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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Ellis Dale ...
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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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15 May 1984 (UK)  »

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Sherlock Holmes: Watson.
Dr Watson: Yes?
Sherlock Holmes: Watch.
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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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One of my favs
2 July 2009 | by (Bannockburn ,Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite episodes in the entire series of Sherlock Holmes.

This episode has all that is good in the ITV Classic.

The beautiful Barbara Wilshere as the cyclist in peril, A vile villain in Michael Siberry as Woodley.

As always the costumes and places are simply stunning as is the acting from all.

What stands out for me is the excellent comedy from both Jeremy Brett and David Burke.I always laugh out loud in 2 scenes in paricular. Holmes explaining to Dr Watson hi utter failure in his stake out. And then Watson talking to himself unaware of Holmes earwigging

"Go to the nearest public-house. That is the centre of country gossip"

  • Watson




"Capital idea Watson ! " Bellows Holmes in sarcastic tone.

The only thing that tops this is the altercation in the Public House where the brutal thuggery of Woodley ( backfists Holmes sending him hurtling across the room )

Is given a lesson in gentlemanly pugilism ( "Only a ruffian uses the back of the fist ! "..... " and i sir am a gentleman " - Holmes and is quickly dealt with and is then given a round of applause by the patrons of the house.

My favorite ever Holmes line !


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