Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Bell

Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Bell

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Director: Paul Seed

Cast: Ian Richardson, Robin Laing, Charles Dance

     
 

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The focus of this two-part British drama was not on the fictional Sherlock Holmes but on his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in 1878, the story found young physician Conan Doyle (Robin Laing) working as an apprentice to Edinburgh forensic specialist Dr. Joseph Bell (Ian Richardson). In keeping with the conventional wisdom that Bell was the inspiration for Sherlock

Overview

The focus of this two-part British drama was not on the fictional Sherlock Holmes but on his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. Set in 1878, the story found young physician Conan Doyle (Robin Laing) working as an apprentice to Edinburgh forensic specialist Dr. Joseph Bell (Ian Richardson). In keeping with the conventional wisdom that Bell was the inspiration for Sherlock Holmes, the doctor and his youthful assistant attempt to capture a serial murderer through the means of scientific deductions. The script was full of amusing "inside" jokes referencing future Holmes short stories and novels, while the cast was surprisingly topheavy with comic actors. Originally seen over the BBC2 service on January 4 and 5, 1999, Murder Rooms: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes aired on American TV as a single two-hour "movie" on May 18, 2000.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
UPC:
0066805310683
Original Release:
1999
Source:
Bfs Entertainment
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:57:00

Special Features

DVD-ROM special feature - the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle biography; Selected bibliography; Cast profiles; Production notes

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
1. Medical School [2:11]
2. Examinations [8:00]
3. Traditional Views [8:50]
4. Solving a Mystery [8:23]
5. Persevering [7:48]
6. A Room of Blood [7:14]
7. Analysing the Method [11:02]
8. Hypocrisy [7:43]
9. Pslam 115 [10:00]
10. Opening Up [7:14]
11. Poisoned [9:55]
12. A Dark Conclusion [10:15]

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Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Bell 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle is a very well written supposition of the early days of Arthur Conan Doyle. Taking elements from the Sherlock Holmes stories and making a superb story with an actor who had played Holmes when he was younger, Ian Richardson, and having him play Doyle's mentor is a wonderful casting choice. Richardson is one of the best actors of his time and is wonderful in this part. It's a real shame the 4 part series that followed this will not be available (ever, apparantly). Definetly a must have.