The history of Sherlock Holmes.

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Himself - Writer and Critic
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Himself - 'Dr Watson', 1986-94
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The history of Sherlock Holmes.

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24 December 2005 (UK)  »

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Light but enjoyable history of Holmes on television and cinema
9 June 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A documentary that looks at the enduring popularity of the character of Sherlock Holmes in film and television down the years. Starting with his first appearances in the early days of silent cinema onwards, the film looks at the various depictions and versions the character has gone through – from the very famous ones through to some unusual foreign variations (for example a Chinese film with a violin-playing, kung-fu fighting Holmes).

I noticed this film in the schedules and had a pass of it to find an enjoyable documentary that was interesting as a skim through recent versions of Sherlock. Being only 40 minutes long, you'll not be surprised that there isn't a huge amount of detail in here but it still does do the job as a light history of film and television Holmes. There are some nuggets in here but even outside of those the material is quite interesting as it is delivered at a brisk pace with some good contributions. The choice of clips and subject means that it will offer familiar and unfamiliar material to Holmes' fans.

Having the documentary narrated by Dr Watson was a nice idea and it worked better than I expected it to, with Holmes amused by some of the versions of his friend and colleague. As such, Newman's writing is good and he is a big part of the brisk pace working well despite the rather superficial nature of the show. Worth seeing though as it is light and interesting.


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