- Network: PBS
- Series Premiere Date: Dec 17, 2013
- Season #: 1
- Summary: Interviews with criminologists, archival footage, and dramatizations illustrate the influence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective on modern forensic science in this special narrated by Andrew Lincoln.
- Genre(s): Documentary
- Show Type: Special
- Season 1 premiere date: Dec 17, 2013
- Air Time: 12:00 AM
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The special relies very little, disappointingly, on footage from the BBC’s Holmes series; instead, it mostly uses murky reenactments, with actor Edward Cartwright playing the sleuth. More engaging is the enthusiastic testimony of various forensics specialists on how influential Holmes really was in the development of modern-day techniques.
Odd as it sounds, How Sherlock Changed the World argues persuasively that it was a crime writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who virtually invented the modern science of forensics by having his fictional detective employ it.
The program overstates its case, suggesting that modern-day forensics wouldn’t exist without Holmes. That’s like saying there would have been no lunar landing without Jules Verne or no organ transplants without Mary Shelley.