How Sherlock Changed the World
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Several forensic investigators are interviewed, including Henry Lee, one of the most prominent forensic scientists in the world. They talk about the method Holmes used and how they have come down to us today and are used now. They also talk of the personal impact of the Holmes stories on their own careers. There are some snippets of Holmes' cases dramatized. Also a look is given at the latest iteration of Holmes played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There is even some footage of an interview given by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle filmed in the 1930's, I think. I wasn't aware such footage existed, so that was a treat to watch. A quick look is also given at Joseph Bell, Doyle's mentor and one of the inspirations for Holmes, and a look is given at Doyle's own forays into crime solving.
All in all, I thought it a well put together program, worth a look if you're interested in Sherlock Holmes and/or in forensic science.
"Sherlock Holmes, the first CSI, continues to inspire detectives on TV and at the movies. He is as popular as ever. But his lasting legacy is that, even today, he continues to solve crimes."
The above is said by the narrator at the end of this spectacularly interesting documentary that blends real-life forensic analysis with Sherlockian forensic analysis.
I learned quite a bit from this documentary, not only about forensics but about Sherlock Holmes (and his alter ego, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1859 to 1930).
Using a combination of interviews (with forensic scientists, crime historians, Sherlock Holmes' experts, etc.), dramatic recreations, and archival footage (some in black and white), this documentary explains the impact and legacy of the most famous fictional crime fighter in history.
Here are some of the chapters found in this documentary:
(1) Jack the Ripper
(2) Deductive reasoning
(3) Blood evidence
(4) Bullets and ballistics
(5) The science of poisoning
(6) Fingerprints and fakes
(7) The art of tracing footsteps
Finally, what I especially liked about this documentary is the use of real high-profile murder cases with footage of the real crime scenes.
In conclusion, not only is this an instructional documentary on forensics, it is an entertaining one as well. I leave you with this piece of wisdom from Sherlock Holmes:
"Once you've excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
(2013; 2 hr; 2 episodes; wide screen; 12 chapters)
<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>
As I watched the show I realized how much he influenced my way of looking at things...no, I am not a detective of any kind, but I do analyze in ways that are singularly "Holmesian" - to the point that several boyfriends have asked if I were a private eye. They seemed to take offense at things I noticed about their apartments or behavior!
I cannot believe that someone complained about the actor and the wardrobe! Of course, I am old enough to have Basil Rathbone as the image in my mind of what Holmes "looks like" - Peter Cushing also fit the description invented by Doyle...but so many actors have held the role that I am able to get beyond the looks and listen to the words...
I loved that the various forensics professionals kept referencing the Holmes ideas that led to today's innovations. Fascinating!
This series goes into the life of the author himself, the impact that he had on criminal investigation and how he is still inspiring forensic scientists today. They present case histories from the author's time right up until now. They go into details like the individual who was the inspiration behind the Great Detective and how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle finally came out of the shadow of his character to have other real-life impacts on the society of his time to today. They also show flashes of the Sherlock series on BBC and how they are presenting those deductions so that the viewers get them along with Sherlock. Brilliant.
I have already watched it half a dozen times since I got it and I haven't even had it a month.
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Great introduction video for my forensic science classesPublished 10 days ago by Jennifer Alexander
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