The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle

From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle (2005)

The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes and Arthur Conan Doyle is a British TV movie written by David Pirie and directed by Cilla Ware produced by BBC aired on BBC2 on 27 july 2005, starring Douglas Henshall as Arthur Conan Doyle. 79 minutes.

Set between 1892 and the early 1900s, the movie is an exploration of the family past which drove Arthur Conan Doyle to create the world-famous detective... and then to kill his creature. The movie depicts Conan Doyle's relationship with his interned father, his dying (first) wife Louisa, the meeting with his (future) second wife Jean, the pressure put by his mother and his editor Greenhough Smith to write more Sherlock Holmes stories... Conan Doyle confide his intimate souvenirs to a fictional biographer, Selden [1], which is in reality himself.

In this movie, David Pirie, the writer, used some scenes from The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes (2000) such as the deductions on the patient in the university auditorium, and also the watch from Conan Doyle's father. Two actors from the 2000 movie also played in the 2007 one (John Bett again as Charles Doyle, and Ralph Riach).






  • Director : Cilla Ware
  • Screenplay : David Pirie
  • Producer : Richard Downes
  • Executive Producer : Harold Gronethal, Andrea Miller
  • Cinematography : John Rhodes
  • Original Music : Malcolm Lindsay
  • Film Editor : Colin Monie
  • Casting : Joyce Nettles
  • Art Direction : Fiona Gavin
  • Production Design : Andy Harris
  • Costume Design : Kate Carin
  • Makeup Design : Graham Johnston
  • Production Manager : Jill Welsh
  • Stunt : Michael Scott-Law

  1. Note that Selden is the name of the convict killed by the hound in the Conan Doyle's novel: The Hound of the Baskervilles.