Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 0

The Speckled Band (18 May 1964)

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Helen Stoner needs the great man's help. She lives in a country mansion with her flamboyant and sinister guardian Grimesby Raylott, who has travelled abroad and brought home some souvenir ... See full summary »

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Helen Stoner needs the great man's help. She lives in a country mansion with her flamboyant and sinister guardian Grimesby Raylott, who has travelled abroad and brought home some souvenir livestock. Recently her sister Julia, about to be married and made by Raylott to sleep in a bed that was screwed to the floor, died in mysterious circumstances. Her final words referred to a "speckled band." Helen is fearful for her own safety and Holmes and Watson investigate. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The shadow of the boom mic can clearly be seen on the wall as Dr. Roylott threatens his stepdaughter Helen on his return from London. See more »

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Version of Sherlock Holmes: Das gefleckte Band (1967) See more »

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inspired adaptation of one of Conan Doyle's finer stories
31 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Speckled Band' was one of the better Sherlock Holmes stories, and as such, it is not surprising that the BBC chose it as a pilot for their series pairing Douglas Wilmer as Holmes with Nigel Stock as Watson.

Shot in black and white on a Baker Street set built at Ealing Studios, this series starts well and, in 50 minutes, the story is told in a compact and economic form which, nevertheless, leaves the viewer in some suspense about the outcome.

This version of 'Speckled Band' was very interesting to compare with the Granada Brett version twenty years later. Wilmer makes a perceptive and sardonic Holmes, looking very like the Strand illustrations; while Stock is effective as the war-weary Watson. Guest stars bring to life the minor characters, and despite the aged print, this was absorbing viewing.


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