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A Scandal in Bohemia 

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Sherlock Holmes finds himself evenly matched when he is employed by the King of Bohemia to retrieve an indiscreet photograph from the American actress and singer, Irene Adler.


Paul Annett


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Gayle Hunnicutt ... Irene Adler
Wolf Kahler ... King of Bohemia
Michael Carter ... Godfrey Norton
Max Faulkner ... John
Tim Pearce Tim Pearce ... Cabby
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Tessa Worsley Tessa Worsley ... Mrs Willard
Will Tacey Will Tacey ... Clergyman
Tom Watt Tom Watt ... 1st Loafer
Paul Elsam Paul Elsam ... 2nd Loafer
David Baukham David Baukham ... 1st Big Man (as David Bauckham)
Edward York Edward York ... 2nd Big Man
John Graham-Davies John Graham-Davies ... 1st Young Man (as John Graham Davies)




Sherlock Holmes is hired by the King of Bohemia to retrieve a compromising photograph from a certain lady. The King has tried to purchase the photo and even hired burglars to retrieve it, but without success. The woman in question is the very beautiful Irene Adler, an opera singer. She has made no demands of the King so it does not seem that blackmail is her intent. Using various disguises, Holmes learns as much about the woman as he can and is surprised when, after following her to a church, finds that she has married a barrister. Holmes stages a bit of theatre to get her to divulge the location of the photo but he finds he has met his match in both daring and intellect. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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The location of the church where the marriage takes place is the Bowdon Downs church, a.k.a. The Upper Room Christian Fellowship on The Downs, Altrincham, Greater Manchester. See more »


The streets of London are regularly covered with tarmac even though this was not invented before 1901. This episode is supposed to take place circa 20 years earlier. See more »


[first lines]
John: [surprising two burglars] Got you!
[Irene enters with a gun, and gestures with it for the burglars to drop their knives]
1st Burglar: Now look here!
[Irene gestures for the burglars to leave]
John: But, ma'am...
[the burglars leave by the window]
Irene Adler: Close the window, John.
Dr. John Watson: [narrating] To Sherlock Holmes, she was always The Woman, the beautiful Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
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Version of A Scandal in Bohemia (1921) See more »


Art thee Troubled
Performed by Gayle Hunnicutt
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A great debut to a wonderful series.
2 August 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Jeremy Brett's reign as Conan Doyle's famous detective kicked off with this story, one of Conan Doyle's better known tales. Hard to believe this was made back in 1984, it boasts glorious production values, it is wonderfully opulent and decadent, they went for dramatic, a touch of theatre. Glorious costumes and visuals, it's a definite treat upon the eyes, but it's the performances that make this, Brett is incredible in his first outing, his disguises are hugely entertaining, reminiscent of those donned by Basil Rathbone. David Burke does a fine job as Watson, I've always liked both him and Hardwicke equally. Gayle Hunnicutt is utterly glorious as Irene Adler, she has a delicate beauty, and a softness which the character demanded, Wolf Kahler certainly looked the part of the King of Bohemia.

Not my favourite story, as I felt there were better to come, but it's a solid opener, and worth watching for the fine performances. 8/10

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24 April 1984 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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