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Granada’s Short-Lived Train Car

Paget_TrainSurely the this scene from The Silver Blaze is one of the best known Sidney Paget drawings.

Holmes is explaining matters to Watson as they take the train to Dartmoor to find the missing Silver Blaze.

Granada built a train car for use in the series, planning on showing Holmes and Watson in that classic Victorian setting on several occasions.

BRett_Train1However, they discovered that even the flattest road in Manchester (where the studios were) was so bumpy it was virtually impossible to shoot scenes. The car was used for a couple scenes, including a faithful reproduction of Paget’s famous drawing. However, they realized that it simply wasn’t going to be a workable option, so they abandoned the concept.

BrettTrainBackOf course, when the curtain is pulled aside, the illusion is dispelled. As you can see, it didn’t look like a train car from the outside. But it worked in the scene above (which was actually from The Speckled Band).

While it’s well-known that Michael Cox and the Granada folks tried to reproduce at least one Paget drawing in every episode (often recreating several), BBC Sherlock has also drawn on the original Pagets, updating them to fit the show, of course. The railway picture is one such example.


Catching up on The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes – and Jeremy Brett’s coming!

Brett_BakerStreet2So, this coming Monday (May 4) over at Black Gate, I’m starting a three part series on Granada’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Should be fun.

This week’s The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes post was about Richard Diamond, Private Detective. I’m a fan of old time radio shows and that’s one of my favorites, starring Dick Powell. I plan on writing several more OTR-related posts. Johnny Dollar is surely on the way!

I think Robert E. Howard was a fanastic writer and I’ve got quite a Conan collection. On April 20th, I reviewed Harry Turtledove’s Conan of Venarium.

O'Toole_CoversThe week before that, The Public Life of Sherlock Holmes looked at four animated Holmes films voiced by Peter O’Toole. I like them!

And to kick off April, I shared some thoughts on what Sherlock Holmes story might be the best to read first.

CityWatch_GuardsCoverBack in January, I posted about Terry Pratchett’s Cohen the Barbarian. I am crazy about Pratchett’s Discworld books. Sadly, on March 12, Sir Terry succumbed to Alzheimer’s. I was already preparing a followup post. On March 30, I talked about his excellent City Watch books from the Discworld series.

Every spring, my reading attention turns to baseball: mostly, Dodgers-related books. This year was no exception (along with another viewing of 42, the Jackie Robinson story. I’ve got a review of The Last Good Season up over at my old blog.

TBT – Jeremy Brett’s The Last Vampyre

Part of my Granada history for the Austin Sherlock Holmes society, I was looking at the four double-length installments. 

Brett_VAmpire1If The Master Blackmailer was the last hurrah for the Granada series, then The Last Vampyre was the beginning of the end. June Wyndham Davies was informed that a two-hour feature was needed quickly. Jeremy Paul agreed to write a screenplay in less than three weeks. He chose The Sussex Vampire and dramatically reworked the story. Much of the film was shot in Cotswald (not Sussex). With the significant changes in story and setting, a new title was needed and The Last Vampyre was chosen.

It can be argued that the main character in the episode is Stockton, suspected by the townspeople of being a vampire. If this sounds unfamiliar, that is because the character was created for the show and does not appear anywhere in the Canon.

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