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The Mystery of the Missing Telephone

Why did it take so long for Sherlock Holmes to pick up the phone? Was it an aversion of his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or were Sherlock's skills simply so advanced that he didn't need the newfangled device?

Sarah Jackson of Nottingham Trent University investigates.


One of the New Generation Thinkers 2017. New Generation Thinkers is an annual competition run by BBC Radio 3 and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to select researchers at the start of their careers who can turn their fascinating research into stimulating television and radio programmes.

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6 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Sarah Jackson
Director Anne McNaught