Sherlock Holmes finds himself evenly matched when he is employed by the King of Bohemia to retrieve an indiscreet photograph from the American actress and singer, Irene Adler.

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Tom Watt ...
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Sherlock Holmes is hired by the King of Bohemia to retrieve a compromising photograph from a certain lady. The King has tried to purchase the photo and even hired burglars to retrieve it, but without success. The woman in question is the very beautiful Irene Adler, an opera singer. She has made no demands of the King so it does not seem that blackmail is her intent. Using various disguises, Holmes learns as much about the woman as he can and is surprised when, after following her to a church, finds that she has married a barrister. Holmes stages a bit of theatre to get her to divulge the location of the photo but he finds he has met his match in both daring and intellect. Written by garykmcd

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24 April 1984 (UK)  »

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The episode begins with an exchange between Watson and Holmes regarding Holmes' drug use, asking "Morphine or cocaine?" Holmes specifies his preference for a 7% solution of cocaine, and that he requires stimulants to deal with stagnation. This dialogue is actually from the story "The Sign of Four". In Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia," Watson merely makes a passing reference to cocaine, curiously referring to "the drowsiness of the drug." See more »

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[first lines]
John: [surprising two burglars] Got you!
[Irene enters with a gun, and gestures with it for the burglars to drop their knives]
1st Burglar: Now look here!
[Irene gestures for the burglars to leave]
John: But, ma'am...
[the burglars leave by the window]
Irene Adler: Close the window, John.
Dr. John Watson: [narrating] To Sherlock Holmes, she was always The Woman, the beautiful Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
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Version of The Royal Scandal (2001) See more »

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Written by Jacques Offenbach
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A very strong first impression
15 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always loved the Sherlock Holmes Granada series, and Scandal in Bohemia is a very strong impression. There may be a slight sense of things not quite settling in like they did later, but this is only slight. As usual, it is of high quality visually, it all feels very atmospheric and has splendid costumes and sets. The music is hauntingly beautiful and sometimes melancholic, the story is as cleverly compelling as you would expect and the script is sophisticated and thoughtful with Holmes' deductions and the whole chemistry between Holmes and Watson delighting. The acting is just as strong, with Jeremy Brett giving an ever commanding performance in the title role and David Burke a composed and intelligent(in a quiet sort of way) Watson. A Scandal in Bohemia is worth noting for the appearance of Irene Adler, played wonderfully by Gayle Hunnicutt. In conclusion, a truly promising start with little wrong, even if the overall series had episodes that were even better(The Blue Carbuncle, The Dying Detective, The Devil's Foot). 9/10 Bethany Cox


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