Saturday, January 9, 2010

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson

On a lighter note, Russian television has been showing episodes of the Sherlock Holmes series that was made back in the early 80s. Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin starred as the intrepid duo.  The program was one of the most successful in Soviet television.  It pretty much covered all the short stories, which have been handsomely bound into a new annotative 2-volume setHere's a clip from the series, with subtitles. 


  1. Sherlock Holmes and subtitles! What a terrific opening I'm going to watch the entire show tonight if it's there.

    For some reason, I've become a Sherlock Holmes junky lately. I purchased the entire Granada series with Jeremy Brett, and all the Basil Rathbone shows as well. There must be something about solving the world's problems through logic that appeals these days.

  2. No, I am passing on the new one. I love Robert Downey Jr. -- think he's one of the best actors out there -- but I saw the previews and it looks too much like a super hero/action film. Sort of defeats the whole idea if you have to attack the enemy with brute force and a little kung fu.

    Loved the Russian version of "the beginning" though. Great scenes.

  3. Vasily Livanov is my all time favorite Holmes!

    The series is probably the best adaptation ever :)

  4. Thanks for dropping a line, Buddy. Love the old series.