THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES
This is without a doubt one of the finest audio adaptations of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's immensely popular story. John Patrick Lowrie's direction is first rate and M.J. Eliot's script is quite excellent. The sound of "the Hound" is got to be one of the most chilling sounds I've heard in radio to date and I've been a fan of radio dramas since I was around 12 years old. John Patrick Lowrie's interpretation of Holmes is right on the money. His rapid fire delivery suggests that Holmes' mind just cannot slow down for the rest of we slower thinking denizens of a different mental plane. Lawrence Albert's Watson is a finely constructed performance of a solid, intelligent, loyal friend. He speaks his mind when he's not sure of Holmes' motives and never fails to be there when needed by Holmes. Dennis Bateman (spelling?)is the perfect Henry Baskerville. He doesn't sound like a Texan and doesn't sound British and everything about his performance is very robust and quite like a titled gentleman should sound I think. The rest of the cast make this production perfectly balanced and well worth the listen. The talented people have even been praised by the BBC for their work. If you are indeed a Sherlock Holmes fan you can go no further for great listening of both the canon and new pastiches of the great detective and his friend's cases.
Date Added: 03/23/2009 by John Roach
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