1 9 7 1 – 1 9 7 3 (UK)
26 x 60 minute episodes
This gaslight crime anthology showcased a number of detective contemporaries of Sherlock Holmes, such as R. Austin Freeman’s Dr Thorndyke, Ernest Bramah’s blind Max Carrados, E. Phillip Oppenheim’s Laxworthy, Palle Rosenkratz’s Danish policeman Holst (portrayed by John Thaw), and William Le Queux’s William Drew (played by Derek Jacobi).
The detectives featured in suitably Victorian atmosphere-drenched self-contained cases.
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes was based on a collection of stories compiled by Sir Hugh Greene, sometime Director General of the BBC.