Who IS Sherlock Holmes - Neil McCaw

  • Published on May 5, 2016
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    More than a century after first emerging into the fogbound, gaslit streets of Victorian London, Sherlock Holmes is universally recognizable. And yet many of his most recognizable features don't appear in Arthur Conan Doyle's original stories. So who exactly is Sherlock Holmes? Who's the real "great detective," and where do we find him? Neil McCaw traces the evolution of Sherlock.
    Lesson by Neil McCaw, animation by Lasse Rützou Bruntse.

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  • Terraform 7
    Terraform 7 Hour ago

    What is a Sherlock homes.

  • Tomato Queen
    Tomato Queen 7 days ago

    Basil Rathbone will always be the true Sherlock for me ❤

  • Bharath
    Bharath 7 days ago

    Benedict Cumberbach is the best version I've ever seen for Sherlock . So guys see you back at 22B Baker Street.

  • Gabriel Hernandez
    Gabriel Hernandez 8 days ago

    sorta like doctor who?

  • Andrei Sager
    Andrei Sager 9 days ago

    Why did i read the thumbnail with snoop dogs voice?

  • your perfect buddy
    your perfect buddy 12 days ago

    He can tell you your mobile number by just seeing you

  • Prajwal B M
    Prajwal B M 12 days ago

    Jeremy Brett is the real Sherlock Holmes.

  • Jhon Ogame
    Jhon Ogame 12 days ago

    i thinks its sherek lomes

  • Andrew Rossi
    Andrew Rossi 13 days ago

    My favorite Sherlock adaptation is the tv series Elementary.

  • Prince Ali
    Prince Ali 13 days ago

    Basil the mouse detective ❤️

  • Lord Sacha
    Lord Sacha 14 days ago

    Kudo Shinichi

  • Napoleon I
    Napoleon I 14 days ago

    2:16 no Vidocque

  • Bilt ten
    Bilt ten 14 days ago

    We got a problem here

  • Hermione Mangundayao
    Hermione Mangundayao 14 days ago

    Am I the only one who ACTUALLY read the books written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? Huhu lets be friends if you do. I am a huge Sherlock Holmes Fan wheter it be series, books or movies. Hehe just sayin

  • GooglePanda cz
    GooglePanda cz 14 days ago

    I have seen Sherlock holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. And Series with Benedict Cumberbatch and it was so awesome that i can't imagine Sherlock holmes played by someone else 😅(maybe just James D'Arcy probably because he look little bit as Benedict)

  • Xander
    Xander 14 days ago

    Well, there are a few characteristica that are definitly essential for Sherlock Holmes: He is a male human, white, live in the Bakerstreet in London and he's quite bright.

  • Karola R.
    Karola R. 15 days ago +1

    Who is Sherlock Holmes?

  • shikamaru nara
    shikamaru nara 15 days ago

    Did you know dr house md series is also based on Holmes. Gregory shares personality traits with s.h and he sends his teammto investigate homes of the patients. This time more of a doctor but still solves cases. Observational skills as well as deduction guessing all are used in this drama

  • Steven D. Bennett
    Steven D. Bennett 15 days ago

    Basil Rathbone. All others are shadows.

  • Babajide Odusanya
    Babajide Odusanya 15 days ago

    I'm Sherlock Holmes

  • Lazy Ro
    Lazy Ro 15 days ago

    Please stand up
    Please stand up

  • Krabbypal
    Krabbypal 15 days ago +1

    Detective Connan is the only Sherlock Holmes I know

  • Shashank Pandey
    Shashank Pandey 16 days ago


  • Ganesh Poon
    Ganesh Poon 16 days ago

    Ted never fails to surprise you with such wonderful content holding probably the best narrations, animations and the art of story telling. #onetogetinspiredfrom

  • Black Hole
    Black Hole 16 days ago +1

    Can the real slim shady please stand up, please stand up.

    Great animation btw

  • Akash Verma
    Akash Verma 16 days ago

    Benedict Cumberbatch

  • Aayush Garg
    Aayush Garg 16 days ago

    My favorite is Benedict and Sherloque Wells from Flash

  • TheNoobKing 144
    TheNoobKing 144 16 days ago

    "Sherlock holmes is universally recognizable"
    Me: Hmm... Hey, zenos! ( My alien friend) Do you know Sherlock Holmes?
    Zenos: Negative, my human friend. Back in my homeworld Zarthia everybody is intelligent so there is no one "special" person.

  • Photo Spectrum
    Photo Spectrum 16 days ago

    With all the versions of him that there are, I think Sherlock Holmes could be a Time Lord called The Detective.

  • mohd saleem Siddiqui
    mohd saleem Siddiqui 16 days ago

    wrong information

  • Arafe Zawad Sajid
    Arafe Zawad Sajid 17 days ago

    Eminem 😁

  • Scicastic - साइंस, हिंदी में.

