Well, I must confess to having been a bit disappointed in both of these. Not because of the adaptations, and certainly not because they are studio-bound, rather than shot on location with a feature-film budget. TV drama is TV drama, and is often magnificent - never mind what the date-stamp might be.
My disappointment lies more in the performances than anything else. Cushing is a lovely Holmes, and Nigel Stock an excellent Watson - but they are surrounded by some pretty bad acting from the rest of the cast. Unusual, when telly drama of the '60s and '70s was such a powerhouse of talent.
There is a toe-curlingly bad opening scene to kick off 'A Study in Scarlet' - and I don't think the episode quite recovers; 'The Boscombe Valley Mystery' looks nice, but is ultimately rather dull - a pity.
Having said that, I don't think reviewers need be brutal. Yes, Jeremy Brett is probably the definitive Holmes now, and Edward Hardwicke easily the best and most three-dimensional Watson, but Cushing and Stock have their considerable merits, and the BBC discs are certainly worth a look. Or two. Or three.