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Murder Rooms - The Dark Beginnings Of Sherlock Holmes [DVD] [2000]

Ian Richardson , Sean Wightman , Paul Seed    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Richardson, Sean Wightman, Robin Laing, Dolly Wells, Charles Dance
  • Directors: Paul Seed
  • Writers: David Pirie
  • Producers: David M. Thompson, David Pirie, Ian Madden, Jim Reeve, Rebecca Eaton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Mosaic
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar 2003
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008IART
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,420 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This murder mystery is based upon the real-life relationship between Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle (Robin Laing) and his Edinburgh University tutor, forensic pathologist Dr Joseph Bell (Ian Richardson). In 1878, the academic duo become involved in the hunt for a serial killer, and their investigation into Victorian society inspires Doyle to create his celebrated fictional detective.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL!!!!! 17 Oct 2001
Format:VHS Tape
All I have to say about this movie can be encapsulated in one word.....wonderful!!!!!!
Buy it now.....and then buy the other four in the series when they are released. Also, if they can find an actor who can hold off the ghost of the late and very much missed Jeremy Brett (Alan Rickman perhaps), I would love to see the producers get their teeth into some proper Holmes stories.
Marvellous stuff!!!!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic adaptation of mysterious origin 21 Oct 2000
Format:VHS Tape
At last a detailed account of one of the worlds greatest ever crime writers. Great hints of simple but intense deduction, wonderfully portrayed by Ian Richardson as Dr Joseph Bell. The Strand magazine would be honoured!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Sherlock Holmes fans!! 14 May 2002
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Pilot Episode - Set in the back drop of Edinburgh in 1878, Murder Rooms follows the early life of Arthur Conan Doyle (Robin Laing) - a humble medical student dealing with conflicting interests of university and home life (he is coming to terms with his father's mental illness). The story unfolds with Doyle's fortuitous meeting with his tutor Dr Bell (Ian Richardson). . . although Doyle openly questions the Doctor's methods as trickery in a lecture, Bell takes him on as an assistance - this is when Doyle's 'powers' of deduction begin to form! Bell leads the way by investigating several mysterious deaths occurring in Edinburgh and Doyle is drawn into this 'underworld' when he becomes puzzled by the suspicious death of a healthy street fiddler (and a pile of coins left beside the body). Young Doyle is more ruled by passions of the heart rather than the logic of his head and often makes mistakes with hasty actions...but Dr Bell corrects him with his 'methods' - ones which Doyle himself adopts later on. At university, he befriends a young female student Elspeth (Dolly Wells) and despite certain male students opposing the education of women, Doyle willingly supports her. When Dr Bell is called to examine the health of her sister, Lady Carlyle, young Doyle and Elspeth are drawn further together...
Overall, Murder Rooms is about Doyle's 'dark beginnings', which eventually affect his later life and writing. The writer, David Pirie, cleverly entwines many of the 'methods' that are familiar to Sherlock Holmes readers and also incorporates Doyle's 'chivalric' side (he wrote several medieval romances such as 'Sir Nigel'). A superb cast (includes Charles Dance) and an excellent script keep you gripped to the very end . . .
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