Arthur & George is a 3-part television drama from Britain. It is based on a novel of the same name, which was written by Julian Barnes. The novel is actually based on the true tale of the Great Wyrley Outrages. The series premiered on ITV on March 2, 2015. The series is now airing on PBS Masterpiece. It stars Martin Clunes as Arthur Conan Doyle, Asher Ali as George Edalji and Charles Edwards as Alfred Wood. Hattie Morahan (The Outcast) also appears as Jean Leckie.
In the UK, the series opened strong with over 6 million viewers, before dropping under 4 million for the finale. Throughout the series, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Martin Clunes) works to rectify a miscarriage of justice. During the first episode, Arthur is shown struggling with his depression, after his wife’s death. He is handed a note from his secretary, Woodie. The letter comes from George Edalji (Charles Edwards), a Parsee solicitor, who was recently released from prison. George claims his innocence and denies mutilating livestock and sending poison letters.
He seeks George’s assistance in clearing his name. Despite the judge’s reluctance and warning, George agrees to help. The series follows along, as Sir Doyle attempts to help reclaim George Edalji’s good name. Although Doyle doesn’t necessarily believe in George’ innocence, he still goes along. Without giving too much away, the events following lead to a major change in the criminal justice system of England and many others all around the world.
Arthur And George Review
So, how is the series? Well, the Arthur and George cast is right on the money. The acting is brilliant and never falters. For 3 episodes, the series really covers quite a bit, although it still feels a little slow and drug out at times. The story itself is great, especially thanks to the true tale behind it. For the historical value, Arthur and George is brilliant.
As a television series, it could’ve been executed a little better. There is humor and emotion throughout the entirety, but it still feels like it trails off, at times. Still, I enjoyed the series. Since it is only 3 episodes and holds educational and historical value, the show is definitely worth a quick view. A 7 out of 10 is deserved! Be sure to check it out today!