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The History Channel to demistify Sherlock Holmes

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NEW DELHI: This December, The History Channel will trace the adventures of the one of the greatest all-time favourite fictional detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted aid and companion Dr. John Watson through its series 'The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes'.Indian viewers will get a chance to see Jeremy Brett's 'flamboyantly brilliant interpretation' of Sherlock Holmes in the classic series, 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes', premiering on Tuesday, December 12 at 9 pm.

David Bruke will play the role of Dr Watson in the series produced by Michael Cox, though the channel spokespersons would not reveal the cost of production of what is likely to become a series of mega-viewership.There will be a total of 14 stories shown, every Tuesdays at the same time. Each story will be of roughly one hour duration.

Though the series had been shown once on DD Metro, "but that was long ago and this will be a rebirth of sorts for the series," the spokesperson told indiantelevision.com.

Terming it a "faithful adaptation of the original stories", 'The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' will bring alive mysteries such as A Solitary Cyclist, The Speckled Band, The Naval Treaty amongst others that not only enjoy worldwide recognition but still continues to fascinate and mesmerize generation of readers across the globe. It will also show the story, "The Adventure of the Final Problem", in which Conan-Doyle had 'finished off' Holmes (before he was forced on popular demand to bring him back.

Unfortunately, one of the most famous of Holmes's adventures, "Hounds of Baskerville" will not be part of the series, the channel said.

"Through his power packed performance, Jeremy Brett successfully captures the true essence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's favourite character Sherlock Holmes", says a press statement from the channel.

Commenting on the new series, Joy Bhattacharjya, Senior Vice President, Programming, The History Channel says, "From time immemorial, Sherlock Holmes has enjoyed universal appeal. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is one of the most successful historically set drama series and we feel privileged to air this classic on our channel. Such programmes are in keeping with our strategy of broad-basing the channel to widen its appeal for all viewers."

The channel will repeat each show through the week on various times, starting Wednesdays at 12 midnight, followed by once each day till the next story is telecast.

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