Holmes thinks a woman's claim to have seen a man at her upstairs bedroom window is related to the theft of several apes.



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


Episode complete credited cast:
Adrian Lukis ...
Jack Bennett
Edith Presbury
Anna Mazzotti ...
Alice Morphy
James Tomlinson ...
Steve Swinscoe ...
Secretary of the Zoological Society
Great Ape

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Sherlock Holmes is asked by Jack Bennett to investigate after his fiancée Edith Presbury sees the shadow of a man in her window in the middle of the night. The problem is that her bedroom is on the second floor and there is no way for any man to have been able to get to that window. Edith is the daughter of a notable natural scientist, Professor Presbury, a widower who is engaged to be married to a much younger woman, Alice Morphy. The Professor is quite displeased at hearing that Bennett, who also happens to be his assistant, has hired the Great Detective and Holmes and Watson are unceremoniously escorted off the property.When Holmes reads of a rash of thefts from zoos - all monkeys and apes - he slowly begins to unravel the mystery of the shadow Miss Presbury saw in her window. Written by garykmcd

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28 March 1991 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


Michael Cox: Being the last episode of the series to be involved with as producer, he performs a cameo as zoo cleaner in the background of the zoo scene where Lestrade talks to the zoo director. His face is barely recognizable, but this event is mentioned in "A Study in Celluloid: A Producer's Account of Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holms" by Michael Cox, 1999, Rupert Books Cambridge. See more »


(at around 36 mins) We see Holmes idly pick up the newspaper and look through it. His attention is immediately caught by the headline of 'Monkey Theft.' If you skim through the very short article, you'll see a mention of the 'Lonon Zoo', when it should be London Zoo. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Presbury: You may inform the Secretary of the Royal Society that I have entitled my Michaelmas lecture 'Darwin's Fundamental Error'.
Jack Bennett: That'll raise a few hackles, sir.
Professor Presbury: Will it not.
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Not one of Holmes' finest hours but entertaining enough
26 May 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The story wasn't Conan Doyle's best in the first place, and this episode The Creeping Man ranks around the lower middle of the list for ranking the episodes of the Sherlock Holmes Granada series from best to worst. The story is ridiculous and felt rather rushed in the adaptation, and while I did like some of the playful tone of the script some of it did feel overdone with the comedy, almost in a farcial way. On the other hand, the episode is beautifully filmed and made, the music is hauntingly beautiful as always, the beginning is quietly intense contrasting to the thunderously shocking ending and the acting from Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke while having been better is suitably commanding. The supporting cast are solid, but nobody really stands out. All in all, reasonably enjoyable but not one of the best, still better than Last Vampyre and Eligible Bachelor as far as the Casebook episodes go. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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