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An exceptional television series in spite of production problems.
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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