Off the Wall: Sherlock Holmes lineup is elementary

Basil Rathbone, right, as Sherlock Holmes, and Nigel

Basil Rathbone, right, as Sherlock Holmes, and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson in "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." (Credit: AP)

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Off the Wall stalks its own clues.

THE DUDE IN THE DEERSTALKER That would be Sherlock Holmes in his famous cap, which doesn't always accompany current-day interpretations. But you'll certainly see it in Saturday's Encore Suspense marathon of various takes on Holmes tales, starting with classic portrayer Basil Rathbone in "Dressed to Kill" (3:20 p.m.) and three other '40s-era films. Rathbone is followed by Nicol Williamson in 1976's "The Seven-Per-Cent Solution" (8 p.m.), Richard Roxburgh in 2002's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (10 p.m.) and Ben Syder's 2010 "Sherlock Holmes" (11:35 p.m.). WNET's weekly film fest, "Reel 13," has Peter Cushing in 1959's "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (Saturday at 9 and 12:15 a.m., Ch. 13), while WLIW continues its own run of '80s-'90s telly fave Jeremy Brett as "Sherlock Holmes" (Saturday at 7, Tuesday at 5 and 7 p.m., Ch. 21). The newest take, of course, is TV's "Elementary" (Thursday at 10 p.m., CBS), with Jonny Lee Miller playing the troubled sleuth in Saturday's New York. Video at cbs.com/elementary.

DEFINE 'CELEBRITY' Somebody who's ever been famous for 15 minutes, anytime, ever? "Celebrity Ghost Stories" (Saturday night at 9, Bio) conjures up spooky recollections from way-back vintage cuchi-cuchi girl Charo and first-season "American Idol" also-ran Justin Guarini. More curious tales at bio.com/celebrityghoststories.


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MOVIE THRILLS Film fans find fun all over. "The Graham Norton Show" (Saturday night at 11, BBC America) welcomes Daniel Craig, Judi Dench and Javier Bardem from the new James Bond flick "Skyfall." "Warren Miller's Children of Winter" (Sunday at 7 p.m., Encore Family) is the first Miller ski adventure airing Sunday nights in November. "Top Gear at the Movies" (Monday at 8:30 p.m., BBC America) celebrates cars on the big screen. And Turner Classic Movies launches its November spotlights: Henry Fonda's "The Grapes of Wrath" (Monday at 8 p.m., TCM) introduces "great adaptations" on Monday and Wednesday nights, while "Lady With a Past" (Tuesday at 8 p.m., TCM) kicks off Tuesday's star of the month salute to '30s mainstay Constance Bennett. Details at tcm.com/this-month.

GREAT GUESTS Hmm, must be Nielsen sweeps -- here come cool guest stars. Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, will.i.am and Kanye West help voice Sunday's season premiere of "The Cleveland Show" (7:30 p.m.-ish, Fox). "Lost" dude Jorge Garcia plays a murderous giant on "Once Upon a Time" (Sunday at 8 p.m., ABC), while a sci-fi convention plot on "Castle" (Monday at 10 p.m., ABC) welcomes genre faves Armin Shimerman, Ed Quinn, Erin Way and Christina Moore. More at abc.com/castle.

BROOKLYN EATS What is it about the food there? "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Monday at 9 p.m., Travel) wraps up its run by noshing through the borough. And "Kitchen Nightmares" (Friday at 8 p.m., Fox) finds Gordon Ramsay trying to save Mama Maria's family eatery. Expect tears. Video extras at fox.com/kitchennightmares.

UNSCRIPTED PREMIERES Who knew coffee could be so compelling? "Dangerous Grounds" (Monday at 10 p.m., then Tuesday at 9 p.m. starting Nov. 13, Travel) follows adventurer-humanitarian Todd Carmichael around the globe seeking exotic beans in far-flung locales. Cyberdreams fuel "Silicon Valley Start-Ups" (Monday at 10 p.m., Bravo), tracking California employees at both work and play. "Jesse James: Outlaw Garage" (Monday at 10 p.m., Discovery) finds the old "Monster Garage" host helping run an Austin speed shop. Watch shoplifting loss-prevention agents at work in "Caught Red-Handed" (Tuesday 9:30 and 10 p.m., truTV). And there's more dot.com action in "LOLwork" (Wednesday at 11 p.m., Bravo), peeking behind the scenes at the zany folks from ICanHasCheezburger.com.