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Sherlock Holmes: The Complete BBC Collection

By: Arthur Conan Doyle, Bert Coules
Narrated by: Clive Merrison, Michael Williams, Brian Blessed, Judi Dench, Andrew Sachs, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walters, full cast
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Summary

Fully dramatised adaptations of all 60 Sherlock Holmes stories, brought to life with a full cast of actors, sound effects and music

Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his dear friend Dr Watson are among the most enduringly popular fictional characters ever created. Their adventures have been dramatised countless times on radio, TV and film, but until BBC Radio 4 took on the challenge in 1989, no one had ever attempted to adapt all sixty stories.

Beginning with A Study in Scarlet and concluding with The Hound of the Baskervilles, their epic project took over 8 years to complete - and this landmark collection contains the extraordinary result of their labours. Here is the world's first ever fully dramatised Sherlock Holmes canon: 56 short stories and 4 novels, all made by the same team of directors, producers, dramatists and leading actors, and packed with the high production qualities of a film or TV drama that set it apart.

Starring one of radio's great double acts, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams, as Holmes and Watson, and with guest stars including Brian Blessed, Judi Dench, Maurice Denham, Andrew Sachs, Peter Davison, Robert Glenister and Harriet Walter, this definitive collection contains over 48 hours of enthralling listening.

Also included is a bonus interview with Adrian Conan Doyle about his father, Sir Arthur, and some fascinating behind-the-scenes revelations from the series' head writer, Bert Coules, about the making of the radio adaptations.

Cast

Sherlock Holmes - Clive Merrison

Dr John Watson - Michael Williams

Mrs Hudson - Anna Cropper/Mary Allen/Joan Matheson/Judi Dench

Inspector Gregson - John Moffatt

Inspector Lestrade - Donald Gee/Stephen Thorne

Mary Morstan/Mary Watson - Moir Leslie/Elizabeth Mansfield/Hannah Gordon

Irene Adler - Sarah Badel

Inspector Jones - Nigel Carrington

Colonel Moran - Fraser Kerr/Frederick Treves

Mycroft Holmes - John Hartley

Professor Moriarty - Michael Pennington

Production credits

Written by Arthur Conan Doyle

Dramatised by Bert Coules with David Ashton, Michael Bakewell, Roger Danes, Robert Forrest, Denys Hawthorne, Gerry Jones, Peter Ling, Vincent McInerney and Peter Mackie

Produced and directed by Ian Cotterell, David Johnston, Patrick Rayner and Enyd Williams

Musicians: Alexander Balanescu, Leonard Friedman, Richard Friedman, Michael Haslam, Ian Humphries and Abigail Young

Contents

A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Valley of Fear, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, A Scandal in Bohemia , The Red-Headed League, A Case of Identity, The Boscombe Valley Mystery, The Five Orange Pips, The Man with the Twisted Lip, The Blue Carbuncle, The Speckled Band, The Engineer's Thumb, The Noble Bachelor, The Beryl Coronet, The Copper Beeches, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes,Silver Blaze, The Yellow Face, The Stockbroker's Clerk,The Gloria Scott, The Musgrave Ritual, The Reigate Squires, The Crooked Man, The Resident Patient, The Greek Interpreter, The Naval Treaty, The Final Problem, The Return of Sherlock Holmes,The Empty House, The Norwood Builder, The Dancing Men, The Solitary Cyclist, The Priory School, Black Peter, Charles Augustus Milverton, The Six Napoleons, The Three Students, The Golden Pince-Nez, The Missing Three-Quarter, The Abbey Grange, The Second Stain, His Last Bow,Wisteria Lodge, The Cardboard Box, The Red Circle, The Bruce-Partington Plans, The Dying Detective, The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax,The Devil's Foot, His Last Bow, The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes,The Illustrious Client, The Blanched Soldier, The Mazarin Stone, The Three Gables, The Sussex Vampire, The Three Garridebs, The Problem of Thor Bridge, The Creeping Man, The Lion's Mane, The Veiled Lodger, Shoscombe Old Place, The Retired Colourman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 between November 1989 and March 1995

©2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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A marvellous collection of Sherlock Holmes dramas

This monumental audiobook is a masterpiece and in the hands of Clive Merrisson and Michael Williams as Holmes and Watson is a true classic. The BBC production is excellent with a star studded supporting cast. Highly recommended!

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Well done all rounf

I've only listened to the first story, A Study in Scarlet, but if the rest are as good then it will be a great listen. Strangely though, on hearing it initially, I thought that it didn't feel true to the book. However it turns out I didn't really know the story at all. I realise that it is the one story I have only read once and I had forgotten most of it. Having had a quick glance at it, I realise that this play is pretty faithful. I'm looking forward to the rest of them, particularly Hound of the Baskervilles, which is my favourite. The only things I'm not now totally happy with, is that Sherlock seems to be a little angrier than I remember him from the books and he and Watson seem to be less friendly. A good start nevertheless. Sherlock Holmes has always been my favourite character. He and Watson have kept me entertained for many hours. So I like all interpretations to be faithful to the story. I guess I am a bit of a Sherlock Holmes nerd.

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Excellent

Wonderful collection. Well done Audible. It would be great if the next series transferred to Audible was the Sherlock Holmes of Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.

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A different perspective

I enjoyed revisiting these stories and the continuity of the two main characters being played by the same actors helped drive the narrative. I’ll enjoy revisiting the collection again in the future.

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Fantastic collection of classic dramas

This is a great collection of all the Clive Merrison and Michael Williams Sherlock Holmes stories in a single place.

High production values and some wonderful performances across the whole collection.

The evolution of the relationship Holmes and Watson have is particularly well done and if you listen to the whole collection as a series it really adds to the experience. Stand out performances by the two leads and great adaptations to boot.

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Fantastic

I originally had all these on CDs, now all out from BBC and on Audible at a great price. listening to them all again, they are fantastic, I prefer the dramatised versions to one that at one actor reading, and the BBC radio versions make the SH stories completely alive, as if you are listening in on them. Totally recommended.

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One of the best…

Uses of a credit. Excellent production and casting. Conan Doyle and Audible and everyone involved in this talking book - thank you.

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The best Sherlock and Watson after Jeremy Brett

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Genius, there is nothing that compares to the flawed manic depressing nature of holmes

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Perfect

An absolutely fantastic bringing to life of our favourite detective. Get it, listen to it, enjoy it and dream of being in 221b Baker Street on a stormy night listening to Holmes and Watson

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quality from beginning to end.

I'm old enough to remember buying these on cassette. In those days you would get 4 stories on 2 cassettes, and the price for one set was more than I paid for the entire collection, so this really is astounding value. The production values throughout are outstanding, and Clive Merrison and Michael Williams are the perfect duo. I can't recommend highly enough.

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