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Release Date:
26 December 2004 (UK) See more »
A serial killer stalking the teen-aged daughters of the aristocracy brings Sherlock Holmes out of his drug-filled semi-retirement. | Add synopsis »
3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rupert Everett ... Sherlock Holmes
Nicholas Palliser ... Dr. Dunwoody

Neil Dudgeon ... Lestrade

Ian Hart ... Dr. Watson
Anne Carroll ... Mrs Hudson

Tamsin Egerton ... Miranda Helhoughton (as Tasmin Egerton)

Perdita Weeks ... Roberta Massingham
Jennifer Moule ... Georgina Massingham
Eleanor David ... Mary Pentney
John Cunningham ... Bates

Michael Fassbender ... Charles Allen

Jonathan Hyde ... George Pentney
Gina Beck ... Maid

Helen McCrory ... Mrs. Vandeleur
Andrew Wisher ... Constable (as Andy Wisher)

Julian Wadham ... Hugo Massingham

Penny Downie ... Judith Massingham
Stewart Bevan ... Proprietor
Anthony Cozens ... Young Constable

Guy Henry ... Mr. Bilney

Rachel Hurd-Wood ... Imogen Helhoughton
Christine Kavanagh ... Lady Helhoughton
Roger Monk ... Workman
Jonathan Emmett ... Policeman
Max Harvey ... Master of Ceremonies
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lasco Atkins ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Greg Bennett ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Alisha Smith ... Vestil Virgin (uncredited)

Directed by
Simon Cellan Jones 
Writing credits
Allan Cubitt (written by)

Arthur Conan Doyle  characters (uncredited)

Produced by
Greg Brenman .... executive producer: Tiger Aspect Productions
Allan Cubitt .... co-executive producer
Elinor Day .... producer
Rebecca Eaton .... executive producer: WGBH
Kate Murrell .... line producer
Gareth Neame .... executive producer: BBC
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
David Katznelson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Paul Garrick 
Casting by
Kate Rhodes James  (as Kate Rhodes-James)
Production Design by
David Roger 
Art Direction by
Fleur Whitlock 
Set Decoration by
Jo Kornstein 
Costume Design by
Andrea Galer 
Makeup Department
Brandon Day .... hair colourist
Pat Hay .... hair & makeup designer
Helen Johnson .... makeup artist
Liz Michie .... chief hairstylist
Jamie Pritchard .... hair stylist
Aaron Sherman .... prosthetics
Sandrine Mugglestone .... makeup trainee (uncredited)
Production Management
Ian Hutchinson .... unit manager
Kim Simon .... post-production supervisor
Kate Murrell .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cara Cheeseman .... third assistant director
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Harry Jones .... third assistant director
Nige Watson .... first assistant director
Angharad Jones .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Emma Caplin .... graphic props designer
Katy Harvey .... stand-by art director (as Katy Pain)
Tony Hefferman .... construction manager
Patrick Henshaw .... dressing props
Tony Henshaw .... props master
Peter Holden .... stand-by carpenter
Robert Jones .... production buyer
Paul Mitchell .... dressing props
Paul Mitchell .... stand-by props
Craig Price .... stand-by props
Laura Treen .... stand-by painter
Melissa Magna .... assistant production buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kevin Brazier .... dubbing editor
Wayne Brooks .... dubbing editor
Steve Fish .... sound maintenance engineer
Tom Jessup .... sound assistant
Richard Manton .... production sound mixer
David Old .... dubbing mixer
Anthony Faust .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Steve Fish .... boom operator (uncredited)
Tom Jessup .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Matthew G. Armstrong .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Bernard Newton .... special effects senior technician (uncredited)
Nick P. Phillips .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator
Derek Lea .... stunt performer
Matt Price .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Paddy Blake .... focus puller
Andy Cole .... best boy
Frank Dawson .... electrician
James Philpott .... grip
Mike Rees .... clapper loader
Boris Rybin .... camera assistant
Carolina Schmidtholstein .... electrician (as Carolina Shmidtholstein)
Otto Stenov .... gaffer
David Taylor .... genny operator
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Andy Morgan .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Collins .... costume assistant
Sally Crees .... costume supervisor
Jason Gill .... crowd costume assistant
Mark Lord .... costume assistant
Charlotte Morris .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Gerald Morris .... assistant editor
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (as Vince Narduzzo)
Graham Portbury .... on-line editor
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Peter Anderson .... title designer
Ian Hutchinson .... assistant location manager
Karen Jones .... script supervisor
Adrian Kelly .... assistant production coordinator
Bridget Kenningham .... assistant location manager
Kevin Khan .... production accountant
Neil Lee .... location manager
Steve Monchar .... assistant accountant (as Steven Monchar)
Eleanor Moran .... development executive: BBC
Hilary Norrish .... script executive
Rachel Salter .... production executive for TAP
Julie Scott .... production executive for BBC
Lucy Anthony .... unit nurse (uncredited)
Hannah Brown .... production assistant (uncredited)
Mitchell Mcgee .... unit security (uncredited)

