To the Cast & Crew of Houdini & Doyle,
The fans of Houdini & Doyle would like to thank you for your commitment to bringing this wonderful show into our lives. Sometimes 140 characters isn’t enough room to express ourselves, so please take a moment to enjoy our gratitude for your hard work and dedication on such a magnificent show.
Thank you to Rebecca Liddiard, Stephen Mangan, and Michael Weston. You all have created lovable characters with rich backstories and left your fans wanting more. You’ve brought to life these amazing, wonderful characters and we will cherish them forever.
Thank you to the production company, the designers, the producers, the writers, the costume designers and the music supervisors. To Shaftesbury and David Hoselton for producing an astounding show. To Arwel Wyn Jones who has brought us the marvelous sets. To all the writers including C.P. Binder and Joshua Brandon (more to say about you below) who brought us engaging story-lines and kept us craving more. To Claire Finlay for creating those fabulous, dapper outfits which received just as much attention as the story-lines themselves! And to Mikaila Simmons, the music supervisor. You have created a soundtrack to which we can listen to multiple times over and introduced us to bands we didn’t know existed.
Thank you to the supporting actors/actresses and guests in every episode. There are way too many to name and there’s a chance that we may miss one so we won’t name them all, but thank you for your effort in creating all the captivating scenes.
Thank you to FOX, Global & ITV for giving this show not only one season, but one amazing season. We will treasure these 10 episodes and keep them forever in our hearts.
Thank you to Josh Brandon. Not only for having a part in writing Houdini & Doyle, but for being so engaged with the fans. We loved tweeting with you, bombarding you with questions and you being our “go-to guy”. Thank you for caring about the fans as much as you did, and contributing your time and effort to all of us on Twitter.
Finally, we would like to thank all the “faceless” people involved with this production. All the runners, assistants and people we do not get to see see when we watch the series. Thanks for your tireless work and all the effort you brought into bringing us joy every Monday. It was an hour in which we could escape real life and enter a world of mystery, romance and horror. Again, thank you, and best of luck in your future endeavors!
The Fans of Houdini & Doyle
attached: Individual Letters of Thanks
“To the very talented writers of H&D, your vision and imaginative creation of the much too short-lived series was fantastic! The way in which you brought actual figures from history alive and the friendship they shared was truly amazing. You are personally inspiring to me. Thank you. To Stephen, Rebecca, Michael and all other actors involved…thank you for providing your characters with such likable personality. Every episode was beautifully acted and you provided me personally a challenge to research and discover the stories behind Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I thank you all wholeheartedly. And lastly to the crews behind the cameras and behind the scenes, you all did such a fantastic job of providing a believable atmosphere and period backdrop for this wonderful series. Thank you for your efforts and hard work. I was truly touched by all that was presented in each episode. Houdini & Doyle never to be forgotten.” – Heather Ferris @Ferrisantgirl13
“To all the cast & crew of Houdini & Doyle, my sincerest Thank You! Not only was this production a stunning piece of eye candy, it was very entertaining and has brought very passionate fans together in a way I never thought possible. Although H&D deserved more than one season, the fandom is strong and will live on! Xx” – Traci @BlueBoxBalm
“Before the show Houdini and Doyle I was just a weird chick who was obsessed with Houdini. But when I found out about this show I was excited that I could be a part of something that included Houdini. I got to chat with some really awesome people about the show and Houdini’s life and it opened up conversation I never get to have with other people. This show was 1000x better than I ever thought it would be, and I just want to thank everyone involved in the show for making it so amazing! This show will be greatly missed! But we will all support your endeavors in the future!” – Jenna @_jennatheleo_
“Hello to all you wonderful people! I just wanted to say that I have been a huge fan of Harry Houdini for a while now and was especially interested in his relationship with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I absolutely loved the show from start to finish! To my surprise there were many historical accuracies that I enjoyed seeing come to life on my television screen every week. Thank you for all the hard work you all put in to bring these characters to life, I only wish we were able to see more!” – Alexis Anthony (@AlexisRevenant)
“THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND HARD WORK!!” – Anonymous
