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The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle

The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle



Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Everybody knows the name.


Everybody knows Sherlock Holmes - or thinks they do.


But few know the true story of Conan Doyle's remarkable life and fewer still the extent to which Doyle suppressed and sanitised the pain of Holmes' birth.


Set between 1892 and the early 1900s, a new feature length drama for BBC TWO, The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle, written by David Pirie (Murder Rooms, The Woman in White), is an exploration of the dark family past which drove Arthur Conan Doyle to create the world-famous detective… and then to murder him.


Contrary to general perceptions of Doyle as a strait-laced Victorian elder citizen, this Arthur (played by Douglas Henshall) is 33 years old. He is a vital but darkly troubled man, at war with his creation.


After his father tragically dies in an asylum, Doyle's life enters turbulent and emotional waters as he mysteriously and controversially kills off Sherlock Holmes, tries to tend to his dying wife Louise (Saskia Reeves), and is tortured by his unconsummated passion for his new love Jean Leckie (Emily Blunt).


It is during this electrifying and disturbed period in the drama that Doyle agrees to work with a biographer called Selden (Tim McInnerny) to work on an account of the author's life.


But Selden slowly turns the tables on Doyle in a psychological battle which reveals the truth behind Doyle's struggle with Sherlock Holmes.


Other major talents featured in the drama include Brian Cox as Doyle's mentor, Joseph Bell, and Sinead Cusack as Doyle's mother, Mary.


The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle is a BBC Scotland production.





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