How Sherlock Changed the World

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  • Series Premiere Date: Dec 17, 2013
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  • 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

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  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Dec 16, 2013
    A little long-winded in some stretches, not detailed enough in others but Holmes fans--and fans of cop procedurals--should like this.
  2. Reviewed by: Sara Stewart
    Dec 16, 2013
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Dec 16, 2013
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Dec 16, 2013
    Even an ardent Holmes aficionado might find two hours singing the praises of a fictional character feel like a bit much.
  5. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Dec 16, 2013
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: David Maine
    Dec 16, 2013
    Sadly, this program fails to be either compelling or diverting. Instead, it is a bloated and filler-stuffed waste of time.
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