The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

(1971-73, ITV)

This fondly remembered British television anthology series featured adaptations of short mystery stories featuring the literary contemporaries of Doyle's Sherlock Holmes, inspired by the popular series of Rivals of Sherlock Holmes anthologies by Hugh Greene.

The show was produced by Thames Television and originally aired on ITV in Britain. The first series of thirteen episodes aired in 1971, the second in 1973.

By all accounts it was a class act, featuring a Who's Who of early detectives, including stories featuring Horace Dorrington, The Thinking Machine, The Old Man in the Corner, Dr. John Thorndyke and Martin Hewitt (although in some episodes, he was called Jonathan Pryde), and featuring a slew of up-and-coming young actors, including Donald Pleasence, John Neville, Derek Jacobi, Judy Geeson, Jean Marsh, Robin Ellis and John Thaw.

In retrospect, it would have been nice if they'd included at least of few of the lady detectives of the era, many of whom rivaled the men in popularity. But hey, in 1973, even the guys must have been a hard sell.

TELEVISION

  • THE RIVALS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
    (1971-73, ITV)
    Two seasons
    26 50-minute episodes
    Produced by Thames Television
    Starring Donald Pleasence, Donald Sinden, John Neville, Robert Stephens, Peter Vaughan, Derek Jacobi, Judy Geeson, Jean Marsh, Robin Ellis, John Thaw, Ronald Hines, Peter Barkworth, Jewremy Irons

  • SEASON ONE...Buy this DVD
  • "The Affair of the Avalanche Bicycle and Tyre, Co., Ltd."
    Based on the story by Arthur Morrison
    Starring Peter Vaughan as HORACE DORRINGTON

  • "The Case of the Mirror of Portugal"
    Based on the story by Arthur Morrison
    Starring Peter Vaughan as HORACE DORRINGTON

  • "The Case of the Dixon Torpedo"
    Based on the story by Arthur Morrison
    Starring Ronald Hines as JONATHAN PRYDE

  • "The Affair of the Tortoise"
    Based on the story by Arthur Morrison
    Starring Peter Barkworth as MARTIN HEWITT

  • "The Case of Laker, Absconded"
    Based on the story by Arthur Morrison
    Starring Peter Barkworth as MARTIN HEWITT
    and Ronald Hines as JONATHAN PRYDE

  • SEASON TWO...Buy this DVD
  • "The Absent-Minded Coterie"
    Based on the story by Robert Barr
    Starring Charles Gray as EUGENE VALMONT

    Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith. Thanks to Ernest Brown for the lead.


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