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BFI to release 1965 BBC Sherlock Holmes!

The BFI have unveiled their plans to release the 1965 BBC TV series Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes on DVD this March.

The series, starring Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock, is widely considered to be one of the best filmed versions of the Holmes stories and the DVD will feature reconstructions of two missing episodes along with an interview with Douglas Wilmer and five audio commentaries.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s
Sherlock Holmes
The classic BBC TV series, starring Douglas Wilmer and Nigel Stock

Regarded by many to be the best incarnation of the Baker Street sleuth, Douglas Wilmer gives a career-defining performance in this celebrated 1965 BBC series. Coming to DVD for the first time, it will be released by the BFI on 30 March 2015 in a 4-DVD set. This long-awaited release also has an array of fascinating special features, including two reconstructions of lost episodes, five audio commentaries and an interview with Douglas Wilmer.

Intelligent, quick on his heels, and bearing a striking resemblance to the original Sidney Paget illustrations, Douglas Wilmer’s portrayal is possibly the closest to Conan Doyle’s original vision that there has ever been. In 2012, his status as legend within the Sherlock pantheon was cemented when he was asked to make a cameo appearance in Sherlock with Benedict Cumberbatch.

The first story, The Speckled Band, was originally produced as part of the BBC drama strand Detective, but an entire series based on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle soon followed. Holmes’ loyal companion, Dr John Watson, is brilliantly played by the great Nigel Stock, while the supporting cast includes Clochemerle star Peter Madden as Inspector Lestrade, TV veteran Derek Francis as Mycroft Holmes, and guest starts such as Peter Wyngarde (Department S, The Innocents) and Patrick Troughton (Doctor Who).

Special features
- UK premier release of a classic BBC TV series
- Original 1964 Detective pilot episode The Speckled Band
- All surviving episodes from the 1965 series
- Alternative Spanish audio presentation of The Speckled Band
- Alternative title sequence for The Illustrious Client
- The Abbey Grange episode reconstruction, featuring a newly-filmed sequence of Douglas Wilmer reading the first half of the story, followed by all surviving original footage
- The Bruce-Partington Plans episode reconstruction, using all surviving original footage and original shooting scripts
- Douglas Wilmer … on Television (2012, Simon Harries, 22 mins): the iconic actor discusses his career in British film and television
- Five audio commentaries, including contributions from Douglas Wilmer, co-stars David Andrews and Trevor Martin, and celebrated directors Peter Cregeen and Peter Sasdy, all moderated by actor-comedian Toby Hadoke
- Illustrated booklet with new essays and full episode guides

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