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Clive Merrison and Michael Williams star as Holmes and Watson in these 12 full-cast dramatisations of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are: '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' and 'The Abbey Grange'.

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  • Trekkie Monster
  • 06-02-18

Superb production

Whilst Jeremy Brett will always be my definitive Sherlock Holmes Clive Merrison must come a very close second. He plays Holmes with such energy and conviction. Likewise Michael Williams is superb as Watson and indeed is my favourite representation of the faithful doctor and sidekick. He has such a warm, caring almost Grandfatherly voice which plays as the perfect contrast to Mr Merrisons's hyper Holmes.
My Favourite part of this recording? Well it comes in The Norwood Builder when Lestrade points out the thumbprint to Holmes. When Lestrade leaves I couldn't help but genuinely laugh out loud at Holmes laughter and gloating to Watson at Lestrade's error. I will leave that there so I don't inadvertantly leave some spoilers behind as to the resolution.
But anyway all of these BBC dramatisations of the Sherlock Holmes canonical stories are superb and well worth the credits/money. HOWEVER I cannot praise the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes as warmly. Whilst they still have the superb Merrison playing Holmes we have a change in Watson in the forms of the outgoing Williams being replaced by Andrew 'Fawlty Towers' Sachs. The change really grates and the performance is too quiet. The other big change is that those adventures are not from the Conan Doyle canon but instead are written by Bert Coules and there's just not the same level of complexity to the case solutions.
If you like Holmes the get The Return of Sherlock Holmes. You won't regret it.

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  • Avid reader
  • 14-03-20

Tales by a stellar cast

The adaptations of Sherlock Holmes for the BBC are without doubt the definitive Holmes and Watson. Clive Merrison as Holmes combines the swift logic of Holmes' mind with a surprising ruthlessness to the villains he uncovers. Add to that the warm and wonderfully dry asides of the late Michael Williams as Watson (not the bumbling sidekick once portrayed) and the depth of the friendship between them shines through. Also worth listening out for are some very famous British actors and actresses in the lead roles. There are several of these Audible audio books in the series and for the Sherlock Holmes fans they are all well worth listening to.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-03-21

Brilliant cast performance

Clive Merrison is the definitive radio Holmes - bringing the great detective to life along with trusty sidekick Michael Williams. An absolute must-listen!

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  • Rachel
  • 01-12-20

Good adaptation.

As enjoyable as the first set of stories in this series. Both Clive Merrison and Michael Williams were excellent and the guest stars well chosen.

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  • Celia 22
  • 25-04-20

Excellent value

These are excellent radio plays - good performances .
12 stories for 1 credit - which represents excellent value.

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  • D. G. Jones
  • 21-09-19

Great stories

The best Watson and Holmes. The BBC know how to dramatise these great collection of stories

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  • twigs way
  • 10-12-18

More in the excellent Clive Merrison Dramatisation

This BBC dramatisation brought Clive Merrison to a role which I now find is the only Holmes I can listen to (other than the modern Benedict Cumberpatch!!) as he is so perfect for the role.