Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

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Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Sherlock Holmes au 22ème siècle
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Title card
Science fiction
Created bySandy Ross (TV series)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Sherlock Holmes)
Developed byPhil Harnage
Directed byPaul Quinn
StarringJason Gray-Stanford
John Payne
Akiko Morison
Viv Leacock
Jennifer Copping
Richard Newman
Ian James Corlett
William Samples
Jo Bates
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Robby London
Michael Maliani
Elizabeth Partyka
Running time30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)DIC Productions L.P.
Scottish Television Enterprises
Les Studios Tex[1]
DistributorBuena Vista International Television
Original networkUnited Kingdom
Scottish Television
United States
Fox (Fox Kids) (Season 1)
Syndication (Season 2)
Toon Disney
Picture format4:3
First shown inUnited Kingdom
Original release6 May 1999 –
21 July 2001

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (French: Sherlock Holmes au 22ème siècle) is a British/American/French animated television series in which Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life in the 22nd century. The series is a co–production by DiC Productions L.P., Les Studios Tex and Scottish Television Enterprises and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Special Class Animated Program.[2]


The concept for the series was created by Sandy Ross, a Scottish Television executive, who came up with the idea while skiing in Aspen, Colorado in 1996.[3] DiC Entertainment and Scottish Television had previously worked together to create other series and this continued the trend. Some issues were raised about language carrying different connotations between cultures, but alternative action and dialogue were used to overcome this.[3] There is a 2-part episode from the animated TV series BraveStarr that aired in September 1987 that has a similar idea in it.


Set in the 22nd century in New London, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard is chasing the grotesquely deformed French rogue geneticist Martin Fenwick, when she realizes that his companion is none other than the 19th century criminal mastermind, Professor James Moriarty. They go on to discover that this is not the original Moriarty, but is in fact a clone created from cells taken from his corpse, which Sherlock Holmes had buried in a Swiss ice cave. Lestrade knows that Holmes survived and actually lived to a ripe old age and further knows that his corpse is preserved in a glass-walled, honey-filled coffin in the basement of New Scotland Yard. She takes the body from the basement and delivers it to biologist Sir Evan Hargreaves (who looks just like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) who has just invented a process of cellular rejuvenation. The biologist then uses his cellular rejuvenation technique to return life and youth to Holmes's body so that the detective can again battle Moriarty. Holmes also returns to his Baker Street rooms, which had been preserved as a museum. Lestrade's compudroid reads the original Watson's journals and assumes his name, face, voice and mannerisms in order to assist Holmes in both his crime-solving duties and his difficult assimilation to Great Britain in the 22nd century.

During the series, Holmes and Watson often work on retainer for New Scotland Yard, with Beth Lestrade as their supervising officer and Chief Inspector Charles Grayson as hers, but they also work for private citizens. They are often assisted by the new Baker Street Irregulars: the football player Wiggins, the Cockney Deidre and the paraplegic Tennyson, who communicates through electronic beeps (which Holmes understands after learning about the advances in technology and Morse code). The primary villains are Moriarty and his henchman Fenwick, appearing as they do in almost half of the produced episodes.

Each episode is inspired by one of the literary works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.[4]Many of these are direct rewrites of the original stories, such as "The Adventure of the Empty House", "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", "The Five Orange Pips", "The Red-Headed League", and "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" - while others are drastically different from the stories on which they are supposed to be based.

Visually, the series is a blend of traditional 2-D and 3-D CGI animation.

Voice cast[edit]

Essential voice cast[edit]

  • Jason Gray-Stanford - Sherlock Holmes: The great detective himself, Holmes was brought back in the 22nd century to combat the clone of his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Despite initial trouble with adapting to the era, Holmes acclimatizes and uses his knowledge of the future to often help his allies out of death traps.
  • John Payne - Watson: A compudroid that initially worked as Lestrade's assistant. He later read the original Dr. Watson's journals and was able to emulate his personality from them. He currently resides at 221B Baker Street with Holmes.
  • Akiko Morison - Inspector Beth Lestrade: A descendant of Inspector G. Lestrade, Holmes' old ally from Scotland Yard. Often annoyed with Holmes' constant disregard for protocol, she nonetheless appreciates his continued help, despite direct orders from Grayson.
  • Viv Leacock - Wiggins: Leader of the new Baker Street Irregulars. Wiggins was once a football player, but has since retired from the profession due to an injury. He has shown intelligence and reasoning skills that were enough to impress even Holmes.
  • Jennifer Copping - Deidre
  • Richard Newman - Professor James Moriarty: A clone of the original created by Fenwick, hoping to use him as a brilliant servant. However, Moriarty was able to outwit Fenwick and reverse the roles on him, taking this new lease on life to re-create his old criminal empire.
  • Ian James Corlett - Martin Fenwick: A deformed and insane French scientist who specializes in cloning. He created a clone of Moriarty to do his bidding. However, he ended up being reduced to the lackey in their relationship. Whether he does this because he knows that Moriarty could devise a horrible and painful way to dispose of him, or because he has been brainwashed by Moriarty, has never been revealed.
  • William Samples - Chief Insp. Charles Grayson
  • Jo Bates - newscaster

