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How Sherlock Changed the World


Benedict Cumberbatch is not the first or last actor, British or otherwise, to play Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary and enigmatic detective, but before he returns in the role on Masterpiece Theater in mid-January, PBS has put together a primer on the most famous sleuth in English literature. That briefing is narrated by Andrew Lincoln of The Walking Dead, and the star of that AMC blockbuster does Doyle, Holmes, Cumberbatch and every other Sherlock and Sherlock-wannabe proud as he tells the tale of How Sherlock Changed the World.

How Sherlock Changed the World will air on most PBS stations, including Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), on Tuesday, December 17 at 10 pm ET.

Cumberbatch, as expected, appears in clips from his Sherlock show, one of the most popular of the many British imports ever presented by Masterpiece Theater. (Season Three begins on January 14). So too do some real Sherlocks, notably the famous Dr. Henry Lee, the storied New Haven forensic expert whose real-life exploits are every bit as amazing as those of Holmes – and all the more so for being real.

Director Paul Bernays’ two-hour examination of the “life” and exploits of Sherlock Holmes is a must for fans of the legendary character. Even those viewers whose appreciation of Doyle’s creation is limited to a few movies or television shows (perhaps among them CBS’ Elementary), however, will be drawn in by the filmmaker’s fascination with forensics, a science that Doyle and his famous sleuth not only pioneered but continue to help drive today.

How Sherlock Changed the World will air on most PBS stations, including Connecticut Public Television (CPTV), on Tuesday, December 17 at 10 pm ET.

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