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"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's So Elementary... dear Mummy

A couple of weeks ago, I found a whole heap of Jeremy Brett Sherlock Holmes at our local library. I was tempted to take them all out but my better side kicked in, so I settled for 2. Now, if you've ever seen the series, you'll know that Jeremy Brett is a superb Sherlock Holmes. (It's an amazing performance and Brett pays incredible attention to Holmes' eccentricities -- hard to believe that he's the cheesy Freddy Eynsford-Hill from My Fair Lady) Many people smarter than myself think he's the best incarnation. I don't disagree but I'm exceedingly fond of Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes too even if those films were products of the Hollywood machine. Anyway, I let the 9 year old watch a couple of episodes (the one where Holmes and Moriarty battle it out at Reichenbach Falls and another where he nabs Col Moran) with me that time and today she informed me that she's become "very interested" in Sherlock Holmes and if it alright for her to watch some more.

I'm now racking my brains as to whether I should let her watch any more. Victorian/Edwardian England was pretty bleak and there's a bit of violence. But egad...  a quick search of the web and I note from the VideoEzy website that these shows are rated MA 15+ so it's probably a no brainer.

I don't have trouble saying "no"... I've become quite proficient at doing it... But I feel a tad guilty for leading her astray this time.
I am somewhat surprised at the high rating... but some stories in the Doyle canon do have strong adult themes and violence. Frankly, I've seen far more objectionable things in music videos and PG13 films than in these Sherlock Holmes stories.

Methinks it's time to get out the old Enid Blyton adventure series.


  1. Jeremy Brett himself did say a lot of young children watched the series and came to the Secret of Sherlock Holmes play...much to his surprise! ;)

    And since you enjoyed Jeremy Brett's portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, I thought you might be interested in this website: http://www.bafta4jb.com

  2. Thanks Izabella. Great website. I'm really surprised he didn't get a BAFTA when he was still with us.

  3. Lilian, I just finished watching RED. Was so fun! John Malkovich is hysterical in it. Just thought I'd mention it cos I know you like a bit of an action movie. I highly recommend it.

  4. Thank you, Lilian. Hope you signed our petition ;)


    And yes, it is surprising that neither he nor the Granada Sherlock Holmes series got a BAFTA...


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