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Douglas Wilmer (1920-2016)

 
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 02, 2016 3:50 pm    Post subject: Douglas Wilmer (1920-2016) Reply with quote

http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/apr/01/sherlock-holmes-actor-douglas-wilmer-dies
Very sad news - he was my first Holmes - and for me, only Jeremy Brett has equalled Douglas Wilmer's brilliant Sherlockian performances. For many in the Sherlock Holmes Society of London of which he was an honourary member, he was regarded as the definitive and finest Holmes. What a terrible shame the BBC wiped so many of his episodes.

I also remember Douglas in The Avengers - as the mysterious Dr Long (Apollo) in The Danger Makers and in The Saint, Octopussy, El Cid and Jason and the Argonauts.
RIP Douglas Wilmer
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:39 am    Post subject: Re: Douglas Wilmer (1920-2016) Reply with quote

mrs_emma_peel wrote:
http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2016/apr/01/sherlock-holmes-actor-douglas-wilmer-dies
Very sad news - he was my first Holmes - and for me, only Jeremy Brett has equalled Douglas Wilmer's brilliant Sherlockian performances. For many in the Sherlock Holmes Society of London of which he was an honourary member, he was regarded as the definitive and finest Holmes. What a terrible shame the BBC wiped so many of his episodes.

I also remember Douglas in The Avengers - as the mysterious Dr Long (Apollo) in The Danger Makers and in The Saint, Octopussy, El Cid and Jason and the Argonauts.
RIP Douglas Wilmer
So sad yet he lived a long and brilliant life. I did not know BBC wiped so many of his episodes. What a loss. RIP.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Heard the good news, Margo, that only two of Douglas Wilmer's Holmes episodes were partially wiped - I thought there were more - and he helped re-construct the lost two by adding narrations himself. I think there were only 12 or 13 episodes in the series. Evidently the BBC wiped more from the Peter Cushing Holmes series.
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mrs_emma_peel wrote:
Heard the good news, Margo, that only two of Douglas Wilmer's Holmes episodes were partially wiped - I thought there were more - and he helped re-construct the lost two by adding narrations himself. I think there were only 12 or 13 episodes in the series. Evidently the BBC wiped more from the Peter Cushing Holmes series.
Well that is good news James. Why would the BBC wipe out Sherlock Holmes, especially Peter Cushing?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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mrs_emma_peel wrote:
Heard the good news, Margo, that only two of Douglas Wilmer's Holmes episodes were partially wiped - I thought there were more - and he helped re-construct the lost two by adding narrations himself. I think there were only 12 or 13 episodes in the series. Evidently the BBC wiped more from the Peter Cushing Holmes series.
Well that is good news James. Why would the BBC wipe out Sherlock Holmes, especially Peter Cushing?


It's so complex. The short answer is that nobody foresaw home video or the explosion of channels, so nobody saw any reason to keep TV after it's sales & domestic repeat possibilities had been exhausted. Plus, once colour TV launched, black & white stuff was soon seen as obsolete. The Avengers series 1 is another example of course.
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