Additional voice cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

The show premiered in the United Kingdom in the late spring of 1999 on CITV and then premiered in the fall in the United States. In the U.S., the series was split into two seasons, with the first airing on Fox Kids, and the other which was planned to air on Kids' WB in 2001, but instead aired on broadcast syndication.

Episode number Production number Script U.S. airdate Episode title Plot Sherlock Holmes story episode is based on
1 101 Phil Harnage 18 September 1999 "The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes" Sherlock Holmes battles his nemesis Professor Moriarty over the Reichenbach Falls, leading to their supposed demise after they fall off the bridge. In the 22nd century, Beth Lestrade, descendant of Inspector G. Lestrade, Holmes' old ally from Scotland Yard, notices deranged French scientist Martin Fenwick making a getaway with a man who looks exactly like Moriarty. Unable to convince her boss, Chief Inspector Charles Grayson, of the possibility of Moriarty somehow returning from the dead, she breaks into the New Scotland Yard basement, where the body of Holmes had been preserved in honey; the detective had survived the fall and later retired, becoming a beekeeper in his later years. She takes him to a biologist named Sir Evan Hargreaves who has developed a process of cellular regeneration, which restores Holmes' youth and revives him. Lestrade gives Holmes some educational videos to bring him up to speed on the advancements in the world since his era. She also has her compudroid Watson read Dr. Watson's journals to learn how to better assist Holmes, with the compudroid emulating Watson's persona. "The Final Problem"
2 102 Martha Moran 25 September 1999 "The Crime Machine" Holmes leads Lestrade to an ice cave, where Moriarty's body is preserved in ice; however, they set off a trap that seals off the cave, leaving them unable to investigate further. In the meantime, citizens that have normally shown no criminal intent have suddenly begun stealing different pieces of technology without even knowing why. Holmes takes interest in the case, meeting a trio of children, whom he makes his new Baker Street Irregulars. With their help, Holmes finds that Fenwick is using a device to turn citizens into criminals to steal things that he needs; they destroy the machine, along with a portion of the old railroad. During the fight, Holmes comes to accept the robot Watson as his new companion. Later, Holmes moves back into his old lodgings and Watson gets an upgrade, receiving a prosthetic mask that mimics the original Dr. Watson's face. The Valley of Fear
3 103 Martha Moran 2 October 1999 "The Hounds of the Baskervilles" A trio of children on a field trip to a Moon base vanish. Along with this are sightings of a demonic dog on the Moon, simply called the Hound. Holmes investigates, learning that the Hound is simply a hologram based on old superstitions. The case of the missing children leads to the discovery that Moriarty had kidnapped a child to lure her father to the Moon base, so he could gain access codes to blow it up. During their confrontation, Holmes reveals that this Moriarty is a clone created by Fenwick (he had found a small drilled hole in the ice leading to Moriarty's hand in the previous episode), who intended to use the clone as his brilliant slave; unfortunately, Moriarty had outwitted Fenwick and become his master. Holmes manages to shut down the reactor, while revealing that he had Watson remotely reprogram Moriarty's getaway vehicle to go to the Yard. Unfortunately, upon reaching Earth, Moriarty managed to escape before the Yard could capture him. The Hound of the Baskervilles
4 108 Marv Wolfman 9 October 1999 "The Adventure of the Empty House" "The Adventure of the Empty House"
5 122 Terence Taylor and Eleanor Burian-Mohr 16 October 1999 "The Crooked Man" "The Crooked Man"
6 120 Henry Gilroy 23 October 1999 "The Adventure of the Deranged Detective" "The Adventure of the Dying Detective"
7 111 Phil Harnage 30 October 1999 "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Lot" "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
8 105 Ken Pontac 6 November 1999 "The Scales of Justice" "The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
9 104 Robert Askin 13 November 1999 "The Resident Patient" "The Resident Patient"
10 121 Phil Harnage 20 November 1999 "The Sign of Four" The Sign of the Four
11 114 Terence Taylor and Eleanor Burian-Mohr 27 November 1999 "The Adventure of the Dancing Men" "The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
12 125 Robert Askin 4 December 1999 "The Musgrave Ritual" "The Musgrave Ritual"
13 112 Seth Kearsley 11 December 1999 "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" The Blue Carbuncle is a popular toy on sale at Christmastime; however, the last one to be sold is more of a collector's item that even the buyer thought. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
14 119 Robert Askin 31 January 2000 "Silver Blaze" "Silver Blaze"
15 106 Greg Johnson 7 February 2000 "The Five Orange Pips" "The Five Orange Pips"
16 113 Martha Moran 14 February 2000 "The Red-Headed League" "The Red-Headed League"
17 118 Greg Johnson 21 February 2000 "The Man with the Twisted Lip" "The Man with the Twisted Lip"
18 109 Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly 31 March 2001 "The Secret Safe" "His Last Bow"
19 115 Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly 21 April 2001 "The Adventure of the Second Stain" "The Adventure of the Second Stain"
20 117 Ken Pontac 28 April 2001 "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"
21 123 Woody Creek 12 May 2001 "The Gloria Scott" A man's father goes missing, with only a cryptic message left behind. Following the clues, Holmes discovers that the man was once (falsely) imprisoned on the spaceship Gloria Scott. However, a fellow prisoner started a riot that led to damaging the ship and leaving it to drift in space, while he and the other prisoners manage to flee back to Earth and start new lives. "The Gloria Scott"
22 124 Martha Moran 19 May 2001 "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons" A series of car robberies has New Scotland Yard baffled; there is nothing missing from the cars, the vehicles are just damaged. Holmes immediately realizes that there is something deeper about these burglaries, perhaps going back to the manufacturing. "The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
23 126 Ken Pontac 26 May 2001 "The Adventure of the Creeping Man" "The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
24 107 Terence Taylor and Eleanor Burian-Mohr 23 June 2001 "The Adventure of the Beryl Board" "The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"
25 110 Gildart Jackson 30 June 2001 "The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip" "The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
26 116 Robert Askin 21 July 2001 "A Case of Identity" "A Case of Identity"

