Via RT.com: Apparently, there was a highly-acclaimed and rather-faithful television adaptation of the Sherlock Holmes stories which aired in the Soviet Union and in Britain in the 1980s. So beloved was it that the leading man and Great Detective, Vasily Livanov, was awarded honorary membership in the O.B.E. Now, St. Petersburg is the site of London-town for a new adaptation, starring 34 year-old Igor Petrenko as Sherlock Holmes and almost 50 year-old Andrey Panin.
The new series is supposed to film 16 episodes, but is also reported to “hit the big screens at the end of 2012,” so it’s possible that we don’t have all the facts straight yet. We do wonder, though, how closely this new Russian series can mirror the source material, and/or if they’ll bother explaining a Dr. Watson who’s 15 years older than his friend, definitely more than the few years’ difference in the stories.
In any case, gentlemen, we toast to your very good luck—Here’s borscht in your eye!