The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 4

The Boscombe Valley Mystery (14 Mar. 1991)

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When William McCarthy is found dead, the son with whom he had just quarreled is charged with murder.



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When Sherlock Holmes receives an urgent plea for help from a young woman, Alice Turner, he interrupts Dr. Watson's holiday and they set off. Alice wants Holmes to exonerate her childhood friend James McCarthy, whom she loves dearly and who has been charged with murdering his father, William McCarthy. She is convinced of his innocence and believes the murder charge is due in part to his refusal to reveal what he and his father were arguing about the day the elder McCarthy was killed. They were in fact arguing about James' refusal to marry her. After interviewing him, Holmes also believes him to be innocent. The solution to the crime is to be found in events that began long ago when the elder McCarthy and Alice's father, John Turner, both lived in Australia. Written by garykmcd

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[first lines]
James McCarthy: Look father, we have been through all this before...
William McCarthy: Do as I tell you, boy. You damned disobedient little bastard! Give me the gun!
James McCarthy: It's *my* life, and I'm going to run it the way I like!
William McCarthy: Get off out of it!
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Enjoyable, but not one of the best
3 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Boscombe Valley Mystery is an enjoyable enough episode, but I don't consider it among the best of the Sherlock Holmes episodes. The story does feel cobbled together sometimes but it is at least interesting. The adaptation is however unevenly paced at times, with some scenes in the middle feeling a little saggy, and the omission of the clue that has been pointed out previously was disappointing as that could have added to the mystery more. The episode however is beautifully shot with evocative period recreation, and the music sets an appropriately haunting atmosphere. The script and direction are mostly solid, Jeremy Brett(even if you can see him visibly ailing at times) and Edward Hardwicke are excellent and Peter Vaughan also plays his role perfectly. All in all, I enjoyed it but something was missing to make it even more than that. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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