Basil Rathbone

Basil Rathbone (right) with his son Rodion and wife Ouida

Streaming: Enola Holmes and the best Sherlock adaptations on screen

The great sleuth’s savvy teenage sister, new to Netflix, would give everyone from Basil Rathbone to Ian McKellen a run for his money

What is it about Sherlock Holmes that holds such enduring fascination for people? After nearly 140 years, you might think a tweedily eccentric, pipe-smoking Victorian detective might have worn out his pop-culture welcome. Yet the updates, sendups and spinoffs of Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal character keep coming – some delightful, some dire, but never enough to deter the next one. If Will Ferrell and John C Reilly’s clomping, witless, financially disastrous parody Holmes & Watson (it’s on Now TV, but why do that to yourself) couldn’t kill the mythos two years ago, it’s safe to say it’s going nowhere. Continue reading