Murder Rooms: Mysteries of the Real Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 1

The Patient's Eyes (4 Sep. 2001)

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Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor Dr. Joseph Bell investigate the case of a woman who believes she's being followed by an apparition while bicycling along a lonely road.



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Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle assists a young woman, Miss Grace, who is terrified by an apparition that follows her when she bicycles home along a lonely stretch of road. He informs his colleague and mentor, Dr. Joseph Bell who joins him in investigating the case. She believes she is being followed by the spirit of the man who killed her parents some years before, but Bell assures her that the killer was hanged long ago and there has to be another explanation. There are many suspects, including former suitors, an uncle who will soon lose control over Miss Grace's finances and her present fiancée. When Miss Grace is kidnapped, Bell realizes that someone from her past is implicated. He also concludes however that Miss Grace has another dark secret. Written by garykmcd

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Decent but I did feel it went on a bit too long.
31 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Patient's Eyes" is one of several fictional films about the supposed adventures that occurred between a young Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle and his mentor, Dr. Bell. While Dr. Bell truly was an inspiration for Doyle to create his Sherlock Holmes character, these films exaggerate the relationship and sorts of things they did. This isn't really a complaint--just a warning for you not to believe the stories are 100 true. They really aren't even a smidgen!

This episode is a 'what if'--what if a case Bell and Doyle worked on proved to be an inspiration, in part, on the later Doyle story "The Solitary Cyclist"? There are some strong similarities though the stories diverge in many, many ways.

The show begins with Doyle forming a partnership with a doctor who is an idiot and a bit of a quack. Fortunately, Bell comes to visit and takes Doyle under his wings. However, a case that Doyle is working on is baffling--a woman is being followed by some strange man on a bicycle. However, because of her traumatic childhood where her parents were murdered, some folks thing she's crazy. Doyle is only interested in proving there is some stalker--Bell is interested in uncovering WHY. There is much, much more to the story and I don't want to say more as it might spoil the thing. However, I do think that the show sent on too long and the ending seemed to come from out of no where. This is a major weakness of the film. On the other hand, the acting and quality of production is exceptional and the show would probably appeal to many Sherlock Holmes fans. Worth seeing but not great. As for me, I'd rather just stick with the original stories starring Jeremy Brett.

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