    I know only one sherlock. Who's name is Dr. Strange.

  • Lucas J Lehmann
    Lucas J Lehmann 17 days ago

    Dracula is the most adopted character

  • Ron Richo
    Ron Richo 17 days ago +1

    Your last two words sum it all up: "Our Sherlock"

  • Cool Joe
    Cool Joe 17 days ago

    Sherlock is a language different in different countries but related by heart

  • wintang warastri
    wintang warastri 17 days ago

    But what makes Sherlock, Sherlock?

  • anush dsouza
    anush dsouza 17 days ago

    RDJ Is the best Sherlock Ever
    Love him 3000

  • Caitlyn Vayne
    Caitlyn Vayne 17 days ago

    How much do I love Sherlock? Probably around 3000.

  • Satyajit Lall
    Satyajit Lall 18 days ago

    The real Sherlock Holmes will always be Jermey Brett

  • Ubaidullah Pandit
    Ubaidullah Pandit 18 days ago +2

    The word 'Deduction' is a misnomer here. What Sherlock Holmes actually employs is Induction.

  • It’s Me!プラナヴ
    It’s Me!プラナヴ 18 days ago +1

    I'm sherlock
    Yes i'm the real sherlock
    All the other sherlocks are just immitating
    So won't the real sherlock pls stand up
    Pls stand up?

  • Liz Mariela Escobar Candia

    All the time I think I was wrong, because I never read that Sherlock said "elementary my dear Whatson" but some people only see the movies (bad haha) now, I'm very happy because this video is amazing, thanks for all the team of TED-Ed! (And for subtitles in Spanish so much thanks)

  • Oz Miz
    Oz Miz 18 days ago

    4:11 when doctor who and Sherlock Holmes are the same person

  • The Cursor
    The Cursor 19 days ago

    The Best Sherlock is Robert Downey Jr.

  • Giulio Bolognesi
    Giulio Bolognesi 27 days ago

    Omg Sherlock is a time lord

  • Alexandra Ayad
    Alexandra Ayad Month ago

    I would like to use the first 55 seconds to do an escape game for my pupils. It's not for sale just for my school. I put the link of the video but I would like to have a formal agreement.

  • Jobie Lee
    Jobie Lee Month ago

    omg 0:23 is that a hat tip to detective conan i see?

  • Kokul Nath
    Kokul Nath Month ago

    Did ya FORGET "The Scotland Yard" POLICE !!!

  • Kokul Nath
    Kokul Nath Month ago

    In JACKIE CHAN'S Movie: "The Shanghai Knights" too, SHERLOCK is referred

  • jennifer spurlock
    jennifer spurlock Month ago

    *coughs* uhm was that a Benedict cumberpatch cameo I saw at the end

  • Szymon Sokoliński
    Szymon Sokoliński Month ago

    How could somebody watch this in translation? Also in polish he says something like "elementary my dear Watson"

  • Keith Dean
    Keith Dean Month ago

    I think Sherlock Holmes still holds the world record for the most portrayed fictional character.

  • Archive for rap channels that are blocked by UMG

    It's Ted-Ed, my dear Watson.

  • depressed cockroach

    sherlock gnomes is the real sherlock

  • Lava Boom.X
    Lava Boom.X Month ago +2

    Still waiting for into the Sherlock-verse

  • saikat bhaumik
    saikat bhaumik Month ago

    Doesn't the adventures of the blue carbuncle mention "elementary my dear Watson'? Does anyone remember? It's by ACD

  • Val Val
    Val Val 2 months ago

    Somehow the last words made me happy

  • flufflepufflover
    flufflepufflover 2 months ago

    Wait...DRUG use!
    I'm too innocent for my own good

  • Rikku Takanashi
    Rikku Takanashi 2 months ago

    Sherlock is one of the first most widely accepted example of AU/Multiverse in action. The fun thing is, as long as he sticks to certain core traits, he can be morphed into a number of different things and still be both beloved and recognized. Animals such as mice and dogs, different human races, women. Though the latter is highly ironic considering he was, unfortunately, a product of his day and highly sexist. That was something that was stated very clearly. He even didn't quite agree with Watson's marriage. People always focus on Moriarity, yet people often forget he had a female rival who was one of the few women he came to respect as a equal.

  • Valerie Foster
    Valerie Foster 2 months ago

    Sherlock is the Doctor.
    Enough said if you understand.

  • Gamma Digamma
    Gamma Digamma 2 months ago

    What does Benedict Cumberbatch have to say to this?

  • Arceus Arceus
    Arceus Arceus 2 months ago

    So basically Sherlock is what you make him to be???

  • Black Hole
    Black Hole 2 months ago +1

    Will the real slim shady please stand, please stand up.

