysteries indie Shaftesbury Film in association with David Shore’s production company Shore Z. The executive producers are David Shore, David Hoselton, David Titcher, Kenton Allen, Luke Alkin, Matthew Justice, Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie and Maggie Murphy.
The cancellation comes as ITV Encore is making something of an aggressive push into original scripted drama. Houdini & Doyle was one of the first foray’s in that direction and the pay channel has since continued down that path with the likes of Hulu co-production Harlots, starring Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville and Jessica Brown Findlay; The Frankenstein Chronicles, which was recently renewed for a second season; and their two-hour Wagstaffe adaptation Dark Heart, which is being toplined by Da Vinci’s Demons star Tom Riley.