Sunday, February 9, 2014

Big Finish - The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes

Back to Big Finish and the latest offering from their Sherlock Holmes range: The Ordeals of Sherlock Holmes by Jonathan Barnes, directed by Ken Bentley, and with Nicholas Briggs as Holmes and Richard Earl as Watson.

This is a splendid four disc box set with four cases representing the full range of Holmes' career. There is a linking theme and a villain who is not revealed until the very end. Nicholas Briggs and Richard Earl do a marvellous job of conveying their characters at all the different ages and different stages of their friendship, and the supporting cast are excellent as well. I'm a big fan of the music for the series and the whole production quality is fantastic.

Jonathan Barnes' writing seems to capture the essence of original stories and do some new and interesting things with the characters. In fact he adds a modern inflection to his stories which in places helps them surpass the originals.

I had a few minor quibbles. I'm not sure that Holmes and Watson could escape from a train that easily at their ages but still this didn't detract too much from the splendid story telling. A five start production from Big Finish and I'm really hoping they do a fourth season.

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