I was naturally concerned that the standard of part one be maintained or surpassed. In this I was not disappointed.
The problem for the second part of a three part drama is that it is the filler and lacks both the introduction and establishment of characters and the finale where all is revealed.
We also see conflict between Conan Doyle and Woody who is not as convinced of Edalji's innocence and who also regrets bringing the case to Conan Doyle's attention.
Away from the case we see the on-going issues of Conan Doyle's relationship with Jean Leckie and the disapproval of his family at their association. We see the confrontation between Conan Doyle and his brother-in-law Willie Horning (creator of Raffles) in which the perceived nature of the Doyle/Leckie relationship is discussed.
In this there is some clear changing of the facts to suit the drama but I don't feel it damages the integrity of the story and can be forgiven.
Clunes continues to impress as Conan Doyle and the rest of the cast continues to give sterling service. I am beginning to share Clunes' hope that this drama heralds the beginning of a series. Even though this would mean that future stories would be entirely fiction I still think it would be a good idea. It would also provide the opportunity for a dramatisation of the Oscar Slater case which I think is long overdue.
Written by Alistair DuncanBuy my books here