A debt-ridden aristocrat may be having a mental breakdown, and his servants are concerned.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Elizabeth Weaver ...
Lady Beatrice Falder
Frank Grimes ...
John Mason
Denise Black ...
Carrie Evans
Michael Bilton ...
Martin Stone ...
Sandy Bain
Michael Wynne ...
Josiah Barnes
James Coyle ...
Rosalie Williams ...
Joe Barnes
Alan Pattison ...


Sherlock Holmes is approached by John Mason, a horse trainer who is worried about his employer's recent strange behavior. Sir Robert Norberton and his sister Lady Beatrice Falder live on their estate, Shoscombe Hall. Sir Robert is a keen horseman with stables known locally as Shoscombe Old Place. He has been under a great deal of pressure lately owing primarily to his financial situation. A moneylender, Samuel Brewer, has already visited the manor house once demanding payment but has now disappeared. Other bits of odd behavior have also been apparent. Sir Robert recently gave away his sister's beloved dog and Lady Falder is now only seen once a day when she goes for her carriage ride with her companion. Holmes and Watson are soon on site but it is apparent that Sir Robert is hiding something. Written by garykmcd

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7 March 1991 (UK)  »

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Guest star Jude Law went on to play Doctor Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). See more »


Holmes investigates the furnace in the basement of Shoscombe Hall. He approaches it and puts his hand on the handle of the furnace door, then instantly snatches back his hand with an exclamation of pain. However, he is wearing leather gloves which would have protected him from the heat of the handle for at least a few moments. See more »


[first lines]
John Mason: And this is where The Prince is stab... Oh, Sir Robert. Sorry to disturb you. This is Joe Barnes. Uh, Josiah's boy.
Sir Robert Norberton: I know who he is, Mason. What's he doing here?
John Mason: He's keen to race horses.
Joe Barnes: I can ride, Sir Robert. I'd like to be a jockey.
Sir Robert Norberton: Would you?
Joe Barnes: More than anything in the world.
Sir Robert Norberton: Well, that's good, very good, but what has it got to do with me?
Joe Barnes: I thought I could work for you.
Sir Robert Norberton: I have all the jockeys I need.
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16 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man is facing financial ruin. He needs to win a major horse-race to make enough money to pay his debts. He is given an ultimatum. Unfortunately, his fortune is really his sisters and upon her death, her brother inherits the fortune, the house, and property. There are some shady dealing involving a water spaniel, an old church, some strange sounds, and a woman who rides through the countryside fully draped in white linen. The groom at the stables alerts Holmes when he finds a femur bone in a furnace used to burn rubbish. This leads Holmes and Watson to Shoscombe Old Place. What follows is really quite memorable. Watch for Jude Law, a young boy who asks The Lord of Manor to hire him as a jockey. His employment becomes significant later. The performances are great again with Jeremy Brett being about as quirky as one can be and Edward Hardwicke filling the bill as the nervous, manipulated Watson. This later episode bears a close watch.

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