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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
on 29 November 2006
As time went on with Granada's productions of Sherlock Holmes, two things happened. First of all was that as the original creative team left for pastures new, the scripts were subject to more and more padding out, sometimes out of neccessity (The Dying Detective being a prime example), sometimes to create a different feel, with mixed success. The Casebook is mainly loyal to the canon in it's dramatisations, but The Memoirs does feature an awful lot of window dressing (The Three Gables being a case in point).

The second was Jeremy Brett. The further you get into these collections you can see just how unwell he was becoming. Indeed he died not long after the completion of the series, and was so unwell during the filming, Charles Gray as Holmes's brother Mycroft was forced to take on the sleuthing in The Mazarin Stone. The performance is no less fine, however, and we do see an aging detective struggling to deal with his darker demons, yet posessing no less of the faculties which make him the finest sleuth of all time, and no less of the qualities in Brett which made his performance definitive.

Still wonderfully produced and acted all round, but less faithfull to the original stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I can hardly remember anything that was so beautfully, excitingly, packaged, so that getting into it itself was a real experience - and the content MUCH more than lives up to its promise! The perfect balance between historical authenticity and entertainment, when you've seen one episode, you simply have to play the next, and the next, and the next ... If it's true that this is just about the only thing that the BBC has ever thought was worth buying in from someone else, then you've said it all ... [this applies to all four series - the Adventures, The Case Book, The Memoirs, The Return]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 July 2013
You've got to love Jeremy Brett but the last two series of Sherlock Holmes (The casebook and the memoirs) were nowhere near as good as the first two (the adventures and the return). He is visibly very unwell in the last series and is not really up for the job. I'm still glad I bought it though.

Nini
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2013
Jeremy Brett he "is" Sherlock. Have hard to see anyone else in that role, by the way, et required not he is perfeckt!
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on 13 July 2015
love this compilation of Sherlock Holmes. very true to character of series. loved it. included the stories not so well known. well worth buying.
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on 11 July 2014
I love Sherlock Holmes and enjoyed this but it's not as good as the first series. Worth it though for the money.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 May 2013
THE QUALITY OF THE ACTING IS STILL EXCELLENT. HOWEVER, THE STORIES ARE GENERALLY DARK AND HOURMOURLESS, WITH THE NOTABLE EXCEPTION OF "THE MAZANAN STONE".
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2014
Very good value & service,
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2010
Love Sherlock Holmes and this whole Series.
Arthur Conan Doyle is a great writer...
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