With a ferociously sharp mind tempered by a more forgiving exterior -- those basset hound eyes, that creamy-porridge voice -- British actor/writer/game show host/Twitter impresario Stephen Fry is one of life's guaranteed pleasures; I'd willingly watch him read the phone book.
Which, unfortunately, is pretty much what he does in "Doors Open," an adaption of an Ian Rankin thriller of the same name debuting on the Ovation network Saturday night at 8 p.m. Or rather an art catalog; in "Doors Open" Fry plays Robert Gissing, an art professor living in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he delivers lectures, curates the collection of a civic-minded bank and trades auction notes with pal and electronics entrepreneur Mike Mackenzie ("Primeval's" Douglas Henshall). As the action opens, Mike is brushing up on his brush strokes to impress Robert's friend Laura ("Being Human's" Lenora Crichlow), a comely collector and auctioneer.
For no real reason at all except convenience, five years pass in the blink of an eye. Mike and Laura have split and Gissing's bank is hitting hard times. Not only does Robert and Mike's mutual pal Alan (Kenneth Collard) face being sacked, Robert's beloved collection is slated for sale at the hands of the gleaming Bruce (Elliot Cowan of "Da Vinci's Demons"), who just happens to now be engaged to Laura.