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The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes 

Adaptations of mystery stories written by 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 ...  Horace 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 ...  Insp. 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
Maurice Quick Maurice Quick ...  The Magistrate / ... 2 episodes, 1971-1973
Susanna East Susanna East ...  Girl 2 episodes, 1971-1973
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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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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 September 1971 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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This series was largely adapted from a collection of then obscure, but genuine Victorian short stories collated and edited by Hugh Greene, who is also credited as the series creator. He was a retired Director General of the BBC and the brother of Graham Greene. See more »

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wonderful fun..
24 February 2010 | by hamlet-16See 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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