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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)




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 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 ... 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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Did You Know?


In the original story "The adventure of the Noble Bachelor", inspector Lestrade was investigating the case. Since Colin Jeavons, who played Lestrade in all of Granada's Sherlock Holmes productions, wasn't available, another police detective took his place with Lestrades absence being explained as him being in a spa. 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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To call this episode "weird" is an understatement...
26 January 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

This two-hour version of a Sherlock Holmes story that has been embellished with a number of new ingredients and sub-plots taken from other works of literature (most notably, the mad wife from "Jane Eyre"), is an extravagant waste of time for the viewer.

I came upon this after the first ten minutes and from then on tried to make sense of the proceedings. This was nearly impossible until I watched at least an hour of it to get to the main thread of the story. Even then, the plot is all over the place with rambling, incoherently staged scenes that seem to lack any sense of continuity. It's as if the editor had a jumbled mess on his hands and didn't know how to put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Of course, Sherlock has no such problem. With the thinnest of hints, he manages to solve the entire case using implausible practices. The weird underpinnings of the story are too improbable to bear much scrutiny.

Let's just say the settings are fine, the atmosphere proper and the acting is first rate except for Jeremy Brett who seems to be giving his all to an overbaked role that makes Sherlock Holmes look as though he needs a lot of clinical care. Brett looks pale and distraught most of the time, clearly not in the best of health with his asthma hurting his ability to draw his breath at times. Too bad he had to waste so much energy on a badly constructed episode that seemed endless.

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