Talking Pictures TV have recently started airing British Thames Television anthology series The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes.
Originally devised to dramatise short stories featuring detectives who were fictional contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes first aired in 1971.
As a fairly ardent fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and particularly the Granada TV series of the 1980s and 90s, this reviewer can sometimes be a little disparaging of works which seem to derive from similar ideas. So I
The mood of this series is typical of the era; and if you have ever seen any original series Upstairs Downstairs or British TV plays from the same time period, you will recognise the production style and values, which for me always seemed to allow for a nice balance between drama, action, joviality and even a touch of whimsy.
The length of the episodes, with a running time of around 50 minutes, is just enough to showcase a detective and usually his sidekicks, the mystery and the conclusion, without out staying its welcome.
Viewers who prefer a more in depth and gritty drama may not appreciate the light heartedness of this series, but Talking Pictures do well to schedule it on a Sunday evening: the perfect time slot for the essence of The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes and its ilk.
As someone who misses that
The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes can, at the time of publication, be seen on Talking Pictures TV on Sunday evenings at 9 pm.