The Hound of the Baskervilles, the most famous Sherlock
Holmes story of them all, in which the greatest detective
in history travels to Dartmoor to unravel murder, the mystery
of a savage, spectral hound and an evil that has haunted the
Baskerville family for centuries...
two-part 1968 BBC adaptation was the first dramatisation of
the story to be shot at the actual location of the novel and
ranks amongst the most faithful adaptations. Helped by strong
central performances from Peter Cushing as Holmes and Nigel
Stock as Doctor Watson, this production boasts all the strengths
of the BBC's much admired costume dramas of the period and
a solid script. As a result this DVD is little gem with great
acting and excellent production values. For Holmes'
fans it's therefore unmissable and for casual viewers it'll
also be a treat.
way of a little history, this TV version of Sherlock Holmes
was one of the very first BBC series to be shot in colour
although you'd not realise this from the overall picture quality
which is generally excellent. The stellar supporting cast
is just as worthy of mention so it's therefore not much of
a surprise to discover that on its original run the production
attracted an audiences of over 15 million.
The Hound of the Baskervilles was part of a 16-episode
Sherlock Holmes television series which was made between
1968 and 1969 and which followed on from a run of 13 shot
during 1964 and 1965 featuring Douglas Wilmer as Holmes. But
it's the appointment of Cushing to the role that made its
mark on the minds of viewers - and with good reason: this
is excellent stuff.
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