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



(by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), (dramatised by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robin Ellis ...
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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Well made and acted, but lacking something
27 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have always treasured this series and while Shoscombe Old Place is not one the best it is worth watching. It is not always very secure in the pacing, sometimes coming across as sluggish, and the story lacks the dazzle of some of the earlier episodes, though it does its best with a story that isn't Conan Doyle's strongest or even one of them in the first place. As with all the Sherlock Holmes episode, it is meticulously made with the attention to detail very realistic, the music sounds beautiful with the odd haunting moment and the dialogue while just lacking the wit and sparkle of previous adaptations is still thoughtfully written. It is interesting to see Jude Law in an early small role, but Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke and their chemistry together are the main attractions of the episode. Overall, decent and well made and acted but story-wise Shoscombe Old Place isn't one of the best to me. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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