Sherlock the detective hero that never goes out of fashion is back in this very good modern day take on Conan Doyle’s creation. Here Sherlock is a detective for our age but with his superb analytical brain intact, he is also still as difficult and just a little bit dangerous. Watson though is very much a man of action, a doctor of course but also a former soldier who is just back from serving in Afghanistan.
It’s a chance meeting that brings these two loners together for the first time and the two have soon joined forces to investigate a bizarre series of suicides. Detective Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard knows he needs their help but doesn’t really appreciate it.
Created by the dream team of Stephen Moffat (current overseer of Doctor Who) and Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen and all round genius) this new version very quickly swept all before it creating fandom levels reaching almost Doctor Who status. All of the classic Holmesian touches are still in evidence, his address is still 221b Baker Street and Moriarty is promised to be in the background, waiting for his moment to strike.
Moffat couldn’t have put it better himself when he said of the series “Conan Doyle’s stories were never about frock coats and gas light… to hell with the crinoline. Other detectives have cases, Sherlock Holmes has adventures”.
Benedict Cumberbatch’s stock has been steadily rising over the last few years and this was the series to make him a household name. Freeman, of course, is perfect as Watson. Good to see Una Stubbs still going strong too as Mrs Hudson.
There was actually a sixty minute pilot filmed for the series which wasn’t broadcast but appears as an extra on the DVD set which releases at the end of August 2010. Initial ideas for the series were for 8 sixty minute episodes before going down the feature length episodes route.
The Abominable Bride, broadcast 1 January 2016, upped the ante even further and sent fandom into hysteria by sending Holmes and Watson into the Victorian era (complete with Deerstalker).
UK / BBC-1 / 10×90 minute episodes / Broadcast from 25 July 2010
Creators: Stephen Moffat, Mark Gatiss / Characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle / Music: David A. Arnold, Michael Price / Visual Effects: The Mill / Costumes: Sarah Arthur / Production Designer: Arwel Wyn Jones / Executive Producers: Beryl Vertue, Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss / Producer: Sue Vertue
BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as Sherlock Holmes
MARTIN FREEMAN as John Watson
UNA STUBBS as Mrs Hudson
RUPERT GRAVES as Inspector Lestrade
LOUISE BREALEY as Molly Hooper
VINETTE ROBINSON as Sergeant Sally Donovan
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Ape And Essence (The Wednesday Play BBC-1 1966, Alec McCowen)
In Scifi drama Ape and Essence, based on the novel by Aldous Huxley, a group of New Zealand scientists conduct a survey on a Britain ravaged by atomic war 80 years previously.
Series: The Wednesday Play Season 2 Episode 29
Alec McCowen as Alfred Poole
Robert Eddison as Arch Vicar
Derek Sydney as Chief
Jenny Lee as Flossie
Yvonne Antrobus as Young Girl
Sydney Bromley as Craigie
Martin Carroll as Director of Food
Hazel Douglas as Mies Hook
John Falconer as Patriarch
Petra Markham as Loola
Ken Parry as Science Praet
Amanda Reiss as Polly
Jonathan Scott as Int. Priest
Fiona Fraser as Part of Crowd
Ann Mitchell as Shaven-Head
Jacki Salt as Mulatto Girl
Carol Blake as Shaven-Head
Gordon Craig as Part of Crowd
Robert Cude as First Man
Writer: John Finch
Book: Aldous Huxley
Music: BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Producer: Peter Luke
Director: David Benedictus.
Network and Production Companies: BBC One
Duration: 1×75 minute episode
Aired From: 18 May 1966
Plane Makers, The (ITV 1963-1965, Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray)
Drama series The Plane Makers took us behind the scenes in the boardroom and shop floor of the Scott Furlong Aircraft Factory. After two seasons the lead character John Wilder took a place on the board of a merchant bank and the series was then renamed The Power Game.
Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder (Seasons 1-2)
Ann Firbank as Pamela Wilder (Season 3)
Reginald Marsh as Arthur Sugden
Alan Dobie as David Corbett
Creator: Wilfred Greatorex
Producers: Rex Firkin (seasons 1-2), David Reid (season 3)
Network: ITV – ATV
Duration: 57×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 4 February 1963 – 12 January 1965 black and white
Running Wild (ITV 1987, Ray Brooks, Janet Key)
Sitcom Running Wild was about the ups and downs of separated couple, Max and Babs, trying to get on with their lives. In season two Max wants to return to his wife but Babs is not so keen.
Ray Brooks as Max Wild
Janet Key as Babs Wild
Sharon Duce as Wanda
Michelle Collins as Stephanie Wild
Peter Amory as Rob
Berwick Kaler as Tom Coleman (Season 1)
Brigit Forsyth as Jenny (Season 2)
Writer: Philip Trewinnard
Producers: Marcus Plantin (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Directors: Vic Finch (Season 1), Derrick Goodwin (Season 2)
Network and Production Companies: ITV – London Weekend Television
Duration: 13×25 minute episodes
Aired From: 6 March 1987 – 4 June 1989
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