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The Blue Carbuncle 

When the Countess of Morcar's priceless blue carbuncle is stolen, a reformed thief is charged with the crime.


David Carson


John Hawkesworth (developed for television by), Paul Finney (dramatised by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Countess of Morcar
Ros Simmons Ros Simmons ... Catherine Cusack
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... James Ryder
Desmond McNamara Desmond McNamara ... John Horner
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Jennie Horner
Brian Miller Brian Miller ... Inspector Bradstreet
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Frank Mills ... Peterson
Frank Middlemass ... Henry Baker
Don McCorkindale Don McCorkindale ... Windigate
Eric Allan Eric Allan ... Breckendridge
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ... Mrs Oakshott
Ricki Scott Ricki Scott ... Hotel Attendant


On Christmas Eve, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to determine how a fabulous blue carbuncle found its way down the gullet of a goose. It all starts that morning when the Commissioner who lives across the way asks Holmes' advice. On his way home, he came across a group of ruffians taking advantage of an elderly gentleman. His uniform scared them all off with the elderly gentleman leaving behind the goose. Holmes suggests that he simply keep it but he is soon back with the precious stone. Newspaper reports have reported the theft of the unique blue stone from a local hotel, but Holmes can't resist solving the mystery of how it got to its final destination. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Official Sites:

Official site [France]





Release Date:

5 June 1984 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Irene Adler's photograph (from "A Scandal in Bohemia") is seen briefly. See more »


When Holmes is awakened by Mrs. Hudson, a modern-day filter-tipped cigarette butt can be seen in the ashtray beside the bed; filter-tip cigarettes were not widely available in England until the 1950s. See more »


[first lines]
Catherine Cusack: [answering phone] Countess of Morcar.
Catherine Cusack: Thanks.
[hangs up]
Catherine Cusack: My God! She's back. She's getting out of the carriage. Come on, Ryder, get a move on!
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Version of The Blue Carbuncle (1980) See more »


God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Traditional English carol first published in 1833
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A Holiday Treat
5 February 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is an episode that surpasses the original Conan-Doyle story. Not to diminish the master's work, it's just that the screenwriter took the original, extrapolated from it, and gave us a lovely holiday story. This, of course, has to do with the disappearance of a monumentally expensive gem that has passed through many hands and, ultimately, down the gullet of a Christmas goose. The joy comes from the classic efforts of the characters to retrieve the stolen article and the lengths to which they will go. We are caught up in the thing because we don't want anyone hurt and we want so badly for the family man to come out on top. The term "wild goose chase" was invented for this episode which unfolds nicely. One thing I enjoyed about the Holmes stories is that the crime isn't always murder. There is frequently a humorous side (often at Watson's expense) that probably made the stories more endearing to the readers. The chaotic nature of the story, the initial hopelessness, and, finally, joy, are what make "The Blue Carbuncle" worth the effort. As usual, Jeremy Brett and David Burke are splendid as are the cast of character actors that pass through this.

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