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Sherlock's movie success harks back to Brett's glory days

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Jan 7th 2010 4:01PM
To many, Jeremy Brett played the perfect Sherlock Holmes.The new action-oriented reboot of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey, Jr. is making a killing at the box office -- and rightfully so. It stays true enough to its source material while injecting just enough quirky energy into Holmes' world to update the franchise.

But, here's hoping the movie's success leads some folks back to rediscover the single greatest production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short stories -- the Granada and PBS Sherlock Holmes series of the 80s.

To most Holmes fans, Jeremy Brett (right) was the perfect actor playing the role he was born to fill. He had the look, the voice and the mannerisms most readers envisioned when reading "The Red Headed League" or "The Speckled Band."

And, though the production did not originate at the BBC, it feeds off the same precision of the Beeb's costume dramas. Nobody does period better than the Brits, and no expense or attention to detail was spared in the production values.

The entire run of Brett Holmes stories is available on DVD and runs periodically to this day on cable and local PBS stations. Do yourself a favor and catch these timeless detective stories executed to perfection.

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Honestly, the best Sherlock Holmes has never been seen in the west. It was produced in Russia in the 80s.


Also, BBC is making a new Sherlock Holmes series written by Steven Moffat.

January 08 2010 at 10:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Willmore2000's comment

that's bullshit. russians need something to be proud of - so there. i've seen the whole russian saga many times. it just isn't that good.

January 08 2010 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for posting this. I remembered watching a Holmes series as a kid that I really liked, but could not remember the finer details like which channel or the actor's name. Getting the DVD immediately.

January 07 2010 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you can watch quite a few episodes (if not all of them; i haven't checked) on netflix' instant streaming service.

January 07 2010 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pride entertainment Online

I totally agree with you about how Downey's characterization is true to the source material. Many Holmes scholars also nelieve that their was a possible bromance between Holmes and watson which the latest Holmes movie expands on.

Jeremy Brett's performance (He was the perfect Holmes) in the Granada television series was outstanding I am glad to own the complete series on DVD. If you want, I could send you a link to acquire it yourself!

January 07 2010 at 4:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Pride entertainment Online's comment

Nah, the Downey Holmes is farce, if anything, and the polar opposite of Holmes as written and as played by Jeremy Brett: the Brett Holmes didn't hesitate to go out into the field when necessary, but above all, it was his cerebral quality and his reliance on brainpower that made Brett's characterization the truest to Conan Doyle.

Downey, on the other hand, plays Holmes as an action hero rather than as one who thinks first -- and that ***IS*** farce, or at very least a complete mockery of what Conan Doyle wrote. Which is precisely why I found the Downey take ludicrous and not the least bit credible. And I'll take Granada's Watson over Jude Law's any day.

January 30 2010 at 12:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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