List of Sherlock Holmes episodes

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985), The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993) and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994), collectively known as Sherlock Holmes, are a series of adaptations of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories which were produced by Granada Television and originally broadcast by ITV in the United Kingdom. The series starred Jeremy Brett as Holmes and David Burke (in the Adventures series) and Edward Hardwicke (Return, Case-Book, Memoirs) as Dr. Watson.

The programme adapted 42 of the original stories in 41 episodes, with 36 running for 50 minutes (in a one-hour timeslot), and five being feature-length specials. Adventures ran for two series totalling 13 episodes, from April to June 1984 and August to September 1985. Return ran for two series from July to August 1986 and April to August 1988, as well as the specials "The Sign of Four" and "The Hound of the Baskervilles", which aired on 29 December 1987 and 31 August 1988 respectively. Case-Book ran for one series from February to March 1991 and three specials which aired on 2 January 1992 and 27 January and 3 February 1993. Memoirs ran for one series from March to April 1994.[1][2] A short episode was also produced as part of "The Four Oaks Mystery" which aired during the ITV Telethon in 1992. Sherlock Holmes appeared in the first part, with the casts of Van der Valk, Taggart and Inspector Wexford appearing in the second, third and fourth parts respectively.[3]

The series has been released on DVD in Regions 1, 2 and 4,[4][5][6] and has been repeated on ITV3 and BBC Two.

Series overview[edit]

Feature-length special Feature-length special
Title Series/Special Episodes First broadcast
Series premiere Series finale
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1 7 24 April 1984 (1984-04-24) 5 June 1984 (1984-06-05)
2 6 25 August 1985 (1985-08-25) 29 September 1985 (1985-09-29)
The Return of Sherlock Holmes 3 7 9 July 1986 (1986-07-09) 20 August 1986 (1986-08-20)
"The Sign of Four"Feature-length special 1 29 December 1987 (1987-12-29)
4 4 6 April 1988 (1988-04-06) 27 April 1988 (1988-04-27)
"The Hound of the Baskervilles"Feature-length special 1 31 August 1988 (1988-08-31)
The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes 5 6 21 February 1991 (1991-02-21) 28 March 1991 (1991-03-28)
6[1] "The Master Blackmailer"Feature-length special 3 2 January 1992 (1992-01-02)
"The Last Vampyre"Feature-length special 27 January 1993 (1993-01-27)
"The Eligible Bachelor"Feature-length special 3 February 1993 (1993-02-03)
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 7 6 7 March 1994 (1994-03-07) 11 April 1994 (1994-04-11)

Episode list[edit]

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)[edit]

No. Title Based on First broadcast Synopsis
1 "A Scandal in Bohemia" "A Scandal in Bohemia" 24 April 1984 (1984-04-24) The King of Bohemia asks Holmes to retrieve a compromising photograph from actress and singer Irene Adler, who proves to be a worthy opponent.[7]
2 "The Dancing Men" "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" 1 May 1984 (1984-05-01) Hilton Cubitt employs Holmes when drawings of dancing stick figures appear and terrify his American wife.[8]
3 "The Naval Treaty" "The Adventure of the Naval Treaty" 8 May 1984 (1984-05-08) Holmes must find a naval treaty which was stolen from a Foreign Office clerk and prevent an international scandal.[9]
4 "The Solitary Cyclist" "The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist" 15 May 1984 (1984-05-15) Violet Smith, a young music teacher, contacts Holmes when she is followed by a mysterious cyclist; Holmes connects this with her employer's marriage proposal.[10]
5 "The Crooked Man" "The Adventure of the Crooked Man" 22 May 1984 (1984-05-22) A missing key helps Holmes prove Colonel Barclay's wife innocent after he is found dead.[11]
6 "The Speckled Band" "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" 29 May 1984 (1984-05-29) Helen Stoner seeks help from Holmes when her stepfather moves her into the room in which her sister mysteriously died.[12]
7 "The Blue Carbuncle" "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" 5 June 1984 (1984-06-05) Holmes and Watson undertake a Christmas investigation when a unique blue carbuncle ends up in a goose's gullet.[13]
8 "The Copper Beeches" "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches" 25 August 1985 (1985-08-25) Violet Hunter contacts Holmes about her employer's strange requests for her to cut her hair and wear a particular dress.[14]
9 "The Greek Interpreter" "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" 1 September 1985 (1985-09-01) Holmes, Watson and Holmes's brother Mycroft learn of a Greek interpreter who was kidnapped and forced to communicate with an abductee.[15]
10 "The Norwood Builder" "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" 8 September 1985 (1985-09-08) A solicitor who was asked by a man he had never met to draw up a will leaving the man's fortune to himself consults Holmes after he's been accused of murdering the man.[16]
11 "The Resident Patient" "The Adventure of the Resident Patient" 15 September 1985 (1985-09-15) A doctor asks Holmes about the strange behavior of the man who set him up with a prestigious practice in return for a percentage of his income.[17]
12 "The Red-Headed League" "The Red-Headed League" 22 September 1985 (1985-09-22) Jabez Wilson consults Holmes when his employers, who paid him to copy out an encyclopedia, mysteriously vanish, and their true goal is soon uncovered.[18]
13 "The Final Problem" "The Final Problem" 29 September 1985 (1985-09-29) After foiling Moriarty's plan to steal the Mona Lisa, Holmes survives several attempts on his life from Moriarty's agents; the two face each other for the last time at the Reichenbach Falls.[19] (Last appearance of David Burke as Dr. Watson)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)[edit]

