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Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed fictional character of all time, and he has been reimagined by actors, playwrights and directors over centuries - but who is the creator behind the detective?

Arthur Conan Doyle’s own life was often stranger than fiction, and his most famous characters’ stories and personalities bear more than a passing resemblance to his own life and his closest friends. Biographer and broadcaster Lucinda Hawksley gains unprecedented access to a treasure trove of Doyle’s never-before-seen personal letters and diaries. This is a chance for Sherlock fans to see their detective hero and his creator as they’ve never seen them before.

Through interviews with Doyle aficionados, academics, actors and family members, we explore Doyle’s travels and sailing adventures across the globe, his pioneering work as a doctor, his life in the Freemasons and his fights against miscarriages of justice. As well as his many triumphs, we will also explore the challenges he faced, from the death of his first wife and son to the initial rejection he faced as an author.

We will also look beyond Sherlock to Doyle’s other great works including his fantasy and science fiction novels and hear how one of his most famous - The Lost World - part-inspired Michael Crichton’s book of the same name, which became the successful Jurassic Park film franchise.

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Interesting Facts about sir ACD

Felt little bored. Especially while listening repetition of dialogue between the episodes. Interview of ACD's daughter solely would be more interesting than this narration.

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happy to know about the creator of Sherlock homes

this is a good autobiography. narration was good and looking into authors life is as interesting as his novels. I read his novel as part of my school syllabus but we used to enjoy those stories. I like this book.

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Terrific

Great insight into the life and times of a writer who was possibly as influential as Shakespeare on the reading public all over the world.

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Okay

Has a lot of information and the Stephen Fry reading bits are absolute heaven really!

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Tear Jerking

To to know the actual life of Arthur Conan Doyle this was the greatest way of depicting it, loved it.

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Arthur is as interesting as the author

Sherlock Holmes is a testament of what a single well formed mind (Arthur's) can do to the collective conscience of hundreds of millions for over a century.

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Short crisp and interesting

A brilliant portray of the life events. Quite informative. Reality is indeed stranger than fiction.

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  • Jennifer Chennell
  • 19-03-19

dreadful editing

honestly whoever edited this series should find a different job.. half of each episode is made up of clips of what we are about to hear ,what will be in the next episode, introduction and credits and unfortunately whats in between is very weak with little substance.

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  • scribbler123
  • 24-03-19

FLIMSY AND UNENLIGHTENING

This series has too much repitition of the same facts. We'll hear snippets at the end of one episode as a trailer to the next. That is then repeated at the top of the next episode as a preview to what's to come and finally we hear it in context, by which time one is so familiar with it one can repeat it along with the broadcast. This also means that valuable time where new info and insights could be aired are not forthcoming.

The first episode has the 'exciting' moment where the inkpot Doyle owned is brought out. It's not described or given any significance or even referred to again. It's a dull moment that is unconvincingly whipped up into something that the presenter calls 'exciting' with a lack of conviction that's almost farcical

Truly significant moments in Doyle's life, his decision to resurrect Holmes, his work on real cases of injustice, his hatred of his character are speedily glossed over resulting in a thumbnail which has no illuminating quality.

Familiar music used in TV reality shows make for an irritanting soundtrack and further cheapens the series

It is however entertaining to see how many clichés the presenter can squeeze into her linking narrative.

In short, a disappointing shallow series made all the more frustrating because the source material offers so many opportunities that none of the production team exploit.

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  • Derrick
  • 11-04-19

Cheaply produced and thin on content

There are a huge number of people who love the Sherlock stories (me amongst them) and so there will be lots of interest in a series that reveals the back story on his development. This is not it. Apart from some vacuous gushing over Conan-Doyle's nightshirt, the rest of the content are some bland platitudes from actor Bill Patterson and a cosy chat with two of Doyle's descendants. I am searching my mind as to whether I learned anything at all about Sherlock from this.

If this had not been free, I would have sent it back.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-19

Terrible editing

We don't need to hear the same clips 3 times, particularly for such short episodes.

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  • Derek S.
  • 09-04-19

Disappointing

Not enough of real interest here. Lots of repetition in the form of 'what's coming up' in the next 1/2 hour. Would have made a reasonable hour long program with careful editing.

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  • Paul Ch
  • 21-03-19

Too much repetition

Large chunks of text are reread - feels like too much padding out of content to make a story

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  • Barclays C.
  • 10-06-19

Boring

I listened to 95% but can tell you this is very dull. It's very shallow and not very informative at all. Very poor effort on this production- glad it was free!

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  • J. Wexler
  • 15-03-19

A great format, for the life of Doyle, Holmes and Dr Bell

I am enjoying this series immensely. Including members of The Doyle family, their remembrances, discoveries and family material, brings them all alive as people. If you are Interested in Doyle, Holmes or Bell, this is well worth a listen.

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  • Joe Dunn
  • 01-04-19

Interesting but repetitive

Great subject matter but tediously repetitive. Each episode told you what it would tell you, told you it, repeated it, then repeated it some more. Pandering to a market with a short attention span perhaps?!

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  • Mark Gargan
  • 30-03-19

Interesting topic, terrible production

Fascinating insights into Cohen-Doyle however there is only about one episode worth of interesting material, the rest of the series is filler and repeating what has already been said. While listening to the last episode I had to double check twice I wasn't listening to an earlier episode given the amount of repetition.

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  • MumOfThree
  • 22-01-20

interesting, but short.

Doyle's life is fascinating, and as a long time fan I still had a few surprises. You can feel the excitement of the host as she discovers things and is shown artifacts, although this felt really short, with a lot of each episode taken up with "In the next episode..."
One thing I did learn is that Stephen Fry is really bad at accents! They use exerpts from his recently released reading of the
Sherlock Holmes collection - a production that was a complete waste of time by Audible, the Simon Vance performance of the collection is perfect, it did not need to be redone.

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  • Varun
  • 14-08-20

Wonderful biography

The author lived in his characters is what I feel. Such varied stories and yet personal touch.