The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes Playlist consists of 25 full episodes from both Season 1 and 2 of the 1971 and 1973 TV series.
The TV series was adapted from a series of published anthologies of short mystery and crime stories featuring protagonists who are supposedly literary contemporaries of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Not enemies, rivals. There are a total of 26 episodes from both seasons. Only 25 are available for free viewing.
The playlist is organized according to the seasons and episodes listed in its Wikipedia’s entry. Ignore some of the episode numbers appearing on the video clips themselves. These are not accurate.
Season 1 of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
Episode 1 – A Message from the Deep Sea
Featuring Dr John Thorndyke, a forensic scientist played by John Neville. A woman was murdered in her bed. A female flatmate is the main suspect. Sand from the deep sea on the dead girl’s pillow, red hair in her hands, and footprints up and down the staircase led Thorndyke to the real murderer.
Episode 2 – The Missing Witness Sensation
Featuring Max Carrados, a blind detective played by Robert Stephens. He was kidnapped by the Irish mob because he is the material “witness” in a case involving them.
Episode 3 – The Affair of the Avalanche Bicycle and Tyre Co. Ltd.
Featuring Horace Dorrington, the corrupt detective played by Peter Vaughan. This is in French.
Episode 4 – The Duchess of Wiltshire’s Diamonds
Featuring Simon Carne, the gentleman thief played by Roy Dotrice.
Episode 5 – The Horse of the Invisible
Featuring Thomas Carnacki, an occult detective played by Donald Pleasence.
Episode 6 – The Case of the Mirror of Portugal
Featuring Horace Dorrington, a corrupt detective played by Peter Vaughan.
Episode 7 – Madame Sara
Featuring Dixon Druce, a trade investigator played by John Fraser.
Episode 8 – The Case of the Dixon Torpedo
Featuring Jonathan Pryde, an enquiry agent played by Ronald Hines.
Episode 9 – The Woman in the Big Hat
Featuring Lady Molly of the Scotland Yard played by Elvi Hale.
Episode 10 – The Affair of the Tortoise
Featuring Martin Hewitt, a working-class detective played by Peter Barkworth.
Episode 11 – The Assyrian Rejuvenator
Featuring Romney Pringle, a reformed con artist played by Donald Sinden.
Episode 12 – The Ripening Rubies
Bernard Sutton, a professional jeweller played by Robert Lang.
Episode 13 – The Case of Laker, Absconded
Featuring Martin Hewitt and Jonathan Pryde played by Peter Barkworth and Ronald Hines respectively.
Season 2 of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
Episode 1 – The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway
Featuring Polly Burton, a lady journalist played by Judy Geeson.
Episode 2 – Five Hundred Carats
Featuring Inspector Lipinzki, a South African police detective played by Barry Keegan.
Episode 3 – Cell 13
Featuring Professor Van Dusen, the Thinking Machine played by Douglas Wilmer
Episode 4 – The Secret of the Magnifique
Featuring John Laxworthy, a reformed criminal played by Bernard Hepton.
Episode 5 – The Absent-Minded Coterie
Featuring Eugene Valmont, a private investigator played by Charles Gray.
Episode 6 – The Sensible Action of Lieutenant Holst
Featuring Lieutenant Holst, a Danish police detective played by John Thaw.
Episode 7 – The Superfluous Finger
Featuring Prof Van Dusen, the Thinking Machine played by Douglas Wilmer.
Episode 8 – Anonymous Letters
Featuring Dagobert Trostler, a Viennese sleuth played by Ronald Lewis.
Episode 9 – The Moabite Cypher
Featuring Dr John Thorndyke, a forensic scientist played by Barrie Ingham. This is the second story with Dr John Thorndyke. The first one being Season 1 Episode 1 A Message from the Deep Sea where Dr Thorndyke was played by John Neville.
Episode 10 – The Secret of the Fox Hunter
Featuring Duckworth Drew of the Secret Service played by Derek Jacobi.
Episode 11 – The Looting of the Specie Room
Featuring Mr Horrocks, ship’s purser played by Ronald Fraser.
Episode 12 – The Mystery of the Amber Beads
Featuring Hagar Stanley, a Gypsy detective played by Sara Kestelman.