Houdini & Doyle

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Houdini & Doyle
Created by
Composer(s) James Jandrisch
Country of origin
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Adrian Sturges
Production location(s) The Space Project, Manchester, England
Cinematography Philipp Blaubach
Stephen Reizes
Editor(s) John Smith
D. Gillian Truster
Paul G. Day
Stephen Philipson
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release March 13 (2016-03-13) – July 4, 2016 (2016-07-04)

Houdini & Doyle is a British-Canadian-American television drama series loosely based on the real-world friendship of Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A 10-episode first season was ordered by Fox in the United States, ITV in the United Kingdom, and Global in Canada.[2] The pilot episode was written by co-creators David Hoselton and David Titcher.[2] The first episode was broadcast on ITV on Sunday 13 March 2016.[3]

On August 3, 2016, Fox cancelled the series after one season.[4]


Harry Houdini is a cynical skeptic and atheist whereas Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle is a believer in the paranormal and supernatural. The drama opens in 1901 London, shortly after the publication of Doyle's The Great Boer War. Houdini and Doyle become involved in the investigation of several mysterious deaths. They debate over whether the causes are natural or supernatural, and often bet on the cause, which causes their police liaison, Constable Adelaide Stratton, some embarrassment.





The series was filmed on two stages at The Space Project in Manchester with Liverpool Town Hall and Water Street being used for some of the exterior filming.[10][11]


The series premiered on ITV in the United Kingdom 13 March 2016.[12] It premiered on 2 May 2016, on Global in Canada and Fox in the United States.[13][14] Now TV became the online streaming network for the series in the UK on 24 June 2015.[15] The series aired on RTÉ in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.[16]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal
air date (UK)
Canada &
U.S. air date
US viewers
1"The Maggie's Redress"Stephen HopkinsStory by : David Hoselton & David Titcher
Teleplay by : David Hoselton
13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)May 2, 20162.62[17]
Adelaide Stratton, Scotland Yard's first female constable, investigates the death of a murdered nun at a convent. Houdini and Doyle join the case as consultants when a witness claims the nun was murdered by the ghost of a young unwed mother who died at the convent six months ago.
2"A Dish of Adharma"Stephen HopkinsDavid Hoselton17 March 2016 (2016-03-17)May 9, 20162.36[18]
A 12-year old boy shoots well-known suffragette Lydia Belworth (Laura Fraser), but not fatally. Houdini and Doyle get involved when the boy claims he is the reincarnation of a man whom he says Belworth murdered.
3"In Manus Dei"Daniel O'HaraMelissa R. Byer & Treena Hancock24 March 2016 (2016-03-24)May 16, 20162.42[19]
Houdini, Doyle and Adelaide investigate a faith healer when a heckler drops dead at one of the healer's public sessions. The healer appears to have the power he claims when he pays a visit to Doyle's wife who soon awakes from her coma, while doubter Houdini is overcome with boils and a debilitating illness.
4"Spring-Heel'd Jack"Daniel O'HaraCarl Binder31 March 2016 (2016-03-31)May 23, 20162.62[20]
The death of a motorcar entrepreneur is initially attributed to a mysterious dark demon, the legend of which goes back several decades. When a second murder is attributed to the same demon, Houdini and Doyle try to determine if the legend may be true.
5"The Curse of Korzha"Ed BazalgetteJoshua Brandon7 April 2016 (2016-04-07)May 30, 20162.02[21]
Madame Korzha (Emily Hampshire), a travelling medium, uses her powers to help the local police find a missing girl. While Doyle believes some people have psychic powers, Houdini remains skeptical, especially when Korzha is unable to locate another missing girl. Doyle is also taken aback when Korzha predicts Adelaide's demise.
6"The Monsters of Nethermoor"Ed BazalgetteNazrin Choudhury14 April 2016 (2016-04-14)June 6, 20162.50[22]
When a young man wakes up naked in a burned out circle claiming that his wife was kidnapped by aliens, Houdini becomes the believer and Doyle the skeptic.
7"Bedlam"Robert LiebermanDavid Titcher21 April 2016 (2016-04-21)June 13, 20161.66[23]
When people start to seemingly become scared to death, the gang sets out to find the source and are led to Bethlem Hospital, where Doyle has a mysterious connection.
8"Strigoi"Robert LiebermanCarl Binder28 April 2016 (2016-04-28)June 20, 20161.79[24]
When the housemaid of Doyle's old friend Bram Stoker is murdered with a stake through the heart, suspicions arise that Stoker may either be the killer...or a vampire.
9"Necromanteion"Jeff RenfroeMelissa R. Byer and Treena Hancock5 May 2016 (2016-05-05)June 27, 20161.75[25]
While Houdini visits New York to bury his mother, Doyle and Adelaide investigate a murderous poltergeist in Canada, encountering Thomas Edison (played by Peter Outerbridge) with his newest invention, the Necrophone, a device for communicating with the dead.
10"The Pall of LaPier"Jeff RenfroeDavid Hoselton12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)July 4, 20161.69[26]
The trio investigate a small town where almost everyone died simultaneously with no visible cause. However Adelaide is distracted by the revelation that her husband faked his death, while Houdini continues to see his mother's ghost, and fears he is going mad.