“Every moment of quality television is to be celebrated. Houdini and Doyle was the cause of much celebration. Thank you all” – Sara Stathies
“It was a wonderful show I enjoyed all the episodes and hoped to see more . very sad But the cast and I’m sure the crew was great Thanks Joan” – Joan Liddiard
[SIGNED] – C. Jones
“Words cannot express how much we loved you all! We are deeply saddened to lose you but we will all remember you for the fantastic journey we shared! The brilliance of the writers, professionalism of the crew and outstanding performance from the actors added to the decors and costumes of this wonderful era will stay in our hearts forever! Michael you will always be Houdini in my heart! 😉 xx” – Marjolaine Ménard (@marjolainemenard3)
“You guys are amazing. You didn’t just make my Mondays better. “Houdini and Doyle” brightened up my world in so many ways during the short time it ran, and I can’t thank you enough for that. I won’t soon forget this show–in fact, I’m very sure of myself when I say that it will remain in my memory for as long as I have my sanity. And, while we’re on the subject of sanity, I do hope Houdini is doing alright with his own … or lack thereof. Good luck with all of your future endeavors, gang. <3” – Alyssa (@LovelyLubner)
“You guys!!! I’m sorry the show didn’t take off as well as you hoped, but I thought it was like the greatest thing ever. Everyone on the cast played the characters SO well and it easily became my favorite show of the summer. For me, it is very hard to pick a favorite character, but I think Houdini was my favorite. It also helped that Mr. Weston played him *wink wink*. Thank you all so much!” – Corri (@corricat97)
“Thank you, to the cast and crew of Houdini and Doyle. You have brought enjoyment and have inspired me for the future. 10 episodes isn’t enough but I will watch repeatedly over and over on my DVD. I wish there could be more episodes but all good things must end. It’s just sad that Houdini and Doyle had to finish so early. Thank you for such a unique and beautifully written characters and stories. Charismatic and talented actors, stunning costume and amazing sets.” – Savannah (@SavannahC8)
“Thank you for this wonderful show, I love it with all my heart. Best wishes for everyone.” – Mónica (@Monibolis)
“Many thanks to the c&c for creating an entertaining and intelligent show. We loved every minute and are devastated that FOX did not renew. We hope someone else will pick it up, even subscription. Worth every penny. The cast was excellent, costume designers were award winning, the writing was superior, the lights and sets were wonderful, and congrats to everyone who touched this special show. It’s painful that quality programming is far and few between nowadays. I wish everyone Much luck on future endeavors, and hope you all find work soon. You all deserve the best. Thanks again.” – BJ Killeen (@driverstalk)
“I miss you guys soooo much!!! I am so lost without you! L L L ” – Ally
“I can’t thank all of the cast, crew, writers and creators for this incredible show. Within 10 episodes you have managed to create something new where originality is scarce. The writing was impeccable, with captivating stories, witty dialog, relatable characters and moving story arcs. The scenery, wardrobe and director shots not only set the feel and tone for each episode but also added such depth to each story. Each character became so relatable; representing different beliefs and highlighting flaws and strengths in each. This was also carried out by the crazy talented cast who have engaged with their fans and audiences. Never before has a show inspired so much, for me personally, artistically. You have, without knowing, have encouraged me to continue my art and share it; for that there isn’t a way to thank you enough. 10 episodes is all it took to accomplish this and more. I wish all of you the continued success you deserve and hopefully you all know you have created lifelong fans.” – @waitforfistbump
“Thanks for creating an entertaining and fun show that provided me with much needed escapism and laughter at a time when I was very sick. The characters were great, particularly the interactions between the three leads, and the costumes were gorgeous. I will miss it :(“ – Lisa
SIGNED – Anna Candalija Ruiz @Ladyfootball1
“It has been an amazing series which I have thoroughly enjoyed. I’m so very sorry to see they have not renewed it, their stupidity is unfortunately our loss. So I wish you all the very best, thank you for all your hard work and I wish you all well for the future Kindest regards Ann” – Ann (@anndewitt4)
“Hey all! I’m so sad to hear the news! Houdini & Doyle was a really nice surprise of a show that I instantly enjoyed and looked forward to every week! Everything about the show is great, from casting to wardrobe, sets, writing and camera work. The stories were so captivating, I couldn’t turn away from my screen for a moment or I’d miss something! So I just want to say thank you to everyone who worked really hard on H&D. You really made an amazing and creative show and you all are fantastic people. I hope to see you in more work as time goes on! Thank you!” – Heather S (@yogaghost)
