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Wonderful BBC adaption
on 7 February 2011
Fans of Sherlock Holmes know this story inside and out. I believe most followers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's work would rate this as his finest, as I most cetrainly do. Clive Merrison plays fictions most famous detective and Michael Williams his trusty side kick.
Instead of a brief outline of the story, which most will know, let me give you my humble opinion of this recording. The great thing about BBC plays for radio is the background! A wonderful atmosphere, that is so 'alive', helps to bring the best out of the two aforementioned actors. Merrison plays 'Holmes' with an edge; mocking his friend Watson and his incorrect deduction's and then emploring him as to the seriousness of the situation. Even the interlude of the violin between scenes touches Holmes' angst...
Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke were Holmes and Watson personified for the screen. Clive Merrison, and his very able companion Michael williams, may hold this same accolade for radio.