11 thoughts on “Houdini & Doyle (2016)

  1. I liked it. Somewhere, I have a photo of the real-life men, but I don’t know how to post it.

  2. I have not seen this, but really should look it out.

    It’s always amused me that they were pals. (There’s an interesting dialogue between them about the Cottingley Fairy photos…. Needless to say Houdini was unconvinced….)

  3. This is on my to-watch list. The premise is interesting, the costumes look decent, and it has two of my favorite actors in it (Tim McInnerny and Adam Nagaitis, who are always a treat).

  4. I truly enjoyed this series and was disappointed that it was not renewed.I look forward to any additional reviews that are written up on the series.

  5. Guys in braces and those shirts with the little stand-up collar! Visually, at least, this looks pretty nice. Please do keep us informed. (By the way, have the Frock Flickers ever looked at “FairyTale,” the 1997 movie with Peter O’Toole as Conan Doyle and Harvey Keitel as Houdini? Don’t recall much about the costumes, but my overall memory is that it’s quite enjoyable.)

    1. I have, and have a copy. (Work related reasons. Same reason I have read some of their actual correspondence the photos)

      Plays super fast and loose with the history, but given it very much takes the line fairies are real, compressing it all into a very short time frame of under a year makes sense dramatically.

      Trivia fact I enjoy about the film, are the schoolkids were cast from the local brownies/cubs groups.

      I can report all is quiet in fairyland tonight, though it rained earlier…

  6. Must be good. Tim McI has long been my favorite Brit creepazoid asshole. Esp. comic ones (Sir Percy, Blackadder).

  7. I remember seeing something about this on a chat show where Stephen Mangan described it and it sounded interesting, but I haven’t spotted it anywhere. I find it quite interesting how Doyle was so well-known for the ultra-logical detective, but quite into the spiritualist stuff that Houdini, a professional “trickster”, derided. Hope it plays out well since it’s such an interesting premise.

  8. I enjoyed the show (for the X-files like vibe) and was sad it only got one season. I keep meaning to go back and re-watch it. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of other episodes.

    If you ever need a laugh, Stephen Mangan (Doyle) is one of the comedians in the series “Very British Problems”.

  9. Ooh….I don’t think I’ve heard of this one, but I’m definitely going to look for it. I’m trying to figure out why I’m responding so well to Stephen Mangan’s ‘stache in that one photo–’cause I’m usually not into that. Also, I think this whole post was worth it just for the sentence, “Everyone in this photo makes me deeply uncomfortable.”

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