TV Recap: ‘Houdini and Doyle’ Reincarnates the Suffragette Movement


Houdini and Doyle, season 1, episode 2, “A Dish of Adharma”. Written by David Hoselton; directed by Stephen Hopkins. Copyright 2016. Seen June 12, 2016.

In our last episode, we were introduced to our titular pair as they become the Yard’s extra help in cases that involve the paranormal. Houdini (Michael Weston) is our doubter, and Doyle (Stephen Mangan) is our believer. They are put with Constable Stratton (Rebecca Liddiard), the first female constable in the year of our Lord 1901.

This episode opens on a weird flashback motif of a person screaming, and gunshots, as we see a body get buried. We flip over to a scene of a protest with women’s suffragettes. A young boy (Samuel Joslin) approaches the main protester, Lydia Belworth (Laura Fraser). With flowers in hands, he says, “You murdered me”, pulls out a gun, and then shoots her.