|The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes|
|Genre|| Anthology |
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Production company||Thames Television|
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a British anthology mystery television series produced by Thames Television which was originally broadcast on the ITV Network. There were two series of 13 fifty-minute episodes; the first aired in 1971, the second in 1973. The programme presented adaptations of short mystery, suspense or crime stories featuring, as the title suggests, detectives who were literary contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes took its inspiration – and title – from a series of published anthologies by Hugh Greene, elder brother of author Graham Greene and the former director-general of the BBC.Hugh Greene is credited on the programme as a creative consultant.
|No.||Title||Fictional Detective(s)||Author(s) of Original Story||Actor(s) who portrayed detective(s)|
|1x1||A Message from the Deep Sea||Dr John Thorndyke, forensic scientist||R. Austin Freeman||John Neville|
|1x2||The Missing Witness Sensation||Max Carrados, blind detective||Ernest Bramah||Robert Stephens|
|1x3||The Affair of the Avalanche Bicycle & Tyre Co. Ltd.||Horace Dorrington, corrupt detective||Arthur Morrison||Peter Vaughan|
|1x4||The Duchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds||Simon Carne, gentleman thief||Guy Boothby||Roy Dotrice|
|1x5||The Horse of the Invisible||Thomas Carnacki, occult detective||William Hope Hodgson||Donald Pleasence|
|1x6||The Case of the Mirror of Portugal||Horace Dorrington, corrupt detective||Arthur Morrison||Peter Vaughan|
|1x7||Madame Sara||Dixon Druce, trade investigator||L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace||John Fraser|
|1x8||The Case of the Dixon Torpedo||Jonathan Pryde, enquiry agent||Arthur Morrison||Ronald Hines|
|1x9||The Woman in the Big Hat||Lady Molly of Scotland Yard||Baroness Orczy||Elvi Hale|
|1x10||The Affair of the Tortoise||Martin Hewitt, working-class detective||Arthur Morrison||Peter Barkworth|
|1x11||The Assyrian Rejuvenator||Romney Pringle, reformed con artist||"Clifford Ashdown" (R. Austin Freeman and John Pitcairn)||Donald Sinden|
|1x12||The Ripening Rubies||Bernard Sutton, professional jeweller||Max Pemberton||Robert Lang|
|1x13||The Case of Laker, Absconded||Martin Hewitt and Jonathan Pryde||Arthur Morrison||Peter Barkworth and Ronald Hines|
|No.||Title||Fictional Detective(s)||Author(s) of Original Story||Actor(s) who portrayed detective(s)|
|2x1||The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway||Polly Burton, lady journalist||Baroness Orczy||Judy Geeson|
|2x2||Five Hundred Carats||Inspector Lipinzki, South African police detective||George Griffith||Barry Keegan|
|2x3||Cell 13||Professor Van Dusen, the Thinking Machine||Jacques Futrelle||Douglas Wilmer|
|2x4||The Secret of the Magnifique||John Laxworthy, reformed criminal||E. Phillips Oppenheim||Bernard Hepton|
|2x5||The Absent-Minded Coterie||Eugene Valmont, private investigator||Robert Barr||Charles Gray|
|2x6||The Sensible Action of Lieutenant Holst||Lieutenant Holst, Danish police detective||Palle Rosenkrantz||John Thaw|
|2x7||The Superfluous Finger||Prof Van Dusen, the Thinking Machine||Jacques Futrelle||Douglas Wilmer|
|2x8||Anonymous Letters||Dagobert Trostler, Viennese sleuth||"Balduin Groller" (Adalbert Goldscheider)||Ronald Lewis|
|2x9||The Moabite Cypher||Dr John Thorndyke, forensic scientist||R. Austin Freeman||Barrie Ingham|
|2x10||The Secret of the Fox Hunter||Duckworth Drew of the Secret Service||William Le Queux||Derek Jacobi|
|2x11||The Looting of the Specie Room||Mr Horrocks, ship's purser||C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne||Ronald Fraser|
|2x12||The Mystery of the Amber Beads||Hagar Stanley, Gypsy detective||Fergus Hume||Sara Kestelman|
|2x13||The Missing Q.C.s||Charles Dallas, defence barrister||"John Oxenham" (William Arthur Dunkerley)||Robin Ellis|
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