The immortal Victorian detective surely gets his most ideal face and portrayal in scintillating 1980’s high budget series The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes aboutt the cases undertaken by the Victorian sleuth and his aide-de-camp Doctor John Watson.
Before Jeremy Brett their had been over 70 actors who had already played Holmes and with the memorable exception of Basil Rathbone in the 1940’s series of modern day set stories, none have even come close to Brett’s world weary performance.
Granada who made this series certainly spared no expense with sumptuous sets (still standing on the Granada backlot today), excellent attention to period detail and a close approximation of the vibe of Sydney Paget’s original illustrations for The Strand magazine. Brett’s Holmes is a study in calmness and reflectiveness and over the course of two seasons he solves a whole series of mysteries before tangling with the evil Moriarty at Reichenbach Falls where he apparently falls to his death.
Like Conan Doyle himself Granada couldn’t let the series go though and Brett came back in The Return of Sherlock Holmes.
Apart from “Elementary, my dear Watson”, in the words of Holmes: “My name is Sherlock Holmes, it is my business to know what others don’t know.”
Brett once said: “To me, the Sherlock Holmes stories are about a great friendship. Without Watson, Holmes might well have burnt out on drugs long ago. I hope the series shows how important friendship is.” Brett described Holmes as “the most complex isolated creature, a complete eccentric and a very lonely, private man”.
Professor Moriarty (Holmes’s arch enemy) upon meeting Holmes for the first time: “You have less frontal development than I should have expected. It is a dangerous habit to finger loaded firearms in the pocket of one’s dressing-gown.”
Brett was left-handed. The character of Sherlock Holmes was right-handed. A hand double was used whenever a close-up of Holmes writing was required. Granada recreated Baker Street next to another famous thoroughfare – Coronation Street.
UK / ITV Network – Granada / 12×60 minute episodes and 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 24 April 1984 – 29 September 1985
Creator:John Hawkesworth / Stories: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Producer:Michael Cox, June Wyndham Davies / Theme Composer:Patrick Gowers
JEREMY BRETT as Sherlock Holmes
DAVID BURKE as Doctor Watson
ROSALIE WILLIAMS as Mrs Hudson
COLIN JEAVONS as Inspector Lestrade
CHARLES GRAY as Mycroft Holmes
A SCANDAL IN BOHEMIA (Broadcast 24 April 1984)
THE DANCING MEN (Broadcast 1 May 1984)
THE NAVAL TREATY (Broadcast 8 May 1984)
THE SOLITARY CYCLIST (Broadcast 15 May 1984)
THE CROOKED MAN (Broadcast 22 May 1984)
THE SPECKLED BAND (Broadcast 29 May 1984)
THE BLUE CARBUNCLE (Broadcast 5 June 1984)
THE COPPER BEECHES (Broadcast 25 August 1985
THE GREEK INTERPRETER (Broadcast 1 September 1985)
THE NORWOOD BUILDER (Broadcast 8 September 1985)
THE RESIDENT PATIENT (Broadcast 15 September 1985)
THE RED HEADED LEAGUE (Broadcast 22 September 1985)
THE FINAL PROBLEM (Broadcast 29 September 1985)
THE RETURN OF….
THE CASEBOOK OF…
THE MEMOIRS OF…
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)
In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.
Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.
Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015
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