''Murder Rooms - The Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes'' has the premise that Arthur Conan Doyle (Robin Laing in the PilotMovie and Charles Edwards in the series) based his character of SherlockHolmes on surgeon Dr. Joseph Bell (Ian Richardson) with whom he used to solve murders with. Bell did in fact exist, and it is said some of Holmes' personality traits and observational methods were based on him, but Doyle and Bell certainly did not solve murders together. The series only has [[{{BritishBrevity}} five episodes]] and some speculate it was ScrewedByTheNetwork after someone from the BBC remarked it was "[[{{Too Good to Last}} too successful for the wrong department]]".
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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbsenceOfEvidence
* AfterActionPatchUp
* TheAlibi: It is a detective series.
* AmateurSleuth: Doyle and Bell obviously.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:The medical examiner in "The Photographer's Chair"]] and the moneylender in "The White Knight Stratagem".
* BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible: Bell expects lieutenant Blaney to be this in "The White Knight Stratagem", but he actually goes along with him (albeit grudgingly).
* BittersweetEnding: "The White Knight Stratagem".
* BluffingTheMurderer: [[spoiler:Doyle tries to do this to lieutenant Blaney but doesn't find anything out.]]
* BritishBrevity: There are only four episodes and the pilot.
* ChekovsGun: The coins in the pilot episode.
* ColdReading: Bell is an expert at this.
* ConnectTheDeaths: The pilot.
* CostumePorn: It is set in VictorianBritain.
* DarkerAndEdgier: To the [[{{Franchise.SherlockHolmes}} Sherlock Holmes cannon]] itself.
* DownerEnding: The pilot.
* EatTheEvidence: One of the terrorists attempt to do this in "The Kingdom of Bones".
* EurekaMoment: Bell has this in the pilot.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Doyle is played by a [[{{TheOtherDarrin}} different actor]], Ian Richardson has a horrible haircut and the character of Doyle is noticeably brasher and angstier.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The pilot is made of these between Doyle and Bell, but the one that specially stands out is when Bell examines Doyle's father's watch.
* EvilPlan: "The Kingdom of Bones".
* FairPlayWhodunnit
* FauxAffablyEvil: Every villain in the series.
* [[{{FingerInTheMail}} Ear in the Mail]]: Elspeth recieves one in the pilot.
* {{Flashback}}: Used in "The Photographer's Chair".
* {{Frameup}}: [[spoiler:Neill attempts this in the pilot and Lieutenant Blaney in "The White Knight Stratagem".]]
* GentlemanDetective: Bell.
* GiveMeBackMyWallet: Judd pickpockets Bell's wallet in "The Photographer's Chair".
* {{Homage}}: The scene in which Bell examines Doyle's father's watch is an homage to a similar scene in TheSignOfTheFour.
* InsufferableGenius: Some people (most notably lieutenant Blaney) see Bell as this.
* TheKillerBecomesTheKilled: [[spoiler:"The White Knight Stratagem".]]
* LastNameBasis: Everyone except the Scottish police.
* LockedRoomMystery: In the pilot.
* MysteryMagnet: [[{{LampshadeHanging}} Lampshaded]] by Bell in "The White Knight Stratagem".
* MysteryOfTheWeek
* NeverOneMurder
* NiceHat
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Doyle [[spoiler:ruins the only evidence to convict the killer in the pilot episode.]]
* NotSoStoic: Doyle in the pilot episode.
* OldFriend: Bell and Fergusson in "The White Knight Stratagem".
* SceneryPorn: The series looks fantastic.
* SharpDressedMan: More or less everyone but most noticeably Doyle and Bell.
* SherlockScan: Bell. That part of his persona is backed up by historical data and it is said Doyle was inspired by Bell's use of the Technic on his patients to create Sherlock himself.
* ShoutOut: Several to the Sherlock Holmes cannon.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Often applies.
* TheStakeout: Doyle attempts this in "The Photographer's Chair".
* TheSummation
* SuspectExistenceFailure: [[spoiler:"The White Knight Stratagem".]]
* TwistEnding: All episodes except for "The Kingdom of Bones".
* TwoDunIt: [[spoiler:"The White Knight Stratagem".]]
* VictorianBritain
* VictorianLondon
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