The Return of Sherlock Holmes: Season 2, Episode 3

Wisteria Lodge (20 Apr. 1988)

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A bored Holmes eagerly accepts a case involving the disappearance of an amateur Spanish cartographer as well as his servants from his rented country lodge.



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Without a case to occupy his restive mind, Holmes breaks his ennui by agreeing to investigate the story of an amateur cartographer who stayed overnight at the rented lodge of another map enthusiast but awoke in the morning to find his host and servants mysteriously missing. Holmes finds he has a rival in the ambitious and publicity conscious Inspector Barnes, who sees himself as The Great Detective's peer and is reluctant to share information with him. When the Spaniard is found bludgeoned to death, Barnes suspects his mulatto servant, but Holmes directs his efforts in a different direction. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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Donald Churchill who plays Scott Eccles here had played Dr. Watson in the 1983 TV adaptation of "The Hound of the Baskervilles." See more »


[first lines]
Garcia: Mr Scott Eccles.
Scott Eccles: Oh, ah-ha, Mr Garcia.
Garcia: I'm sorry, I did not recognize you at once.
Scott Eccles: Oh, ah.
Garcia: Please, allow me to carry your case.
Scott Eccles: That's very civil of you. Thank you very much.
Garcia: I'm sorry the weather has been unkind for your visit.
Scott Eccles: Ah, well, unkind for you, perhaps, but, hah, we British, you know, we're hardy souls, hah-hah.
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Quite good in my opinion
22 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I don't consider Wisteria Lodge up there with the best Granada Sherlock Holmes adaptations, but I can think of worse(ie. Eligible Bachelor), however it is in my opinion quite good. The story itself is wonderful, and quite unique for reasons that have been explained so well already.

The story here is intriguing and starts off grand, it's just that in the middle where the atmosphere get darker and gloomier and some of the pacing gets a little too languid for my liking, the storytelling does get perhaps too murky.

However, the adaptation once again is well made. I have always admired the authenticity and look of the costumes, sets and scenery, and Wisteria Lodge is no exception. The photography and editing is not among the best of these adaptations but they are good.

My quibble with the production values though is some of the lighting where some scenes are too dimly lit, so it is not always easy to see what's going on. In its defence though, Wisteria Lodge is not the first Sherlock Holmes to have this problem, of the many I've seen I think Mazarin Stone(one of those interesting but failed attempts) is especially guilty of this.

Back to the positives, I have always loved the music of this series, I find it so haunting and beautiful. Again Wisteria Lodge is no exception to the rule. The writing is as thoughtful and sophisticated as ever, some may find the mirror gimmick annoying I actually found it interesting and crucial to the mystery, and as superb as Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke are in the leads, the real kudos when it comes to the acting is Freddie Jones. His Baynes is a very interesting character and very enjoyable to watch, and Jones, always a fine actor, nails the role.

In conclusion, it is a slight disappointment, but it is quite good all the same. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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