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October 2013 (USA) See more »
Special reveals for the first time the astonishing impact that Holmes has had on the development of real criminal investigation and forensic techniques. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Andrew Lincoln ... Narrator

Edward Cartwright ... Sherlock Holmes
Mark Drake ... Inspector Lestrade

Rick Kissack ... Gourbain
Geraint Hill ... Dr. Watson
Jonathan Garratt ... Policeman
Martin Barrie ... Enoch drebber

Directed by
Paul Bernays 
Produced by
Trish Powell .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Paul Simpson 
Art Direction by
Lucy Gardetto 
Makeup Department
Chloe Edwards .... assistant makeup artist
Visual Effects by
Lee Watson .... visual effects
Music Department
Anne Miller .... music publisher

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120 min

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable, but biased, 10 August 2014
Author: Kukrijo from United States

Don't get me wrong. I'm a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes. Have been my whole life. Doyle's original stories were my constant bedside companions growing up, and I have been a big fan of many of the filmed offerings as well. I didn't care for Guy Richie's recent reinvention of him but I have always liked Basil Rathbone and Peter Cushing as Holmes in the old films and I'm currently enjoying the hell out of Benedict Cumberbatch in "Sherlock". All brilliant portrayals but in my opinion no one captured Holmes better than the brilliant Jeremy Brett.

I also enjoyed this little two part homage, for the most part. The title pretty much lets you know what you're in for as a viewer from the get go, and it delivers on it's promise. Yet as a true fan of the genre I was more than a little irritated by the heavy handed, biased, self serving way they presented the material while blatantly suppressing some well known facts. I don't want to spoil it for anyone else who might enjoy it, but I will say that in the arc of these two episodes the producers might have at least mentioned or gave a a few minutes worth of props to a few who came before. Since they didn't, I will: Poe's Dupin. Collins' Blake and Cuff. Adams' Henderson.

I won't get into a debate about who should truly be regarded as the "first analytical detective" in fiction, and I'm definitely not saying that any of these creations were greater than the mighty Holmes, but as any true fan knows Doyle himself was definitely aware Holmes wasn't the first. Watson even brings up Dupin to Holmes in "A Study In Scarlet".

Does it take anything away from Doyle or Holmes to give these other writers and their creations the slightest nod, some honorable mention? I don't think so but apparently the producers felt it undermined their production. So they ignore what all us Sherlock fans already know so they can hammer home their message that Doyle and Holmes came first.

I'm sure they knew otherwise, if they didn't they need to be better detectives themselves before they produce a show on history's most beloved sleuth.

As Holmes himself states in "A Scandal In Bohemia":

"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

Or maybe better yet, from the afore mentioned "A Study In Scarlet":

"There is nothing new under the sun. It has all been done before."

I rate it 8/10: (7+1 bonus point for having Andrew Lincoln from "The Walking Dead" narrating in his natural voice).

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