Make sure to carve out an hour this Sunday night for a bit o’ education about modern day Sherlock Holmes.
As for why this series of “Secrets” from PBS has been so popular, it seems pretty obvious. “Viewers love exploring the real stories of sites made familiar by so many of our fictional series,” says Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming for PBS. We love learning, as long as we feel entetained at the same time. (Why else do you think so many of us know how to identify a Flounder fish, if not for “The Little Mermaid”?*)
SECRETS OF SCOTLAND YARD
Premiere Date – Sunday, November 17, 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET
From Dickens to Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie to James Bond – no police institution in the world has caught the public imagination in quite the same way as Scotland Yard. The name has become synonymous with the police force itself – but actually derives from the location of the original London Metropolitan Police HQ. Its officers and ‘Bobbies’ can be seen not only as characters in fiction but also on the news, standing beside the Royal Family or other officials in their role as protectors. Above all else however, Scotland Yard is associated with a particular type of professional police officer–the Detective. By meeting with some modern-day sleuths we’ll uncover the secrets of what it takes to become a contemporary Sherlock as well as finding out all the grim and grisly details of detectives who have gone before.
*They lied. I Googled and real Flounder’s look almost nothing like our cartoon Flounder. Damn. And, they have two eyes on one side of their face, officially making them one of the freakiest fish I’ve ever seen.