Masterpiece Theatre

Season 32 Episode 11

The Hound of the Baskervilles

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Jan 26, 2003 on PBS
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  • A version of the famous story which owes less to Conan Doyle than to the 1939 and 1959 film versions, although it is inferior to both.

    4.5
    I don't know who Allan Cubitt is, but he clearly believes himself a better writer than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - he makes several needless changes to the great old story in this lavish, tiresome adaptation. He's purloined a few ideas from earlier versions - again, Dr. Mortimer is a sinister middle-aged man, not the youthful innocent of the novel, and, as in the 1939 film, has a crazy wife who claims to be a medium. Cubitt also condescends to his material - he wants to present Sherlock Holmes as, not just arrogant, but downright unheroic, unpleasant and even stupid. Richard Roxburgh has the least presence of any actor playing Holmes I've seen - he seems bored by the whole thing. This is doubly a pity, as his Watson, Ian Hart, is just fine; and one must acknowledge an impressively atmospheric opening. But once Roxburgh's Holmes appears, it goes downhill fast, and the hound itself (a CGI fabrication, not a real dog) is ridiculous.moreless
Richard Roxburgh

Richard Roxburgh

Sherlock Holmes

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John Nettles

John Nettles

Dr. Mortimer

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Matt Day

Matt Day

Sir Henry Baskerville

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Ian Hart

Ian Hart

Dr. Watson

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