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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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 »


Sherlock Holmes: If the art of the detective began and ended in reasoning from an armchair, my brother would be the greatest criminal agent that ever lived.
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The Holmes brothers make a nice pair in this episode.
15 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a rather different type episode from the usual Holmes mystery as we, the viewer, know they villains right from the beginning of the show. The part that keeps us glued to the show is the fact of why a man is being beaten and starved in order to sign some sort of paper against his will. And with that comes Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to investigate this strange circumstance.

Holmes is visited by a man that is a interpreter of the Greek language. He tells of a strange situation where he has basically been taken to a house outside of town and forced to interpret into the Greek language to a man, Anton Alexander, that is being held hostage in the house. The bandits are wanting Anton to sign a paper that will bring to an end the torture that they are inflicting on him. Yet he refuses to sign and settles for the continuing whims of his muggers.

Holmes takes on the case and will need some help from his brother Mycroft Holmes (Charles Gray) that will lead to a train ride that will hopefully solve the entire hostage situation and bring peace to a family.

Jeremy Brett is again brilliant as the energetic detective and is joined by Charles Gray, playing his brother, that is just as intelligent yet coy about finding answers. This story is not a suspenseful as other but still makes for a nice watch.

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