The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 1

The Master Blackmailer (6 May 1993)

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Holmes and Watson attempt to break the grip of a ruthless blackmailer of their clients.

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Norma West ...
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ...
The Dowager (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Colin Jeavons ...
Nickolas Grace ...
Bertrand
Serena Gordon ...
Sarah McVicar ...
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Harry, Earl of Dovercourt
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The master sleuth must deal with the menace of Charles Augustus Milverton, an art dealer who has a profitable sideline as a blackmailer with much of London's high society in his grip. Unfortunately, he is no amateur at his line of work and Holmes must use all his cunning and skill in some risky operations to foil this criminal. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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This story features scenes from an all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. See more »

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A Scotland Yard police detective is seen picking up a discarded weapon with a handkerchief which was not a common practice in 1894, when the film was set. Fingerprint detection was not adopted in Britain until 1901, if that was his reason. Actually, the gun was covered in blood and the policeman would seem to desire keeping his hands clean of blood. See more »

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Sherlock Holmes: One must play one's cards as best one can when such a stake is on the table.
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Version of Sherlock: His Last Vow (2014) See more »

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Well-crafted tale, with some additions to Doyle's story
22 June 2002 | by (Chancellorsville VA) – See all my reviews

I tend to look askance when they are not entirely faithful to Doyle's sacred canon, but for a Brett performance I'll overlook most anything. The additonal material, while not strictly necessary to the plot, were well-chosen and allowed them to develop more of an atmosphere, probably a good move for those not already dyed-in-the-wool Holmes buffs. Those of us who have most of the canon almost memorized often forget that newer generations of fans, unlike us, may be starting fresh and this may be their first exposure to Holmes, Watson and the foggy streets of Victorian London. A one-hour block is sufficient for almost any Holmes story, but I welcome a stretched, movie-sized version when it is done well. This Holmes-Watson duo is, I believe, the best so far, and overall the large body of Holmes adventures they`left us will be the standard against which all others will be measured for a very long time.


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