As many of my readers know, I love Benedict Cumberbatch’s 21st century portrayal of Sherlock Holmes. But what you don’t know (though many of you have guessed), is that when I write, the Holmes who speaks and lives in my fiction is that of the late, remarkable Jeremy Brett.
My stories are set in the late Victorian, early Edwardian era, mostly in London, and try to remain faithful to the writings of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It helps to have a real face and voice to inform my character. In my opinion, while many talented actors have tried to embody the great detective, no one succeeded as well as Brett.
Now comes a new book about the man, his life, and his Holmes. With a foreword by the charming David Burke (Brett’s first Watson), this is a superb account of the late actor’s life. (I’m currently reading a review copy, and will post my thoughts in a week or two.)
JEREMY BRETT – PLAYING A PART
For many people Jeremy Brett was, and remains, the quintessential Sherlock Holmes, featured in the Granada series for the Independent Television Network. Following a thirty year career in film, TV, and Theatre, this was the role that brought him to a much deserved international fame. His outstanding success as the remarkable genius detective would forever link him with the role much as Basil Rathbone had been fifty years earlier. However, his career covered thirty years on stage, on film and on television before he was offered the role which was to seal his reputation as a great actor.
With a foreword from David Burke who played Granada’s inaugural Dr. John H. Watson alongside Brett in the series, this book is a comprehensive review of Jeremy’s career on stage and screen. It contains hundred of rarely seen and some exclusive photographs.
Hundreds of performances like ‘Dinner with the Family’ above reviewed accompanied by amazing photographs.
Written by lifelong Brett fan Maureen Whittaker, the book represents many years of research to produce the most comprehensive performance biography of one the UK’s most iconic actors.
“Maureen Whittaker’s PLAYING A PART presents a remarkable and highly readable compendium of the professional career of the scintillating actor Jeremy Brett – who thrilled audiences for four decades onscreen and onstage in roles ranging from Orlando to Dracula, William Pitt the Younger, and Freddie Eynsford Hill – culminating in his creation of what what is widely regarded as the definitive performance of Sherlock Holmes in Granada’s legendary series. As a deep Sherlockian and fan of Jeremy, I loved this book – it is a thrill ride and a suitable way to honour the remarkable career of a courageous, gifted gentleman. Twinkle on, Jeremy.”
Bonnie MacBird, BSI, Emmy winning producer, playwright, screenwriter (TRON) and author of ‘The Sherlock Holmes Adventure Series’), HarperCollins.
For further information check out the kickstarter site here.