Those veterans of TV light entertainment, Stanley Baxter and Richard Briers, return as retired actors-cum-amateur detectives Sandy and William in the first of this week's two comedy mysteries. As inmates of a rest home for elderly thespians, the two bicker mercilessly but as soon as a mystery is afoot, the pair call upon their experience playing Baker Street sleuths Sherlock Homes and Dr Watson to expose the culprit. In the first play, it's the sender of a poison pen letter, while tomorrow's tale sees the geriatric twosome on the trail of some missing film master tapes. Baxter and Briers are terrific together, with the former acting as a kind of laconic foil to Briers's fulminating curmudgeon, as he pings out barbed comments with relish.
1/2. A Streetcar Named Revenge
By Michael Chaplin.
Now living in a retirement home, former actors William and Sandy still nurse an affectionate animosity towards one another that harks back to the 1960s when they starred on TV as Holmes and Watson. Here, two characters from their past return to haunt them. Drama by Michael Chaplin.