The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 5

The Crooked Man (22 May 1984)

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Col. Barclay is found dead and his wife is arrested for the murder, but Holmes is convinced a missing door key will reveal the true killer.

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Norman Jones ...
Henry Wood
Lisa Daniely ...
Nancy Barclay
Denys Hawthorne ...
James Barclay
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Miss Morrison
Paul Chapman ...
Major Murphy
Shelagh Stephenson ...
Jane
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Young Henry Wood
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Young Nancy
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Young Barclay
Maggie Holland ...
Mrs Fenning
Colin Campbell ...
Private Bates
David Graham Jones ...
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Egged on by his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes agrees to investigate the murder of Col. James Barclay who rose from the ranks to command his Regiment. After returning home from her monthly evening out helping the poor, the dead man's wife Nancy had a flaming row with her husband. After hearing a scream, the servants try to enter the room only to find locked from the inside. When they do manage to enter, they find the Colonel dead from what appears to be a blow to the head and Nancy in a feint. Holmes learns that at her charity work, she had reacted in shock when she approached a new arrival, an old man with a bent back and crooked legs. Written by garykmcd

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When Henry Wood is describing how he was captured, he says that he was trying to deliver a message to General Neill's column. He is referring to General James George Smith Neill, 1810-1857. See more »

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Dr. John Watson: What do you say, Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: What can I say? Major Murphy, you have told me *nothing*!
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Brilliant, one of the best Sherlock Holmes adaptations
27 May 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am a huge fan of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series, and in my mind The Crooked Man is one of the best. As is the case with all of the adaptations in this fine series, The Crooked Man production-values wise is very well made. As I have said before, you can never go wrong with authentic costumes and scenery and excellent photography, and The Crooked Man succeeds brilliantly here. The music is very beautiful and haunting, the story is well paced and interesting and the writing is sophisticated and thoughtful. I would also like to credit The Crooked Man's atmosphere, Sherlock Holmes is a vast majority of the time very good with being atmospheric and especially with the ending The Crooked Man is no exception. The acting is top notch, Jeremy Brett as always is nigh-on perfect as Holmes and David Burke is a composed Watson. While the support cast are solid, the best of the lot is Norman Jones, whose haunting yet (sometimes) poignant performance gives meaning to the phrase "once seen, never forgotten". Overall, The Crooked Man is brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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