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The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a series of radio adaptations of all 60 of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, and aired on Imagination Theatre in addition to the other series The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The stories were all adapted by M. J. Elliott. The dramatizations were recorded and aired in a different order than the original stories were published. For instance, the first episode is based on the short story "The Adventure of the Yellow Face".

The series has 64 episodes, including the multi-part adaptations of the novels The Hound of the Baskervilles (3 episodes), The Valley of Fear (2 episodes), and The Sign of Four (3 episodes). A double-length episode, "The Return of Sherlock Holmes", combines Doyle's short stories "The Final Problem" and "The Adventure of the Empty House". The episodes based on A Study in Scarlet and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" are also double-length, as are the episodes adapted from The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Valley of Fear.

John Patrick Lowrie and Lawrence Albert, who play Holmes and Watson respectively in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, played the same roles in The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Also in the cast were Lee Paasch as Mrs Hudson, Rick May as Inspector Lestrade, John Murray as Inspector Tobias Gregson, and William Hamer and Jeffrey Hitchin as Inspector Stanley Hopkins. The announcer was Dennis Bateman.

AudioFile published a positive review of the series in 2016: "John Patrick Lowrie skillfully portrays a humbler and more humorous Holmes while Lawrence Albert's Dr. Watson is wiser and even occasionally gets Holmes out of a jam. Lee Paasch is fun as the long-suffering Mrs. Hudson, who is more outspoken in these performances--as when she begs Holmes to 'remove his silly disguises because the neighbors are talking.'"

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The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - at Imagination Theatre

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