Episode U.S. ratings Canadian ratings United Kingdom ratings
Original air date Live Rank
Live+7 Original air date Live+7 Rank
Original air date Live Rank
Night Week Viewers
Night Week Viewers
Night Week
"The Maggie's Redress" 2 May 2016 (2016-05-02) 2.62[17] 0.7/2[27] 2[27] TBA TBA TBA 2 May 2016 (2016-05-02) TBA TBA TBA 13 March 2016 (2016-03-13) TBA TBA TBA
"A Dish of Adharma" 9 May 2016 (2016-05-09) 2.36[18] 0.6/2[18] 2[18] TBA TBA TBA 9 May 2016 (2016-05-09) TBA TBA TBA 17 March 2016 (2016-03-17) TBA TBA TBA
"In Manus Dei" 16 May 2016 (2016-05-16) 2.42[19] 0.7/2[19] 2[19] TBA TBA TBA 16 May 2016 (2016-05-16) TBA TBA TBA 24 March 2016 (2016-03-24) TBA TBA TBA
"Spring-Heel'd Jack" 23 May 2016 (2016-05-23) 2.62[20] 0.6/2[20] 3[20] TBA TBA TBA 23 May 2016 (2016-05-23) TBA TBA TBA 31 March 2016 (2016-03-31) TBA TBA TBA
"The Curse of Korzha" 30 May 2016 (2016-05-30) 2.02[21] 0.5/1[21] 2[21] TBA TBA TBA 30 May 2016 (2016-05-30) TBA TBA TBA 7 April 2016 (2016-04-07) TBA TBA TBA
"The Monsters of Neithermoor" 6 June 2016 (2016-06-06) 2.50[22] 0.6/2[22] 2[22] TBA TBA TBA 6 June 2016 (2016-06-06) TBA TBA TBA 14 April 2016 (2016-04-14) TBA TBA TBA
"Bedlam" 13 June 2016 (2016-06-13) 1.66[23] 0.4/1[23] 3[23] TBA TBA TBA 13 June 2016 (2016-06-13) TBA TBA TBA 21 April 2016 (2016-04-21) TBA TBA TBA
"Strigoi" 20 June 2016 (2016-06-20) 1.79[24] 0.4/2[24] 2[24] TBA TBA TBA 20 June 2016 (2016-06-20) TBA TBA TBA 28 April 2016 (2016-04-28) TBA TBA TBA
"Necromanteion" 27 June 2016 (2016-06-27) 1.75[25] 0.4/1[25] 3[25] TBA TBA TBA 27 June 2016 (2016-06-27) TBA TBA TBA 5 May 2016 (2016-05-05) TBA TBA TBA
"The Pall of LaPier" 4 July 2016 (2016-07-04) 1.69[26] 0.4/2[26] 2[26] TBA TBA TBA 4 July 2016 (2016-07-04) TBA TBA TBA 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) TBA TBA TBA

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