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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1 Season 1985

Season 1
4.8 out of 5 stars (344) IMDb 8.8/10

Winner of a 1988 Swedish Academy of Detection Award Packed with mystery and suspense, this tremendously popular Granada Television series remains true to the original Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories. Jeremy Brett stars as Sherlock Holmes; David Burke as Dr. Watson. "Perhaps the best portrayals yet of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle´s fictional detective." --New York Post

Starring:
Jeremy Brett, David Burke

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1. A Scandal in Bohemia

A mysterious masked gentleman, who reveals himself as the King of Bohemia, asks Holmes and Watson to recover an incriminating photograph.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: April 24, 1984
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2. The Dancing Men

Holmes tries to crack the code of what appears to be harmless-looking chalk drawings of matchstick men.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: May 1, 1984
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3. The Naval Treaty

Dr. Watson´s old school chum asks Holmes for help when he loses a copy of a secret treaty between England and Italy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: May 8, 1984
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4. The Solitary Cyclist

A young music teacher asks Holmes to find out why she´s being followed by a man on a bicycle.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: May 15, 1984
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5. The Crooked Man

Servants for Colonel James Barclay hear arguing and then blood-curdling screams before finding their employer dead.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: May 22, 1984
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6. The Speckled Band

Helen Stoner becomes concerned when she hears a mysterious whistle--a sound her sister complained about right before her death.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: May 29, 1984
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7. The Blue Carbuncle

A precious stone with a sinister history is stolen from a hotel room.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: June 5, 1984
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8. The Copper Beaches

Holmes is faced with one of the most sinister puzzles of his career when a young girl is ordered to cut off her hair before she´ll be hired as a governess.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: August 25, 1985
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9. The Greek Interpreter

Holmes´ brother Mycroft (Charles Gray) encourages an investigation when a Greek interpreter receives a mysterious demand.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 52 minutes Release date: September 1, 1985
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10. The Norwood Builder

A man is found dead shortly after changing his will to leave everything to a virtual stranger.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 54 minutes Release date: September 8, 1985
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11. Resident Patient

A rich hypochondriac sets up a doctor in a fashionable practice, moves in, and then acts frightened when a father and son disappear after a consultation.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: September 15, 1985
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12. The Red Headed League

A strange "league" places a mysterious advertisement in the paper, promising good wages to all red-headed men.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: September 22, 1985
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13. The Final Problem

Holmes is asked to investigate when the Mona Lisa is stolen from the Louvre in Paris. The investigation takes a new twist when Holmes does battle with the fiendish Professor Moriarty.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 53 minutes Release date: September 29, 1985
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Product Details

Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Alan Grint, Paul Annett
Starring Jeremy Brett, David Burke
Supporting actors Rosalie Williams, Eric Porter
Season year 1985
Network MPI Media Group
Producers John Hawkesworth
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Joanna Daneman #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 4, 2002
Format: DVD
Jeremy Brett was The Sherlock Holmes. For those of us who love the cerebral and quirky detective of 223B Baker Street, this series was absolutely delicious. Sadly, Brett died in 1995 and there are no more of these to be made.
This DVD has the first 13 episodes, some of the finest stories extracted from the entire Holmes volumes. They are:
A Scandal in Bohemia
The Dancing Men,
The Naval Treaty
The Solitary Cyclist
The Crooked Man
The Speckled Band
The Blue Carbuncle
The Copper Beeches,
The Greek Interpreter
The Norwood Builder
The Resident Patient
The Red Headed League
The Final Problem
As is usual with DVD's you get extras, like info on Holmsian societies and photos.
Brett was SO right as Holmes. Even his little movements, that quick turn were right out of Doyle's descriptions. The scenes have that murky, foggy English air, the sets are exquisite. I am captivated every time I watch these and I don't think any set of written stories has been better translated to the small screen. In fact, stories I didn't particularly like are better in this series, such as The Solitary Cyclist, which I never did appreciate in print. The first 13 epsisodes are the best of the best Holmes tales, at least, they have most of my favorites.
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As there are already plenty of other reviews here detailing the specific episodes, let me just toss in my opinion along with the others that Jeremy Brett played the most authentic Sherlock I can imagine. His body, his voice, his mannerisms, his very BEING was true to the portrait of Holmes that Doyle wrote of. Even now, when I go to read the stories of Sherlock and Watson, Brett is easily pictured as Holmes--all the way down to his graceful fingers and small brief smiles. It was a tragedy to lose Brett, but we can be thankful that he was able to bring these classic mysteries to life before leaving us.
Holmes wasn't the only character that was played so perfectly, the role of John Watson is also played quite well by David Burke throughout the "Adventures" section of the Holmes series. In the later sections ("Return", "Casebook", "Memoirs" and all the longer stand-alone movie-episodes) Edward Hardwicke took over as Watson. I am not sure why Hardwicke took over, but I must say of the two I do prefer Hardwicke's Watson over Burke's. In any case, for this "Adventures" DVD set, it is Burke's Watson that you will see, and he does do an admirable job that in no way detracts from the spirit of Watson.
In one other area this entire series excells--the care taken with each and every episode. The people behind this series must have truly loved Doyle's Holmes. Every scene is done perfectly, from the idea of the locations to the photography to the scenery. The "mood" is set, and with Brett and Burke prowling the city and countryside, the stories of Sherlock Holmes come to life here like never before (and because of Brett's death, never again). If you love Holmes, you MUST see these!
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This boxed set of 5 DVDs contains the first outstanding 13 episodes (which aired 1984-85) of the acclaimed Grenada TV series (1984-94) starring Jeremy Brett (3 Nov. 1933-12 Sep. 1995) as Holmes and David Burke (born 25 May 1934) as Watson (Edward Hardwicke, born 7 Aug. 1932, played Watson on the remaining episodes). This series totaled 41 episodes: 36 episodes (ca. 50-55 minutes each) in 6 series plus 5 double-length episodes (The sign of four, The hound of the Baskervilles, and three very deviant episodes: The master blackmailer, The last vampyre, and The eligible bachelor). The boxed set is of the first 2 TV series entitled "Adventures" and does not correspond to the "Adventures" of the published short stories.
The "Adventures" DVD box is a four-part plastic affair and not simply 5 DVD cases that slip into a large cardboard box. The six-page booklet simply lists "chapter selections" and bonus materials. Disappointingly, the booklet lacks the brief plot summaries and episode pictures on the back covers of the individually sold volumes. Volume 1 is a two-sided disk with 4 episodes and corrects the defect of the original volume 1 where Side A was B and Side B was A. The warbling sound on "The dancing men" is inherent with the source material. Volumes 2-5 are one-sided disks (with 3 episodes on volume 5) that bear a curious design in the 3:00 position that looks like a surface defect but isn't. Picture quality is very good, especially considering that the series was filmed in 16mm.
It took MPI one and a half years to release these first 13 episodes. This is only about 28.2% of the total series (not counting two short episodes). One hopes that the remaining 23 single-length and 5 double-length episodes are issued more expeditiously (the complete series has been available in Japan for well over a year). ...
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In his foreword to Bantam's "Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Novels and Stories," Loren Estleman called the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson literature's warmest, most symbiotic and most timeless: rightfully so. Not surprisingly, film history is littered with adaptations of Conan Doyle's tales and Holmes pastiches (using the protagonists but otherwise independent storylines). Yet - and with particular apologies to the fans of the Basil Rathbone/Nigel Bruce canon - none of these prior incarnations can hold a candle to the ITV/Granada TV series produced between 1984 and 1994, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and first David Burke, then in near-seamless transition Edward Hardwicke as a refreshingly sturdy, pragmatic, unbumbling Dr. Watson.

Jeremy Brett was the only actor who ever managed to perfectly portray Holmes's imperiousness, bitingly ironic sense of humor and apparently indestructible self-control without at the same time neglecting his genuine friendship towards Dr. Watson and the weaknesses hidden below a surface dominated by his overarching intellectual powers. The series takes the titles of its four cycles of shorter episodes - "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes," "The Return of Sherlock Holmes," "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes" and "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes" - from four of the five short story collections featuring London's self-appointed only "consulting detective" (published 1892, 1905, 1894 and 1927, respectively). While not all episodes correspond exactly with the original story collections, and the series's premise - Holmes's and Watson's shared tenancy of rooms at 221B Baker Street - was no longer true even at the beginning of the "Adventures," particularly the first two cycles ("Adventures" and "Return") are must-haves for any mystery fan.
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