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Having discovered that George was in prison with Hayden Price and is now teaching him to read Sir Arthur meets - through the late Bostock's son Harry - Fred Brooke. He establishes that, as ... See full summary »


Stuart Orme


Ed Whitmore, Julian Barnes (based on the novel "Arthur & George" by)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Clunes ... Arthur Conan Doyle
Arsher Ali ... George Edalji
Charles Edwards ... Alfred Wood
Art Malik ... Rev Shapurji Edalji
Hattie Morahan ... Jean Leckie
Emma Fielding ... Charlotte Edalji
Ciarán Owens ... Harry Bostock
Alan McKenna ... Inspector Campbell
Conleth Hill ... Sergeant Upton
John Hollingworth ... Dr. Butter
Matthew Marsh ... Chief Constable Anson
Pearl Chanda Pearl Chanda ... Maud Edalji
Hilary Maclean Hilary Maclean ... Connie
Timothy Watson Timothy Watson ... Ernest 'Willie' Hornung
Aaron Chawla Aaron Chawla ... Young George


Having discovered that George was in prison with Hayden Price and is now teaching him to read Sir Arthur meets - through the late Bostock's son Harry - Fred Brooke. He establishes that, as schoolboys Harry, George and Fred fell foul of a violent class-mate known as Speck. Sir Arthur's enquiries lead to the adult Speck, who would seem to be the true culprit of the crimes for which George was blamed - though it is too late to convict. However Sir Arthur has great difficulty in convincing the bigoted police that they arrested the wrong man, particularly as Speck had an alibi for some of the crimes. Clearly he had an accomplice and Sir Arthur must unmask them before he finally exonerates George and invites him to his wedding with Jean Leckie. Written by don @ minifie-1

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16 March 2015 (UK) See more »

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Closing credits epilogue: The Gladstone Committee re-examined the case and declared George innocent of the animal maimings.

Although no financial compensation was given, George was finally granted a free pardon. The case led to the establishment of the Criminal Court of Appeal.

George worked as a solicitor in London and lived with his sister until his death in 1937.

Arthur had three more children with Jean and continued his prolific writing career until his death in 1930. See more »


At about 24 minutes, Arthur Conan Doyle is in the study of Chief Constable Anson. At one point, an image in which Anson is shown alone is reversed: His vest buttons backwards, his watch hangs from the opposite pocket, his drink is in the wrong hand, and he moves to his right even though we see Conan Doyle follow Anson's movement as if he had gone left. See more »

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Interesting but a waste of time.
19 September 2015 | by ctyankee1See all my reviews

I watched the 3 episodes. You can watch them on YouTube or when they are on Public TV. A Reverend's son named George is suspected of vicious and violent things like sending threatening letters to people and attacking cattle and other animals to kill them. He spends 3 years in jail. The plot pushes things that are to frame George Edalji's because of his race. I felt this was over done because of the explanation of the bad things that happened.

Martin Clunes is an excellent actor but not in this. Woody his secretary was good and would make a great Sherlock Holmes. The episodes are in dark dreary houses, dark alleys, hallways or at night on dark streets and in the field. You can hardly see the faces except for a funeral at the cemetery. Rooms were lit by few candles, hard to see anything including what Arthur held in his hand to investigate.

The crimes are violent and vicious. I could not see who was who because most of this took place in the dark or candlelit rooms.

The answer to the killings of animals and more don't make sense.

To me this series was a waste of time. 1-I could not understand the accents of the people that were muffled that were like English/Scottish/Irish. 2-The darkness of the series where you could not see who was who and what and who the characters were and what they looked like that were the villains in this series.

To me the plot did not justify the end which I felt was poor.

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