“Great cast. I hope another station will pick up the show. Loved the theme. I hope to see all three together again.” – John Monte
“Thank you so much for a great 1st season to an amazing show! The cast was awesome and I loved Houdini’s comedic comments! This show was really eye-opening and always exciting and thrilling! It was really well done and I truly enjoyed every second of every episode! Thanks again!” – Joelle
“First of all let me say thank you to everyone for making this show happen! To the camera men, stunt people, extras, hair and makeup, and everyone else I missed. Because of you and your amazing team work we got this amazing show to cherish for years to come! To Michael West, Thank you so much for making Houdini a likeable and wonderful character! You are truly an inspiration! Your humorous wit and jokes along with your overall way of portraying Harry Houdini is a work of art! Future actors who will portray Harry Houdini have a BIG gap to fill. To Stephen M, Thank you for making Dr. Doyle/Sherlock a smart, cocky, and funny character! You will be the first and probably the last person to do such a GREAT job playing Dr. Doyle! We will forever be in your det. To Rebecca L, Thank you so VERY much for playing Constable Stratton!! You make the empowering female role look effortless (Yet I know you worked very hard) And Have made several young (and older) women around the world feel empowered and inspired by your outstanding performance! Stratton was one of the best Lead female roles I have ever seen on TV! To Josh B, Thank you so much for everything you did for this show and all of its fans! If it wasn’t for you fans wouldn’t have know amazing details and other fun facts about the show! To All The Writers, THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! If it wasn’t for you the show would have never had so many fun laughs and great concept! We laughed, we cried, we were on the edge of our seats, and kept us going in circle thinking about what was going on in the show! and for that we thank you very much! To the other actors, THANK YOU! And to my fellow fans, thank you for making me feel like I am part of something. Hopefully we will forever be together and talk about this show even to our grandkids! 🙂 Best of luck and wishes to the cast and crew! We will miss you as part of this but look forward to future movies, TV shows, ect. with you in it! <3 –“ @TheTwilightArtist
“I thoroughly enjoyed Houdini and Doyle. The actors were exceptional. Michael Weston’s portrayal of Houdini was quite refreshing! I feel he captured the essence of Houdini. Stephen Mangan’s Doyle was spot-on! Rebecca Liddiard brought a breath of fresh air to every scene. Guest stars were marvelous, including one of my favorite actors, Joe Sims. The music was amazing, thanks James Jandrisch. Cinematography was superb. The costumes were perfection, from Houdini’s suits and shoes, to the fantastic hats! Thanks for the experience. Alas, I’ll profoundly miss the show. *sigh” – Dr. Jean Mitchell (@drjean_neuro)
“Houdini & Doyle quickly became my favorite new show. It was smart, funny, and just a joy to watch. I was heartbroken to hear it was cancelled. Thank you so much for the hard work and love that went into making the show. It’s one that will stick in my mind and heart for a very long time.” – Amanda (@celtic_lass82)
“Thank you for creating such an amazing series! It really kept me on my toes each episode 🙂 I hope you too are very proud of yourselves for creating the show. I can’t believe this is actually goodbye … Thank you for the memories, the tears, the laughs and the mystery 🙂 I wish you all the best in your respective careers :)” – Indi (@itsindiwithnoe)
“I just want to show my appreciation for such an enjoyable show. Houdini & Doyle kept getting better and better every week. The music and costumes were amazing the chemistry between the cast was amazing. Thanks to all involved” – LeeLee (@IvoSor3)
“I would just like to thank everyone who worked on H&D! They helped create a great community/fanbase who will miss the show a ton! The show will forever be in our hearts! <3” Adam Young (@SavageAdam0161)
“To the talented team involved with Houdini and Doyle:
Thank you for creating something wonderful. I needed a show like this. I was enamoured with everything from start to finish – from the stunning use of Manchester architecture to the set dressing and astounding costumes. Everybody clearly put a lot of love into this show, and man, did it come across to the audience! I want to thank the writing team, too, for creating such memorable characters – particularly Adelaide, who is the most impressive feminist character I have seen on television in a long time – and for plots that kept me guessing, kept me gripped, kept me terrified. Thank you last, but not least, to the cast, who made each character fun, intense, heartbreaking, all in equal measure. The chemistry on screen was palpable, and the arguments, romance, tenderness, laughs, all felt so real.
