Sherlock-alikes from the time are brought to the small screen with style.
This splendidly ripping 1971 series showcases a number of Victorian sleuths created in the wake of Conan Doyles success with Holmes. Almost all of them could have sustained a series of adventures, and a couple get follow-up cases (including one team-up). Especially memorable are Peter Vaughans Dorrington, a wily private eye who solves crimes then cuts himself in on the profits; Donald Pleasences supernatural sleuth Carnacki; Robert Stephens vain, blind know-it-all Max Carrados; and Elvi Hales indomitable suffragette, Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. Thirteen episodes deliver misappropriated diamonds, scheming rotters, trembling heroines, debonair dicks and a murdered tortoise, while acting is mostly first-rate.