major new version of The Hound Of The Baskervilles for BBC ONE
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clips of behind the scenes action below
Roxburgh, who played the Duke in Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge, leads
a star-studded cast as Sherlock Holmes, opposite Ian Hart as Dr
Watson, in a major new version of The Hound Of The Baskervilles
from Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC ONE this Christmas.
film also stars Richard E Grant as Stapleton and John Nettles as
the Dartmoor physician, Mortimer.
by David Attwood (Shot Through The Heart, Moll Flanders) and produced
by Christopher Hall (The Lost World, Other People's Children), the
film is written by Allan Cubitt (Prime Suspect II, Anna Karenina).
portrays Holmes and Watson as young and athletic men in their mid-thirties,
much closer to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original vision, in contrast
to the mature and paternalistic figures of previous versions of
ancient legend of the Baskervilles has persisted in the family history
for generations. It is Sir Charles' mysterious death in the grounds
of Baskerville Hall that brings Holmes and Watson to the scene of
one of their most famous and intriguing cases – the mystery
of the legendary hellhound of Dartmoor.
hound itself will be produced for the first time using state of
the art animatronics and computer generated images (CGI).
Roxburgh, as well as appearing in Moulin Rouge, was also seen in
Mission Impossible II.
Hart is best known for his roles as Professor Quirrell in Harry
Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, as the father in Stephen Frears'
Liam, and as a young revolutionary in Ken Loach's Land And Freedom.
Day plays Sir Henry Baskerville, heir to Sir Charles; Neve McIntosh
is Miss Stapleton; Geraldine James plays Mrs Mortimer; Ron Cook
is Barrymore, the butler; and Liza Tarbuck is his wife.
Tranter, BBC Controller of Drama Commissioning, said: "Allan
Cubitt's visceral adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's timeless
classic is an atmospheric thriller for a 21st-century audience.
for an adult audience, it features a hound which has been created
with the latest special effects technology, and follows in the footsteps
of The Lost World broadcast last Christmas.
film is set when it was written in 1901, in a time of great flux
and change. London is welcoming in a new age of electric light and
the internal combustion engine, whilst the moorland of Dartmoor
is like the Wild West – bleak, inhospitable and lawless."
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Christopher Hall and Director David Attwood discuss the task of
bringing a new-look Holmes and Watson tale to the screen in the
out how the infamous Hound was created - a mixture of animatronics,
clever filming and great acting!
more background information, actor profiles and a competition, visit
Hound Of The Baskervilles website.
Hound Of The Baskervilles is developed and produced by Tiger Aspect
Productions, one of the UK's leading independent production companies.
reunites the same animatronics and visual effects teams –
Crawley Creatures and FrameStore – which were behind BBC ONE's
The Lost World (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's adventure about an epic
search for an undiscovered world inhabited by prehistoric beasts,
starring Bob Hoskins), as well as Walking With Dinosaurs and Walking
Hound Of The Baskervilles, shot earlier this year on location in
the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Cumbria, is a Tiger Aspect
Production for BBC ONE in association with WGBH and The Isle of
Man Film Commission.
executive producers are Greg Brenman (Tiger Aspect), Gareth Neame
and Sally Woodward Gentle (BBC), and Rebecca Eaton (WGBH).
Aspect's other recent credits include Murphy's Law, Murder, Bodily
Harm, Teachers, Births Marriages And Deaths and Kid In The Corner.
Hound Of The Baskervilles – A Filmography
The BBC's last adaptation of The Hound Of The Baskervilles was a
four-part serialisation in 1982 starring Tom Baker as Sherlock Holmes
and Terence Rigby as Dr Watson.
• In 1968, Peter Cushing and Nigel Stock played the famous
detective and his companion in a two-part story for the BBC.
• In the cinema, Basil Rathbone made his first appearance
as Sherlock Holmes with Nigel Bruce as Watson in 1939 for 20th Century
Fox, in a studio-based film written by Ernest Pascal and directed
by Sidney Lanfield.
• In 1959, a Hammer re-make starred Peter Cushing as Holmes
and Andre Morell as Watson, in a version written by Peter Bryan
and directed by Terence Fisher.
• Most recently, Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke played
Holmes and Watson on ITV in 1988.