abbey grange

Well, Edward’s a very, very remarkable man…one of the nicest people I’ve ever met in my life. And he wanted to fit in. So he watched the previous thirteen films (and) decided to try and look a little like David Burke, as much as he could, bless him. So he put on a rug, I mean a toupee, and, umm - and put lifts in his heels. And the first film we shot together was “The Abbey Grange”. And we were running across a field, and he, he…these heels were too high so he was slipping and sliding. And I said, ‘Oh, Edward, take them out! I’ll bend my knees for the rest of the film!’
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Jeremy Brett

(On the subject of Edward Hardwicke replacing David Burke as Watson).

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Edward Hardwicke reads “The Adventure of the Empty House”, “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot”, and “The Adventure of the Abbey Grange”.

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Day 23: Jeremy Brett

Much like my adoration for Pat Troughton , my love of Jeremy is approx 73% because of one role. That’s ok. This is the joy of things. Especially when those things are telly programmes and there’s a ton of them to enjoy over and over again. As a tiny nipper, my Holmes was Baz, of course, in the always-on-the-telly increasingly anachronistic 30s/40s films, but - luckily for me - teenage me got Jeremy, and wonderful scripts and marvellous design and two great Watsons. 

Set aside the reams and reams of nitpicking and debate that have been written about ACD and Holmes over the decades, (but not the fanfic, never set the fanfic aside) and just marvel in the sheer joy that is Jeremy’s Holmes. There are few more complete inhabitations of a role. Mercurial, cutting, agile, knowingly theatrical, charming; gleaming with intelligence and flashes of humour, and above all a real sense of respect for the source material, and the icon that Holmes is, without ever descending into parody or heavy-handedness. It is a wondrous, life-giving, glee-inducing, comfort blanket of a thing to see, whether for the first or the thirty-first time. 

Of course, there’s all the other roles as well. From his startlingly swoonsome youth (my dad, an avid theatre-goer from the 50s onwards, and not one to comment on the looks of actresses, never mind actors, said that 1950s Jeremy on stage was one of the most beautiful men he had ever seen), through his sterling work - especially in some great 70s telly - in his middle years, he is a delight to watch. And of course - which always helps - a complete darling of a man. 

Favourite Role: obvs Sherlock Holmes, and while I’m a Hardwicke gal, and don’t always rewatch S1 as much, he is perfection from the very start. It’s so hard to pick a favourite ep, but  I have an exceeding fondness for The Abbey Grange (scathing about the North), The Musgrave Ritual (petulant!Holmes and his comfort blanket) and The Master Blackmailer (everyone is fabulous, Holmes vs CAM is amazing).  

Another Good Place to Start: he’s a wonderful Basil Hallward in the BBC’s Picture of Dorian Gray [1976], with a little-too-old Johnny G as Henry Wooton and a rather petulant Peter Firth as Dorian. It’s stagey and videotaped, but it’s well worth watching. For young, swoony (supporting actor) Jeremy, Girl in the Headlines [1963] is an entertaining little british cop thriller, nicely seedy at times and pretty engaging. 

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“Come, Watson, come!” he cried. “The game is afoot. Not a word! Into your clothes and come!” (Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange).

Trivia: The original quote is from Shakespeare’s Henry V:

The game’s afoot;
Follow your spirit and upon this charge,  cry:
“God for Harry! England and Saint George!”

zalemoonshadow  asked:

Hello do you have any recommendations for some Holmes's and Watson bonding episode's that show's their relationship in a rather cute way?

Alright, here we go. Thanks for messaging me! :) Episodes I would recommend for particular Holmes/Watson moments:


1. A Scandal in Bohemia: If you haven’t watched it before, you should, because it is the opening episode of the Granada series and it sets up their relationship splendidly. Plus, if you - like me - are a fan of small, cute moments, you might be enjoying this:

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Be frank with me and we may do some good. Play tricks with me, and I’ll crush you.
—  Sherlock Holmes to Captain Crocker, The Adventure of the Abbey Grange

in both the devil’s foot and the abbey grange holmes and watson are BOTH like “well idk technically we’ve caught you and you’re guilty but you did it for love. you’re so in love and you’ve proven that you did this because you are torturously in love and hypothetically we understand what it would hypothetically be like to feel like your entire soul is on fire and you would do anything for the person you love this much and their death could lead you to murder. again, all of this just a hypothetical case. so anyway. you’re free to go. because of love.”