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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun viewing of the lesser-known detectives of the Victorian and Edwardian ages.Published 5 months ago by green chili reader
I love British mystery, and the Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is truly British and mysteries. It is excellent!Published 9 months ago by Carol Crank
Excellent stories with appropriate casting. Introduced me to a few authors I have never read but will now.Published 14 months ago by BD
This is a series I remember from Years ago.It was good to see it again.Published 18 months ago by David B Jones