Tuesday, 29 May 2007
One of the most popular of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, The Blue Carbuncle is given exciting treatment in this Granada Television adaptation, featuring Jeremy Brett and David Burke in definitive performances as the famous detective and his ally and chronicler, Dr. Watson.
The story concerns the disappearance of a gem called the Blue Carbuncle, which has been hidden inside the crop of a Christmas goose and which is linked to a terrible history of murders, suicides, attacks, and robberies. Stolen from the Countess of Morcar (Rosalind Knight), the jewel's trail leads Holmes all over wintry London and to a decision that stuns Watson in its legal and ethical implications.
Tightly woven and cleverly adapted from the page, The Blue Carbuncle is a worthy adaptation of a classic tale. --Tom Keogh