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



(screenplay), (based on "Charles Augustas Milverton")

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ...
The Dowager (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Nickolas Grace ...
Serena Gordon ...
Sarah McVicar ...
The Hon. Charlotte Miles
Colonel Dorking
Brian Mitchell ...
Harry, Earl of Dovercourt
Hans Meyer ...
Hebworth (Alias Veitch)
Stephen Simms ...


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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6 May 1993 (USA)  »

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


When the maid comes into Milverton's study, she says, "I'm here to light the fire." A housemaid or scullery maid would never speak to the master of the house without being spoken to first. And when he tells her not to light the fire and just to leave, she replies, "Oh. Okay." Most likely she would not say anything, or might say, "Yes, sir." But she would never say "okay" (which is probably anachronistic in British speech in any case). See more »


Sherlock Holmes: Watson, you'll be interested to hear that I'm engaged to be married.
Doctor Watson: [absorbed in his newspaper] Hm, yeah? Jolly good.
Sherlock Holmes: To the Milvertons' housemaid.
Doctor Watson: Good heavens.
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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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