Adaptations of mystery stories written by Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.
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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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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
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 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 ...
Susanna East ...
David Webb ...
David Tate ...
 Police Sergeant Tapling / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Kenneth Barrow ...
Nina West ...
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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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20 September 1971 (UK)  »

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Los rivales de Sherlock Holmes  »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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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These are really good - and now on DVD!
8 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is so easy to look back and say we had higher standards of television years ago but this series goes a long way to proving the point. When they were originally broadcast these programmes went out at 9.00 on Monday evening following a current affairs documentary "World In Action" - very often a controversial and downright bloody-minded look at national and international politics. In the same slots today we have a half-hour soap opera followed by a series about a PA in a supermarket chain, coping with her employer relocating its head office.

These programmes are literate and don't betray their literary origins. The scripts are full of period flavour, take their time to develop plot and character, and give the actors plenty to work with. And what actors: John Neville, Robert Stephens, Peter Barkworth and Peter Vaughan to name a few of the leads; character actors of the quality of Terence Rigby and George A. Cooper turn up in supporting roles.

The production values are very high, too, with richly decorated Victorian settings. The BBC has always set the benchmark for period drama in the UK but Thames gave them a run for their money here and were rewarded with a Best Design BAFTA in 1972.

If you enjoy period detective work but you are suffering from Holmes fatigue you could do far worse than invest in these for your DVD player

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