SAVILIAN ROBERT HAINAULT ON UNHOLY SMOKE: Tobacco Then & Now in Film and Literature.

Sherlock Holmes is instantly recognisable for the deerstalker hat and calabash pipe that never appeared in the books, but with his three pipes and encyclopaedic knowledge of ashes smoking is key to the moods and personality of the world’s most famous consulting detective. Yet in his latest BBC incarnation Sherlock is a struggling quitter. In this lively and informative talk Savilian Robert Hainault tells how the meanings of smoking in film and literature have been shaped by changing attitudes to tobacco, and how those meanings in-turn have affected society’s attitudes to smoking.