Home media releases[edit]

In September 1999, Vision Video and Universal Studios Home Video UK released a VHS tape of the series in the United Kingdom, which contained the first three episodes in a feature-length format.[5]

In 2002, Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Trimark Home Video released The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes, a VHS/DVD which, like the U.K. VHS, consisted of the first three episodes in a feature-length format. The episode "The Sign of Four" was also included on the DVD version.

In 2003, Sterling Entertainment released another VHS/DVD of the series titled Out of This World. The release contained the episodes "The Sign of Four", "The Adventures of the Dancing Men" and "Silver Blaze", with the episode "The Gloria Scott" as a bonus episode on the DVD.

On February 21, 2012, Mill Creek Entertainment released Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century...On the Case on DVD, consisting of the first 10 episodes of the series in production order, and also containing an episode of Stargate Infinity. On the same day, a box set called Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete 26 Episode Series was released, containing all 26 episodes alongside five bonus episodes from other Cookie Jar owned series.[6]These releases have since been discontinued and are now out of print.

On April 3, 2018, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 as Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete Series. This version also came with a digital download code.[7]

Broadcast history[edit]

United States[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]




  • Italia 1 (2003)
  • Italia Teen Television (2004)
  • DeA Kids (2009)
  • Planet Kids (2014)




New Zealand[edit]



South Africa[edit]


  • UBC Kids

Arab world[edit]



Hong Kong[edit]



  1. ^ Mallory, Michael (23 March 1997). "DIC eyes Euro market". Variety. Retrieved 2 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Awards for "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century"". Retrieved 3 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b MIPCOM Report: Co-production diary: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
  4. ^ "Sherlock Holmes In The 22nd Century". Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2011.
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  6. ^ Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century - Mill Creek's 'Complete Series' Plus a Best-Of Disc Archived 2012-01-08 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Re-Release of 'Complete Series' on DVD, Coming this Spring from Mill Creek Archived 2018-03-09 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century Episode List". Archived from the original on 20 October 2011. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Lista desenelor animate difuzate in copilarie-ordine cronologica".

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