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on 7 July 2001
If you like Sherlock Holmes you will enjoy these stories. Clive Merrison IS Sherlock Holmes - his expressive voice and his enthusiasm are a joy, and Michael Williams as Dr. Watson is the perfect foil. They make a great team. 'The Priory School' has some classic deductions by Holmes and a twist in the tail. 'Black Peter' is gruesome, and well acted, while Peter Vaughan as 'Charles Augustus Milverton' is excellent as a man you love to hate. 'The Six Napoleons' starts off as a story of little consequence but Holmes proves it is much more complicated than it seems at first. All in all a tape well worth listening to again and again.
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on 20 August 2004
The dramatizations on this tape are wonderful. Here we have Holmes as he is in Doyle's stories - arrogant, vain and rude but also capable of being utterly charming. Clive Merrison's Holmes teases Watson mercilessly but with affection and this creates something that is missing from some other interpretations: the friendship between the two heroes. Watson tolerates Holmes with good humour (most of the time) and the late Michael Williams plays him as a warm and intelligent person who is not afraid to question Holmes, and is a far cry from the bumbling fool of some interpretations. The quality of the writing on all the stories on this tape is very high and the way the Solitary Cyclist has been dramatized is especially brilliant as Bert Coules and the team have intercut Edwardian/Victorian songs with the action. The remaining stories are equally good. In the Empty House, poor Watson is feeling very miserable because he has lost his best friend and his wife, but then he bumps into an old bookseller...
Some touching performances make this story quite moving. The Norwood Builder is particularly notable for Peter Sallis as Jonas Oldacre and some clever dramatization means that the Dancing Men is a pacy and exciting adventure. The sound effects manage to create the illusion that you really are in Victorian England accompanying Holmes and Watson on their adventures and not in the 21st century worrying about paying the mortgage, being made redundant, paying the bills...
Thanks to everyone on the team for creating a little bit of magic.
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These four stories are by no means the best in the canon. In none of them do Holmes' deductive powers seem as supernatural as usual. Indeed in one he has to resort to obtaining assistance from a dog. However Merrison and Williams are as good as they come as Holmes and Watson. Their presence, and the work of the adaptor, make these otherwise slight tales well worth listening to.
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on 21 September 2012
Once again these BBC produced Holmes stories are the bees knees, highly recommended for any Holmes fan and no collection should be without them
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on 16 August 2014
To my mind these BBC radio plays starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams are the next best thing to the DEFINATIVE Holmes;Jeremy Brett.Great stories, atmosphere and tension supported by some other inspired casting.
If you love Holmes then these really are for you.A pure joy to the ears.
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on 23 March 2015
great story from a great man, plus great service as usual
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on 10 January 2016
tapes ran slow
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on 4 January 2010
These are not the best of Sherlock Holmes, and found the actors playing the two main characters somewhat hard to listen to.
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