The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 1, Episode 3

The Musgrave Ritual (30 Jul. 1986)

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An obscure family document containing an enigmatic ritual holds the key to a hidden treasure if Holmes can decipher the mystery.



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Convalescent Holmes takes a holiday with Watson at the estate of his old college acquaintance Reginald Musgrave. Musgrave's butler is discovered prying into an enigmatic, centuries-old family document outlining an apparently meaningless ritual. When the butler and a maid he was romantically involved with disappear, Holmes and Watson set about deciphering the ritual's meaning which they hope will lead them to a long-buried treasure. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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[first lines]
Dr. Watson: Splendid air!
[Holmes coughs horribly]
Dr. Watson: Rough shooting.
[Holmes groans]
Dr. Watson: Perhaps a little fishing.
[Holmes groans again]
Dr. Watson: And the best cook in the County of Sussex, wouldn't you say?
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An Atmospheric and Eerie Adaptation
16 February 2012 | by (Baltimore, MD) – See all my reviews

A servant at the Musgrave Manor disappears after one them finds out an obscure written document that has been in the family history for generations, whose meaning remains unknown. This episode is stylish and atmospheric. The final minute at the closing credits is especially creepy. Patrick Gowers music in this one is quite unique and helps pack the punch. Jeremy Brett as usual continues prove why he is the definitive Holmes, Edward Hardwicke as expected makes an excellent Watson, and Michael Culver is a standout as Reginald Musgrave. Also, worth noting is that Jeremy Paul (who wrote many of the Granada episodes) won an Edgar Award for his adapted script.

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