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Saturday 21 October 2023

Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle - A Must-Watch Series for Holmes Enthusiasts

Get ready to delve into the captivating world of Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes, and their intriguing love-hate relationship in a brand new series coming to BBC Two and iPlayer this December. "Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle" promises to unravel the mysteries behind the iconic detective and his brilliant creator. The show, produced by BBC Studios, is set to be a fascinating three-episode journey through the life, work, and legacy of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Sherlock Holmes: An Iconic Enigma

Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective, has captured the imaginations of millions for over a century with his unparalleled intellect and extraordinary powers of deduction. His adventures span over 60 original stories, numerous adaptations, and a devoted fan base. However, what many don't know is that his very creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, grew to despise his fictional character.

In "Killing Sherlock," historian Lucy Worsley, a lifelong Holmes enthusiast, takes on the role of a modern-day detective to explore the intricate relationship between Holmes and Doyle. This unique parallel biography offers fresh insights into the complex man who breathed life into the enigmatic detective.

Lucy Worsley, the show's host, shares her excitement, saying, "I have had a LIFE-LONG CRUSH on Sherlock Holmes, so it was the biggest pleasure imaginable to explore his life, death and resurrection. While exploring his life and times, I also got a real and sometimes troubling insight into manliness, Empire, and Victorian values. I find his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, to be a complex, contradictory and endlessly fascinating character."

A Journey into History and Personal Lives

Following in the footsteps of her previous series, "Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley On The Mystery Queen," Lucy scours archives, engages with experts, meets descendants, and interacts with fans. This immersive approach weaves historical context with personal history, portraying Conan Doyle and Sherlock against the backdrop of significant world events and societal changes.

Throughout the series, Lucy unearths the origins of Sherlock in Conan Doyle's early life as a medical student, delving into early stories and revealing the dark underbelly of late Victorian Britain, from drug use to true crime. She also explores Doyle's growing disillusionment with his own creation and his desire to distance himself from Holmes. Furthermore, the series touches upon his involvement in one of the most important legal cases of the 20th century, delves into the darkness of his later stories, and uncovers the parallel narrative of Conan Doyle's life after the loss of his eldest son, his turn to spiritualism, and his declining public appeal.

Sherlock Holmes, on the other hand, found a life beyond his author, captivating audiences on stage and screen, a testament to his enduring popularity.

Behind the Scenes

"Killing Sherlock: Lucy Worsley on the Case of Conan Doyle" is a BBC Studios Specialist Factual production for BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, and PBS. The series is produced by Rachel Jardine and Laura Blount, with Linda Sands as the series producer, and Amanda Lyon as the executive producer. Mark Bell, the commissioning editor for BBC Arts, oversees the project's development.

A Christmas Treat: "Lot No. 249"

As an added bonus for Sherlock enthusiasts, Mark Gatiss, the co-creator of "Sherlock," brings us a Conan Doyle-themed Christmas ghost story titled "Lot No. 249." Starring Kit Harington and Freddie Fox, this adaptation explores the secrets of Ancient Egypt and the chilling mysteries that unravel in a college setting.

Mark Gatiss, the writer and director, expresses his excitement, saying, "It's a serious delight for me to delve once again into the brilliant work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, this time for the Christmas Ghost story. 'Lot No.249' is a personal favorite and is the grand-daddy (or should that be Mummy?) of a particular kind of end of Empire chiller: a ripping yarn packed with ghastly scares and who-knows-what lurking in the Victorian closet…"

"Killing Sherlock" and "Lot No. 249" promise to be the perfect holiday treats for fans of Sherlock Holmes, providing a deeper understanding of the iconic detective and an intriguing new adaptation of Conan Doyle's work. Make sure to mark your calendars and don't miss these exciting additions to your festive TV lineup.

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