Country: United Kingdom
Starring: Tom Baker, Terence Rigby, Christopher Ravenscroft, Caroline John, William Squire
Director: Peter Duguid
Music: Carl Davis
Some quick thoughts on the 1982 four-part BBC television series of The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring everybody’s favourite Dr. Who – Tom Baker – as Sherlock Holmes. Over the years, this version has developed a reputation for being pretty bad. I am guessing a part of the reason for this is that is hasn’t been available – many people concluding that it must be bad if it has never been released. As one of the few people who could sit through the entirety of Peter Cook & Dudley Moore’s The Hound of the Baskervilles, I wondered just how bad could it be?
The answer is, it is not bad at all. It may not reach the heights of some of the other versions – the Hammer version with Peter Cushing being my favourite – but none-the-less tells the oft told tale in a professional way. Baker is a fine Holmes – but as people familiar with Hound already know, Holmes is absent from the story for a sizable amount of time. But Terence Rigby is not the worst Watson to carry the story (Robert Duvall, with his dreadful accent and voiceover in The Seven Percent Solution gets my vote for worst Watson). Like many other versions of Hound, it could be said that the ferocious canine of the title lets the series down – but I don’t believe any version has really nailed the Hound.
On the plus side, if you are a Tom Baker fan, the recent Madman DVD release has an entertaining audio commentary by Baker over all 4 episodes, which in itself almost makes it worth the price.
In Melbourne, Australia it is just ticked past 9:00am on the 11th of November. 134 years ago, on this day, Ned Kelly was hung at Old Melbourne Gaol.
And here is, what many people consider the world’s first feature film – and remember this was only made 26 years after Kelly’s death, so many of the people involved in the story were still alive.
The first dramatic narrative to run over 60 minutes in length, but now only fragments remain, many of which are as badly decomposed as Ned Kelly. It also marks the beginning of the film industry in Australia but was banned in Benalla and Wangarratta, Australia, in 1907, and then again in Adelaide in 1911.
Kelly’s actual suit of armour was borrowed from the Victorian Museum and worn in the film.
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An image from the State Library of Victoria shows Ned Kelly making the walk to the gallows at Old Melbourne Gaol.
The Ned Kelly story – in Lego! It runs just over 9 minutes.
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This short piece (6 minutes 13 sec)is a segment from the breakfast television show, Sunrise.
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This documentary from 2009 features Baldrick (sorry, I mean Tony Robinson) digging up Ned Kelly’s past.
Ned Kelly Uncovered follows the first ever excavation of the Glenrowan Inn site where the iconic Australian bushranger and his gang holed up for a showdown with police.
Nearly 130 years later, can a team of archaeologists and historians reveal new insights into Ned Kelly’s final moments of freedom.
With expert commentary from Kelly experts Ian Jones and Alex McDermott, this one hour documentary follows a seven week dig led by archaeologist Adam Ford.
As the archaeologists unearth a host of artefacts including cartridges and bullets, the team conduct tests with fascinating results. Meanwhile the historians strip back the myth, piecing together the clues to give a detailed new look at an iconic Australian, literally from the ground up.
Presenter: Tony Robinson
Producers: Alex West and Lucy Mcalaren
Executive Producers: Joe Connor, Ken Connor, Alex West
Writer/Director: Alex West
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This short piece goes 18 minutes.
Episode from the 1999 TV series Our Country, presented by Tracy Grimshaw. Tells the story of Ned Kelly with input from descendants of the Kellys & constable McIntyre (who escaped with his life in a shoot out at Stringybark creek) give their thoughts & reflect on the days when Kelly & his gang roamed the area now known as Kelly country.