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2.3 - The Hound of the Baskervilles

Synopsis
Young Dr Mortimer ventures from Devonshire to Baker Street, with news of the death of his friend, Sir Charles Baskerville. Can it really be that the grisly legend of the Hound of the Baskervilles might have something to do with the case? Holmes will have none of it, but even he must accept that dark forces are at work. Darks forces that it seems Dr Watson must face alone…
Starring
Nicholas Briggs (Sherlock Holmes), Richard Earl (Dr Watson), Samuel Clemens (Sir Henry Baskerville), John Banks (Dr Mortimer/Mr John Barrymore/Selden/Postmaster/Lestrade), Barnaby Edwards (Mr Jack Stapleton), Charlie Norfolk (Miss Beryl Stapleton/Mrs Eliza Barrymore/Laura Lyons)
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Directed By
Nicholas Briggs, Ken Bentley

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10 Rated 10/10 on 1/15/12 11:14 am
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Really enjoyed this, there was a definite sense of the epic about it. I am familiar with the numerous adaptations and this has long been a favourite of mine. I love the build up here.

Very mild spoilers follow ...

Holmes is playfully demonstrating his superior intellect to the ever-patient Watson, when we are given a huge summary of events from the visiting Doctor Mortimer. This carefully sets the scene, with the subtle backdrop of sinister music from the talented Jamie Robertson, before we accompany Watson to the dark Baskerville Hall, equipped with all we need to know about the creeping danger that exists there.
I recount all this just to underline the sense of macabre anticipation that is built up as soon as the story starts. It’s a tremendous adaption and a really good, spooky, winter’s story, produced meticulously as we have come to expect from Big Finish …

Tremendous.
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Review By Stevo
Rated 9/10 on 12/29/11 11:29 am
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Although The Hound of the Baskervilles is obviously part of the Big Finish Sherlock Holmes range, this story could quite easily fit in to the 'Big Finish Classics' range. As The Hound of the Baskervilles - being the most famous Sherlock Holmes story of all time - is as classic a piece of literature as you will get. There are probably very few people around who have not heard of this story... even if they have not read the actual novel or seen/heard its many adaptations.

This Big Finish adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles is a masterpiece and contains most of the elements of the book. There are some obvious omissions from the original story, as with any adaptation limited by time, but overall the main elements of the story are all there. This is a Sherlock Holmes story and yes, Sherlock Holmes prevents the murder of Sir Henry Baskerville. However, for the most part this story is not really about Sherlock Holmes... it is about his hound. As the main hound in this story is actually Dr. Watson! Who does most of the sniffing out of the evidence and forwards the clues on to Sherlock Holmes, who being the hero of this story solves the crime easily. The journey that Dr. Watson takes while assembling the evidence is the path the listener largely follows and the clues are all there for us.

The cast for this story is as good as it gets. Nick Briggs has nailed the part of Sherlock Holmes in these Big Finish Holmes stories, whilst Richard Earl as Dr. Watson is the unsung hero of the whole range, as his Dr. Watson is just perfect. I did not think that the Clive Merrison and Michael Williams BBC radio team could be beaten as Holmes/Watson on audio. However, for me Briggs and Earl are just as brilliantly convincing in their respective roles for the Big Finish Sherlock Holmes range. The only unfortunate thing is that this release will not sell half as many copies as the BBC version, yet this adaptation of The Hound of the Baskervilles is every bit as good as anything that has gone before and just as entertaining.
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Review By komodo
Rated 8/10 on 8/27/13 10:59 pm
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Not being particularly familiar with the story, I was quite looking forward to this and I was not disappointed. The story serves well as a 'testing' of Watson as he spends most of the story being the sole investigator. This makes it a little more human than other Holmes stories.

Holmes and Watson are well played and the whole story is well directed. It doesn't feel like an adaptation and the whole story works well.
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