A mysterious man sets up a new doctor in a posh practice for a percentage of his fees.



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Dr. Percy Trevelyan seeks Sherlock Holmes' assistance in deciphering his benefactor's recent odd behavior. Trevelyan recounts that some years before, Mr. Blessington plucked him out of an obscure and virtually non-existent practice and offered to set him up at a prestigious address. In return for this investment, Blessington would receive a percentage of his income and would provide him with free medical care. For quite some time now the arrangement has worked well for both parties and Blessington has profited from the arrangement. Recently however, Blessington has been acting very strangely. Having read of a burglary in a nearby home, Blessington was overwrought and had bars installed on all the windows. Holmes is intrigued by the case but subsequent events soon have him investigating a murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 September 1985 (UK)  »

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Another solid episode
18 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've always loved the Granada Sherlock Holmes adaptations, finding them so well made and acted as well as largely compelling. And The Resident Patient is no exception to that. It is not one of my favourites of the series with some(not all) of the mystery taking some time to get going, but it has everything that I love so much about the series. The story, while not the most grippingly-paced, is a clever one, with a suspenseful enough atmosphere, a very entertaining opening scene and one of my favourite Holmes-Watson moments involving Holmes playing the violin badly while Watson is trying to work. The script is as thoughtfully written as ever, the music is still of the hauntingly beautiful quality that adds so much to the atmosphere of the series and it is a splendidly made episode with everything down from the sets, the carriages to the costumes evocatively done. The acting is great, Nicholas Clay and Patrick Newell give strong supporting performances, but every Sherlock Holmes story and episode focuses on its two leads and both are superb, David Burke is suitably quietly intelligent while Jeremy Brett becomes the iconic character of Holmes. Overall, a solid episode and adaptation. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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