The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 3

The Norwood Builder (8 Sep. 1985)

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When a notorious retired builder is found dead, his recently-named heir is the prime suspect.

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Knowing that he is about to be arrested for murder, John Hector McFarlane asks for Sherlock Holmes' assistance in establishing his innocence. McFarlane is a solicitor who was visited the previous day by Jonas Oldacre who wanted to draw up a will. McFarlane was astonished to learn that Oldacre was naming him as the beneficiary of his fortune. McFarlane had never met the man who claimed to have known his parents long ago and having no issue of his own, wanted to leave everything to him. McFarlane drew up the papers and called at Oldacre's home that evening to have everything signed but sometime in the night the man was killed and the body burned beyond all recognition. Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard thinks he has an open and shut case but after Holmes interviews McFarlane's mother, he thinks there is something else afoot. Written by garykmcd

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original short story The Norwood Builder describes Jonas Oldacre as "a strange little ferret-like man". The actor who plays him here, Jonathan Adams, was, on the other hand, a tall thick-set person. See more »

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During Holmes and Watson's conversation with Mrs. McFarland, the mic briefly comes into frame on the top right of the screen. See more »

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[first lines]
Dr. John Watson: Thank you, George.
Sherlock Holmes: From the point of view of the criminal expert, London has become a singularly uninteresting city.
Dr. John Watson: Well, I hardly think you'll find many decent citizens to agree with you.
Sherlock Holmes: Well, well, well, one must not be selfish. The community's the gainer and no-one the loser, save the poor unfortunate specialist whose occupation has gone.
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LeStrade: On His Feet Again
6 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode again involves the client who finds himself in changed circumstances overnight. A contractor/builder finds that a man he doesn't know has made him his heir. Unfortunately, the man is killed and his body is burned. That would, of course, lead to the conclusion that the murderer was our young builder. At a time when a positive identification of a burned body was very difficult, there are some unanswered questions. First, of course, is why would this relative stranger wish to leave his money to this fellow. Holmes puts his usual tactics to work to figure this out. Inspector LeStrade makes his first appearance as Scotland Yard's cream of the crop. The byplay with Holmes as he jumps to conclusions is really fun. In the stories, LeStrade and other Yard men and local police officials benefit greatly from Holmes because the great detective does not aspire to public adoration. While Holmes is quite arrogant and incredibly sure of his abilities, he is usually satisfied to solve the crime rather than bask in the aftermath.


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