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THE RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, SET 1
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The other detectives of late Victorian England
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Unique mystery stories and appealing sleuth characters. Delightfully detailed late-Victorian sets, both indoors and out. Makes one wish they'd lived in the late 1800s.
Scotland yard gets several famous helpers in catching the crooks. Costuming is richly authentic, for wealthy aristocrats, shopkeepers, and the common folk.
The series has continual top-notch performances of some of the best British actors and actresses of the day.
Bonus: SUBTITLES. Also 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 the writer's other books/stories.
Episode details with no spoilers:
1. A MESSAGE FROM THE DEEP SEA. Dr. Thorndyke (sleuth creator R. Austen Freeman) using fingerprints and other scientific forensic evidence looks for a replacement to the police quick-suspect decision. Thorough evidence examination at the crime scene is, once and for all-time, proved necessary for justice.
2. THE MISSING WITNESS SENSATION. Max Carados (blind amateur detective created by Ernest Bramah, 1914) gets kidnapped by the Irish Republican Brotherhood. He admits to being 'a terrible showoff' with his abilities; even though sightless. With Carrados missing, will his affidavit be enough to convict the Irish murderer? Can he escape?
3. THE AFFAIR OF THE AVALANCHE BICYCLE & TYRE CO. Horace Dorrington (criminal/detective created by Arthur Morrison) is not beyond doing a bit of theft himself and then charging fees to his socialite client. He gets involved in the operations of a new emerging bicycle company.Read more ›
The series bespeaks the open-handed care with which British TV made these entertainments at that time. Settings, clothing, accessories, sounds, interiors, street scenes and transport are depicted as accurately as they could be. Scenes are filmed lavishly, with many extras, a screen packed full of information. Scripts are intelligently written, and ably acted, featuring several of the stars of the day; support is provided by many contemporary favorites. Some of the episodes are, unfortunately, on the silly, and /or skimpy side - we can blame the original source material for that - but all give us an excellent view of time and place, Victorian era popular culture; the many economic ills of the day.
Among the best-known actors are John Neville (...Read more ›
Production, scripts, acting, sets, direction: all coming together in a seemless stream of intelligent entertainment that tickles the who, what, and how with sweet satisfaction. Most of the detectectives; besides being observant, intuitive, and with gifted acumens of human nature, find when summing the case up: stepping outside, around, or boldly, across the letter of the law has its rewards - both in wealth and their own wicked sense of honor & humor.
ENCORE PERFORMANCE !!!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED !!!!!
The shows themselves are fun and engaging, not moody, sexually charged, perverse or depressing. Some people love misery and will hate this series. I like feeling good and couldn't rate them higher than I do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is good to return to shows you watched Years ago.They were still enjoyable.Published 18 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 18 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 22 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 23 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 23 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 on December 5, 2013 by Glen Williams