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The Master Blackmailer 

Holmes and Watson attempt to break the grip of a ruthless blackmailer of their clients.


Peter Hammond


Jeremy Paul (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on "Charles Augustas Milverton")

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Doctor Watson
Robert Hardy ... Charles Augustus Milverton
Norma West ... Lady Diana Swinstead
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... The Dowager (as Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies)
Colin Jeavons ... Inspector Lestrade
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Bertrand
Serena Gordon Serena Gordon ... Lady Eva Blackwell
Sarah McVicar Sarah McVicar ... The Hon. Charlotte Miles
David Mallinson ... Colonel Dorking
Brian Mitchell Brian Mitchell ... Harry, Earl of Dovercourt
Hans Meyer ... Hebworth (Alias Veitch)
Sophie Thompson ... Agatha
Stephen Simms Stephen Simms ... Stokes
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson


The master sleuth must deal with the menace of Charles Augustus Milverton, an art dealer who has a profitable sideline as a blackmailer with much of London's high society in his grip. Unfortunately, he is no amateur at his line of work and Holmes must use all his cunning and skill in some risky operations to foil this criminal. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

6 May 1993 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television,WGBH See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story features scenes from an all-male production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado. See more »


When the maid comes into Milverton's study, she says, "I'm here to light the fire." A housemaid or scullery maid would never speak to the master of the house without being spoken to first. And when he tells her not to light the fire and just to leave, she replies, "Oh. Okay." Most likely she would not say anything, or might say, "Yes, sir." But she would never say "okay" (which is probably anachronistic in British speech in any case). See more »


Sherlock Holmes: One must play one's cards as best one can when such a stake is on the table.
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Can Can [Infernal Galop]
Written by Jacques Offenbach
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Screen version of Sherlock Holmes reaches its zenith in Jeremy Brett's portrayal of master sleuth.
18 January 2006 | by sonarman65See all my reviews

After seeing Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, no actor should ever display such conceit as to imagine that he could ever come close to Mr. Brett's portrayal of "one of the most interesting characters in literature". Jeremy Brett IS Sherlock Holmes and in my opinion there can be no other. The great actor Basil Rathbone is,I must admit, a close second but, is still second. One might make the argument that Mr. Rathbone's screenplays were inferior to the absolutely top notch productions afforded Mr. Brett and to this I would agree. However when all is said and done Jeremy Brett will always and forever be the only actor to truly "become" Sherlock Holmes. The book should be closed on this subject and we,the public,left to enjoy Mr.Brett's unique performances.

Bill Rogers


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