Based on real events, three-part mini-series Arthur and George explores the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, and George Edalji, a man sentenced to prison for a crime he maintained he did not commit.
It is 1906 and Conan Doyleis mourning the loss of his wife Louisa. Even writing his famous stories cannot improve Arthur’s mood. Then his secretary Woodie comes across a letter from a George Edalji, a young Parsee solicitor, who has been sent to prison for three years but continues to protest his innocence and asks Arthur for help to clear his name.
George was convicted in 1903 of sending poison pen letters and animal parts in the Staffordshire village of Great Wyrley. George retells the story of his family’s persecution, which led to his arrest, and Arthur is convinced of his innocence – but Woodie is not so sure. Having been warned against reinvestigating the case by the judge who presided over the trial, Arthur is even more determined to discover the true culprit – the so-called Wyrley Ripper.
Arthur and Woodie travel to the village to visit George’s family, where they are shown the letters that George’s father, the Reverend Shapurji Edalji received, supposedly from his own son. However, Arthur and Woodie’s arrival at the vicarage causes a bit of a stir. It seems that someone is determined to find out how much they know – could the real Wyrley Ripper be trying to warn them off?
UK / ITV / 3×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Monday 2 March 2015 @ 9.00pm
Martin Clunes as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Arsher Ali as George Edalji
Charles Edwards as Woodie
Art Malik as The Reverend Shapurji Edalji