The Complete Sherlock Holmes Audio CD – 4 Oct 2004
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"A remarkable undertaking - the dramatisation of all 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories.. Applauding them, and particularly Clive Merrison's Holmes, made my hands sore."" Peter Davalle, The Times
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If quality is what you are after you will not be disappointed. This is the entire Conan-Doyle collection and includes The Hound of the Baskervilles. Brilliant!!
Clive Merrison (Holmes) and Michael Williams (Watson) starred in every recording, and their relationship comes across superbly well, with clear affection between the two being evident. I will admit, it did take me a while to warm to Merrison as Holmes, but having listened to the CD's many a time, I fully appreciate what he bought to the role, playing the detective with his exaggerated mannerisms and mood swings. Williams' Watson is a strong character, often standing up to Holmes arguing his point (particularly when Holmes often dismisses his romanticised written versions of their exploits!!)
The overall production (as one might expect from the BBC) is first class, and you are immediately transported back to the times when hansom cabs were rushing the pair to the scene of a crime. Some of the later stories Doyle had written do not stand up to the earlier ones, however, this does not detract from performances of the radio cast.
A total of 64 CD's come in a sturdy presentation box, together with an 83 page CD sized booklet that provides an insight into the making of the radio programmes.
Also recommended, are The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Volumes 1 (ISBN 0-563-52407-) and 2 (ISBN 30-563-53039-1) that were written by Bert Coules, and inspired by the original Doyle stories. Sadly Michael Williams had passed away when these were produced, however Andrew Sachs fills the role sufficiently well.
There's also a further documentary contained on one of the discs that is also worth listening to.
If you're a Holmes nut then you'll certainly get a buzz from seeing the complete series lined up in one box!
The most compelling reason though is of course the superb performances by Michael Williams,(Watson), and Clive Merrison, (Holmes),. All credit to everyone involved for not just aiming for a retread of the same old formula. Merrisons Holme's is a different beast to the usual Basil Rathbone clone that has frankly been done to death. But fear not the stories are intact and everything is still recognisable, just refreshingly overhauled. This being the BBC the production values are flawless and the sound effects superbly atmospheric.
The sound is clear, dialogue easily heard and some very impressive effects steering.
There are hours & hours of excellent stories and acting to be savoured. [...] Turn down the gas lamps, tell Mrs.Hudson you don't wish to be disturbed and settle into that antimaccassar to enjoy Holmes and Watson setting out on their adventures all over again!
Clive Merrison is "interesting" as Holmes playing him slightly too manic but the late Michael Williams is simply the best Watson that there has ever been.His vocal performance is so perfect with the bumbling oaf being replaced by a man of honour, dignity and love.Some of the stories on closer examination don't stand up but that was always one of the joys of them.
Highlights include "The Devil's Foot";"The Second Stain";"The Crooked Man";"The Dying Detective", "The Boscombe Valley Mystery and my personal favourite(sorry to be so unoriginal)"The Empty House".Of the novels "A Study in Scarlet" is wonderfully done.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great series of Radio Dramas for me Clive Merrison becomes Sherlock with ease I replaced my tapes with this CD set as I had worn some of the cassettes out well worth itPublished on 22 Feb. 2010 by Indred Cold
I find as i get older i seem to enjoy audio drama more and more, and this really is the best example of that medium. Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2009 by Matthew Dean
This box set contains the complete works of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on CD, every fans must have collection. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by D.H.