Last week marked 20 years since Brett tragically passed away from heart failure. The setting was Victorian, and the episodes followed the short stories rigidly. Brett captured both the fast paced speech and languid boredom of Sherlock Holmes. His interpretation is devoid of any element of parody, nor is there the added charm of Basil Rathborne or Robert Stephens. It was almost as if Jeremy Brett had walked right out of the books. The other aspect that sets apart the Jeremy Brett portrayal is the personal obsession of the actor with the character.
THE SAD TALE OF BRETT AND HOLMES
Jeremy Brett - Wikipedia
He played fictional detective Sherlock Holmes in four Granada TV series from to in all 41 episodes. His career spanned from stage, to television and film, to Shakespeare and musical theatre. His birthdate was actually on 3 November  but it has also been stated as December  or , according to many sources,  although this was probably a later vanity claim to reduce his public age. The actor Martin Clunes is his nephew  or, according to other sources, either his cousin or cousin, once removed. Brett belonged to the Woodmen of Arden, an archery club established in His father and brothers were also members.
Brett attacked this role with a fervency reflecting what was later associated with a bipolar disorder. His health was further compromised by heart trouble, attributed to rheumatic fever contracted in childhood. Prescribed lithium treatments affected his physical health. Each time I visit your column, I learn something. Remember this.
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