The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

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  • 1991
  • 1 Season

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is a British television series released in 1991 as the ultimate adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's detective stories featuring the master sleuth, Sherlock Holmes. The show was produced by Granada Television and aired on ITV in the UK, impressing audiences worldwide with its authenticity and attention to detail. MPI Media Group has released DVD boxed sets of The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, bringing this classic series back to life for fans.

The show stars David Burke as Dr. John Watson and Jeremy Brett in the lead role as Sherlock Holmes, delivering a performance that is widely recognized as one of the best portrayals of the great detective. Rosalie Williams plays Mrs. Hudson, a leading character who is the housekeeper of 221B Baker Street, the home of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. Edward Hardwicke succeeds Burke as Dr. John Watson in later seasons.

The show is divided into six series. The first three series are based on Doyle's original stories while the last three series are inspired by the stories. The series covers a wide range of cases, including the case of the blind banker, the case of the dancing men, the Musgrave ritual, the man with the twisted lip, the hound of the Baskervilles and many others. Some of the cases are resolved in a single episode, while others span two or more episodes.

The show's production values are exceptional. The sets are stunning, providing just the right backdrop for the era in which the stories are set. The costumes are also top-notch, immersing viewers entirely in the world of Sherlock Holmes. The cinematography of the show is also outstanding; it uses handheld cinematography to allow the camera to move around, giving the audience a chance to join the investigation actively.

Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is brilliant. Brett is effortlessly able to depict Holmes as cold, calculating, and analytical, but also as having a human and emotional side that is often hidden. His performance captures the essence of what drives Holmes: to solve each case and understand the mystery behind it. David Burke as Dr. John Watson provides a perfect foil for Brett's Holmes, showing the character as human and compassionate, providing a point of view that the audience can relate to.

Rosalie Williams plays Mrs. Hudson, the housekeeper of 221B Baker Street. Williams provides a human side of the stoic Holmes, shows her compassion for Holmes, and her willingness to watch her step in Watson's investigation. However, when necessary, she has no problem standing up to Holmes and expressing concern for his well-being.

Edward Hardwicke nails the role of Dr. Watson with his calm, mature, and more grounded personality. Hardwicke's Watson is an excellent complement to Brett as Holmes, showing the contrast of Holmes' genius and Watson's rationality.

The show also has several supporting characters who are deep-rooted in the lore of the Sherlock Holmes universe. Colin Jeavons plays the role of Inspector Lestrade, and his performance is unforgettable, bringing the character to life in every appearance. Brian Miller appears as the Inspector Tobias Gregson, Charles Gray as Mycroft Holmes, and Eric Porter as Professor Moriarty.

In conclusion, The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is an outstanding show that remains a classic, providing a masterful adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpiece for the screen. The series stands the test of time, offering unparalleled acting, stunning sets, and great writing. MPI Media Group's DVD releases mean that there is no better time than now to experience the show.

The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on February 21, 1991.

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The Creeping Man
6. The Creeping Man
March 28, 1991
Holmes thinks a woman's claim to have seen a man at her upstairs bedroom window is related to the theft of several apes.
The Illustrious Client
5. The Illustrious Client
March 21, 1991
Violet Merville is determined to marry the man she loves, who Holmes knows has already murdered one wife.
The Boscombe Valley Mystery
4. The Boscombe Valley Mystery
March 14, 1991
When William McCarthy is found dead, the son with whom he had just quarreled is charged with murder.
Shoscombe Old Place
3. Shoscombe Old Place
March 7, 1991
A debt-ridden aristocrat may be having a mental breakdown, and his servants are concerned.
The Problem of Thor Bridge
2. The Problem of Thor Bridge
February 28, 1991
A governess is arrested for the murder of her employer's wife.
The Disapperance of Lady Frances Carfax
1. The Disapperance of Lady Frances Carfax
February 21, 1991
A headstrong but titled suffragette slips into the power of a murderous con artist.
Where to Watch The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes is available for streaming on the MPI Media Group website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes on demand at Vudu.
  • Premiere Date
    February 21, 1991