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The Crooked Man 

Col. Barclay is found dead and his wife is arrested for the murder, but Holmes is convinced a missing door key will reveal the true killer.


Alan Grint


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Norman Jones ... Henry Wood
Lisa Daniely ... Nancy Barclay
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ... James Barclay
Fiona Shaw ... Miss Morrison
Paul Chapman ... Major Murphy
Shelagh Stephenson Shelagh Stephenson ... Jane
Michael Lumsden ... Young Henry Wood
Catherine Rabett Catherine Rabett ... Young Nancy
James Wilby ... Young Barclay
Maggie Holland Maggie Holland ... Mrs Fenning
Colin Campbell ... Private Bates
David Graham Jones David Graham Jones ... Pianist


Egged on by his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes agrees to investigate the murder of Col. James Barclay who rose from the ranks to command his Regiment. After returning home from her monthly evening out helping the poor, the dead man's wife Nancy had a flaming row with her husband. After hearing a scream, the servants try to enter the room only to find locked from the inside. When they do manage to enter, they find the Colonel dead from what appears to be a blow to the head and Nancy in a feint. Holmes learns that at her charity work, she had reacted in shock when she approached a new arrival, an old man with a bent back and crooked legs. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Did You Know?


Dr Watson describes himself as a "former medical officer attached to the Royal Berkshires now in civilian practice." The Royal Berkshire Regiment was a line infantry regiment of the British Arny formed in 1881. However, the regiment was only granted "Royal" status in 1885 after service at the Battle of Tofrek. See more »


Dr. John Watson: What do you say, Holmes?
Sherlock Holmes: What can I say? Major Murphy, you have told me *nothing*!
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A wonderfully clever mystery, with an unforgettable character.
22 August 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This is a wonderfully clever murder mystery, multi layered and deeply intricate. Holmes and Watson are called in to a locked door mystery, the death of a respected Colonel Barclay, with his suspected wife, the delicate and lovely Nancy found unconscious next to him. Naturally there is so much more to this case then that basic premise, the case is deep and full of intrigue, Holmes needs to be at his very best to discover the truth.

Norman Jones gives one of the most memorable performances in the show's history as Henry Wood, a tormented soul, broken-hearted and full of torment, he is fantastic. I'd also give a note on the performance of Shelagh Stephenson as the maid Jane, she does a great job when her character is quizzed by Holmes. I must admit to being fond of Burke in these early episodes. Brett is wonderfully exuberant, energised and at the height of his majesty here.

Naturally it boasts impeccable production values, the sets and costumes are spot on, the whole thing looks and feels very slick, it moves at an enjoyable pace.

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22 May 1984 (UK) See more »

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