In short; even though the show is now over, I’m so, so glad it all existed.” – Jenny (@queenofthesonic)
“I never missed an episode. Houdini and Doyle was the best show on T.V. I absolutely hate that fox canceled the series. I will miss your show. The best cast and wonderful scripts made the show fantastic to watch. I pray another network picks up the series! Best of luck to you all. Many blessings came your soon. Take care Michelle.” – Michelle Hicks
“We enjoyed every minute of this show, that can only be on the account of great teamwork. I hope one day somebody has to brains to pick this show back up. I also loved the cast their acting and their chemistry together. Nice to see also new faces on the television screen. I do tell other people to watch this show if they ever get the chance. Special thanks to the 3 head characters (and actors) for making a perfect trio to think beyond the obvious. Greetings from Antwerp, Belgium” – Chantal (@channybakerskid)
“A thousand thank yous for such an incredible season! You all helped create a wonderful story full of life and little details and it will be dearly missed. Continue to have a blessed career with all of your wonderful talent, guys!” – Emily (@odysseyofgrace)
“To the creators, writers, cast, and crew of Houdini and Doyle: Thank you so much for gifting us with your show. Thank you for stories and characters and relationships that I came to love dearly. Thank you for your time, dedication, enthusiasm, and heart. Thank you for engaging with us on social media–Monday nights felt like time with family. (Josh, Michael, and Rebecca: I’m honored to have been noticed.) But most of all, thank you for Adelaide Stratton. I can’t even hope to adequately describe what she means to me, as someone who also loved, lost, and was nearly destroyed by it. When I see her, I see myself, and I think maybe my friends are right, and I’m strong like her, too. And because of this show, I’m writing again–I’ve reclaimed a hobby that died off five years ago after my divorce. Thank you for giving me back a little piece of joy I thought I’d lost. Thank you for everything this show has given me.” – Allison Lane (@keyofmgy)
“I’m going to try very hard not to write a novel here, because that’s what I do. I’m a writer, and things I’m working on tend to get very out of hand, even – and perhaps especially – when I try to keep them in check. But there are a few things I feel need to be said.
I grew up with a love of Harry Houdini and Sherlock Holmes instilled in me from a very early age. As soon as I found out there was going to be a show called Houdini & Doyle, there was no question that I would watch it, because as I kept saying, it sounded like a fan’s dream come true. I was cautiously skeptical at first, however, because a lot can go wrong with a period piece based on actual historical figures. I think my trepidation lasted all of ten minutes. As soon as I saw the very first bickering exchange between Houdini and Doyle, I was captivated. When Sister Grace asked for Doyle’s autograph, and Harry automatically assumed the question was directed at him, I already felt myself falling in love with the characters and the writing. That love only grew exponentially over the course of the ten episodes.
