Martin Clunes Takes on Role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in Arthur & George
Doc Martin star Martin Clunes will swap his doctor’s stethoscope for a detective’s notebook, as he takes on the role of celebrated novelist and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in a brand new three-part adaptation of Julian Barnes’s acclaimed novel, Arthur & George.
The crime drama begins in March for three weeks, in a story based on true events in the life of Sir Arthur, who famously created the detective Sherlock Holmes.
Arthur & George however is a different story, based on a miscarriage of justice, which saw Sir Arthur set out to prove that young lawyer George Edalji (Arsher Ali) had been wrongfully accused and convicted of a spate of animal maimings and poisonous letters.
Episode one sets the scene, as Sir Arthur slumps into a depression following the death of his wife Louisa, following a long, drawn-out illness.
Even writing his famous Sherlock Holmes stories cannot rouse Arthur from his low mood.
But when his secretary Woodie comes across a letter from Mr George Edalji, a young Parsee solicitor, who was sent to prison for three years for a crime that he insists he did not commit – and hopes Arthur can clear his name of – could this be his chance to take on a project that will not only lift his spirits, but also right a terrible wrong?
As George recounts the story of his family’s persecution, which inadvertently led to his arrest, Arthur is convinced of George’s innocence; but Woodie isn’t so sure.
Warned off reinvestigating the case by the very judge who presided over George’s trial, Arthur is even more determined to discover the true culprit – the so-called ‘Wyrley Ripper’.
Arthur and Woodie travel to visit George’s family to be shown the very letters that George’s father, the Reverend Shapurji Edalji, received, supposedly from his own son.
But their arrival at the vicarage causes a huge stir – and it soon seems that someone is intent on learning what they do and don’t know.
Could this be a case of the the Wyrley Ripper, trying to warn them off?