  • Nathanial Oakes
    Nathanial Oakes 2 months ago

    I bet Sherlock Holmes would help us figure out this mystery. Oh wait we don't know who he is

  • Flint Westwood
    Flint Westwood 2 months ago +1

    Sherlock is a mystery solver. Who is intrigued by the unknown and the unsolved. He digs in deep to find out the truth and is never satisfied, he will still investigate the truth a little further until he absolutely understands, knows and grasp every detail involved. Real thinker who goes above and beyond the call of duty. With cleverness and true wit. Keen observer without leaving anything behind.

  • Tacos Anonymous
    Tacos Anonymous 2 months ago

    He’s like the Doctor

  • Bors Bors
    Bors Bors 2 months ago


  • MarkThePro 11
    MarkThePro 11 3 months ago


  • UGD_InsanityStar
    UGD_InsanityStar 3 months ago

    WILL THE REAL SLIM SHADY PLEASE STAND UP (friend sitting next to me = you mean Sherlock Holmes not slim shady right (me)= ummm ... yea sure

  • Sujeet Ghorpade
    Sujeet Ghorpade 3 months ago

    Sherlock Holmes isn't just one person. He's become a symbol .

  • Marie-Lou Zhong
    Marie-Lou Zhong 3 months ago

    Great animation!

  • Rieleyhunt
    Rieleyhunt 3 months ago

    So who is he?

  • Anvika Chatterji
    Anvika Chatterji 3 months ago

    Don't lie, you were waiting for Benediction Cucumberbatch too. (If you honestly weren't, then I apologise.)

    • Anvika Chatterji
      Anvika Chatterji 3 months ago

      (Before anyone comments, I know it's spelt Benefits Cumbersome. Benjamin Cumulative? Benedict Cumberbatch.)

  • saturrrnes
    saturrrnes 3 months ago

    Wait people doesn't know about this? I read almost all books about SH and i don't remember the quote "Elemntary, my dear Watson" instead i remember "You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear"

  • *Insert Epic Name Here*

    Okay but who is he tho?

  • CuttleCraft Emexis
    CuttleCraft Emexis 3 months ago

    THat mouse XD

  • Snifey
    Snifey 3 months ago

    My sherlock is will Ferell

  • samarendra chandan bindu Dash

    I have read the stories written by Conan Doyle . And in all he had amazing deduction skills. He was able to tell many thing about a person just by seeing them. 1:00 so I don't know where you got that.

  • adriana !
    adriana ! 4 months ago

    Our Sherlock

  • Sean Daniel
    Sean Daniel 4 months ago

    Anyone notice the last two were Robert Downey Jr. And Benedict commerbatch?

  • Matthew (Student) Agonoy

    Wait what?
    Adolfo and Churchill both liked Sherlock! 0_0
    Well then, I’ve herd everything now.

  • Jasmine Zheng
    Jasmine Zheng 4 months ago


  • Francheska Antipolo
    Francheska Antipolo 4 months ago

    Benedict Cumberbatch IS Sherlock

  • Dhananjay dixit
    Dhananjay dixit 4 months ago

    May I have your attention plz...Will the real Sherlock Holmes plz stand up?..We are gonna have a problem here..cool

  • Krishna Prasad
    Krishna Prasad 4 months ago

    Next one : Who is Hercule Poirot😂😂

  • 달캐슬
    달캐슬 4 months ago

    Couldn't pass the video because of SLIM SHADY...

  • Jazzy Jaz
    Jazzy Jaz 5 months ago

    My favorite Sherlock is...
    Sherlock Holmes in the 27th century

  • Shadow Hunter
    Shadow Hunter 5 months ago


  • Fellipe Carvalho
    Fellipe Carvalho 5 months ago

    Alright, but Holmes is Dupins grandson.

  • Choose your Difficulty
    Choose your Difficulty 5 months ago

    Will the real S. Holmes please stand up.
    We are gonna have a problem here.

    Have you ever seen a white bottle before
    He killed him using the door.

  • the infinint
    the infinint 5 months ago

    he changes faces?! he's a time lord!

  • Val Mid
    Val Mid 5 months ago

    Some say that Holmes' arch-nemesis (the term for Moriarty is then used for calling frequent returning enemies) is based off Adam Worth-a real life criminal mastermind.

  • Kalli Kycellius
    Kalli Kycellius 5 months ago

    I'm wholocked

  • paul angelo pineda
    paul angelo pineda 5 months ago

    Did anyone notice Basil of Baker Street?

  • Anant Mishra
    Anant Mishra 5 months ago

    Sherlock is Batman. Reimagined dozens of times.

  • Maria: The Demon Barber of YouTube

    Elementary, my dear Watson!

  • Omar Moustafa
    Omar Moustafa 6 months ago

    *Sherlock is an idea*
    *Anyone can be Sherlock*
    *But no one is Sherlock*

  • Lily Porter
    Lily Porter 6 months ago

    Everyone knows that it's Ciel Phantomhive.

  • The Shy Skeleton
    The Shy Skeleton 6 months ago

    Sherlock is Benedict cumberbach it’s the rules

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