Oct 30, 2009

Duckworth Drew In The Rivals Of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2

We've already heard that Acorn is planning to release Season Two of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes in America next April; now Network has announced a UK release for The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Second Series–and revealed artwork. Series Two is of particular interest to spy fans for its inclusion of the episode "The Secret of the Foxhunter," which features Derek Jacobi as William Le Queux's gadget-using proto-Bond "Duckworth Drew of the Secret Service." As far as I know, this is the only filmed version of Drew, one of the more important figures in the evolution of spy fiction.

Fans of prolific spy TV actor Peter Wyngarde may like to know that the studio has also announced A Choice of Coward: The Complete Series. This 1964 anthology series features four Noel Coward plays introduced by the playright; Wyngarde stars in "Present Laughter."

Read my review of Network's Region 2 release The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: The Complete First Series here.

Read my review of Acorn's Region 1 release The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Set 1 here.

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