I've been trying to figure out where to ask about this, since finding information about this dub has been a needle in a haystack. I figured this forum might know or might know where to send me to ask!
A long time ago, on DIVX's level 5 website -- if people remember that -- an alternate dub of Sherlock Hound appeared which had completely different voices from the rest of the series. The episode that leaked on there was the production order episode #1: A Small Client. I have this. It unfortunately has no opening or closing credits whatsoever.
What I do know is that the version of the episode that showed up on Level5 had a 1982 copyright. Here's the title screen:
I've been trying to figure out where this episode came from, and my best guess is this:
In 1983 Sherlock Hound aired on HBO very briefly: http://www.theguidearchive.com/info.php?ID=1240
At the time, as far as I know, only about 6 episodes had been completed. Production on the show had been halted in 1981 when there were issues with the Conan Doyle estate. It was around 1984 or 1985 when the show came back.
What I'm trying to figure out is if anyone happens to have old VHS recordings of Sherlock Hound from HBO anywhere, and if they do, if we could see if the dub matches this older-sounding dub OR the more popular one that appears everywhere else. Further, figuring out just how many eps appeared on HBO would be great as well.
If I'm on the wrong track and people have any kind of actual information on the earlier dub IN GENERAL that would be amazing too.
What's interesting about this dub is that it sounds more authentically British than the one which ultimately came out. I'm keen to hear more of it, if it exists!