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Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes * 02 January 2014

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The BBC have sent us full details of a special upcoming documentary that examines how actors approach the role of Sherlock Holmes in film and television.

Screening as part of the Timeshift strand on BBC Four in the UK, 'How to be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective' will air on January 12 2014 at 22:00GMT, just after Sherlock S3E3: His Last Vow has concluded on BBC One.The programme includes interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Gatiss, clips of which you can view on the link provided at the end of the release below.

From the BBC press release:

For over a hundred years, more than 80 actors have put a varying face to the world's greatest consulting detective - Sherlock Holmes. And many of them incorporated details - such as the curved pipe and the immortal line 'Elementary, my dear Watson' - that never featured in Conan Doyle's original stories.

In charting the evolution of Sherlock on screen, from early silent films to the latest film and television versions, BBC Four's Timeshift shows how our notion of Sherlock today is as much a creation of these various screen portrayals as of the stories themselves.

How to be Sherlock Holmes: The Many Faces of a Master Detective includes clips from classic films starring Eille Norwood, Basil Rathbone, Peter Cushing as well as the 1960s BBC series starring Douglas Wilmer.

Narrated by Peter Wyngarde.

With contributions from Sherlocks past and present, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Christopher Lee, Tim Pigott-Smith and Mark Gatiss.

More information as well as exclusive web content on the BBC Timeshift Website.