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Subject: English: Literature & Writing

The Biographies Series: Literature

6 of 51 programs from The Biographies Series, which offer in-depth and personal studies of celebrated people in Literature. (1 program available in Spanish.) Other focus areas in the series include: History; Performing Click for more

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan: The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes

"Highly Recommended. This is an interesting biographical program that focuses on the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the English gentleman who brought the world Sherlock Holmes. An educated criminologist himself, Doyle did much to reform the way the English justice system worked in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His experience in the trenches during the Boer Wars in South Africa led him to develop the steel helmet for the British Army; he also introduced cross-country skiing into Switzerland. Also, later in life, Doyle became very interested in spiritualism and wrote a number of pamphlets and treatises about its effect on his life." -EMRO Review
Iain Cuthbertson stars in this historical re-enactment on the life of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), the man who brought the world Sherlock Holmes. As we see in this excellent biography, the author, like his literary alter ego, found it hard to resist the challenge of righting a wrong or seeking justice for an underdog. Here we learn of two police cases he had re-opened, The Case of George Edalji and The Case of Oscar Slater; his work in these cases helped to establish a way to correct other miscarriages of justice. Holmes lovers, as well as readers of Doyle's other fine works, will love to learn how the author's literary works constantly reflected events of his life. All will enjoy seeing a rare interview with the author, who also introduced steel helmets into the Army, life jackets into the Navy, and cross-country skiing to Switzerland. From viewing Jeremy Brett and Basil Rathbone as the Great Detective to hearing William Gillette utter the famous phrase, "It's elementary my dear Watson," the program is filled with nostalgic moments that help remind us of the dramatic impact of Doyle's creative genius that has lasted for generations. 00/10DE IJSCA 30 min.
Also See: England 3: In the Footsteps of Sherlock Holmes; The Sherlock Holmes Collection
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