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Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Set 2

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The other detectives of late Victorian England

Crime abounded in late Victorian and Edwardian times--from the streets of London to the country houses of the nobility; from the royal apartments of Vienna to the hotel rooms of quiet Copenhagen. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective took on many of the era’s crooks, killers, blackmailers, and schemers--but so did the fictional sleuths of other celebrated writers of the time.

Great British actors including Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius; Cadfael), Judy Geeson (To Sir, With Love), Jean Marsh (Upstairs, Downstairs), Robin Ellis (Poldark), and John Thaw (Inspector Morse) deliver riveting performances in this classic mystery series. Relying on brain over brawn, their characters outwit, outthink, and outmaneuver the most ruthless of adversaries--and all in ways Sherlock Holmes would have considered much more than elementary.

As seen on public television.

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Derek Jacobi, Judy Geeson, Jean Marsh, Robin Ellis, John Thaw

Special Features

Profiles of the rival detectives and their creators

Product Details

  • Actors: Derek Jacobi, Judy Geeson, Jean Marsh, Robin Ellis, John Thaw
  • Directors: Graham Evans, Jonathan Alwyn, Reginald Collin, Derek Bennett, Peter Duguid
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 659 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00331RHDG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,116 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 invigoratingly written plots in "The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes-Set 2".
Different appealing sleuth characters for each episode averaging 51 minutes. Detailed late-Victorian sets, both indoors and out make this restored TV series worthy of 21st century viewing. Authentic costuming and location detail perfection makes one wish to have lived in the late 1800s. An absence of background music adds to the period authenticity. Top-notch performances of some of the best British actors and actresses of the day.
__Although unrated, this set does have one episode with a bit of nudity.

Bonus: SUBTITLES assist in the occasional strong dialect. Also included are detailed profiles of all the authors making history with these crime investigators of Victorian days. What a bonus for mystery story readers who would like to continue with these great crime solvers. The bonus material lists many of the writers' other written works.

Episode details with no spoilers (sorry for the length but it's a whale of a lot of mystery, good crime mystery):
1...THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY. author/creator Baroness Emma Orezy (Scarlet Pimpernel)
A poison murder on the London tube leaves a reporter, Polly Burton (Judy Green-'To Sir With Love') to find the killer. But at what risk? Polly's police Sgt. beau, Richard (Richard Beckinsale) is also on the case.

2...FIVE HUNDRED CARATS. author/creator George Griffith
A 511 carat diamond in 1890 S. Africa causes problems galore-including murder. Insp. Leo Lipinzki (Barry Keegan) must discover much more than the location of the DeBeers diamond, an impossible heist. Not just WHO? but HOW?

3...CELL 13.
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"The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, Set 2" is the second installment in a classic television series of British mysteries that was produced by Thames Television, premiered on the ITV Network in the United Kingdom in 1973, and was seen on public television in the United States in the 1970s. It is released in a four volume boxed set, consisting of thirteen episodes, and runs approximately 659 minutes in total. It comes with bonus features on the rival detectives and their creators, and. thank you, Acorn Media Group, subtitles. The first series, also 13 episodes, aired in 1971, and won a BAFTA for best design: it has already been released in DVD format.

At the turn of the twentieth century, the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods, there was plenty of poverty, social unrest, and crime in the world, in Europe, and in England. There were also the riveting detective stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring Sherlock Holmes, and his sturdy assistant, Watson. And there was no shortage of would-be rivals to Doyle, including, and represented here, the female-oriented Hungarian Baroness Orczy, who would create the Scarlet Pimpernel. The rivals presented their own detectives, stationing them in the streets of London or English country houses, the royal apartments in Vienna, or a Copenhagen hotel, as they too, relying on their finely-tuned brains, solved crimes. These stories have been adapted in a highly-literate manner, and have been filmed, apparently no expense spared, by Thames. The location photography is excellent; costumes and vehicles are period-appropriate, and extras appear to have been hired in droves. The supporting actors are uniformly strong, the best the U.K. had to offer at the time, and the featured stars were icons of the period.
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I originally watched this series when they were on pbs. Excellent episodes from beginning to end. The only two minuses I give it is that john neville should have played Dr. Thorndyke twice. Also, there are three volumes of stories on which this series was based on. Too bad they didn't make a third series as a copanion to the books.
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By katie on October 9, 2010
This was awesome! I really enjoyed this series though I liked some characters more then others. While it is a little old it is well done, I particularly like the firts episode and the next one with Max Carrados; a blind but very observant detective.
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Truly an oursanding series of mysterious. Pity more Doctor Thorndyke cases were not filmed!

Excellent service. I am very, very pleased indeed!
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Some I liked better than others of course. Nice selection. Not all alike. Gives me ideas for books to buy now I've sampled some of the authors' works.
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Fun seeing the old British actors in their younger days, great costumes and well written story lines, dvds played great.
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Thames TV's great 1973 continuation of the series. Another 13 cleverly written, well-acted mysteries starring familiar actors including Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius; Cadfael; The Jury; Vicious; Last Tango in Halifax); John Thaw (Morse, Mr Tom); Jean Marsh (Upstairs, Downstairs); Robin Ellis (Poldark); and Judy Geeson (To Sir, With Love.) Again, the profiles of the various detectives and their creators are a welcome bonus.
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