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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A classic yet slightly twisted ordinary mystery
20 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the quintessential additions to the traditional Sherlock Holmes collection.

It begins with a young and very pretty cyclist who seeks the help of Dectective Holmes because she is being followed on her bicycle during her work commute in the country. Holmes is initially involved in other experiments and studies, and is at first is not interested in hearing her case. But he soon gains interest as she presents herself as a poised and learned potential client, and Watson is intrigued by her beauty and her persistence.

It turns out that there is a plot against this woman that is unknown to her, and the antagonist is soon revealed as the one most interested in saving her life.

This episode is quite "delightful" in that in entails the elements that compromise a classic Holmes tale. It incorporates blunt and direct references to Holmes's cocaine addiction, along with his desire to solve every case, as this one along with many he regards as irresistible due to its complicated nature. There is also an opportunity for him to teach Watson, and a comic element is incorporated when Holmes's friend and college proves himself as yet again, inferior to Holmes's sleuthing abilities.

One of my favorites.... a must-see for the Jeremy Brett-as-Sherlock fan. An episode created at the pinnacle of this BBC series.


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