Sherlock Holmes
The Hound of the Baskervilles

Starring: Peter Cushing
BBC Worldwide
RRP: 9.99
Certificate: PG
Available 21 June 2004

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...

This 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.

By 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.

Anthony Clark

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