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  •  TV series--there were more than one, (14+ / 0-)

    so I can't properly answer the poll. The long-running BBC series with Jeremy Brett (my favorite portrayal of Holmes) was made mostly in the 80s with a few additions in the early 90s and was pretty true to the original stories. Recently, BBC Masterpiece Mystery has run an entertaining, updated series starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, and Rupert Graves. It's based on the Doyle characters, but that's about all. Takes place in modern London, and the writers do a good job of bringing Holmes up to date, with cell phones and computers, etc. There have been only three episodes, I think, but there should be more. I'd take either of these over the old Basil Rathbone versions or the new Robert Downey, Jr. interpretations.


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    by martyc35 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:35:48 PM PST

    •  Adaptation vs Defenestration (9+ / 0-)

      I left the Jeremy Brett version off my poll because I was specifically looking for versions of Holmes that warped the character in some way, rather than straight adaptation.  Because if I did a poll of all the portrayals of the Great Detective, we'd be here who knows how long.

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      by quarkstomper on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 05:52:59 PM PST

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    •  Actually there are six episodes (8+ / 0-)

      The second series of 'Sherlock' aired the first three Sundays in the UK.   Ep 1 was 'A Scandal in Belgravia', Ep 2 was 'The Hound of Baskerville' and finale was 'The Reichenbach Fall'.   You can find bootlegs of it online.  Otherwise the second series is being aired on PBS starting early May.

      Third series is confirmed but no air date yet because Benedict Cumberpatch (Sherlock) is going to be in the new Star Trek movie and he and Martin Freeman (Watson) are part of 'The Hobbit'.  So they have to work around those filming schedules.

      And if it wasn't glaringly obvious the updated version is my favorite.  And I agree with you on the new Robert Downey Jr. version.  

      •  Thank you for updating the update:-). (7+ / 0-)

        I will watch for more from the newbies, then. I liked it, too. Cleverly written and well acted and produced. I can wait until May, and then I'll hope for more by next year. I hope they keep Rupert Graves as Lestrade and give him more to do. One of my favorite British actors.  

        While we are talking mysteries, do you all get the MHZ International network tv mysteries where you are? I get them late on Monday nights on one of the local (SF Bay Area) public stations. My daughter can get them in the D.C. area. A favorite of mine is Inspector Montalbano, set in Sicily, but the Donna Leon Inspector Brunetti (in German but set in Venice) series is also good, and I've enjoyed an introduction to the European versions of Wallander, some women detectives in Norway and Sweden, and even good old Maigret in France. These are mostly well written and well acted, and the characters are believable. In Brunetti, even the decaying city of Venice becomes a character of its own.

        Well, quarkstomper, I shall follow your diaries and see what else you come up with. I take it that you mean if I vote for TV Series, I'll be voting for Sherlock with Cumberbatch? Still a little confused there.

        W. H. Auden: "We must love one another or die."

        by martyc35 on Mon Jan 23, 2012 at 08:08:55 PM PST

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      •  Thanks so much for that! (0+ / 0-)

        I think the BBC Cumberbatch/Freeman Sherlock is my favorite at this point.  I saw them about a year ago on Netflix.  The sheer fun they have with searching for modern equivalents of the old story is infectious for me.  

        Starting with the first Doyle story "Study in Scarlet" and naming the adaptation "Study in Pink"...

        It's not without some weaknesses IMHO, but I love them.  The Mycroft character didn't work for me, although it was done in a fun way.

        I haven't seen the second Downey movie but I liked the aspects of the first when they're exposing part of Holmes that we don't even get in the literature.  For example, when Watson first meets Holmes he notes that Holmes is an expert boxer.  It's cool that this otherwise hidden attribute comes to the foreground because it's a chance to see a fuller personality.

        Decades ago I was pretty well hooked on "the canon".  I attended a couple of public events of a Holmes fan society (The Norwegian Explorer, Twin Cities), read widely among the many adaptations ( 7%, Taste for Honey, Sherlock Holmes - Bridge Detective, etc.)

        I guess I was ready for someone to break the mold and I think climbing out of Victorian England was something I was ready to enjoy.

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        by Satya1 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 06:32:49 AM PST

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