This show became my happy place (and it will remain so). No matter what had gone on throughout the course of the previous week, I always looked forward to Monday night when I could get lost for an hour in the lives of these amazing characters. What made it even more special was being able to chat with other passionate fans that love this amazing show just as much as I do. The icing on the cake was being able to connect with those involved in the show as well. A huge thank you especially to Joshua and Michael for live-tweeting and interacting with us (and noticing little old me).
There are parts, scenes, characters, and quotes from every single episode that I love dearly, because the writing is so brilliant. But there is one moment in particular that I know is going to stick with me for a very long time. In The Monsters of the Nethermoor, Harry tells Adelaide, “My mother said to me, ‘Harry, don’t ever let anyone put you in chains.’ And I never have, except of my own choosing.”
This is something I’m sadly guilty of – letting people put me in chains (figuratively, of course). I decided a long time ago that I didn’t want to live like that, but it’s hard sometimes to see what’s right in front of your face. It was with this episode, with this quote as my mantra, that I was finally able to let go of a relationship that I realized was not good for me. I was terrified to make that decision, as it was with someone who’s been in and out of my life for well over a decade. She would appear and say, “Jump!” and I would ask, “How high?” Every single time. That was the power of the shackles she had around me, and I wanted to be free. In the end, it’s turned out to be a very positive change in my life, and I’m happier than I’ve been in a long time. Sometimes, you just need to let people go from your life for the better, and I don’t think I would have had the courage to do that if not for this show.
Then, on July sixth, just two days after watching The Pall of LaPier, I sat down and began working on a fanfiction story about what happened after Doyle was shot. That story has quickly grown to about 50,000 words in just one month. Any time you find something that inspires you that much, you know it’s incredibly special. I know I’ll be writing more stories about these characters for quite some time, because there’s so much more that can be explored. I’m just so very sorry the creative team didn’t get the opportunity to do that any further.
Thank you so much to the creators and the writers for creating such in-depth mysteries and compelling characters. To Michael, Stephen, and Rebecca for breathing life into our trio and making them so sympathetic and so easy to fall in love with. To every supporting actor who helped to flesh out the wonderful world. To the costume designers for making every episode a joy to look at. And to every single person in between who had a hand in bringing Houdini & Doyle to us. You truly created something special, and your hard work and love were felt in every single scene, in every single line of dialogue.
When I found out about the cancelation, I cried like I had lost a friend, and maybe I have. One that has impacted my life more than I ever thought possible from a show. I keep saying Houdini & Doyle has changed my life and that is nothing short of the truth. I can’t imagine going back to that point just three short months ago before I ever saw an episode of Houdini & Doyle. I am terribly saddened and disappointed that the show didn’t get the chance it deserved, but it isn’t lost. It isn’t gone. I have been changed indelibly by it; I am a better person, a stronger person for this show having existed. That isn’t something I say lightly, and that isn’t something that just goes away. I will continue to feel the effects of this show for a very long time, and I know I’m not the only one. As long as there are those of us who remember it, who remember what it did for us, it will live on for a very long time.
Much love.” – Meredith Nygma (@SpoonyLupin )
“First of all, congratulations! It’s amazing how much you brought in just one season! Not just story wise, but also the sceneries, clothes, everything really! The world needs more of this, more diversity. It’s sad how something is based on views rather than quality, because the quality of the show was over the top. I admit I had a lil crush on Houdini (can’t trust someone who had a magic phase ahahah). Even if the show doesn’t go on, I hope every single one of you continues doing what you love, making this little world a bit more interesting :)” – Marta Vieira (@MindBizarre)
“”Hello everyone, even though I would have liked another series or four, I’m just really grateful and thankful for the ten episodes you were able to give us. I watched and rewatched (…and rewatched) them, had a grand time, and wished I could hang out with our three heroes. Consider this a job splendidly done and again, thank each and every one of you for bringing us hours and hours of fun! xxx”” – Maj (@1outside)
“I just wanted to extend a heartfelt thank you to the cast and crew of Houdini & Doyle. You created a beautiful, lush, and eerie world through your fantastic writing, gorgeous costume and set designs, and of course wonderful acting. The writers came up with some of the most unique and entertaining story lines deftly dealing with personal and societal issues that are very much relevant today. And the actors. Michael Weston and Stephen Mangan brought us two of history’s most beloved figures. I’m a fan of both Harry Houdini and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and their portrayals were true to the spirit of those two men. They brought heart, humor, pathos to their roles. And Rebecca Liddiard’s Constable Stratton was a fabulous foil! A seemingly unlikely trio that meshed so beautifully. Despite the larger than life characters, you could relate so easily to all three.
