"my mind rebels at stagnation." sherlock holmes, by way of jeremy brett's handwriting(or at least as much of an interpretation i could muster, considering there's only two or three examples of his writing to reference.) and you can't see it too well, but i included holme's Persian slipper for his pipe tobacco.
i'm sorry if i'm bombing the fuck out of this community, if that's not cool let me know.
so i came to jb in a very round about way, or maybe not... if cliche's abound in my post, i apologize ahead of time. i'm a recent,and i do mean recent sherlock holmes fan. i had seen maybe one, two of basil rathbone's movies as a kid, and of course i was always into the great mouse detective. but that is where it stops. having already seen benedict cumberbatch version over and over i was bored with it and wanted more of that character so i said what the hell, adventure's was the only other version on netflix and i decided to give it a go.
and i was floored, it's only been a week and i had to get a pipe because of this. i feel like this show will be a gateway into so many different studies, and it's all down to brett's energy. then of course i hoped onto imdb and i was gobsmacked by the fact that he was freddy in my fair lady! i had seen that too many times to count.love figuring shit like that out!
also, and i hope that i'm not being forward? scandalous? whatever word i'm trying to get at. but as a gay man, it's always great to find out about a brilliant person in the queer community,a real ace. i hope to get better acquainted with his filmography in the future. hope to toss some graphics out soon, also does anybody know where i can get brett's dorian gray? i wanna see that real bad.
A kind email from a fan today alerted me to the news that Jeremy's boyhood home at Berkswell Grange is on the market.
You can see the realtor listing here with plenty of lovely pictures, and if you have a spare £1,680,000 laying about, the property can be yours!
As we know, Jeremy appeared in Arnold Wesker's play, The Kitchen, as the troubled chef Peter, in 1961. Most of the stage cast transferred to the subsequent film version, but the role of Peter was recast - was this simply because by this time (1963) Jeremy was living in the United States and therefore unavailable for any such projects?
The recent revival at the National Theatre of The Kitchen featured a charming photograph of Jeremy in a rather daft chef's hat as he appeared in this play. Although we gained Freddy by his missing out on the Wesker film, it does seem a pity he didn't get to commit the role of Peter to permanence on the screen.
I originally compiled this list back in October 2011 using the Lost Shows databases and various American archive catalogues as a source. Note that 'Lost' generally means that no known copy exists in official archives - it is always possible that items lie uncatalogued or are held as off-air recordings by private collectors. As we all know two of JB's TV plays have been recovered in the past twelve months after being discovered in the Library of Congress.
I believe this to an accurate snapshot of which titles JB appeared in (using the IMDb as a starting point) and hope this will be useful to both fans and researchers of his work:
1957 Romeo and Juliet (series: Producers' Showcase). Made in the USA, most episodes EXIST in the archives of UCLA.
1960 Tess (series: ITV Play of the Week). Made in the UK, Jeremy played Angel Clare with Geraldine MacEwan as Tess (of the D'Urbervilles). LOST.
1960 Macbeth (series: Hallmark Hall of Fame). Made in the USA, EXISTS in kinescope form. Location unknown.
1961 Beauty and the Beast. Made in the UK, Jeremy played the Beast opposite Jennifer Daniel as Beauty. LOST.
1961 A Kind of Strength (series: The Sunday Night Play). Made in the UK. LOST.
1961 The Picture of Dorian Gray (series: Armchair Theatre). Made in the UK, Jeremy played Dorian. LOST.
1962 The Typewriter (series: ITV Play of the Week). Made in the UK, recently RECOVERED from the Library of Congress and held by the BFI.
1962 Dinner With The Family. Made in the UK. LOST.
1962 The Ghost Sonata. Made in the UK. EXISTS.
1962 The Bacchae. Made in the UK. EXISTS.
1963 Three Roads to Rome (series: ITV Play of the Week). Made in the UK in three parts. LOST.
1964 Something To Declare (series: Armchair Theatre). Made in the UK. LOST.
1965 Close Season, episode of series Knock On Any Door. Made in the UK. Complete series LOST.
1966 The Lost Stradivarius, episode of series Mystery and Imagination. Made in the UK. LOST.
1966 Chopin and George Sand: The Creative Years. A BBC production with Margaret Rawlings as George Sand. Unknown whether this survives.
1966 The Queen and the Welshman (series: Theatre 625). Recently RECOVERED from the Library of Congress and held by the BFI.
1966-7 The Three Musketeers. EXISTS and available on Region 1 DVD.
1967 The Seven Eyes of Night, episode of series The Baron. EXISTS and available on DVD.
1967 Quite An Ordinary Knife (series: Armchair Theatre). Made in the UK. LOST.
1967 Kenilworth. A BBC production, Jeremy played Edmund Tressilian. Only episode four of four episodes survives, the remainder are LOST.
