More than a century after Sherlock Holmes first uttered the iconic phrase 'the game is afoot' to his trusted companion Dr John Watson, the detective genre remains popular across all media. A spin on the crime, suspense and thriller genres, detective stories pivot around a brilliant central character called in to solve the intriguing mystery. Curious by nature, the great detective calls on deductive reasoning and tenacity to reveal the truth.
This program brings together a selection of films from the silent era to the present day, celebrating detectives on screen, from the professional to the amateur. Adaptations of literary classics of the genre — featuring characters such as Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot — sit alongside a wider selection of whodunits, clever courtroom reveals, Hitchcockian suspense-thrillers, and gritty procedural dramas.