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The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes 

Adaptations of mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporary rivals in the genre.
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Series cast summary:
Peter Barkworth ...  Martin Hewitt 2 episodes, 1971
Peter Vaughan ...  Dorrington 2 episodes, 1971
Douglas Wilmer ...  Prof. Van Dusen 2 episodes, 1973
Ronald Hines Ronald Hines ...  Jonathan Pryde 2 episodes, 1971
Cyd Hayman ...  Laura Stanley / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Derek Smith Derek Smith ...  Henry Jacobs / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Kenneth Colley ...  Farrish 2 episodes, 1971
Petronella Barker Petronella Barker ...  Miss Parrot 2 episodes, 1971
John Nettleton ...  Admiral Christador / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ...  Judge / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
James Cairncross James Cairncross ...  Briggs / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Paul Whitsun-Jones Paul Whitsun-Jones ...  Fat man / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Robert Hartley Robert Hartley ...  Doctor / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Edward Dentith ...  Sir Edward Markham / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Clifford Parrish Clifford Parrish ...  Dr. Ewing / ... 2 episodes, 1971
Michael Cashman ...  Asst. Purser Robbins / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
John Dawson John Dawson ...  Inspector Fullalove / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
John Gatrell ...  Jeweller / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Barry Ashton Barry Ashton ...  Buller's Bank Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Joe Dunlop Joe Dunlop ...  P.C. Oates / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Susanna East Susanna East ...  Girl 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Maurice Quick Maurice Quick ...  Magistrate / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Robert Webber Robert Webber ...  Clergyman / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
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This British television 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 on-going 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 1970'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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Los rivales de Sherlock Holmes See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Thames Television released a set of thirteen stories that aired on British television weekly from September to December 1971. It proved to be so popular that a second set of thirteen stories was produced and aired from January to April 1973. See more »

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Another Lost Jewel
22 February 2003 | by pro_crustesSee all my reviews

I discovered this series on '70s American public television by accident while channel-surfing (or whatever we called it back in the days when you twisted a knob and then had to fine-tune the receiver). I felt like it was almost my personal secret then, something like Jean Shepherd's Ralphie feels before he decodes Annie's message. Except, this doesn't turn out to be a disappointment. The stories were intelligent, accessible, and timeless. This is TV doing what it should, before everything was about teen angst. (You know, I was a teen once and I don't remember having any angst. Maybe that was partly because my TV entertained me without suggesting I had to be glum to be cool. Maybe not.)

I've never seen it since and I've often wondered why not. It seems like the kind of thing that modern mystery fans would love to have, even if that meant buying it on DVD.


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