"The Man With The Twisted Lip" is a very absorbing story. A seemingly respectable business man with a happy family life, has vanished. It turns out he led a double life haunting the opium dens of London. But what has happened to him, and just how did he earn his substantial income? Holmes goes undercover to investigate. This episode is very well made indeed, and the low-life of Victorian London is recreated superbly (though I find it hard to believe that Holmes's dodgy false nose would have fooled anybody!). "The Six Napoleons" centres around a manufacturer of small souvenir plaster Napoleons, which someone seems to have a grievance about. This episode also stars Eric Sykes in a rare serious role.
These episodes are two of the best in the excellent Granada series. They are faithfully done, and beautifully acted, particularly in the case of the Six Napoleons, where Jeremy Brett's show of emotion at the end is genuinely moving. I thought these episodes were superb as the relationship between Holmes and Watson was not only wonderfully portrayed, but portrayed with humour too. Plus these are two of Conan Doyle's best stories, so it would take a lot to ruin them!
Granada Television's much-acclaimed Sherlock Holmes series (starring the late Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwiche as Doctor Watson) reached a high peak a couple of years into production, and the films on this tape are two of the best. In The Man With the Twisted Lip Holmes is engaged to find Mr Neville St Clair, a respectable gentleman last seen above an opium den in the murkier parts of London. What was he doing there, and where has he gone? Inspector Lestrade (in a brilliant performance by Colin Jeavons) calls on Holmes in The Six Napoleons. Someone is apparently obsessed by Napoleon Bonaparte and is prepared to go to any lengths to destroy images of the emperor. Even murder, as it turns out. Watson believes it to be the work of some madman, but, as Holmes observes, there's method in the madness.
This is one of my favourite episodes of Sherlock Holmes (Jeremy Brett) series. Especially Colin Jeavons as Inspector Lestrade stand out. Jeremy Brett excells himself as he absolutely embraces the role inspiringly. The smashing of Napoleon busts one by one puzzles the Scotland Yard. Maybe an idee fixe man, whose ancestors had died during Napoleonic Wars? Come now Watson!
I had the pleasure of watching Jeremy Brett playing Holmes for the first time in 1986.It was on the episode "The Solitary Ciclist";I was only 13 at the time,but that's an experience I'll never forget.You see,he was perfect!In every way!It was like watching the image I had formed in my mind,after reading all the adventures(I bought my first Holmes book at the age of 10-one of my most precious tresures to this day!)come to life!It was surreal,I promisse you.Since then,I became an absolute fan of Jeremy Brett(and of Edward Hardwicke,who was also perfect as Watson-mutch better than Burke,a good Watson to be certain,but hardly perfect)and have seen each and every episode of the series produced by Granada and played by Brett.The production values are outstanding(they reproduced in every detail the illustrations by Sidney Paget,and were absolutly faithfull to the books-to a degree I have never seen again in any adaptation of any novel to the screen).In a word,a must see and have for all the reasons mencioned and more(however,the space is short to mention them all!).