When the Countess of Morcar's priceless blue carbuncle is stolen, a reformed thief is charged with the crime.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Knight ...
Ros Simmons ...
Ken Campbell ...
Desmond McNamara ...
Amelda Brown ...
Jennie Horner
Brian Miller ...
Frank Mills ...
Don McCorkindale ...
Eric Allan ...
Maggie Jones ...
Ricki Scott ...
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On Christmas Eve, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to determine how a fabulous blue carbuncle found its way down the gullet of a goose. It all starts that morning when the Commissioner who lives across the way asks Holmes' advice. On his way home, he came across a group of ruffians taking advantage of an elderly gentleman. His uniform scared them all off with the elderly gentleman leaving behind the goose. Holmes suggests that he simply keep it but he is soon back with the precious stone. Newspaper reports have reported the theft of the unique blue stone from a local hotel, but Holmes can't resist solving the mystery of how it got to its final destination. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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5 June 1984 (UK)  »

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The climax scene is mimics Paget's illustration of the same scene. See more »


When Holmes is awakened by Mrs. Hudson, a modern-day filter-tipped cigarette butt can be seen in the ashtray beside the bed; filter-tip cigarettes were not widely available in England until the 1950s. See more »


[first lines]
Catherine Cusack: [answering phone] Countess of Morcar.
Catherine Cusack: Thanks.
[hangs up]
Catherine Cusack: My God! She's back. She's getting out of the carriage. Come on, Ryder, get a move on!
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Version of The Blue Carbuncle (1980) See more »


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Traditional English carol first published in 1833
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Christmas Episode
7 November 2009 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

If The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes were broadcast in America first, this would have debuted at Christmas time rather than in June of 1984 when it did. Arthur Conan Doyle might very well have been influenced by that other immortal English writer Charles Dickens when he wrote the Blue Carbuncle.

The Blue Carbuncle is not some ugly growth on someone, but a rare and priceless blue diamond which some opportunistic thieves stole from the Duchess of Moncor. The only part of the crime that went well was that the blame got placed on some guy who had a criminal record, but was innocent of this caper.

When Holmes and Watson are called in the trail of the missing gem leads to some very interesting places and where the jewel wound up is pretty funny. And how it got there is a testimony to the quick, but faulty thinking of the real perpetrator. But as I said the perpetrator was not very bright.

The thing to remember is that it is Christmas time when this case occurs and that fact enters into Holmes's thinking when he finds the perpetrator. What to do with this fool, let's just say that Christmas enters his thinking.

You won't believe where the jewel was hidden.

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