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The Bruce Partington Plans 

Sherlock's brother Mycroft enlists his younger sibling to locate missing patent plans that pertain to a strategically critical state-of-the-art submarine.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Denis Lill ...
Amanda Waring ...
Sebastian Stride ...
Clerk at Woolwich Station
John Rapley ...
Underground Official
Simon Carter ...
Derek Ware ...
Stephen Crane ...
1st Platelayer
John Laing ...
2nd Platelayer


After a civil servant at the Naval Patent Office is found with his head crushed adjacent to the open-air tracks of the London Underground, Holmes' brother Mycroft enlists Sherlock's help on the case The murdered man has apparently stolen top-secret plans for ten components of a new, state-of-the-art submarine, but only seven of the less important design plans are found on the body. Holmes and Watson are entrusted to find the three critically important missing blueprints. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

27 April 1988 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Last episode of the series. See more »


[first lines]
Clerk at Woolwich Station: Evening, Mr West.
Cadogan West: Third class, London Bridge.
Clerk at Woolwich Station: Single or return?
Cadogan West: Oh,it doesn't matter. Single.
[a whistle is heard]
Cadogan West: Quickly. Quickly.
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Great episode
23 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

As people may well know by now, I am a big fan of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series. As far as the episodes in The Return of Sherlock Holmes go, I still think The Devil's Foot is the standout of this particular series, but The Bruce-Partington Plans is one of those episodes that shows why I love the series as much as I do.

The pace is mostly solid, if dragging a tad once or twice. That said, the story is an interesting and well-told one, and is further helped by the thoughtful dialogue, the meticulous production values(one of the series' best assets), the wonderful music and the top notch acting of Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke and Charles Gray.

All in all, a great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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