No. Title Based on First broadcast Synopsis
14 "The Empty House" "The Adventure of the Empty House" 9 July 1986 (1986-07-09) Holmes returns to England, to Watson's shocked surprise, and must stop a member of Moriarty's gang who is trying to assassinate him.[20] (First appearance of Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson)
15 "The Priory School" "The Adventure of the Priory School" 16 July 1986 (1986-07-16) A rich duke reluctantly allows Holmes to search for his ten-year-old son who is missing from his boarding school along with the German tutor.[21]
16 "The Second Stain" "The Adventure of the Second Stain" 23 July 1986 (1986-07-23) The Prime Minister asks Holmes to help recover a stolen letter which could lead to war if released.[22]
17 "The Musgrave Ritual" "The Adventure of the Musgrave Ritual" 30 July 1986 (1986-07-30) While vacationing at the estate of his old university classmate Sir Reginald Musgrave, Holmes is called in when the scholarly butler disappears after being discovered reading an old document about a mysterious family ritual.[23]
18 "The Abbey Grange" "The Adventure of the Abbey Grange" 6 August 1986 (1986-08-06) Lord Brackenstall has been murdered and his battered wife says that a thief and his sons were the culprits: wine glasses convince Holmes otherwise.[24]
19 "The Man with the Twisted Lip" "The Man with the Twisted Lip" 13 August 1986 (1986-08-13) Watson finds Holmes in an opium den, where he has been sent to look for Neville St Clair, who is suspected to have been killed by a beggar.[25]
20 "The Six Napoleons" "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" 20 August 1986 (1986-08-20) Holmes is contacted by Inspector Lestrade after the police are baffled by a series of burglaries serving only to steal and smash identical busts of Napoleon.[26]
21 "The Sign of Four"Feature-length special The Sign of the Four 29 December 1987 (1987-12-29) Mary Morstan has received a pearl in the post every year since her father's disappearance; this leads Holmes and Watson to the truth about a secret pact between four convicts during the Indian Rebellion of 1857.[27][28][29]
22 "The Devil's Foot" "The Adventure of the Devil's Foot" 6 April 1988 (1988-04-06) In Cornwall, Holmes investigates when a sister mysteriously dies with a horrified look on her face and her two brothers are driven insane.[30]
23 "Silver Blaze" "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" 13 April 1988 (1988-04-13) Holmes investigates when a prized racehorse goes missing and his trainer is found bludgeoned to death.[31][32][33]
24 "Wisteria Lodge" "The Adventure of Wisteria Lodge" 20 April 1988 (1988-04-20) An amateur cartographer who stayed with another map enthusiast seeks help when his host vanishes in the middle of the night.[34]
25 "The Bruce-Partington Plans" "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" 27 April 1988 (1988-04-27) Holmes helps Mycroft when stolen top secret blueprints for a submarine are found on the body of a civil servant found dead on the tracks of the Underground.[35]
26 "The Hound of the Baskervilles"Feature-length special The Hound of the Baskervilles 31 August 1988 (1988-08-31) Sir Charles Baskerville was found dead with a horrible expression on his face after seeing a mysterious demonic spirit of a gigantic hound that has haunted his family. Dr Mortimer visits Sherlock Holmes to save Sir Henry the heir of the Baskerville estate and to solve the mystery of the demonic curse before it's too late.[36]

