The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Over my little winter break I became obsessed with the 1980s ITV television series, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Big time. There are 4 seasons streaming on Netflix as well as a few feature length specials peppered about, so I feel like I hit the jackpot of nerdy viewing pleasures. You realize that I’m telling you this in hopes that 1. Other Brit crime drama nerds will chime in with their own adoration and/or more recommendations and 2. That I waft the flames of your curiosity and you decide to join me in a tweedy sleuth cult.
I truly cannot find the words to express how much I love Holmes actor, Jeremy Brett. He is like the love child of Jon Hamm and Buster Keaton, but a little more manic or rhapsodic… or, well, coked out. Also, the clothing, sets and locations are BEAUTIFUL. Move over 1970s version of the 1930s–now I’m over the moon about the 1880s during the 1980s! SO GOOD.
I LOVE the most recent BBC Sherlock incarnation starring Benedict Cumberbatch (meow!), but I always thought he was a bit over the top. NOT SO! After watching Jeremy Brett, it’s clear that Cumberbatch really tapped into Brett’s complicated life’s work of peeling back the layers of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s complex character. They’re both brilliant in the role, but I find Jeremy Brett’s performance to be more seamless, considered and more compelling.
I’d love to hear recommendations of shows you think are clever and addictive! Maybe you love Sherlock, too? JOIN MY TAILORED TWEED AND SPYGLASS CULT, YOU GUYS!
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