Stephen Mangan

Channel 4 announce Fake News week

Fake News

Fake news has become an interesting yet controversial topic that has dominated the internet and it is becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish what is real and what isn't.

As truth becomes increasingly determined by how many likes, clicks, shares or hits, Channel 4 News will explore where fake news actually comes from and the implications it has in a week long series of interviews and discussions.

Watch: First look at Houdini & Doyle trailer

Houdini & Doyle, Stephen Mangan, Michael Weston, David Shore, House,

Set in London in 1901, the show stars Stephen Mangan (Episodes, Green Wing) as Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle and Michael Weston (House M.D., The Dukes of Hazard) as illusionist Harry Houdini.

The quick-witted duo team up to solve mysteries that the Metropolitan police cannot crack.

Despite being the creator of the world's greatest detective, Arthur Conan Doyle is well known for his belief in the paranormal. 

First look at ITV Encore's Houdini & Doyle

Michael Weston as Harry Houdini and Stephen Mangan Arthur Conan Doyle star in Houdini and Doyle


Michael Weston as Harry Houdini and Stephen Mangan
​ as Arthur Conan Doyle
(Credit: ITV / Big Talk)

Stephen Mangan will star as Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle in the ten part drama, alongside Michael Weston, who will play escape artist Harry Houdini.

ITV’s big drama: Television speaks to drama boss Steve November

Steve November

On 18 September 2016, Steve November has a problem. At 9:00pm that night, the slot arrives in ITV’s schedule that would normally be filled by the season premiere of Downton Abbey.

As Director of Drama for the ITV network, November has to find a replacement – Downton is ending, with the last ever episode to air this coming Christmas Day. And, given Downton’s blockbuster ratings performance, it’s going to be a fiendishly difficult act to follow.

Sky Arts to relaunch

Stephen Mangan in Birthday

The move will see a 10% increase in programming investment for the channel, which moves up the EPG to channel 121.

New one-off drama Birthday, adapted from Joe Penhall’s sell-out play, will air on Tuesday evening.

Stephen Mangan stars as Ed, a pregnant man waiting to give birth on an NHS maternity ward, accompanied by his high-flying executive wife (Anna Maxwell Martin).

The broadcaster has made a commitment to increasing high-quality arts programming across Europe.