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A Scandal in Bohemia 

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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Pearce ...
Tessa Worsley ...
Mrs Willard
Will Tacey ...
Tom Watt ...
1st Loafer
Paul Elsam ...
2nd Loafer
David Baukham ...
1st Big Man (as David Bauckham)
Edward York ...
2nd Big Man
John Graham-Davies ...
1st Young Man (as John Graham Davies)


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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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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24 April 1984 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Strong characters make for a nice episode.
13 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I made a nice error and watched many of the later episodes before viewing this season one, episode one featuring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. And now I am glad that I watch the later ones because this episode was the first time Holmes gave any type of credence to women as he finds an interesting woman absolutely fascinating.

Holmes is hired by the soon to be married King of Bohemia to find a woman he had an affair with some years ago. The women, an American actress named Irene Adler, has a compromising picture taken with the King that he feels could lead to a scandal in his reign. So with the help of Holmes he hopes to get the photo returned and save face with his court.

With Holmes and Dr Watson on the case and some brilliant work using facial disguises, the problem will hopefully be solved and the picture returned. But it will not be as easy as speaking a few words for the beautiful woman is not as naive as some, even Holmes, may think.

This episode is more of a laid plain than an ongoing mystery which usually tends to lessen the entertainment value. But this interesting story held up due to the strong characters which includes Gayle Hunnicutt as the enchanting Irene Adler. A woman that even Holmes must remember. Good watch.

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