The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

Season 4 Episode 6

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Aug 31, 1988 on ITV

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  • The novel (and the BBC) did it better...

    Having re-watched this recently, I'm very suprised by the high rating given by the community.

    It seems to be here in the Granada series that not only did Jeremy Brett start to look ill, the scripts began to slip, too. This production is fairly close to the superior novel, yet seems listless at times. Probably due to time constraints, too much is lost. The 'Three Broken Threads' chapter has been dropped - the shock when the London cabman gives the 'name' of his shadowy fare in the novel, would've been great to see on screen, had it been portrayed. Also, the most dramatic parts in the book aren't portrayed here effectively. "Mr Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!" seems mumbled. The man on the tor sequence is diluted because the figure is too close (and it's a studio set!). And unlike the BBC version with Tom Baker, here Holmes and Watson don't get to see the villain's fate.

    What was the point of seeing Holmes on a train to London - thus giving the game away to the viewer that he's on the move (in the wrong direction!)? Why does he catch a cab for the Astromoner Royal (or something similar)? Those scenes aren't in the book, and serve no purpose! They wasted time.

    In summery, this is only a luke-warm version. I seem to recall the Tom Baker vehicle being better written, and more dramatic and memorable. A shame - because most of the time, Granada did well with the franchise.
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