Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 0

The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (18 May 2000)

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Arthur Conan Doyle reveals the story behind Sherlock Holmes and his mysteries by telling about Dr. Joseph Bell.

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Sean Wightman ...
Mortuary Clerk
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Elspeth Scott
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Sir Henry Carlyle
Ralph Riach ...
The Strand Editor
Aly Bain ...
The Fiddler
Andrew John Tait ...
Eustace Stark
Alan Sinclair ...
Medical Lecturer
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Thomas Neill
Tamsin Pike ...
Sophia
Joel Strachan ...
Crawford
David Walker ...
Baxter (as David MacDowell)
Sarah Collier ...
Mary Doyle
John Bett ...
Charles Doyle
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In the tumult that follows his killing off his fictional character Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle reflects on the man who influenced and provided the prototype for the great detective, Dr. Joseph Bell. A professor at the University of Edinburgh medical school where Doyle is a student, Bell is unconventional in his quest for knowledge and uses his skills of perception and observation to interpret events. He also believes that crimes can be solved in the same way as disease can be diagnosed if the same techniques are used. Having solved the murder of a young woman, Bell grants Doyle greater access to his research. This is also a time when women are being admitted to the Medical School for the first time and Doyle has become attracted to a fellow student, Elspeth Scott. Not all of the students and staff are as accepting as Doyle and someone is trying to frighten her and perhaps even do her harm. When Elpseth's sister Lady Sarah Carlisle takes ill, Doyle comes to believe that her ... Written by garykmcd

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He taught him the finer points...of murder!


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In Doyle's first conversation with Elspeth, she tells him that she's from South Africa. In real life, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's first published work of fiction, "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley", was set in South Africa. Citation: Owen Dudley Edwards, "Doyle, Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan (1859-1930)", Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. See more »

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When Sir Henry is confronted about the pills that he gave to Lady Sarah, he takes the box of pills from her. In the next moment, from a different camera angle, Dr. Bell takes the box from Inspector Beecher. See more »

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Arthur Conan Doyle: There must be someone who can help.
Dr. Joseph Bell: At the moment there is only us. Our crusade is personal now, Doyle. Here the line is drawn. And if we have to fight the future, so be it - we will. And on, and on unto the next century.
[Bell walks away, and then turns]
Dr. Joseph Bell: Will you come?
Arthur Conan Doyle: [pauses] Aye.
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A good stab at an original story
12 January 2000 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

"Murder Rooms" was a fair go at an original idea by David Pirie and it was the story of Arthur Conan Doyle when he was at university and began doubting his career as a doctor, and was inclined to writing.

Have a very talented cast with Ian Richardson, Charles Dance and Robin Laing the acting was real. The main supporting cast of Dolly Wells, Alec Newman and Andrew John Tait did their job excellently adding some beauty to the background.

It could have been put together better, as I believe that the drama was a bit staccato in places, scenes being to short etc. But all in all good for sitting in on a cold night in front of a log fire with some brandy and a pipe!


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