So a big thank you to everyone who helped bring this show to us. We are a devoted fan base which would have only grown larger had the show been given the right publicity by the network. Houdini & Doyle is unlike any other series on television. Bravo!!!” – Kim Lofgren (@KimberLofgren)
“Dear Houdini and Doyle cast and crew,
Thank you for a wonderful season of mystery and suspense. This show has a special place in my heart because for once it brought my whole family together!
We all watched it together in the living room , enjoying every moment!
Everyone did a amazing job from the effects , makeup, setting, lighting, camera work ,scriptwriting ,and actting. You all have made such a great show! Not only did you make a show that people everywhere enjoyed you made memories! And I would like to thank you for all the memories you have made for me ! Memories of talking over commericals to see if anyone thought they knew the case, and of who is better Houdini, Doyle or Adelaide? Through all of your efforts and hard work and dedication I got to make memories and enjoy time with my family and enjoy something amazing.
Thank you so much!!!” – Haley (IG: cosplaycreature, FB: Naoto Haley)
“I just want to say a big thank-you to everyone who got together and made a wonderful program like “Houdini & Doyle” possible. I have become something of a Houdini fan/historian in the past two years, so when I first heard that this show was in production, I was incredibly excited. I had been badly disappointed by the HISTORY miniseries on Houdini, and though I don’t usually enjoy movies or shows that take great liberties with history, the concept of throwing Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle together at the height of Harry’s fame to solve mysteries sounded like a fun concept.
I never watch scripted television, but I was hooked from the first episode and eagerly awaited next week’s installment. As a screenwriter and aspiring filmmaker, I understand how easy it is for a good concept to go bad with the wrong elements, but everything in “Houdini & Doyle” was absolutely top-notch, from the excellent writing to the stellar cast to the gorgeous production values. And the way that real history was woven into the fictional storylines made it especially engrossing for a history buff like me.
I want to give an especial nod to the excellent cast, especially Rebecca Liddiard, Stephen Mangan, Diana Quick, and Michael Weston. Their excellent performances brought me to laughter and tears each week and made it very, very hard to say goodbye to this program. Ms. Quick is undoubtedly my favorite portrayer of Mrs. Weiss, and Mr. Weston is unquestionably the best Houdini on film since Harvey Keitel, bringing Houdini’s charm, energy, and charisma to life in a way that hasn’t been seen on film before. I look forward to seeing them all in future projects.
While I, like many other fans of “Houdini & Doyle,” am greatly saddened that the show will not be renewed for another season, I am grateful that this first season has been brought into existence, where I believe it will engage and entertain Houdini and Doyle fans for generations to come.
Thank you to you all.
Peoria, Arizona” – Meredith Secaur
“Thanks for a BRILLIANT show!!!! Please Producers find a way to renew!!!” – Doris Soraci
“Love, love, love the show!!!!!!! Thanks!! Find a way to renew!!!!!” – Ruth Lofgren
“Really enjoyed the show, was hopeful that it would get picked up for a second season, so sorry it wasn’t. To the actors, crew, writers, directors, and everyone thank you for doing such a wonderful job” – Lee Barrett (@lbarrett777)
“Thanks to all that worked on this beautiful show. I was always so excited for the next episode. I loved everything about it, but especially the beauty of the work you created, from the sets to the wardrobe and everything in between. It will be a missed addition to my list of favourite shows. Thanks again! Onward and upward, as they say!” – Krista