An unsavory gang kidnaps a Greek interpreter and forces him to relate their demands to an abductee who knows only the Greek tongue.



(short story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" from volume "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), (developer) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Alkis Kritikos ...
Nicholas Field ...
Harold Latimer (as Nick Field)
Victoria Harwood ...
Oliver Maguire ...
Rita Howard ...
Mrs Stern
Peter Mackriel ...
Ticket Inspector


Dr. Watson is shocked to learn that his good friend Sherlock Holmes has a brother, Mycroft, and that they are on their way to meet him on an urgent matter. There they learn of the strange case of Mr. Melas, a Greek interpreter, who was roused from his sleep in the middle of the night and required to interpret for a man who was clearly being held against his will. That man was beaten, bound and not allowed to speak but only to write out his answers to the questions he was posed. Clearly his captors are trying to force him to sign a document and are also keeping his sister captive. When Melas is taken a second time to interpret, Holmes, Mycroft and Watson must move quickly if they are to prevent a murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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1 September 1985 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The original story ended with Latimer and Kemp managing to escape with Sophy; Holmes and Watson later learn both villains have been killed in Hungary, either by each other or by Sophy. The ending of this adaptation was far more action oriented, with Holmes and Watson catching the villains on the train and Latimer dying when he tries to escape. Mycroft is unusually active by joining Sherlock and Watson on the train and helping to arrest Kemp. See more »


In a non-canonical scene added at the end, Mycroft Holmes inexplicably refers to a derringer (a single-shot pocket pistol) as a "revolver". See more »


Mycroft Holmes: Sherlock has all the energy in the family.
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Version of The Greek Interpreter (1922) See more »

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Weird sometimes but fascinating
3 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story while interesting and well paced and constructed is a somewhat weird one this time around. Not in the story itself but in some scenes such the interrogation scene. However, The Greek Interpreter is fascinating, and worth seeing for the introduction of Mycroft, who is a shrewd and very intelligent character and just seeing him with Holmes is what makes the episode well worth watching. The acting is very good as is expected, Jeremy Brett and David Burke are both brilliant, and Charles Gray is also excellent. There is also George Costigan and Nicholas Field, who make a sinister pair. The production values are wonderful, the music is at its most beautiful and haunting and there is some strong writing throughout. All in all, fascinating episode. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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