Watching Sherlock Holmes “The Master Blackmailer” (1992): Seduction and Guilt

Wish the video was available. Still, beautifully put.
I remember reading the story long back, when I was more interested in the deductions and not on the human aspect. As I’ve grown older, I pay more attention to the emotional angle than the plot line.
You are right about one thing. The handling of the character Sherlock is quite different in Granada Holmes and in the BBC Sherlock adaptations.
Jeremy Brett has always made the character look like a perfect gentleman even with all his idiosyncratic attitudes. Would love to watch him play the conscientious side. Hope to, one day.
Reading your analysis, I feel like they have done an excellent job in creating a very human angle to Conan Doyle’s Holmes. Something that Jeremy Brett is so capable of pulling off!
Thank you for the post.

The Victorian Sage

The classic Granada series with Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes was coming to the end of its run when they decided to tackle Doyle’s story “Charles Augustus Milverton”, a work which features “the most unpleasant villain in the entire Sherlockian canon” (David Stuart Davies, “Introduction”, The Best of Sherlock Holmes, Wordsworth, 2009). Rather than the standard 50-minute episode, they apportioned it a feature-length 100 minutes. How to make a 20-page story last 100 minutes? By simply expanding the acts, in this case, and not really complicating Doyle’s story at all. The story, about how Holmes and Watson decide to burgle the house of a blackmailer too smart to be defeated by legal means, and then witness his murder by an angry victim of his blackmailing shenanigans, is a simple and linear one. It’s notable, too, that there’s no mystery, no clever clues to be unravelled – rather, it gets…

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