Sherlock Holmes (DVD+Book Set)
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Scottish actor David Hayman is becoming a sleuth himself to examine the truth behind Sherlock Holmes in this oneoff documentary. The Search for Sherlock Holmes follows Hayman on a fascinating and personal journey to reveal the heart of one of the world s most significant and loved literary figures of all time. So far, over 70 actors have played the part of Sherlock Holmes in over 200 films, with Robert Downey Jr taking the lead in the latest adaptation, with Jude Law taking his side as Dr Watson. Attempting to discover the secret to Sherlock Holmes long lasting success, he sets out to discover what influenced Holmes creation and reveals the personal demons of his Scottish creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. During his travels, David visits many of the places that influenced Conan Doyle s work, including his home town Edinburgh and London s Baker Street, where Holmes was said to live.
He meets with Sherlock Holmes experts and celebrity enthusiasts, including Stephen Fry and crime writer Linda La Plante, and looks at how real crimes in Victorian Britain shaped not only Holmes but the creation of the modern detective. (55 min) LITTLE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: Created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes is now a world-renowned fictional detective who first appeared in print in 1887. Famous for his astute logical reasoning, his ability to adopt almost any disguise and his use of forensic science skills to solve difficult cases, the detective skills of Sherlock Holmes border on phenomenal. Since his creation in the late 19th century, Sherlock Holmes character grew in popularity enormously and remains to this day a famous character in 21st-century popular culture, along with Dr Watson of course. The Guinness World Records has consistently listed Sherlock Holmes as the most portrayed movie character with more than 70 actors playing the part in more than 200 films.
The Little Book of Sherlock Holmes looks at the birth of the man himself, his habits and personality, his methods of detection and his influence on literature, right up to his place in our lives today including museums, societies and the most recent BBC series Sherlock, a thrilling, funny and fast-paced contemporary reimagining of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson s adventures in 21st Century London. (96 pages)