A strange man on a bicycle follows a young music teacher as she bicycles on a lonely road to and from the city.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Barbara Wilshere ...
Michael Siberry ...
Ellis Dale ...
Sarah Aitchison ...
Sarah Carruthers
Simon Bleakley ...
Peter (as Simon Bleackley)
Penny Gowling ...
Mrs Dixon
Stafford Gordon ...
Rosalie Williams ...


Holmes is approached by Miss Violet Smith with a most peculiar problem. She has recently accepted a position with Mr. Carruthers as a music teacher for his 10 year old daughter. On Saturdays, she returns to her home to he with her mother and returns to Chilton Grange Manor on Mondays. She cycles the several miles to the train station and recently she has noticed a man, also on a bicycle, following her. He is quite blatantly there, stopping when she stops and always keeping the same distance from her but making no attempt to to hide his presence. She is worried at least in part because she recently rejected the advances of a Mr. Woodley who became upset and violent at the rejection. As Holmes soon deduces, she has good reason to be fearful, though not necessarily from the cyclist. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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15 May 1984 (UK)  »

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Sherlock Holmes: Watson.
Dr Watson: Yes?
Sherlock Holmes: Watch.
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Sherlock Holmes: No, I will dictate in the fullness of time.
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Stretches the Limits a Bit; However
5 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an episode where the set-up is quite good, but the result (which I will not ruin) runs a little off the tracks. The suspense is quite good, however, as a beautiful young music teacher goes to 221B to talk to Holmes about a two-wheeled stalker who follows her on her path to her work. He never gets terribly close, stops when she stops, but his appearance is unsettling, to say the least. Holmes sends Watson to keep an eye on her, but the results are disappointing. Holmes goes to investigate the principles in the case, one of them, a man who is quite a bit older than the young woman, who has proposed marriage to her and been rebuked. By investigating this man, Holmes begins to piece together the web of intrigue that surrounds his client. I have to say that I felt that for all her fears, she was a pretty cool customer to put herself in potential harm continuously. Of course, she was being paid well at the job, but there were forces at work, and most of us would have found her actions foolish. When I first read this story, I found the ending laughable, but that's what the author wrote. You'll have to decide for yourself. Of course, there's great interaction between the detective and his sidekick which makes everything watchable. Another nice entry into the Granada series.

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