The Rivals: Tales of Sherlock Holmes' Rival Detectives (Dramatisation)

  • by Edgar Allan Poe, Jacques Futrelle
  • Narrated by Tim Pigott-Smith, James Fleet, Full Cast
  • 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard introduces 12 dramatised stories, featuring detectives whose abilities rival that of the great Sherlock Holmes.
Dramatised for radio by Chris Harrald, these 12 stories are written by masters of the crime and thriller genre, all contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle.
They include:

The Murders on the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe
The Problem of Cell 13 by Jacques Futrelle
Murder By Proxy by Matthias McDonnel Bodkin
Mystery of Redstone Manor by Catherine Lousia Pirkis
The Problem of the Superfluous Finger by Jacques Futrelle
The Clue of the Silver Spoons by Robert Barr
The Intangible Clue by Anna Katherine Green
The Game Played in the Dark by Ernest Bramah


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Not Bad But No Match on Sherlock

I generally like most of these 12 plays for what they are; just common 'o' garden old style themed detective stories. Not bad storylines, well acted by most of the actors apart from Paul Rhys who as usual is too tight never seems to open up or let himself go into the psychology of any of his characters; too dull. Tim Pigott-Smith is good as usual and stands apart from all the rest of the actors as do Anton and Honeysuckle who all bring their own special panash. This said; unfortunately some of the story's are let down by the actors, giving the air of being at an amateur dramatics evening.

The writing is good but absolutely NO patch on Sherlock Holmes, they come no-where near. If you forget that these are supposedly trying to get one up on rival 'Sherlock' then these plays will appeal to anyone who likes a nice old fashioned detective drama. Nothing special but nice to relax to on a Sunday afternoon when you have already listened to all your Holmes & Watson's.

The storylines are good. The writing is good and over all I have given the full 5 stars simply for having a style of their own that represents the era they were meant for. Would have been much better NOT to Mention Sherlock Holmes as this only makes these look like they are 'USING' Holmes name too much to bring the plays to public attention. Take away the 'Sherlock Holmes Rival' and the stories do not stand alone.

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- Highlight

An entertaining alternative to Holmes & Poirot

Don't be put off by the sinister opening minutes, as I nearly was! These are enjoyable, sometimes slightly silly conundrums - not always involving murder (much like the Sherlock Holmes stories).

They are based on the lesser known crime writers from around the same times as Conan-Doyle, Sayers and Christie.

The character of Inspector Lestrade is the link between each story, and they manage to insert him into the plots quite easily. He's played by two different actors depending on the episode, which threw me somewhat at first, but it obviously didn't put me off as I've listened to this twice already!

Definitely worth a listen by anyone struggling to find decent dramatisations of old classics!
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- Dawn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-02-2015
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide