The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 2

The Greek Interpreter (1 Sep. 1985)

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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 »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alkis Kritikos ...
Nicholas Field ...
Harold Latimer (as Nick Field)
Victoria Harwood ...
Oliver Maguire ...
Rita Howard ...
Mrs Stern
Peter Mackriel ...
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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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Sherlock Holmes: Can you not find a magistrate to sign this warrant for us?
Inspector Gregson: At this hour?
Sherlock Holmes: At this very minute. Or kidnapping could become murder!
Inspector Gregson: I can but try.
Sherlock Holmes: Please do.
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Well Done Effort of Espionage
5 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Having recently rediscovered the Holmes stories, I had forgotten how much foreign intrigue was involved in the stories. I guess colonial England had its share of spies and dissenters. There were also powers such as Germany and Russia that were always knocking on the door of the world's greatest empire. This has to do with an effort to make use of a Greek interpreter to coerce someone into signing something. The language barrier is at the center of it all. Holmes is intrigued by the fact that there is all this carting around of people to mysterious locations, threats, and violence. The joy is in the questioning and the acting on clues. This was never my favorite story but it makes for good television, and, of course, the two leads do a masterful job.

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