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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Irene Adler's photograph (from "A Scandal in Bohemia") is seen briefly. 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 (1923) See more »


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Traditional English carol first published in 1833
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A Christmas Delight
11 October 2007 | by (Nowhere Interesting) – See all my reviews

No Christmas season would be complete without watching this marvelous adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Blue Carbuncle.

This is such a wonderful episode that descriptions tend to fail me. Everything and everyone is at peak form here. Jeremy Brett's performance as Holmes is absolutely delightful (even by Brett standards), as is Burke's Watson, and their interplay in this episode is among the very best in the series.

There is a great deal of humor to be found here, including some genuine laugh-out-loud moments...and, of course, a nice little mystery at the heart of it. The production design, as always, is excellent, and the direction top-notch. There is a very authentic feeling of Christmas here, and it really shines through. And it's nice to see that even the dour Sherlock Holmes has a bit of the Christmas spirit in him...in his own way.

A wonderful episode, from start to finish. I can't praise it enough. I could say more, I could be more specific, but I don't want to ruin the fun for any first-time viewers. See it for yourself and it will quickly become a Christmas tradition, as it has for me.

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