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Tom Baker stars for the BBC as Sherlock Holmes in this faithful classic serial adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most celebrated story. Holmes investigates the suspicious death of Sir Charles Baskerville at the behest of Baskerville's friend Dr Mortimer. Written by
We love Tom Baker, but the quality of the direction and supporting cast makes a mockery of the very concept of dramatic performance. As a lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan, born in the cradle of Dartmoor's misty tors, this production betrays both its fictional and historical roots, and is merely a hollow imitation of its source, which was served far more ably by the incomparable Jeremy Brett. Baker mistakes adult fiction for a serious performance and would have been better served by allowing the eccentricity of the 'doctor' to come to the fore. What this production badly needed was for someone, either in front or behind the camera, to take control and allow the multi-faceted nature of Holmes' character to drive events. A wasted opportunity that contributes nothing to the genre. It only contributed to putting the final nails in Baker's career.
Big bag o' thrash.
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