Adaptations of mystery stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.
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1973   1971  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Clifford Parrish ...
 Dr. Ewing / ... (3 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Martin Hewitt (2 episodes, 1971)
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 Horace Dorrington (2 episodes, 1971)
Douglas Wilmer ...
 Prof. Van Dusen (2 episodes, 1973)
Ronald Hines ...
 Jonathan Pryde (2 episodes, 1971)
Cyd Hayman ...
 Laura Stanley / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Derek Smith ...
 Henry Jacobs / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Farrish (2 episodes, 1971)
Petronella Barker ...
 Miss Parrot (2 episodes, 1971)
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 Admiral Christador / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
 Judge / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
James Cairncross ...
 Briggs / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Paul Whitsun-Jones ...
 Fat man / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Robert Hartley ...
 Doctor / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Edward Dentith ...
 Sir Edward Markham / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Michael Cashman ...
 Asst. Purser Robbins / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
John Dawson ...
 Insp. Fullalove / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Jeweller / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Barry Ashton ...
 Buller's bank clerk / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Joe Dunlop ...
 P.C. Oates / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Maurice Quick ...
 The Magistrate / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Mr. Drew / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Richard Pearson ...
 Marquess of Macclesfield (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Ralph Truman ...
 Foreign Secretary (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Beatrice Graham (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Simon Gough ...
 Jack Bellingham (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Denise Coffey ...
 Miss Baines (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Sara Clee ...
 Gerda Krempelstein (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Colonel Davidoff (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 Count Krempelstein (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Karin MacCarthy ...
 Sybil Fitzwilliam (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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 George Fitzwilliam (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Henri Szeps ...
 Laval (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Susanna East ...
 Girl (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
David Webb ...
 Musgrove (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
David Tate ...
 Police Sergeant Tapling / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Kenneth Barrow ...
 Hargreaves (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Nina West ...
 Maid / ... (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
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Storyline

This British TV series, shot almost entirely on videotape, dramatized short mystery fiction by authors who were contemporaries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Many of these authors were virtually unknown to modern audiences, although all of the detectives portrayed had appeared in popular ongoing series of short stories or novels. "Rivals" featured the only dramatizations to date of such period characters as Jacques Futrelle's "The Thinking Machine" and W. H. Hodgson's "Carnacki The Ghost Finder". Production values were high, although the limitations of early '70's video technology are painfully obvious. The casts included the cream of British television's character actors, featuring a few faces that will be recognizable to American audiences. Written by Doug Ferrar <dferrar@earthlink.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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20 September 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Los rivales de Sherlock Holmes  »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This series gave rise to a spinoff book of the same title, a collection of some of the short stories which had been adapted. The book was edited by Hugh Greene, the series creator, a former Director General of the BBC and the brother of Graham Greene. See more »

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wonderful fun..
24 February 2010 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Having never seen them I stumbled across the first series on DVD ... they are typical British television in the best sense... literate, beautifully acted (with an amazing cast list) and with a marvellous sense of period.

They are based on early crime novels and most of the writers are unknown to me especially those based on novels that are clearly not of English origin.

Whilst the production standards of 1970 may not match today and some of the individual plots are sometimes a bit ordinary the two series make great viewing for any fan of crime novels and will especially appeal to any fan of the Sherlock Holmes.


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