Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes: Dr. Bell

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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 ...
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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.
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/14/2011
  • UPC: 066805310683
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Source: Bfs Entertainment
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,653

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charles Dance
Robin Laing
Ian Richardson
Dolly Wells
Technical Credits
Paul Seed Director
Rebecca Eaton Executive Producer
John Kenway Cinematographer
Ian Madden Producer
Jim Parker Score Composer
David Pirie Screenwriter
Jim Reeve Executive Producer
Frances Tempest Costumes/Costume Designer
David M. Thompson Executive Producer
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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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Menu

Disc #1 -- Dr. Bell and Mr. Doyle: The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes
   Play Movie
   Scene Index
   Special Features
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Biography
      Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Selected Works
      Cast Profiles
         Ian Richardson
         Robin Laing
         Dolly Wells
         Charles Dance
      Production Notes
      DVD-ROM: Special Feature - The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Probably the best prequel you'll ever watch-

    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.

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