Houdini & Doyle was plagued by soft ratings throughout its freshman run. The Season 1 (and now series) finale drew a 0.4 rating with 1.77 million viewers, even with its penultimate episode.
The series focused on the unlikely real-life friendship between master illusionist Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sherlock Holmes creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan) as they grudgingly joined forces with New Scotland Yard to investigate unsolved and inexplicable crimes with a supernatural slant. Rebecca Liddiard played Adelaide Stratton, whose character was the first female constable ever to work for the London Metropolitan Police Force.
Houdini & Doyle was a co-production from Canada’s Shaftesbury and the UK’s Big Talk Productions, in association with Shore Z Productions.