In a welcome departure from earlier adaptations, Dr Watson (originally played by David Burke, then by Edward Hardwicke) is a thoroughly sensible, pragmatic--if rather unimaginative--companion, not at all the bumbling sidekick made famous by Nigel Bruce in the Basil Rathbone era. Aside from impeccable central casting--bolstered by a host of distinguished thespian guest stars--and scripts that remain remarkably faithful to Conan Doyle's original stories, the series also boasts lavish period production design and a haunting music score from Patrick Gowers. Although latterly they both err too far on the side of melodrama, overall both the series and Jeremy Brett's tour de force performances are likely to remain unsurpassed.
On the DVD: The Sherlock Holmes Collection DVD box set might be complete, but the individual discs themselves are disappointingly spartan, with no additional features of any kind nor any attempt to clean up the rather scratchy 4:3 picture quality or the dull mono sound. --Mark Walker
The complete collection, includes 5 feature length episodes (2 brand new to DVD) and 36 one hour episodes (2 episodes per volume).
Featuring guest appearances from stars such as John Thaw (Morse), Robert Hardy (Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets), Natasha Richardson (Maid In Manhattan), Joss Ackland (Lethal Weapon 2), Peter Vaughan (Remains Of The Day) and many more.