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The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 3: Episode 2 -- Lord St. Simon, the most eligible bachelor in London, has just married a wealthy American woman, Henrietta Doran. But rather than a happy occasion, the young couple's wedding day turns to tragedy when an unwelcome guest arrives at the wedding breakfast, and the bride disappears completely. Even worse, Holmes is plagued with terrible nightmares that cause him to regard the plight of Lord St. Simon with contempt. The tension mounts and danger lurks as Holmes' nightmarish visions lead him to solve the case of The Eligible Bachelor.


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21 February 1991 (USA) See more »
Holmes and Dr Watson solve the mysteries of the disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax, Thor Bridge, Shoscombe Old Place, the Boscombe Valley, an illustrious client and a creeping man. Full summary »
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Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes (9 episodes, 1991-1993)

Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. Watson / ... (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson / ... (5 episodes, 1991-1993)

Series Directed by
Tim Sullivan (3 episodes, 1991-1993)
Peter Hammond (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Writing credits
Arthur Conan Doyle (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Jeremy Paul (3 episodes, 1991-1993)
T.R. Bowen (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Robin Chapman (2 episodes, 1991)

Series Produced by
Michael Cox .... producer (6 episodes, 1991)
Sally Head .... executive producer (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
June Wyndham-Davies .... producer (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Original Music by
Patrick Gowers (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Series Cinematography by
David Odd (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Lawrence Jones (2 episodes, 1991)
Ken Morgan (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Film Editing by
Clive Maltby (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Chris Gill (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Casting by
Carolyn Bartlett (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
James Bain (3 episodes, 1991)
Series Production Design by
Stephen Fineren (2 episodes, 1991)
Paul Rowan (2 episodes, 1991)
Chris Truelove (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Art Direction by
Colin Pocock (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Costume Design by
Esther Dean (8 episodes, 1991-1993)
Series Makeup Department
Sue Milton .... makeup supervisor / makeup designer (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Ivana Primorac .... make-up assistant / makeup assistant (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
Karen Maffey .... makeup assistant / make-up assistant (3 episodes, 1991)
Series Production Management
Roy Jackson .... production manager (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
Mick Graham .... production manager (3 episodes, 1991)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Pleasant .... second assistant / second assistant director (6 episodes, 1991)
Emma Bodger .... second assistant (3 episodes, 1992-1993)
Ian Galley .... first assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Terry Reeve .... first assistant / first assistant director (2 episodes, 1991)
Peter Shaw .... first assistant (2 episodes, 1993)
Series Art Department
Keith Aldred .... graphic designer (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Anthony Birch .... chargehand asm (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
David Round .... production buyer (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Butterworth .... design assistant (3 episodes, 1991)
Vic Shirovay .... design assistant (3 episodes, 1991)
Eric Crompton .... chargehand asm (2 episodes, 1991)
Alan Rutter .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1991)
Tony Mills .... chargehand asm (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Sound Department
John Whitworth .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1991-1993)
David Eve .... boom operator (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Nick Steer .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1991)
Ian Hills .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Philip Taylor .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
John Thomas .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Phil Smith .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1991)
Ray French .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Stunts
Andy Bradford .... fight arranger / stunt performer / ... (5 episodes, 1991-1993)
Tom Lucy .... stunt performer (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Fisher .... grips / camera grips / ... (8 episodes, 1991-1993)
Alan Fraser .... camera operator / focus puller (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
David Ratcliffe .... lighting gaffer / gaffer (3 episodes, 1991-1993)
Gordon MacGregor .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Andy Stephen .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1991-1993)
Jack Stanhope .... electrician / lighting gaffer (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Peter Hudson .... lighting gaffer (2 episodes, 1991)
Darren Miller .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1991)
Steve Oxley .... focus / focus puller (2 episodes, 1991)
David Bell .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Series Casting Department
Pam Bailey .... casting / casting assistant (3 episodes, 1991-1993)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Louise Pipping .... wardrobe supervisor (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Series Editorial Department
Stephen Volp .... assistant film editor (3 episodes, 1991-1993)
Alison Clark .... assistant film editor (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Other crew
Craig Dickson .... script editor (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
Joan Lally .... continuity / production assistant (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
Lynne Marriott .... location manager (2 episodes, 1991)
Sue Pritchard .... continuity / production assistant (2 episodes, 1991)

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A Holmes in exactly the right era, with precise costuming, props and atmospherics., 7 July 2005
Author: Deusvolt from United States

These comments apply to all the Sherlock Holmes series and episodes produced by Granada and starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes and either Burke or Hardwicke as Watson.

Brett certainly gave the most definitive portrayal of Holmes. One must remember that Holmes, although a decent and upright gentleman had his dark side -- his conceit, impatience with people of lesser intelligence and, as a product of imperial Victorian England, he displayed traces of jingoism, racism, sexism and hypocrisy. Note that episode where he remarks on the French surname of a suspect or in the cavalier manner he uses pejoratives to refer to peoples of Asiatic origin. In another episode he tells Watson that his nemesis is "but a woman." Expecting high moral standards of others, he was nevertheless a drug addict (cocaine in the original stories by Doyle and also absinthe in the Granada series). He also used smoked opium occasionally when in disguise to track down suspects or missing persons. In one episode he was caught red-handed by Watson (the one portrayed by Hardwicke) with a syringe although it is not certain what drug it was supposed to contain, probably morphine as I doubt if heroin had already been extracted from opium at that time.

These flaws viewed in the context of the era and of the peculiar circumstances of Holmes, instead of making him out as an ogre, make him all the more human and believable. On the whole, however, Brett's Holmes is exceedingly kind, self sacrificing and high minded. He could also be quite droll and able to take jokes at his expense as when a phrenologist remarked that he would very much like to take a cast of the cranium of the very intelligent Holmes "until the original should become available." Note that he rarely collects fees and places life and limb on the line for his clients. No wonder the sophisticatedly discerning French have a Jeremy Brett society.

Between Burke and Hardwicke as Watson, one is likely to vote for Burke as he is funnier, younger and better looking. But Hardwicke better displays the character of a retired officer of the Indian (Imperial British) Army by his physical courage and readiness to use his firearm. His portrayal also brings out the difficult side of Holmes. It was to Hardwicke's Watson that Holmes unusually expresses (in a letter in Hound of the Baskervilles) deep concern and affection with such words as "there is nothing that I desire more than to have you safely back in our Baker st. lodgings." Finally, if you have seen all the episodes, watch them again and keep your eyes peeled for those delicious antiques -- porcelain washbowls, iron stoves, 19th century lamps, brass door knockers, handsome hansoms and carriages, even a pristine horse drawn red and brass fire engine with immaculate white hoses. And were those mansions, manor houses and country cottages merely sets or genuine locations? I suspect the latter. I would suggest to the English that they revise their Sherlock Holmes tours to include visits to places where Granada shot the series.

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