Houdini's First Words: You are beautiful, Florrie.
Doyle's First Words: Good morning.
Houdini is staying in the Royal Suite at the Metropole Hotel.
Doyle's car can do 14 miles per hour while Houdini's Oldsmobile does 15.
The name of the newly built subway station was the London Bridge Station.
There are small differences between the British ITV airing and the North American Global/Fox airing. For example, the first difference is in the intro of the show. In the British version we see Houdini and Doyle trapped under the grate, almost rowning, then it flashes back to 3 days earlier with the horse and buggy passing the camera. In the Global/Fox airing, it just starts with the horse and buggy passing. A second difference comes during the introduction of Arthur Conan Doyle with his book and ublisher. In the ITV/British version, this scene is skipped entirely. Instead Arthur Conan Doyle just appears on screen in Merring's office.
Martin Upton lived in Apartment #3.
The first scene that Michael Weston had shot was the train scene in which Houdini tells Stratton he loves his father. Michael Weston provided this information via a live-tweet during the episode.
Margery Maguire lives in Apartment #2.
Other notes Houdini had in his pocket: "losing family", "losing a child", "spiders".
This episode contains a strong theme of gender inequality. We see this when Lydia says that it would be okay for a man to have many women but for a woman to have many men it's different. Secondly, when Doyle is explaining to his daughter why she has to learn midwifery. Finally, Stratton's logic for being an interrogator. She says if she fails she is a bad interrogator, if she is successful it is because she is a woman.
As @imatoysruskid pointed out during a live tweet of the show, Doyle says his wife has been unresponsive/in a coma for 6 months. However, the time difference between when we had first seen her in a coma in Episode 1 and now is 3 years. Update (May 15, 2016): As confirmed by Joshua Brandon on twitter [screenshot], the 1904 newspaper was a mistake and the entire series takes place in 1901.
|13||E03.TR11||The song that is featured while Doyle is praying for Touie is Subtle Weight by Foreign Fields. [Source]||13:58|
Houdini suffers from “hidradenitis suppurativa” or clogged sweat glands.
First episode that alludes to Adelaide's home/family life.
During the failed water torture scene, a stunt man had to be taken to hospital. [Source]
In the British/ITV version, there is an extra scene inside the hospital where Touie is staying. Both Arthur and Touie are playing cards, and she is beating him badly. The doctor interrupts to check her lungs which is where the American version picks up.
Doyle's cribbage hand: two runs of 4 and a pair, for 10 . He misses 15-2, 15-4 which goes to his wife for the win. [ITV version only]
Doyle's meal suggestion: Chateaubriand and roasted potatoes. Chateaubriand is a specific cut/type of beef. [ITV version only]
The name of the institute where Touie is being cared for is called "Brompton Sanatorium".
Doyle gets sad while Touie is talking about what dress to wear. This is because he had a dream she was wearing the black dress and secondly he was packing her clothes away at the beginning of the episode.
During the live tweet event, Josh Brandon tweeted that the lady playing Touie Doyle is Louise Delamere and is Stephen Mangan's real wife. [Source]
Houdini's Michael Weston actually had food poisoning during on of the scenes. [Source]
In the opening scene a stunt mad did fall to the ground with the use of a bungee cord [source tweet].
Houdini is twice successful in fake passing the note to Doyle.
Doyle was driving a Wolsey Roadster. [source tweet]
Doyle's Plate # AH407
West Riding Pauper - the insane asylum in which Natalia stayed.
The Meowing Nuns - Houdini's favorite mass hysteria moment.
The London Daily address is 228 Fleet Street.
Strontium aluminate and candle wax was used to create the glowing red eyes. [as per Doyle]
Ethanol was used to create the blue flame. [as per Doyle]
The story line was based off true events of an unsolved crime from 1837.
Two scenes are missing from the American broadcast. The first is when Houdini is smoking opium. During the American broadcast, he was not seen physically smoking pipe. The second is during the end scene. The American broadcast did not include Houdini asking Doyle which tragedy did this foretell.
Up until this episode, Doyle has been strong and not shown emotions. As he learns its okay to show emotions we see him pass that on to his children, specifically when Kingsley tells him he is not afraid but Doyle, looking at a picture of Touie, says its okay if you are.
Spring-Heel'd Jack is known to terrorize people before a major tragic event. During one of the live tweet sessions Stephanie (@miss_steph42) asked Joshua Brandon what tragic event is Spring Heel'd Jack foretelling during the last scene. He answered back saying "that scene wasn't in the US version it seems, but it was about the rise of technology (omnibuses) and sensationalist news media blurring the line between reporting and provoking to make a buck."
Doyle uses an Underwood typewriter.
The restaurant at which Houdini's mother eats is called "Lizabetta's".
During a live tweet, Joshua Brandon said that he named the restaurant after his wife.
Doyle is split wanting to believe in Korzha, thinking she is talking to his wife. But he also does not want to believe that Stratton will die.
No. 661 - Numbers on the train
Houdini, Doyle & Stratton sit in first class.
Nethermoor is about 6 hours away from London (by train)
106.X - Booths collar numbers
Houdini lands 9 punches on Jim before Doyle hauls him off.
In the bedroom, we are present for 53 push-ups.
First episode in which Doyle mentions is crazy, alcoholic father.
Rosie's search party includes Stratton, Booth, Daniel, Jim and 9 others.
The potion that knocked Doyle out was a mix of nightshade, henbane, and English mandrake,
During a live tweet, Michael Weston confirmed the guy in the wheelchair took a real hit.
During a live tweet, Michael Weston said during the scene where he is running through London, his shoes had zero grip.
According to Josh Brandon, Houdini's father did in fact die 3 months before Doyle killed off Sherlock Holmes.
|53||E08.TR01||The name of the first butcher shop is A. Jones & Co. Ltd. Butchers. Perhaps a nod to Arwel Wyn Jones (@arwelwjones) the production designer.||---|
|54||E08.TR02||Bram (Paul Ritter) and Doyle (Stephen Mangan) are actually friends in real life. [Source]||---|
|55||E09.TR01||Houdini & Adelaide's first and only kiss.||29:49|
|56||E09.TR02||Stratton's telegram was recieved in Niagara on August 25, 1901.||38:41|
|57||E10.TR01||Since filming took place in Canada, Rebecca Liddiard was filming clost to home. In fact she goes on to say "At the end I got in a car and drove back to my real actual home sweet home." (Source).||---|
|58||E10.TR02||Josh Brandon said that the President was killed a few days later and it would be addressed if we have a Season 2. (Source)||---|