Martin Clunes cast as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Martin Clunes will play the creator of Sherlock Holmes in a 3 part UK drama, Arthur & George.
Written by by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Waking The Dead) and based on the novel by Julian Barnes, it tells the story of Conan Doyle who, alongside his trusted manservant Alfred ‘Woody’ Wood, attempt to overturn a miscarriage of justice..
ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November said, “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.
“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.”
It is the case of George Edalji, a hard-working solicitor and the son of Hampshire vicar, Reverend Shapurji Edalji and his wife Charlotte. George has served 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.
Following the death of his wife, Louisa, Conan Doyle has become a “bore and a sulk” by his own admission. All around him do their best to bolster Arthur from his grief and mourning including his beloved ‘Mam’ who implores him to “sink his teeth into something. If not a book then some new pursuit.”