Saturday, January 14, 2012

TV Review: Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes – "Bloody Inscription" (1979) - Review


Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes in 'Bloody Inscription'
Vasily Livanov as Sherlock Holmes in 'Bloody Inscription'

The first episode of the Russian adaptation “Acquaintance” had Holmes and Watson get acquainted (pun intended) with each other, before they are beseeched by Helen Stoner (The Adventure of the Speckled Band).

This episode is a faithful adaptation of A Study in Scarlet, the first novel written by Arthur Conan Doyle that introduced Sherlock Holmes as the world’s first consulting detective.


Vitaly Solomin as Dr John Watson in Bloody Inscription
Vitaly Solomin as Dr Watson

Holmes and Watson investigate the murder of one Enoch Drebber. Holmes, in his usual style, makes a series of observations and deductions, much to the amusement of his official counterparts, Gregson and Lestrade.

The Scotland Yard detectives follow their own lines of investigation and each is confident of his own success. Soon, another murder occurs that proves both of them wrong. This time, the victim is Joseph Strangerson.

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As expected, Holmes follows his own course of investigation and brings the case to a successful conclusion.

Vasily Livanov continues to amaze as the master detective as does Vitaly Solomin as Dr Watson. But the standout performance is given by Boryslav Brondukov as Lestrade. Brondukov makes for a very remarkable and interesting Lestrade, one who will appeal to and amuse all Sherlock Holmes fans.

Boryslav Brondukov as Inspector Lestrade in Bloody Inscription
Boryslav Brondukov as Inspector Lestrade

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