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"Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes" The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (2000)

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Original Air Date:
4 January 2000 (Season 1, Episode 0)
He taught him the finer points...of murder!
Arthur Conan Doyle reveals the story behind Sherlock Holmes and his mysteries by telling about Dr. Joseph Bell. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Ian Richardson ... Dr. Joseph Bell
Sean Wightman ... Mortuary Clerk

Robin Laing ... Arthur Conan Doyle

Dolly Wells ... Elspeth Scott

Charles Dance ... Sir Henry Carlyle
Ralph Riach ... The Strand Editor
Aly Bain ... The Fiddler
Andrew John Tait ... Eustace Stark
Alan Sinclair ... Medical Lecturer

Alec Newman ... Thomas Neill
Tamsin Pike ... Sophia
Joel Strachan ... Crawford
David Walker ... Baxter (as David MacDowell)
Sarah Collier ... Mary Doyle
John Bett ... Charles Doyle
Bernard Horsfall ... Crawford Senior

Matthew Macfadyen ... Waller
Eric Barlow ... PC Murdoch
John Malcolm ... Doctor in Street
Dolina MacLennan ... Woman Patient
John Comerford ... Working Man Patient

Sean McGinley ... Inspector Beecher
Laurie Ventry ... Summers

Ruth Platt ... Lady Sarah Carlisle

Stephen Howard ... Dr. Gillespie
Ewan Stewart ... Canning
Julie Wilson Nimmo ... Canning's Maid
Patrick Hannaway ... Dr. Latimer
Donalda Samuel ... Landlady
Anne-Marie Kennedy ... Hazel
Mary Goonan ... Sobbing Woman

Linda Duncan McLaughlin ... Madame Rose
Coral Preston ... Marie

Shauna Macdonald ... Marie's Friend
Maureen Carr ... Panicked Woman
Jenny Foulds ... Kate
Suzie Lundy ... Kate's Friend
Graham Crammond ... Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murdo Boyd ... Dog in Street
Edward Bennett-Coles ... Patient (uncredited)
Roddy Campbell ... Henchman (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Seed 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Pirie  writer

Produced by
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH Boston
Ian Madden .... producer
David Pirie .... associate producer
Jim Reeve .... executive producer: Television Production Company
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
John Kenway 
Film Editing by
Martin Brinkler 
Mark Day 
Casting by
Patsy Pollock 
Production Design by
Tom McCullagh 
Art Direction by
Malcolm Dalton (creative director)
Anna Rackard 
Set Decoration by
Tina Jones 
Costume Design by
Frances Tempest 
Makeup Department
Candice Banks .... makeup assistant
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Eva Marieges Moore .... makeup artist
Fiona Maynard .... makeup assistant
Meg Speirs .... makeup designer (as Meg Spiers)
Production Management
Graeme Gordon .... production manager
Hermione Ninnim .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harry Boyd .... first assistant director
Drew Cain .... third assistant director
Alison Goring .... second assistant director
Art Department
Luci Anderson .... assistant art director
Tristan Carlisle-Kitz .... stand-by props
Ursula Cleary .... assistant art director
Richard Dalton .... props
Mick Flood .... property master
Colin H. Fraser .... construction manager (as Colin Fraser)
Sue Morrison .... production buyer
Steve Furneaux .... carpenter (uncredited)
Emer O'Sullivan .... art department assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Brill .... sound recordist
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Danny Longhurst .... dubbing editor
Alastair Mason .... boom operator
Stan White .... dubbing editor
Vasile Albinet .... stunt performer
Marius Florian .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Stuart Farmer .... gaffer
Ben Grieve .... assistant camera: second unit
Iain Johnstone .... grip
Alan Maxwell .... focus puller
Frank McConologue .... best boy
Campbell McIntosh .... generator operator
Alan McSheehy .... camera operator: second unit
Al Rae .... Steadicam operator
Mike Rees .... clapper loader
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Darcy .... assistant costume designer
Shirley Nevin .... assistant costume designer
Geraint Powell .... costume assistant
Dena Thanopoulos .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... telecine operator
Location Management
Brian Kaczynski .... location manager
Other crew
Joanie Blaikie .... production executive
Jenifer Booth .... production accountant
Sarah Booth .... production accountant
Alison Campbell .... production coordinator
Lucy Enfield .... script supervisor
Linda Fraser .... production assistant
Jamie Laurenson .... script editor
Michael Wood .... production executive

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Additional Details

104 min (2 parts)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Arthur Conan Doyle:I only wish I'd never met you. He kills her and then escapes and you can do nothing? Your method sir, is a pitiful lie!
Dr. Joseph Bell:No, this is the lie! There is no possible reason for it, no gain, no profit - not even wicked pleasure. And if this is the future Doyle, I reject it - utterly and with contempt!
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
My comments, 10 January 2000
Author: Russell Wilson ( from Edinburgh, Scotland

I watched this two part bbc drama and thoroughly enjoyed it. It features on Arthur Conan Doyle's relationship with Dr Joseph Bell (Richardson). Some of the scenes are gruesome. But there is a lot of Holmes background within it. There are 2 main things I will draw your attention to, 1) Doyle gives Richardson his fathers watch to deduce from, this was used by doyle in the Holmes novel "Sign of 4" and 2) in the second part someone gives a girl a box containg a pair of severed ears, this was again used by Doyle in the Holmes short story "The Cardboard Box"

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