A series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
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Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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The Sign of Four (TV Movie 1987)
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The disappearance of a young woman's father and a mysterious note years later after the strange regular annual delivery of valuable pearls to her puts Sherlock Holmes on the case.

Director: Peter Hammond
Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Robin Hunter
Crime | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes has retired. But when MacDonald asks him to take on another case, he says yes. There have been some mysterious murders, and there are no visible causes for the deaths. At ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Peter Cushing, John Mills, Anne Baxter
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When latest heir to the Baskerville estate seems to be threatened by a family curse, only the master detective, Sherlock Holmes, can find out the truth.

Director: Brian Mills
Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Raymond Adamson
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of copper beeches, a Greek interpreter, the Norwood builder, a resident patient, the red-headed league, and one final problem.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, David Burke, Rosalie Williams
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson travel to Washington D.C. in order to prevent a secret document from falling into enemy hands.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Marjorie Lord
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the devil's foot, Silver Blaze, Wisteria Lodge and the Bruce-Partington Plans.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, the Boscombe Valley, an illustrious client and a creeping man.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke, Rosalie Williams
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Holmes, his friend Watson (or his brother Mycroft) work to solve the mysteries of three gables, the dying detective, a golden pince-nez, the red circle, a mazarin stone, and a cardboard box.

Stars: Jeremy Brett, Rosalie Williams, Edward Hardwicke
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The master sleuth hunts his archenemy, Professor Moriarty, who is planning the crime of the century.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Ida Lupino
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.

Director: Sidney Lanfield
Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Richard Greene
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 Dr. Watson / ... (29 episodes, 1964-1968)
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 Sherlock Holmes (16 episodes, 1968)
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 Sherlock Holmes (13 episodes, 1964-1965)
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A series of Sherlock Holmes adaptations, based on the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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This is the second time that Peter Cushing played Sherlock Holmes. He had previously starred in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) and would later star in Sherlock Holmes and the Masks of Death (1984). See more »

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Referenced in Harry & Sarah (2014) See more »

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An exceptional television series in spite of production problems.
20 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

This adaptation of the most famous fictional detective - Sherlock Holmes - succeeds in being the first authentic series that is accurately based upon the Holmes character, Watson's character and the stories themselves.

However, it is well documented that this series wasn't without its problems behind the scenes.

The leading actor from the 1964/65 series - Douglas Wilmer - recalled in a recent interview before his passing, that he took it upon himself to re-write all the dialogue from every script. The reason for this, was because the official writers hadn't bothered to consult the original stories whilst writing the scripts.

Angry with the writers of the series and perhaps with some justification, Douglas Wilmer believed here was a golden opportunity in making an authentic Sherlock Holmes television series.

The BBC didn't react very well to what the actor did and so, he was labelled a "troublemaker."

The atmosphere during the making of the series was rather fraught with tension.

I am delighted though, in that the existing black and white episodes offer moments of TV joy. All of them work tremendously well, in spite of the modest production values.

Upon discovering that rehearsal time was being reduced from once every 14 days to once every 10 days, Douglas Wilmer announced his decision to leave the series.

I found that to be a great shame as he easily ranks as being one of the definitive interpretations of Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone is still my favourite). I own the black and white series on DVD and it's a welcome release.

When the series returned in 1968 and in colour, 16 further episodes were commissioned for production.

Nigel Stock as Dr. Watson returned and was joined by Peter Cushing who assumed the role of the Baker Street sleuth. The latter made for a very effective Holmes - albeit a totally different one to that of his predecessor.

Peter Cushing never was very keen on watching himself as Holmes, as he felt the lack of rehearsal time hampered his chance of creating a properly studied performance. He does do very well though.


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