Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

There's No Escaping the Genius of Houdini ; TV: WHAT TO WATCH NEXT WEEK

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

There's No Escaping the Genius of Houdini ; TV: WHAT TO WATCH NEXT WEEK

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Houdini (Sunday, Channel 4, 9pm) FORGET David Blaine and Dynamo - when it comes to illusions and impossible stunts, Houdini remains a household name, some 88 years after his death.

In fact, this new two-part drama argues the case for him as America's first ever world-renowned superstar. So, it's only fitting that the programme-makers have found an Oscar-winner to play him, in the shape of The Pianist's Adrien Brody.

The first instalment shows how a rabbi's son from Wisconsin by the name of Erich Weiss came to embody the American dream by remaking himself as escapologist Harry Houdini.

His career began in vaudeville, but he was destined to leave the circuit behind, performing extraordinary feats across the world, and meeting some of the greatest names of the era from heads of state to Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle - and the Russian monk Rasputin.

But it turns out Houdini did have a little help from his wife Bess (Kristen Connolly), who was his right-hand woman when it came to devising stunts. …

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