The actors did enunciate clearly for me, so I wonder if a machine -- or someone ignorant of various English phrases -- actually compiled the subtitles. There's an exciting launch chase on the Thames near the end. The production and direction pace the tale superbly well as Conan Doyle intended. He has also performed in a number of short series such as Monsignor Renard and one-off dramas like Buried Treasure. If you have an opportunity, see this. The actress Kacey Ainswort - playing the recently jailed Little Mo - collected the best soap prize on behalf of the EastEnders team. Our thoughts are with Sheila and his family.
Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are fantastic as always and the supporting cast are quite good, not to mention appropriately quirky especially important in this adventure. In short, this version of The Sign of Four manages to outshine all previous adaptations, and hasn't been rivaled since. And it goes without saying that, whatever Conan-Doyle might have thought of Holmes and Watson, Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke do justice to the characters. I very much enjoyed this version, including the back-story during the last part. There's also the romantic intentions of Watson who marries the young woman later, if you read the books. Also, the series of requisite backstories presented in the novel is too much for the film, getting to a point where we're even given a flashback-within-a-flashback. I can chew over the villain's experiences in India because the rest of the story is so colorful and intrinsically interesting.
It has an intricate plot with an amazing story behind it. The 1983 television version with Ian Richardson was certainly passable, but doesn't come close to this. Of all the Granada Sherlock Holmes presentations, I believe this to be the best. I guess it's possible for an author to just plain write himself out. The plot is classically Holmesian, involving Imperial misdeeds coming home to haunt their perpetrators. Thaw, who also performed West End and Shakespearean stage roles, became known for building up solid characters such as Kavanagh and Morse.
The star-studded event was earlier caught up in controversy when the host, Chris Tarrant, attacked the organisers for nominating a satire on paedophilia for two prizes. Guests at the awards ceremony, which will be broadcast at 8. Purists though, should be delighted. The Baker Street Irregulars make a prominent appearance. Thaw's family has been touched by cancer a number of times. It has a dog named Toby. The Andamanese were an outlier of the British empire, flung off the Indian coast and seldom visited except by anthropologists and second-rate colonial officers.
He died eight months later, on Thursday, 21 February 2002, seven weeks after his 60th birthday, having suffered a sudden setback the previous day. Sherlock Holmes is a brilliant crime series, and has a brilliant star in the name of Jeremy Brett, who was without doubt the best Sherlock Holmes. Hudson As always Rosalie Williams by invading their Baker Street household. But for me, the highlight was the boat on the river chase, and the introduction of Jonathan Small the flashback sequences were very interesting and beautifully played too , who was brilliantly played by the late John Thaw. The real problem with this film is the slack editing and low key direction. He won two awards for. The film packs suspense , intrigue , unanswered mysteries , thrills and excellent set decoration.
Another scene, better done in the Doyle original, has to do with another appearance by Holmes in a surprising disguise which fools all people present but which is here rather abridged and also abridges the effectiveness of the scene. He was the best actor in the adaptation, apart from Brett. It has great elements in it such as Imperialist India, Missing Treasure, Baker Street Irregulars, and a Dog named Toby. As a feature, this film is quite good. This story was nicely adapted by John Hakesworth and professionally directed by Peter Hammond , both of whom series' ordinaries.
Hardwicke's Watson is grizzled paragon of common sense and decency. A car accident in his early twenties exacerbated the problem. Like many Granada Adaptations it creates a marvelous atmosphere. It has the Baker Street Irregulars. He also adopted Sheila Hancock's daughter Melanie from her first marriage. Well worth watching with only a few scenes toward the end that seem to go on too long.
It must also be mentioned that in the original Doyle story, Holmes reacts very badly to the news of Watson's impending marriage to Mary Morstan and, at the very end, he further reacts by reaching for his cocaine bottle but this is left unmentioned in the Grenada production. This is a good Holmes mystery with gripping London setting and including first-range nasties. Careful use of locations, bold casting and holding firm to the original Conan Doyle story all combine to make for an excellent production, along with Brett and Hardwicke's ever brilliant representations of Holmes and Watson respectively. Then came a huge wave of applause. At its best the film is a catalogue of quintessential Sherlockiana: London fog, hidden treasure, the Baker Street Irregulars, and Holmes's outlandish disguises, violin playing, and elaborate deductions. It gives the literal Sign of Four an ethical resonance.
It is full of unforgettable characters. In my opinion, this two hour adaptation of the classic Sherlock Holmes novella is one of Granada's finest hours. Several sources state that it resulted from an accident at the age of 15 when he tripped over a kerb and broke his foot rushing to catch a bus to school. One of the most charming Holmes television pictures and long runtime. At the time of his death, he was living at , and was cremated at Westerleigh Crematorium in. The adaptation itself is, as was typical with the Granada series and at least the first two feature length outings , quite faithful to the original story.
Intriguing blending of suspense , thriller , detective story and fun. Ronald Lacey lets a sly, dry fart slip out at 19. Sir Michael Gambon won best actor award, his third Bafta in as many years, for his performance in Stephen Poliakoff's Perfect Strangers. While uncanny Sherlock Holmes and the ever-faithful Watson encounter into 221 Baker Street are visited by a beautiful young woman and they're hired to investigate why has been anonymously sent a precious stone. Director Peter Hammond is over-fond of compositions involving mirrors, but he keeps the eye and the actors occupied.