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16 Alternative Takes on Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional sleuth Sherlock Holmes was first introduced to readers in 1887 in The Strand magazine's serialisation of   his first adventure A Study in Scarlet . Well over a hundred years later and Holmes is still going strong, having become comfortably the most famous fictional detective of all time. Even his death, in  The Final Problem in 1893, proved to be only a minor setback to his career.  Martin Freeman as Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes in the BBC's "Sherlock"

The Pure Hell of St. Trinian's (1960)

This second sequel to  The Belles of St. Trinian's  begins with the inevitable finally happening. The young tearaways of St. Trinian's School have managed to burn the whole building to the ground. The entire school of 200 pupils is then put on trial for arson at the Old Bailey. It seems that nothing can save them, until glamorous blonde sixth former Rosalie (Julie Alexander) catches the eye of the judge (Raymond Huntley), hoping to get the school more lenient treatment. Thanks to Rosalie, the judge is better disposed towards St. Trinian's by the time a child psychologist and doctor of philosophy, Professor Canford (Cecil Parker), formerly of the University of Baghdad, steps forward with a proposal to build a new school. These girls aren't bad, he argues, they are simply the inevitable product of today's troubled society. All they need is some love.  At that point the judge seems to be lost in reverie thinking about Rosalie again. But Professor Canford regains his