Holmes is called to a manor house to investigate the brutal murder of a country lord with a fireplace poker and reconcile the story of his bruised and battered wife with the facts.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Williamson ...
Conrad Phillips ...
Anne-Louise Lambert ...
Lady Mary Brackenstall (as Anne Louise Lambert)
Zulema Dene ...
Oliver Tobias ...
Mr Viviani


Inspector Hopkins invites Holmes to assist him in solving the brutal murder of Lord Brackenstall with a fireplace poker at his country estate. According to his bruised and battered wife, her husband was a secret alcoholic who kept his drinking discreetly hidden. On the night in question, she alleges that her house was invaded by a locally notorious thief and his two larcenous sons, who bound her, stole the family silver, bludgeoned her husband to death, and calmly helped themselves to some port wine. Lady Brackenstall denies that the obvious bruising on her face and hands are connected to the murder. When something about the three wine glasses used by the perpetrators bothers Holmes, his mind begins to move in a new direction. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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16 July 1986 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


When Watson exonerates the sea captain near the end, Holmes exclaims "vox populi, vox dei." This translates from the Latin as "The voice of the people is the voice of God." See more »


Lady Mary said that she had been born in Australia, but there is no trace of an Australian accent in the actress's voice. See more »


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25 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another entertaining episode featuring a brutal murder that needs the expertise of Sherlock Holmes to help bring the facts to light.

It begins in a wealthy manor where the lord of the house has been found dead from being hit over the head with a fire-poker. The lady of the house was a witness as she described to Holmes and the police that she walked in on three men robbing the house. She advised that she was beaten and tied up before her husband entered the room for her rescue. But instead, her husband was killed and the men left after stealing all the silver.

Holmes hears the story but seems interested in the woman's account of the story that involved the three men taking a drink out of the glasses on the counter. There is something to this part of the story that mesmerizes Holmes to the point of returning to the manor and again talking to the injured lady. And as we know when Holmes goes in for a second account of the story, the walls of fiction will be revealed.

Another fine episode featuring Jeremy Brett as the always interesting actor playing Sherlock Holmes. Jeremy is brilliant as his tics and facial expressions are just as compelling as the character he portrays. Good Watch.

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