2010 saw the 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 - 1930) the author who created Sherlock Holmes. Yet the life of this mould-breaking author, creator of the first soap opera, and the world's greatest detective was at times as dark and as mysterious as the man he created. But how was this extraordinary character formed and did he, as so many believe, really exist? The real story behind the creation of this Victorian Phenomenon is both disturbing and mystifying. It takes the viewer on a journey through the Edinburgh of the young Conan Doyle and the darker influences in his life and on into the streets of London and creation of the Holmes legend on the streets now walked by the infamous Jack the Ripper. What also was it about Holmes that captured the imagination of society as it entered the exciting, different yet frightening world of the 20th century – a century that threatened to pull apart the fabric of everything that was known and everything that had seemed certain. Could Holmes shed some light on matters? With dramatic visualizations, contributions from leading Holmesian experts, figures from the world of literature and research and evidence from the medical community, the Sherlock Holmes enigma is dissected and the truth begins to emerge.
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