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Sep 23, 2020 3 tweets 2 min read Read on X
Before I get a billion more messages about the dodgy newspaper props in #EnolaHolmes, let me state that I've seen some screenshots and will release a statement when I've had time to recover.
Here's the point in my endless newspaper prop review thread where I start talking about #EnolaHolmes:
In case anyone’s interested, I enjoyed #EnolaHolmes! Putting aside the whole historical accuracy issue (and a few clunky moments), I thought it was fun. I kinda wish it was a full length series.

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