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Victorian London was a boon for crooks--and a bane for Scotland Yard, whose job it was to thwart crime. In the pages of fiction, the citizens of the capital often turned to private sleuths for redress. But Sherlock Holmes was not the only detective in town. Contemporary writers created an impressive cast of investigators, both amateur and professional, as colorful as the criminals they set out to catch.
Some of the detectives in this classic British series work with the police. Others achieve success in spite of them. And a few even fall under official suspicion themselves. Yet all pit their wits against the best that London’s underworld has to offer in 13 finely crafted mysteries delivered by Britain’s top character actors. Stars include Peter Vaughan (The Remains of the Day), John Neville (The First Churchills), Donald Sinden (Two’s Company), Donald Pleasence (Halloween), and Jeremy Irons (Brideshead Revisited) in his first screen appearance.
As seen on public television.
DVD FEATURES INCLUDE profiles of the rival detectives and their creators.
It is good to return to shows you watched Years ago.They were still enjoyable.Published 4 months ago by David B Jones
A wonderful series of classic mysteries. Only not enough of Doctor Thorndyke. By the way, actor John Neville was perfect as Thorndyke.. Excellent service. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Barry Moreno
Fun seeing the old British actors in their younger days great costumes and well written story lines, dvds played great..Published 8 months ago by michael rae
about 20 % of the rivals shows were worth watching, the rest were a waste of time. I don t recommend these dvd s. Read morePublished 9 months ago by albert freed
Has nothing to do with Sherlock but there are good crime cases. The DVD runs perfectly and the case or the cover and in perfect condition as well.Published 10 months ago by David Martinez-Ruiz
Missed it the first time around on broadcast television. Will watch it again and again now that I have the DVDs.Published 12 months ago by Glen Williams
Think the premise is a good one and hopefully builds curiosity for younger readers to discover more of these forgotten detetectives from the Victorian era. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Craig Alan
We liked some of the episodes but some were not so good. We couldn't tell if the bad guys we good or if the good guys were bad but we did enjoy some of the episodes. Read morePublished 17 months ago by bj
If you think that the British can not make poor television, try watching these! They are all over-acted and poorly written! Read morePublished on June 29, 2012 by BkWyrm