1967 The Magicians: The Incantation of Casanova (series: Theatre 625). Made in the UK. LOST.
1968 Time For The Funny Walk (series: For Amusement Only). Made in the UK, whole series LOST.
1968 The Merry Widow. Made in the UK. EXISTS.
1968 The Desert Journey, episode of series The Champions. EXISTS and available on DVD.
1970 Byron (series: Solo). A BBC production, whole series LOST.
1973 With a Little Help From My Friends, episode of series The Protectors. EXISTS and available on DVD.
1973 An Aspidistra in Babylon (series: Country Matters). Whole series EXISTS.
1973 A Picture of Katherine Mansfield. Made in the UK. EXISTS.
1973 A Merchant of Venice. Made in the UK, EXISTS and available on DVD.
1974 Haunted: The Ferryman. EXISTS.
1974 One Deadly Owner (series: Thriller aka Wide World Mystery). EXISTS and available on DVD.
1974 Grace, episode of series Affairs of the Heart. EXISTS and available on DVD.
1974 Jennie, Lady Randolph Churchill. EXISTS and available on DVD.
1975 The Prodigal Daughter. EXISTS and available on DVD.
1975 A Legacy. Made in the UK in four episodes. EXISTS.
1975 Motherlove (series: Ten From The Twenties). EXISTS.
1975 Twiggy episode. EXISTS, Jeremy's episode dated 15th October 1975.
1976 Piccadilly Circus (host). EXISTS in WGBH archives.
1977 Mr Nightingale (series: Supernatural). EXISTS.
1977 The Trail Blazer (series: Young Dan'l Boone). EXISTS.
1978 Of Guilt, Models and Murder, episode of series The Incredible Hulk. EXISTS and available on DVD.
Everything after this date EXISTS.
For those items which exist, there is always a possibility that they might be released to DVD one day. Many circulate in collectors' circles already, but in inferior copies. Some - like the BBC's Rebecca - have copyright issues concerning ownership of both rights and broadcast, so may never see an official release.
It is possible that 1960s's Tess and 1961's Beauty and the Beast were never recorded so can only be described as 'missing, believed never recorded' rather than 'missing believed wiped'.
On Wikipedia a few years ago, on the late actor Paul Shenar's entry, it said that the American actor had been romantically linked to Jeremy Brett. Once a group of fans became aware of this and to talk about it on a Holmes forum the entry was quickly modified by someone who clearly found the entry distasteful or wanted to believe it entirely untrue. However, rumours of the relationship continued, fuelled by a photo of Jeremy and Paul together with matching smiles and vests on a beach.
Previously it has been suggested by Terry Manners that Jeremy first saw Gary Bond in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat', and subsequently formed a relationship with him in 1973. Elsewhere it has been suggested that Gary and Jeremy's relationship lasted seven years, and started when Gary met Jeremy backstage during 'A Talent to Amuse' in 1969. But according to actor's agent David Graham, Gary’s relationship with Jeremy started earlier, in 1963, when Gary Bond was on tour with 'Chips With Everything' in New York.
Had it been within my power to choose, Gary bond would have become my life’s companion. When ‘Chips With Everything’ was brought to New York [which was in 1963], he was among the original British cast that came with it. Ashley-Steiner had been asked by his agent to represent him, and I was the luckly bloke assigned to look after him. Young blonde and handsome he stuck me as the most beautiful man I had ever seen. One Saturday afternoon between performances Gary came to my apartment for a drink and a snack. We ended up in bed together and I was completely smitten. It was only afterwards I learned he was in a relationship with Jeremy Brett at the time. Page 263 - 264 of Casting About: a Memoir by David Graham
And it seems as though Jeremy and Gary's relationship was definitely over by the time Paul Shenar took a trip to England, and was introduced to Jeremy by David Graham. This may have been in 1973, when Paul Shenar took a trip to Europe: according to Paul Shenar's friend, actress Marsha Mason.
When Paul Shenar was planning a trip to London, he asked if I would give him some names to look up while he was there. I thought he would enjoy meeting both Jeremy and Gary, Jeremy because both he and Paul were actors of like stature. Less than a week after Paul's arrival in London Jeremy and Paul called to say they had fallen madly in love. They remained partners for about five years and as had Jeremy and Gary after their affair was over they remained friends until Paul's untimely death several years later.
Page 265 from 'Casting About: a Memoir' by David Graham
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For in-depth analysis on the Granada Holmes series, this book is an essential purchase. Written by producer Michael Cox and long unavailable unless you were prepared to part with a three-figure sum, it has now been republished and can be purchased from www.wessexpress.com.
If you buy one Sherlock Holmes related book this year, make it this one.