A three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’ novel Arthur & George has been commissioned by ITV.
Arthur & George will star Martin Clunes and is based on an intriguing series of genuine events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Clunes will play Doyle, the celebrated novelist and physician who created Sherlock Holmes.
Set in 1903, the series will see Doyle join forces with his trusted manservant Alfred ‘Woody’ Wood to investigate The Great Wyrley Rippings which saw solicitor George Edalji imprisoned for seven years for allegedly mutilating animals and sending threatening letters.
The series is written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness) and will go into production this autumn with filming taking place in Greater London and Staffordshire. Arthur & George has been commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea.
“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,” said Steve. “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.”
More news about casting will announced later in the year.