The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season One

Title: The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season One [or, season three of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with a new title]
Year: 1986
Network: ITV
Episodes: 7, at c. 52 minutes
Creator: John Hawkesworth (developer)
Directors: Howard Baker, Peter Hammond, David Carson, John Bruce, Patrick Lau, John Madden
Writers: John Hawkesworth, T.R. Bowen, Jeremy Paul, Alan Plater, John Kane; based on stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
Starring: Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke
Music: Patrick Gowers

My reaction
Synopsis: a private investigator solves mysteries
How I saw it: mostly streaming online (from Netflix), over the past couple weeks
Concept: Great.
Story: Good. Not really any bad episodes in this batch (although the first couple aren’t great). A few of them are great.
Characters: Great.
Dialog: Good. The quality of the adaptations are much better than I remember The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes being.
Pacing: Good.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Great.
Acting: Great. I’m surprised to find I’m not disappointed by the re-casting of Watson. And Brett’s even better than before.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great). Again, I have to point out that this is not My Sort of Thing. I’m not a big fan of mysteries – especially crime drama – and as a rule I hate period drama. But I absolutely love this show.
Objective Rating: 9/10 3.5/4 (Very good).


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