The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans

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"The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans"
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Mycroft Holmes visiting his brother, 1912 illustration by Arthur Twidle
Author Arthur Conan Doyle
Series His Last Bow
Publication date 1908

"The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" is one of the 56 Sherlock Holmes short stories written by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is one of eight stories in the cycle collected as His Last Bow, and is the second and final appearance of Mycroft Holmes. Doyle ranked "The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans" fourteenth in a list of his nineteen favourite Sherlock Holmes stories.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

Sherlock's brother Mycroft brings an interesting mystery to the great detective's attention. State secrets have been stolen and some of them are later found on the corpse of a clerk lying on the London Underground tracks near Aldgate station.

"Underground"-branded Tube map from 1908 showing the District and Metropolitan lines with Aldgate at right and Kensington at lower left


An adaptation of "The Bruce-Partington Plans" was used for an episode of the 1965 television series Sherlock Holmes starring Douglas Wilmer as Holmes and Nigel Stock as Watson.[2] Only the first of two reels of the 16mm telerecording of the episode exists, although the full soundtrack survives.[3]

The 1986 film The Twentieth Century Approaches, the fifth part of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, features the story.

The story was adapted for a 1988 episode of the television series The Return of Sherlock Holmes starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, Edward Hardwicke as Doctor Watson and Charles Gray as Mycroft Holmes.

The story is partially used in the episode The Great Game of the television series Sherlock.



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