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The White Knight Stratagem 

Dr. Joseph Bell helps the police investigate the murder of a money lender; but old animosity between him and the officer in charge leads to conflict.


Paul Marcus


Daniel Boyle (screenplay) (as Daniel Boyle)

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Episode credited cast:
Ian Richardson ... Dr. Joseph Bell
Charles Edwards ... Arthur Conan Doyle
Rik Mayall ... Lt. Daniel Blaney
Annette Crosbie ... Margaret Booth
Beatie Edney ... Lyla Milburn
Ron Donachie ... Fergusson
Anton Lesser ... Milburn
Ronald Pickup ... Sir John Starr
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lucy Allen Lucy Allen ... Alicia Craine
Henry Ian Cusick ... Sgt. Michael Clark
Gregory Fox-Murphy Gregory Fox-Murphy ... Asylum Doctor
David Gant ... Alexander Cameron
Margo Gunn Margo Gunn ... Mrs. Troy
Michael J. Jackson Michael J. Jackson ... Orde
Ben Macleod Ben Macleod ... Innes Doyle (as Ben McLeod)


When Sir John Starr complains that the investigation into his son's murder is not producing results, the Chief Constable asks Dr. Joseph Bell to assist. Bell agrees but there is some animosity with the officer in charge of the case, Lt. Blaney, as they had recently clashed on a different case. Bell enlist the help of Dr. Doyle who is in Edinburgh to visit his father. The younger Starr was a money lender and he had recently foreclosed on a an account resulting in a young woman committing suicide. For the first time however, Bell and Doyle do not see eye to eye on the case and Doyle finds himself siding with Lt. Blaney. When a suspect is killed, Bell begins to question his own abilities and feels that his time may have passed. Written by garykmcd

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2 October 2001 (UK) See more »

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Great Ian Richardson, Amazing Rik Mayall
31 July 2003 | by SignetSee all my reviews

The plot line is intriguing but not insoluble for the careful and observant viewer. What makes this episode of MYSTERY worth watching is the customary silk-smooth performance of Ian Richardson as Dr. Joseph Bell and the astonishing and subtle characterization of Rik Mayall as a police inspector. For all those who remember Mayall only as the egregious DROP DEAD FRED, his work here is of a completely different order of magnitude. The program is worth watching merely to watch his eyes, which tell dark stories barely hinted at in the script.

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