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A Scandal in Bohemia 

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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Release Date:

24 April 1984 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode begins with an exchange between Watson and Holmes regarding Holmes' drug use, asking "Morphine or cocaine?" Holmes specifies his preference for a 7% solution of cocaine, and that he requires stimulants to deal with stagnation. This dialogue is actually from the story "The Sign of Four". In Conan Doyle's "A Scandal in Bohemia," Watson merely makes a passing reference to cocaine, curiously referring to "the drowsiness of the drug." 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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A Scandal in Bohemia
13 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

After Jeremy Brett, British television companies have been reluctant to make period set Sherlock Holmes stories.

The most successful reincarnation has been the modern day version of Sherlock.

Brett would add theatrical flourishes in his interpretation. The opening scenes very much sets out his Holmes. Clever, irascible and if he cannot exercise his mind then he will take the 7 per cent solution.

Watson (David Burke) is solid and reliable. He knows when it comes to intellect that he is second fiddle to Holmes.

A Scandal in Bohemia is a good introductory story with the appearance of the flamed headed Irene Adler. The King of Bohemia wants Holmes to get hold of a photograph with him and Adler.

Holmes has a cunning plan and dons various disguises. He also realises that Irene Adler is a woman of some intellect herself.

This is a wonderfully crafted story from Granada. There is just a hint here and there that the makers were stretched to bring the short story to the one hour long allotted time.

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