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The Final Problem 

Holmes and Watson travel to Europe to escape Moriarty's vengeance.


Alan Grint


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr. Watson
Eric Porter ... Professor Moriarty
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs. Hudson
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Director of the Louvre
Claude Le Saché Claude Le Saché ... Minister of the Interior (as Claude Le Sache)
Michael Goldie Michael Goldie ... The Artist
Robert Henderson Robert Henderson ... American Millionaire
Paul Sirr Paul Sirr ... Young Art Expert
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ... Porter at Victoria
Paul Humpoletz Paul Humpoletz ... Herr Steiler
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Swiss Youth


After a four month absence, Sherlock Holmes returns to Baker Street following several attempts on his life. Holmes had been away on an important assignment for the French government - recovering the Mona Lisa that had bee stolen from the Louvre. He was successful in his task and appropriately rewarded by the French but he raised the ire of the crime's perpetrator - Professor Moriarty. On the morning of his return, the Professor visited Holmes in his flat and warned him to cease or he would have no choice but to take extreme measures. With several attempts on his life having already taken place, Holmes and Watson head for Switzerland. