The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 3, Episode 2

The Eligible Bachelor (10 Feb. 1994)

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Sherlock Holmes' problem with disturbing dreams proves to be both an impediment and an aid in the search for a missing woman.



(screenplay), (based on "The Noble Bachelor") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalie Williams ...
Geoffrey Beevers ...
Inspector Montgomery
Lord Robert St. Simon
Henrietta Doran
Anna Calder-Marshall ...
Lady Helena / Agnes Northcote
Mary Ellis ...
Lady Florence
Phillida Sewell ...
Lady Mary (as Phillada Sewell)
Elspeth March ...
Heather Chasen ...
Hon. Amelia St. Simon
Bob Sessions ...
Aloysius Doran
Joanna McCallum ...
Flora Miller
Myles Hoyle ...
Thomas Floutier
Bruce Myers ...


Sherlock Holmes is unwell and suffering from intense, disturbing dreams. He is also bored with little to do and only the most routine and trivial cases offered to him. Mrs. Hudson is so worried that she summons Dr. Watson, who suggests Holmes consider a trip to Vienna to visit a new doctor who seems to specialize in interpreting dreams, Sigmund Freud; but, Holmes is soon approached by Lord Robert St. Simon over the sudden disappearance of his wife, Hettie. They had only just married when his new bride became deeply disturbed upon leaving the church. He admits to also having had actress Flora Miller as his one-time mistress, a jilted lady who's lately been making trouble for him. He was also previously married, twice, with his first wife dying and his second marriage annulled. It's not till Sherlock receives a visit from Agnes Northcote, sister of Lord Robert's second wife Helena, that he fully realizes the extent of Lord St. Simon's barbarity. When he learns the true reason for ... Written by garykmcd

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The play that the actors rehearse is Henrik Ibsen's Ghosts from 1881. See more »


At the wedding, Flora Miller claws some lovely deep scratches onto Lord St Simon's face. By the time St Simon subsequently visits Holmes, they've vanished without trace.... See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: This is the asylum at Varnish.
Dr Watson: The misery there must be behind those walls. Hm.
Sherlock Holmes: There's no escape from the terrors of the mind.
Dr Watson: Indeed. Well, another case concluded.
Sherlock Holmes: Pah! I needn't have left Baker Street. An observant child could have solved it.
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Followed by The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) See more »

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Turgid, dull, over long . . .
16 September 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

This dramatization of a short story is stretched past breaking point. Far, far, far too much padding takes place before the story gets started. Even when it does, every scene is dragged out to painful length with no explanatory dialogue so as to make it impossible to comprehend nor actually care for any of the characters. Only Jeremy Brett's usual excellence as Holmes makes this awful mess even slightly worth watching.

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