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The Eligible Bachelor 

Sherlock Holmes' problem with disturbing dreams proves to be both an impediment and an aid in the search for a missing woman.


Peter Hammond


T.R. Bowen (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (based on "The Noble Bachelor") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Doctor Watson / Dr Watson
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ... Inspector Montgomery
Simon Williams ... Lord Robert St. Simon
Paris Jefferson ... Henrietta Doran
Anna Calder-Marshall ... Lady Helena / Agnes Northcote
Mary Ellis ... Lady Florence
Phillada Sewell Phillada Sewell ... Lady Mary
Elspeth March ... Lady Blanche
Heather Chasen Heather Chasen ... Hon. Amelia St. Simon
Bob Sessions Bob Sessions ... Aloysius Doran
Joanna McCallum Joanna McCallum ... Flora Miller
Myles Hoyle Myles Hoyle ... Thomas Floutier
Bruce Myers Bruce Myers ... Gallagher


Sherlock Holmes is unwell and suffering from intense, disturbing dreams. He is also bored with little to do and only the most routine and trivial cases offered to him. Mrs. Hudson is so worried that she summons Dr. Watson, who suggests Holmes consider a trip to Vienna to visit a new doctor who seems to specialize in interpreting dreams, Sigmund Freud; but, Holmes is soon approached by Lord Robert St. Simon over the sudden disappearance of his wife, Hettie. They had only just married when his new bride became deeply disturbed upon leaving the church. He admits to also having had actress Flora Miller as his one-time mistress, a jilted lady who's lately been making trouble for him. He was also previously married, twice, with his first wife dying and his second marriage annulled. It's not till Sherlock receives a visit from Agnes Northcote, sister of Lord Robert's second wife Helena, that he fully realizes the extent of Lord St. Simon's barbarity. When he learns the true reason for ... Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

10 February 1994 (USA) See more »

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


Another scratched face: Agnes Northcote's facial disfigurement switches from the left side of her face, when first revealed. to the right side when she is sitting while Holmes is telling her that he envies her for having a worthwhile opponent. They probably didn't even bother to make her up with scars for that scene - she just remains positioned so that only her "unscarred" left side can be seen. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: This is the asylum at Varnish.
Dr Watson: The misery there must be behind those walls. Hm.
Sherlock Holmes: There's no escape from the terrors of the mind.
Dr Watson: Indeed. Well, another case concluded.
Sherlock Holmes: Pah! I needn't have left Baker Street. An observant child could have solved it.
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4 December 2006 | by metropolnikSee all my reviews

This feature length episode is - apart from the equally dreadful "The Last Vampyre" - the worst adaption of a story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. One really wonders what was going on in the producer's mind wasting Jeremy Brett's rapidly diminishing energy and life-span for this crude story, especially after having been so faithful to the spirit of Doyle's works before. The theme of Holmes' dreams depicting exactly the events to come stands in stark contrast to his previously stated belief in rationality, facts and logical deduction. One can't help feeling the scriptwriters took to Holmes' former vice of drug abuse. Sad and unworthy of Jeremy Brett's talents.

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