The Classic Sherlock Holmes, Vol. 1 (2CD)
Starring Sir John Gielgud as Sherlock Holmes, Sir Ralph Richardson as Dr John Watson and an uncredited cast of top BBC actors.
Still regarded by many as the definitive Sherlock Holmes dramatisations, these 16 episodes dramatised by John Keir Cross from the original tales by Arthur Conan Doyle were first broadcast by the BBC in 1954 and in the United States by NBC the following year. Since then we have licensed them out for broadcast for the joy of new generations of fans. Previously available as one 8CD set through Hodder Headline, we are delighted to offer these new editions ourselves, in 2 CD sets containing four episodes each.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle:
- The Blackmailer
- Scandal in Bohemia
- Silver Blaze
- The Speckled Band
John Gielgud stars as an enthusiastic, mischievous Holmes and Ralph Richardson is his fruitily avuncular Watson. Others involved include Val Gielgud (Sir John’s brother) as Mycroft Holmes and Orson Welles as a memorable Professor Moriarty. Heritage Media have released the whole of this excellent vintage radio drama, sympathetically remastered … this collection is a treat for all Holmes aficionados.”
True classic Sherlock Holmes…. essential listening… all superbly dramatised. There are times when the sound is slightly cramped as these are mid 1950’s mono recordings but otherwise I have nothing but praise for these issues and a top recommendation is surely in order.” —Gerald Fenech
There has always been a chemistry between Gielgud and Richardson on stage, and it is good to hear how wonderfully they play off each other… this Holmes is a little less neurotic and cynical than the Holmes on the printed page. I used to hear some of these on an old LP set and am grateful to Heritage Media for making these broadcasts available on CD.” —Frank Behrens