Sherlock Holmes Review

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Douglas Wilmer wears his deerstalker well


Rough around the edges, this 1965 run of BBC Doyle adaptations has sly, incisive Douglas Wilmer and stolid, bristling Nigel Stock as a strong Holmes and Watson team. It offers a particularly dark, Victorian gothic cruelty as tyrannical stepfathers plot against quivering heiresses in ramshackle mansions and the great detective sees through dastardly schemes in grubby slums and posh drawing rooms.