How Sherlock Changed the World

How Sherlock Changed the World

  • 2013
  • 1 Season
  • 7.6  (96)

"How Sherlock Changed the World" is a special by PBS. Over the course of two hours and with narration by Andrew Lincoln, this documentary examines how the deductive talents of the fictional character Sherlock Homes have influenced modern forensics and criminal investigation over 120 years after the character's creation. Some of the examples it cites include chemical analyses, fingerprinting and even blood evidence. The special makes use of archived content, as well as reenactments of Holmes' various cases, occasionally by airing a clip from other contemporary films and television series about Sherlock Holmes. Notably, "How Sherlock Changed the World" features some rare video content of creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as offers insight into Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Doyle's Holmes. Several interviews are held with scientists, detectives, and criminals, all people who were inspired by the fictional consulting detective. Among the scientists consulted, Dr. Henry Lee, a top forensic scientist, admires Sherlock Holmes as the "grandfather of forensics" and tackles every crime scene with the mindset of how Holmes would approach it. How Sherlock Changed the World is produced by PBS, through Love Productions, and in association with Channel 5 and National Geographic UK.

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Episode 2
2. Episode 2
December 17, 2013
The impact of Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, and his influence on real-life forensic investigations.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
December 17, 2013
How Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional character, Sherlock Holmes, influenced real forensic investigations.
How Sherlock Changed the World
101. How Sherlock Changed the World
December 17, 2013
Examine the impact of the fictional Holmes on real criminal investigation.
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"How Sherlock Changed the World" is a special by PBS. Over the course of two hours and with narration by Andrew Lincoln, this documentary examines how the deductive talents of the fictional character Sherlock Homes have influenced modern forensics and criminal investigation over 120 years after the character's creation. Some of the examples it cites include chemical analyses, fingerprinting and even blood evidence.

The special makes use of archived content, as well as reenactments of Holmes' various cases, occasionally by airing a clip from other contemporary films and television series about Sherlock Holmes. Notably, "How Sherlock Changed the World" features some rare video content of creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, as well as offers insight into Joseph Bell, the inspiration for Doyle's Holmes. Several interviews are held with scientists, detectives, and criminals, all people who were inspired by the fictional consulting detective. Among the scientists consulted, Dr. Henry Lee, a top forensic scientist, admires Sherlock Holmes as the "grandfather of forensics" and tackles every crime scene with the mindset of how Holmes would approach it.

How Sherlock Changed the World is produced by PBS, through Love Productions, and in association with Channel 5 and National Geographic UK.How Sherlock Changed the World is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (3 episodes). The series first aired on December 17, 2013.

How Sherlock Changed the World is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How Sherlock Changed the World on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and PBS.

  • Premiere Date
    December 17, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (96)