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993)[edit]

No. Title Based on First broadcast Synopsis
27 "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" "The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax" 21 February 1991 (1991-02-21) Holmes must save a suffragette after Watson meets her and notices she is troubled by a mysterious bearded man.[37]
28 "The Problem of Thor Bridge" "The Problem of Thor Bridge" 28 February 1991 (1991-02-28) When a governess is arrested for shooting and killing Maria Gibson, the dead woman's husband needs Holmes's help to prove her innocent.[38]
29 "Shoscombe Old Place" "The Adventure of Shoscombe Old Place" 7 March 1991 (1991-03-07) The horse trainer of a debt-ridden aristocrat consults Holmes about his employer's behaviour.[39]
30 "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" 14 March 1991 (1991-03-14) Holmes must help James McCarthy when his father is killed after an argument (the subject of which he will not reveal) and young McCarthy is accused of the crime.[40]
31 "The Illustrious Client" "The Adventure of the Illustrious Client" 21 March 1991 (1991-03-21) Sir James Damery asks Holmes to stop a general's daughter from marrying a philandering but seductively attractive murderer.[41]
32 "The Creeping Man" "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" 28 March 1991 (1991-03-28) The daughter of scientist Professor Presbury sees her father's face at her second-storey window; Holmes connects this with recent zoo thefts.[42]
33 "The Master Blackmailer"Feature-length special "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton" 2 January 1992 (1992-01-02) Holmes and Watson attempt to thwart the schemes of the infamous blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton from blackmailing Lady Eva Blackwell. But things do not seem as easy as they do and Holmes must sacrifice his morality and his honourable career to stop Milverton from wrecking her marriage.[43]
34 "The Last Vampyre"Feature-length special "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire" 27 January 1993 (1993-01-27) Sherlock Holmes is called upon to investigate a series of deaths which seem to be related to John Stockton, who is rumoured to be descended from a family of vampires.[44]
35 "The Eligible Bachelor"Feature-length special "The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor" 3 February 1993 (1993-02-03) Holmes suffers from disturbing dreams as he helps to find the missing wife of Lord Robert St. Simon.[45]

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)[edit]

No. Title Based on First broadcast Synopsis
36 "The Three Gables" "The Adventure of the Three Gables" 7 March 1994 (1994-03-07) After her grandson's death, an old woman consults Holmes, after refusing a strange offer to buy her house including all its contents.[46]
37 "The Dying Detective" "The Adventure of the Dying Detective" 14 March 1994 (1994-03-14) When Victor Savage begins using opium and behaving strangely, his wife consults Holmes. Victor dies, and Holmes suspects his cousin, knowledgeable in rare disease.[47]
38 "The Golden Pince-Nez" "The Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez" 21 March 1994 (1994-03-21) Holmes and Mycroft investigate the murder of a professor's assistant who died clutching a woman's pince-nez.[48]
39 "The Red Circle" "The Adventure of the Red Circle" 28 March 1994 (1994-03-28) Mrs Hudson asks Holmes to help her friend with a lodger who insists on nobody entering his room, and his secret past is uncovered.[49]
40 "The Mazarin Stone" "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
"The Adventure of the Three Garridebs"
4 April 1994 (1994-04-04) Mycroft investigates when the Mazarin Stone is stolen from a museum, and Watson deals with the promise of a large inheritance if a third person with the surname of Garrideb can be found.[50]
41 "The Cardboard Box" "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box" 11 April 1994 (1994-04-11) When Susan Cushing is sent two severed ears, Holmes connects the case with her missing sister.[51]

The Four Oaks Mystery[edit]

In 1992 Brett and Hardwicke appeared in a mini-episode (about ten minutes in length) as part of The Four Oaks Mystery, shown as part of the ITV network's Telethon 92 charity telethon. This episode formed one of a four-part sequence of stories featuring the stars of four ITV detective shows of the time all separately working to solve the same mystery, broadcast at two episodes a night across one weekend. The other shows that produced mini-episodes for the special were Taggart, Van der Valk and Inspector Wexford.

Unadapted stories[edit]

Though it is, to date, probably the single most comprehensive screen adaptation of the Holmes canon, the Granada series nevertheless left nineteen stories unadapted after Sherlock Holmes actor Jeremy Brett's sudden death in 1995. These stories comprise two of the novellas and sixteen of the short stories. These are:


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