The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002 film)

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The Hound of the Baskervilles
Directed byDavid Attwood
Written byAllan Cubitt
Based onThe Hound of the Baskervilles
by A. Conan Doyle
StarringRichard Roxburgh
Ian Hart
Richard E. Grant
Release date
  • 26 December 2002 (2002-12-26)
Running time
100 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Hound of the Baskervilles is a 2002 television adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 novel of the same name.


Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical hound of supernatural origin on Dartmoor in Devon in England's West Country.



Produced by Tiger Aspect Productions, this was the third adaptation of the tale for the BBC,[1] it was shown on BBC One on Boxing Day 2002. It was directed by David Attwood,[2] and adapted by Allan Cubitt.[1] The film stars Richard Roxburgh as Sherlock Holmes and Ian Hart as Doctor Watson.[2] Hart would play Watson again in the 2004 TV film Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking, also written by Cubitt.[3][4] The hound was a mix of animatronics and computer generated images[1] and was created by the same team, Crawley Creatures and Framestore, that provided the dinosaurs for Walking with Dinosaurs and The Lost World.[1]

This version diverges from the novel in a few instances, such as Sir Henry not being involved in the final attempt to entrap Stapleton, Stapleton murdering his wife and Stapleton being shot dead by Watson just before the former can shoot a mire-trapped Holmes. The film is set in the time period the original tale was published as opposed to when it was originally set.[5] It portrays a séance performed by Dr. Mortimer's wife,[4] a scene which did not appear in the original novel, though a similar scene did appear in the 1939 Basil Rathbone version of the film.[4]

Critical reaction[edit]

Richard Scheib of The Science-Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review called the film "one of the best Sherlock Holmes screen adaptations to date, and arguably the best of all screen versions of The Hound of the Baskervilles that we have."[6] Pamela Troy of wrote, "There's a lot that may outrage fans of the original novel, but this is, nonetheless, a respectful, interesting, and worthwhile adaptation."[7] Charles Prepolec of the Sherlock Holmes fansite wrote, "In the end, it is a compelling, if somewhat infuriating, film to watch. Not a great Holmes film, and certainly not the greatest version of this story, but it is fascinating television drama."[8] The A.V. Club called the film "A very interesting, if not completely successful, adaptation."[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. pp. 90–91. ISBN 9780857687760.
  2. ^ a b "A major new version of The Hound Of The Baskervilles for BBC ONE". BBC. 25 November 2002. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  3. ^ McFarland, Melanie (21 October 2005). "BBC shows get away with murder in the U.S." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  4. ^ a b c The Hound of the Baskervilles at BBC
  5. ^ Crompton, Sarah (18 December 2002). "The arts column: howls of delight". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  6. ^ The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002). Moria – The Science-Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review.
  7. ^ The Hound of the Baskervilles review –
  8. ^ Sherlock Holmes: The Hound of the Baskervilles (2002) –
  9. ^ Valentine, Genevieve (11 March 2016). "Elementary aims high and falls short on adaptation". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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