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A Study in Scarlet

A Study in Scarlet (STUD) is the first Sherlock Holmes novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle first published in the Beeton's Christmas Annual in 1887. This is the 1st Sherlock Holmes story.

Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the story in six weeks between March and April 1886. When writing the story, the working title was A Tangled Skein and he named the detective Sherrinford Holmes (not Sherringford as he wrongly mentioned in his auto-biography Memories and Adventures 40 years later) and the biographer Ormond Sacker. But he changed the names at the end by Sherlock Holmes and John H. Watson.

The second part of the novel was adapted for stage as Angels of Darkness (3 acts) by Conan Doyle in 1888.

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“There is no satisfaction in vengeance unless the offender has time to realize who it is that strikes him, and why retribution has come upon him.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“To a great mind, nothing is little,' remarked Holmes, sententiously.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“Where there is no imagination, there is no horror.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“It was easier to know it than to explain why I know it. If you were asked to prove that two and two made four, you might find some difficulty, and yet you are quite sure of the fact.
~ Sherlock Holmes”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“His Ignorance was as remarkable as his knowledge.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

“Depend upon it there comes a time when for every addition of knowledge you forget something that you knew before. It is of the highest importance, therefore, not to have useless facts elbowing out the useful ones.”
― Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet

Sherlock Holmes- A Study in Scarlet (1933) Reginald Owen

Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlet 1968

Radio Interview of Steven Moffet

"My grandparents gave me A Study in Scarlet to read when I was nine or ten and right from the off, I was hooked. It’s brilliant on so many levels." -Steven Moffat

The Sherlock co-creator on why he enjoyed adapting Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective stories for television.


Steven Moffat: how Conan Doyle inspired me

The Sherlock co-creator on why he enjoyed adapting Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective stories for television.

Sherlock Holmes for Television-Steven Moffet


Sherlock Holmes is the overall title given to the series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations produced by the British television company Granada Television between 1984 and 1994. The first two series were shown under the title The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and were followed by subsequent series with the titles of other short story collections by Arthur Conan Doyle. The series was broadcast on the ITV network in the UK and starred Jeremy Brett (who had earlier portrayed Dr Watson on stage in the Los Angeles production of The Crucifer of Blood[1] ) as the famous detective. His portrayal remains very popular and is accepted by many as the definitive on-screen version of Sherlock Holmes.[2][3][4]

In addition, Holmes's faithful friend and companion Dr. Watson is portrayed as the kind of thoroughly competent sidekick that Holmes would want. Initially, Watson was portrayed by David Burke (who had earlier played the villain in an adaptation of "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet" for the 1965 BBC series[5] starring Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock). Burke appeared in the first year of the Adventures series before leaving to join the Royal Shakespeare Company.[6][7] He was replaced by Edward Hardwicke, (who had earlier had a role in an adaptation of "The Greek Interpreter" for the 1968 BBC series[8]) who played Watson for the remainder of the run.[7]

Of the 60 Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 42 were adapted in the series spanning 36 one-hour episodes and five feature-length specials. (Episode 40 incorporates the plot lines of both "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone" and "The Adventure of the Three Garridebs".)

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