The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 4

The Solitary Cyclist (15 May 1984)

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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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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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Holmes says that Williamson was unfrocked, which is an incorrect term for the Anglican church. The actual terminology is "deposed". See more »

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[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Watson.
Dr Watson: Yes?
Sherlock Holmes: Watch.
[they move to his chemistry setup]
Sherlock Holmes: The chemical reaction you are about to witness will solve the mystery concerning the persecution of Mr John Vincent Harden.
Dr Watson: Oh. Excellent! The tobacco millionaire. Shall I take notes?
Sherlock Holmes: No, I will dictate in the fullness of time.
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Classic Sherlock Holmes
22 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Solitary Cyclist is a classic Sherlock Holmes episode. I do prefer just The Crooked Man, The Dancing Men and The Final Problem of the Adventures series, but this is easily one of the better episodes of that series to me. It is an evocatively made and visually splendid adaptation as usual, and the music is of hauntingly beautiful quality. The story is not too complicated and has some very pleasing twists and a great atmosphere, while the writing is sophisticated and sometimes droll in the banter with Holmes and Watson, the altercation in the Public House is one of the single best scenes of any of the Granada Holmes adaptations. The acting is great, Barbara Wilshire, John Castle and especially Michael Siberry are very effective in supporting roles and David Burke is a composed and playful Watson but Jeremy Brett superb Holmes again proves to be the main attraction. Overall, a classic. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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