In this day, 22 March 1980 there was TV premiere of first two episodes of "Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson" produced by Lenfilm studio.
I have found 1984 interview with Vasily Livanov.
Topic: Autograph for you
The newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda", September 18, 1984
Reporter: A. Koroleva
Yes, my dear reader, a friendship between two literary characters influenced the relationship of actors who performed their roles in the TV adaptation. Before the film Vasily Livanov and Vitaly Solomin were not even familiar. According to Livanov, on the set, they have found the right path to understanding. A close creative friendship arose. As a result, V. Solomin staged Livanov’s play "My favorite clown" in the Maly Theater, he also played a major role in the play. And now, after the next episodes of "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson," they dream about the duo in the film based on the V. Livanov’s novel.
Vasily Livanov responds to readers' questions.
E. MOTUZ, FROM BENDER: During this era of the insane speeds, born of scientific and technological progress – unflappable, calm, thoughtful Holmes seems especially is welcome on TV...
LIVANOV: I also wondered why in the 1980s, we suddenly turned to Sherlock Holmes? What do we want to say to our audience? Why is Holmes a modern hero for us?( Collapse )
For me, Holmes is a modern hero, because he is devoted to the cause and also is example of absolute unselfishness. I admire his moral mental readiness to help in distress. He struggles against evil, against any manifestation of anti-humanism. That's why I put my civil feelings in this image. I was very proud when in Monte Carlo in 1982, the special edition of the film festival magazine published an article with the words: "The real Sherlock Holmes is a Soviet." Particularly I’m pleased that our Holmes is recognized by the British. On last festival evening there has been such a case. The British delegation head approached to the Soviet delegation head and said: "I understand that actor Livanov should sit with your delegation, but Sherlock Holmes should sit with us."