Arthur Conan Doyle - A Life In Letters

Letters written by the author to his mother Mary Doyle, read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

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During the early 1880s, Conan Doyle struggled cheerfully as a young doctor and short story writer.

The famous Sherlock Holmes author caught in candid moments, thanks to his epistles.

A young doctor writes to his mother.

Extracts of letters from the Sherlock Holmes author, then a young doctor, to his mother.

Read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

As a candid young doctor, the Sherlock Holmes author writes to his mother Mary.

Extracts read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

022007092520080513 (BBC7)
20090203 (BBC7)
20091117 (BBC7)
20091118 (BBC7)
20100706 (BBC7)

The mid 1880s brought marriage, fatherhood and the appearance of Conan Doyle's most famous fictional character.

The famous Sherlock Holmes author caught in candid moments, thanks to his letters.

Medical and literary headway is made.

Extracts of the author's letters to his mother, concerning fatherhood and Sherlock Holmes.

Read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

The author writes to his mother about marriage, fatherhood and Sherlock Holmes.

Extracts read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

032007092620080514 (BBC7)
20090204 (BBC7)
20091118 (BBC7)
20091119 (BBC7)
20100707 (BBC7)

A decision is taken to kill Holmes off.

Jean Leckie features in the author's life.

The famous Sherlock Holmes author caught in candid moments, thanks to his letters.

Arthur kills off the great detective.

Extracts of the author's letters to his mother.

A decision is taken to 'kill Holmes'.

Read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

The author writes to his mother Mary about making a decision to 'kill Holmes'.

Extracts read by Forbes Masson.

042007092720080515 (BBC7)
20090205 (BBC7)
20091119 (BBC7)
20091120 (BBC7)
20100708 (BBC7)

Conan Doyle returns from the Boer War and in the early 1900s decides on a political life.

But first there is a small scandal at Lord's cricket ground.

The famous Sherlock Holmes author caught in candid moments, thanks to his letters.

A certain hound makes an appearance.

Extracts of the Sherlock Holmes author's letters to his mother, revealing how he turned to politics.

Read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

Extracts of the author's letters to his mother, revealing how he turned to politics.

The Sherlock Holmes author writes to his mother Mary about turning to politics.

Extracts read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

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20090206 (BBC7)
20091120 (BBC7)
20091121 (BBC7)
20100709 (BBC7)

Rumours circulate that the author will be knighted for his services, but what does Conan Doyle think about this?

Will Arthur be knighted to please mother?

Extracts of the Sherlock Holmes author's letters to his mother, in which he discusses his knighthood.

Read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.

Extracts of the author's letters to his mother, in which he discusses his knighthood.

The Sherlock Holmes author writes to his mother debating his knighthood offer.

Extracts read by Forbes Masson and John Dougal.