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How to Be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective

Timeshift, Series 13 Episode 7 of 7

For over 100 years, more than 80 actors have put a varying face to the world's greatest consulting detective - Sherlock Holmes. And many of them incorporated details - such as the curved pipe and the immortal line 'Elementary, my dear Watson' - that never featured in Conan Doyle's original stories. In charting the evolution of Sherlock on screen, from early silent movies to the latest film and television versions, Timeshift shows how our notion of Holmes today is as much a creation of these various screen portrayals as of the stories themselves.

With contributions from Sherlocks past and present, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Tim Pigott-Smith and Mark Gatiss. Narrated by Peter Wyngarde.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 17 Jan 2018 00:00

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Extended interviews from How to be Sherlock Holmes:


Role Contributor
NarratorPeter Wyngarde
ParticipantBenedict Cumberbatch
ParticipantChristopher Lee
ParticipantTim Pigott-Smith
ParticipantMark Gatiss
ProducerMatthew Thomas
DirectorMatthew Thomas
Series ProducerWilliam Naylor
Executive ProducerMichael Poole

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