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99 min
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Did You Know?

In the film's opening scene, Holmes is seen smoking opium. It is subsequently implied that this is a regular occurrence. This represents a contrast from the character of the Conan Doyle stories, in which his drugs of choice were morphine and cocaine. In the stories, Holmes only smokes opium once as part of a disguise.See more »
Anachronisms: Many characters seen smoking filtered cigarettes, which were not available until 1935, and were considered a specialty item until the fifties.See more »
Sherlock Holmes:When all other contingencies fail, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.See more »
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Frühlingstimmen, Op. 410See more »


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60 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Double jeopardy - certainly not Holmes, and not very good, 12 January 2005
Author: Steve Gough from Burmingem, England

Apart from the names Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, there's really nothing to connect this original BBC TV movie to the original Conan Doyle stories. It's a return to the old wartime Basil Rathbone films, set in the wrong period, packed with anachronistic detail, and which fails to pay even lip service to Holmes's famous method. It's a poorly written modern police drama right down to the obligatory, clunking serial killer plot. It's just dressed in period costume. Even the plot twist about the killer's identity comes in Edwardian dress, as it could only ever possibly fresh and original in disguise pretending to be a story written a hundred years ago.

The story constantly forces modern elements incongruously into Holmes's necessarily, fundamentally low tech world. The story is set some time after the Victorian era of the classic Holmes stories, apparently to justify the use of telephones and modern police techniques like fingerprinting. Watson is about to marry an American psychiatrist, which opens the door to the modern serial killer psychodrama whose emphasis is on woolly sexual motivation and grotesque patterns of behaviour, worlds away from the traditional Holmes story where logic and deduction solve single victim locked room murders. The oddly un-Edwardian London police set up an incongruous, modern incident room to collate the information about their spiralling body count. In one scene Holmes spins around this room staring helplessly at photographs and maps, unable to connect fact and incident, which reduces the finest logical detective mind in the world to the level of "Inspector X" in any paint-by-numbers police series. Eventually Inpector Lestrade himself time-travels to the 1970s to give a suspect an Sweeney-style kicking to make him talk.

Rupert Everett as Holmes drifts through the first half of the story like someone on a mixture of recreational drugs, which is clearly the writer's deliberate intention. Trying to exploit the radical elements in Holmes's character the story inflates his drug use out of proportion. Conan Doyle saddled his creation with a habit of injecting cocaine, but there is never any suggestion that Holmes had a narcotic monkey on his back. He claims his 7 per cent solution stimulates his mind in times of boredom, a world away from the use of soporifics to deaden his brain.

Ironically it seems that in order to make these seasonal specials featuring Holmes himself the BBC abandoned its own excellent Holmes homage, the quite superb Murder Rooms, which succeeded in every respect that this film fails, injecting modern style and sensibilities while still honouring the source material. They were faithful in period detail and in many respects to the type of detective story which suits the Holmes character, and where they took a post-modern approach were able to underscore rather than undermine the quality of the original. It begs the question, as they clearly have access to writers with the talent to produce this kind of work, why didn't they use them here? Even more ironically, in the UK while this film was one of the main planks of the BBC's Christmas 2004 season evening schedule, the BBC have also been showing daytime repeats of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. The strength of this performance, and the faithfulness to the original material, casts the poor work here into sharp relief.

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