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Stephen Mangan to play Conan Doyle in new ITV drama

Stephen Mangan will star as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in another ITV drama featuring the famous author.

Actor Martin Clunes recently played Sherlock Holmes' creator in the broadcaster's drama Arthur & George.

Now the Episodes star will play the writer alongside House and Six Feet Under actor Michael Weston as magician and escape artist Harry Houdini.

The 10-part drama will depict the "real-life friends, real-life adversaries and real-life crime solvers" and will be broadcast on ITV Encore in 2016 and on Fox in the US.

ITV said: "Houdini & Doyle will draw heavily on the rich history of the period.

"At the turn of the 20th century the Metropolitan Police, mired in the ways of the 19th century, were overwhelmed with bizarre and often inexplicable cases so they turned to outsiders including… Houdini and Doyle, who collaborated with New Scotland Yard on some unsolved and inexplicable crimes."

Executive producer David Shore said: "I've long been intrigued by both Houdini and Doyle, men who were ahead of their time, each fascinating in their own right.

"But the idea that these two, seemingly so different, could have been friends is almost too perfect.

"In Michael and Stephen, we have found two incredible actors that embody the intelligence, humour and mystique of these men, who even when viewed through the lens of history, are larger than life."

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