Pre-University Paper from the year 2016 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,9, , language: English, abstract: This text examines similarities and differences of the figures of Sherlock Holmes as he appears in the novels by Arthur Conan Doyle and in their BBC television adaptation "Sherlock". Plaid hat, pipe in the mouth and a magnifying glass in hand – this is today’s image of the master-detective Sherlock Holmes. To be honest, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Holmes has never disappeared from our lives. And then there is the TV-channel BBC, which brought the hero into the televisions of twenty-first-century. Is this possible? Is the probably most famous crime character from the Victorian age survivable in London now? Work the legendary stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle today, too? Has Sherlock the instinct for the current high-tech-criminology? I like to answer these questions in the following elaboration. First there will be a summary of Doyle’s books and then a presentation of some TV-episodes will be given. At the end a comparison will bring the juxtaposition. Enjoy the track down for a historical hero in the modern civilisation!