Martin Clunes to play Sherlock Holmes creator in ITV drama


ITV has commissionsed a new adaptation of Julian Barnes’s novel, Arthur & George, based on an intriguing series of genuine events in the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Set in 1903, the three part drama will star Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) as the novelist and physician who created the detective Sherlock Holmes.

The official synopsis reads: “Conan Doyle recaptures his zest for life by pursuing and challenging a notorious miscarriage of justice.   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.””

Arthur & George also follows Conan Doyle’s relationship with Jean Leckie, a much younger woman, with whom he enjoyed a ‘platonic’ relationship whilst his wife was alive.  Jean eventually became his second wife.

ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November commented: “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.”

Written by Ed Whitmore (Silent Witness, Waking The Dead), Arthur & George begins filming in Greater London and Staffordshire this autumn.

84 Charing Cross Road * 1987

84 Charing Cross Road

is a 1970 book by Helene Hanff, later made into a stage play and film, about the twenty-year correspondence between her and Frank Doel, chief buyer of Marks & Co, antiquarian booksellers located at the eponymous address in London, England.

n 1949, Helene Hanff, in search of obscure classics and British literature titles she has been unable to find in New York City, notices an ad placed by Marks & Co., antiquarian booksellers located at the titular address in London, in the Saturday Review of Literature. She contacts the shop and its manager, Frank Doel, fulfills her requests. In time, a long-distance friendship evolves, not only between the two, but between Hanff and other staff members as well, with an exchange of Christmas packages, birthday gifts, and food parcels to compensate for post-World War II food shortages in England. Their correspondence includes discussions about topics as diverse as the sermons of John Donne, how to make Yorkshire Pudding, the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, Judi Dench

Anne Bancroft won BAFTA Best actress award


I loved this film. I guess I keep bring it up on this site because of that. Everyone should see it just once.


Age of Innocence * 1993

Society scion Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis) is engaged to May Welland (Winona Ryder), but his well-ordered life is upset when he meets May’s unconventional cousin, the Countess Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer). At first, Newland becomes a defender of the Countess, whose separation from her abusive husband makes her a social outcast in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York, but he finds in her a companion spirit and they fall in love.

( Written by Marg Baskin IMDB)


Based on an Edith Wharton novel

Directed by Martin Scorsese

Won 1994 Oscar for Costume Design

Wolf Hall *2015

Wolf Hall TV cast to include Damian Lewis and Mark Rylance

Henry VIII and his courtiers to be played by some of Britain’s starriest actors in adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novel

Joanne Whalley, cast asCatherine of Aragon, Jonathan Pryce, who wikk play Cardinal Wolsey and Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall's Henry VIII

Joanne Whalley, cast asCatherine of Aragon, Jonathan Pryce, who wikk play Cardinal Wolsey and Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall’s Henry VIII


Mark Gatiss, Mark Rylance and Jonathan Pryce are among the starry cast who will don period costume for the TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels.

Filming has already begun on the six-part drama based on Mantel’s award winning Wolf Hall and its sequel, Bring Up The Bodies, about the relationships at the heart of Henry VIII’s court.

According to the Daily Mail, Homeland star Damian Lewis will play the King, with Rylance taking the role of his chief minister, Thomas Cromwell. Saskia Reeves has been cast as Cromwell’s sister-in-law Johane.

Charity Wakefield, who has appeared in the BBC’s Sense and Sensibility, has been cast as Mary Boleyn, the royal mistress and sister to Henry VIII’s second wife Anne, who will be played by Claire Foy. Joanne Whalley will play Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The final female cast member to be named is Florence Bell, who will play courtmember Helen Barre.

The powerful, but ill-fated, Cardinal Wolsey will be played by Jonathan Pryce. Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss will be appearing infront of the camera as another civil servant, Stephen Gardiner and Anton Lesser, most recently seen in Game of Thrones, will play Thomas More. Lesser’s co-star, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, will play Cromwell’s ward Rafe.


Wolf Hall is a British television series that will first broadcast on BBC Two in 2015. It is a six-part adaptation of two of Hilary Mantel’s novels, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.


Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell[1]
Damian Lewis as Henry VIII of England[2]
Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn
David Bradley as Norfolk
Mark Gatiss as Stephen Gardiner
Charity Wakefield as Mary Boleyn
Joanne Whalley as Catherine of Aragon
Jonathan Pryce as Thomas Wolsey
Anton Lesser as Thomas More
Joss Porter as Richard Cromwell
Thomas Sangster as Rafe
Ed Speleers as Edward Seymour
Florence Bell as Helen Barre
Saskia Reeves as Johane[3]


On 23 August 2012, BBC Two announced several new commissions, one of which was Wolf Hall.[4] According to The Guardian seven million pounds will be spent on the adaptation.[5] BBC Two controller Janice Hadlow said it was “very fortunate to have the rights” to the two novels and called Wolf Hall “a great contemporary novel”.[6][7]

Peter Kosminsky, the director of the series, said:

This is a first for me. But it is an intensely political piece. It is about the politics of despotism, and how you function around an absolute ruler. I have a sense that Hilary Mantel wanted that immediacy. … When I saw Peter Straughan’s script, only a first draft, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was the best draft I had ever seen. He had managed to distil 1,000 pages of the novels into six hours, using prose so sensitively. He’s a theatre writer by trade.[5]

The drama series will feature 102 characters and it was revealed that Kosminsky began casting the other parts in October 2013. Most of the filming took place in the United Kingdom, in April 2014.[5] It was originally set to film in Bruges. The series will consist of six episodes and is expected to be broadcast in 2015.[5] PBS will also broadcast the series, made in association with Masterpiece Entertainment and Playground Entertainment.[8]

Straughan and Kosminsky working on the same series suggests a harder take on British history is what the BBC wants, rather than series like The Tudors or The White Queen.[5] Mantel called the scripts written by Straughan a “miracle of elegant compression and I believe with such a strong team the original material can only be enhanced.”[5]