Tuesday, 13 April 2010

The Definitive Holmes

We are inevitably offered too many repeats on television. However, I hasten to add that many of them are of exceedingly good, not to say superb, productions.

One admirable, classic production I never tire of watching occasionally is The Return Of Sherlock Holmes on ITV3. The episode last night was entitled The Empty House, the tale of how Holmes cheated death during a fatal struggle with his arch-enemy, Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls.

Surely the late Jeremy Huggins Brett is now the definitive Holmes on television? Appearances can be deceptive, though: Brett appeared fit and healthy, yet he was a very heavy smoker throughout his life and this habit was aggravated by a weak heart. These symptoms were compounded by manic depression. Sadly, Brett died prematurely at the age of 61.

Last published in February, 2008.


Anonymous said...

An OE if memory serves...


Timothy Belmont said...

Yes, Wikipedia has a very interesting biography of him. Apparently once married to Anna Massey; had a stammer and took elocution lessons to correct it with the result that he could pronounce impeccably.