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by Allan Fish

(UK 2010-  532m) DVD1/2

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p  Sue Vertue, Rebecca Eaton, Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat  d  Paul McGuigan, Euros Lyn  created by  Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss  w  Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Steve Thompson  m  David Arnold, Michael Price 

Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock Holmes), Martin Freeman (Dr John Watson), Mark Gatiss (Mycroft Holmes), Una Stubbs (Mrs Hudson), Andrew Scott (Jim Moriarty), Rupert Graves (Chf.Insp.Lestrade), Lara Pulver (Irene Adler), Zoe Telford, Phil Davis, Louise Brealey, John Sessions, Russell Tovey, Amber Elizabeth, Douglas Wilmer,

We all have our own Holmes.  For the old brigade, no-one can top Basil Rathbone, and for sure on the large screen, while Robert Stephens and Peter Cushing were both admirable, he remains definitive.  Baker Street obsessives will say the best incarnations were on TV.  Hand on heart, if asked who the most accurate Holmes was on screen, it would be Jeremy Brett’s immortal incarnation that ran for a decade from 1984-94 and was faithful enough to build an entire Baker Street set (back to back with the Coronation Street set) on the Granada backlot.  Yet while they were the most authentic, the earlier series undoubtedly were the best (Brett’s ailments started to show towards the end).  Back a generation earlier there was a now rarely seen take with Douglas Wilmer a superb Holmes (he makes a lovely cameo appearance, aged 90, in the Series 2 finale).  Yet these were all faithful period recreations and they failed to make the main text, so how come a 21st century updating could prove the best of the bunch?  (more…)

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