The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 2

The Abbey Grange (16 Jul. 1986)

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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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Lady Mary Brackenstall (as Anne Louise Lambert)
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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 Gabe Taverney (

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Although this was the first episode of the Granada series to be filmed with Edward Hardwicke as Watson, it was not aired until after "The Empty House" began Granada's "The Return of Sherlock Holmes" series. See more »


After about 25 minutes, when Holmes climbs up the mantelpiece to investigate the cord with which one could ring for a servant, one can see clearly a low voltage cable running on top of the mantelpiece. This cable has a modern day synthetic insulation, and is attached with plastic clips. See more »


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Inspector Hopkins: Far now?
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An underrated gem
5 October 2011 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

This is not one of the more popular Sherlock Holmes episodes, yet it still remains a standout. Its plot is not unusual - a wealthy nobleman is brutally murdered, but it's the startling revelations that make it particularly memorable. It's also another example of Holmes rightly applying his own sense of justice. Stories in which Holmes reveals his humanity are among my favorites, and the strong sense of intrigue builds to a satisfying conclusion. It is artfully directed and photographed in a beautiful English countryside. Also, the music by Patrick Gowers is evocative, and Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke continue to shine as the quintessential Holmes and Watson.

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