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

The evolution of Holmes on screen, from silent movies to new TV versions, with contributions from Sherlock's past and present.


Matthew Thomas


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Wyngarde ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Mark Gatiss ... Himself - Writer, Sherlock
Amanda Field Amanda Field ... Herself - Author, 'The Wartime Films of Sherlock Holmes'
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Himself - Actor, Sherlock
P.D. James ... Herself - Novelist
Christopher Lee ... Himself - Actor
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Himself - Actor
Matthew Sweet Matthew Sweet ... Himself - Writer and Broadcaster
Margaret Robinson ... Herself - Hammer Films Art Department
Douglas Wilmer ... Himself - Actor
Robert Stephens ... Himself - Actor - Speaking in 1988 (voice) (archive footage)
Nicholas Meyer ... Himself - Author, 'The Seven-Per-Cent Solution'
Nicol Williamson ... Himself - Actor (archive footage)
Peter Cook ... Himself - Actor (archive footage)
Dudley Moore ... Himself - Actor (archive footage)


The evolution of Holmes on screen, from silent movies to new TV versions, with contributions from Sherlock's past and present.

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12 January 2014 (UK) See more »

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A survey of Sheerlock Holmes films
24 October 2015 | by Humpty-Dumpty2See all my reviews

This BBC production is a survey of Sheerlock Holmes films from the earliest to the most recent, and the evolution of his character.

The survey is limited to British and American films; sadly the wonderful Livanov's characterization (Russian television series, 1979--1986) is not mentioned at all. As a complement to BBC's survey, also see Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson: The Acquaintance, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0079902/ for the first episode of the series. English subtitles are easily found on the Web.

The Hound of Baskervilles (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083100/) done as two episodes in the series, comes closest to Conan Doyle's original story among a dozen or so versions that I have seen.

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