From the start of Arthur & George, we’ve been bouncing back and forth between fact and fiction. The characters in the story were real people. The premise and circumstances are real as well. How the events surrounding them transpired, well, much of that appears to be pure conjecture in this dramatization.
Let’s take for example the connection between George Edalji and the nefarious Hayden Price, whom we are told was the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s nefarious Professor Moriarty.
Early in Part 3, George (Arsher Ali) tells Arthur (Martin Clunes) that the two met in prison, where Price saved his life. George understandably feels indebted to Price and despite knowing the type of character he is, George maintains a relationship with him after they both have been released from prison. That’s a swell story, but none of it appears to be based in fact.
So when we finally reach the heart-pounding climax of the miniseries, you can’t be blamed for wondering just how much of this stuff really happened.