“Who do you think you are, Sherlock Holmes?” As Arthur and his loyal assistant Woodie investigate the sinister case of animal “rippings” that sent an innocent man to prison, people don’t often voice this question, but you know they’re thinking it. After all, Arthur is none other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the beloved Holmes character—and yet when he takes it upon himself to clear the innocent man’s name, it doesn’t go unnoticed that Arthur himself is not a detective. But luckily for George, the wrongfully convicted, Arthur is not deterred by his lack of credentials—and at the risk of missing his publisher’s deadline, he charges ahead, pursuing the truth with gusto, humor, and genteel flair.

Fans of British period mysteries are sure to enjoy this miniseries, reminiscent of the original Poirot series starring David Suchet and Maigret starring Michael Gambon. Arthur & George features the same fine acting, beautiful locales, and attention to period details—not to mention excellent writing. Martin Clunes of Doc Martin fame, is almost unrecognizable here, sporting a bushy mustache and a full head of sandy brown hair to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Adding to the un-Doc-Martin-y effect is a Scottish accent and congenial manner. It’s a role that suits Clunes well.