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.



(short story "The Adventure of the Norwood Builder" from volume "The Return of Sherlock Holmes") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) , (developer), 1 more credit »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Mrs Lexington
Colin Jeavons ...
Matthew Solon ...
Mrs McFarlane
Rosalie Williams ...
Anthony Langdon ...
Ted Carroll ...
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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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Most of the episode is set at Oldacre's home. One property was used extensively for filming: the interior, exterior, garden, driveway and road outside. It was Beech Mount, Bowdon Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester. See more »


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


[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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A very good Holmes story, well-adapted
11 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In many ways, Jeremy Brett was the quintessential Sherlock Holmes. The nuances which he brought to his portrayal of the master detective were brilliant. While other Holmes stories are better known, I found this one to be extremely well done.

David Burke was very good as Watson, bringing both personality and charisma to the time-honored role. The period flavor, casting and adaptation here were excellent.

For those new to the Holmes series, this entry will be well worth a look. For avid fans, Brett's take on the consulting detective is satisfying and memorable. Enjoy....... The game is afoot !

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