on 24 August 2001
These two episodes are taken from "The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes", which were the last episodes produced by Michael Cox. John Hawksworth here also makes his last contribution to the series with the script for "The Boscombe Valley Mystery." Both these contributors were, in my opinion, sorely missed in the later Sherlock Holmes series. Both are quite straightforward adaptations of the Conan Doyle stories, especially "The Boscombe Valley Mystery." Experience has shown that the best successes were usually obtained by not straying too far from Doyle, although "Shoscombe Old Place" does add a few details for dramatic reasons, not necessarily successfully. Jeremy Brett is wonderful as always as Holmes, although his ill health is beginning to show, and Edward Hardwicke is once more reliable as Watson. Jude Law also has an interesting role in "Shoscombe Old Place" in what must have been a very early television appearance. Fans of the old "Poldark" series also have a treat in store with the appearance of Robin Ellis. Isn't it wonderful that these series are finally being reissued - but where is a DVD for the European market?