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 1890, 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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Followed by The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) See more »

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Three Little Maids From School
Words by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan
From The Mikado
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can this be - Holmes in love?
6 July 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The stand-out sequences from 'The Master Blackmailer', for me, are the ones between the brilliant Jeremy Brett (in disguise, naturally), and Sophie Thompson. Could it be the great detective has actually fallen for a lady?

This aside, there's a intricate blackmail plot involving Robert Hardy (excellent), and plenty of opportunities for Holmes and Watson to get themselves in awkward situations before solving the mystery.

Probably the best of the feature-length episodes, and a fine example of the work Brett and Hardwicke did to immortalise Conan Doyle's characters for the small screen.


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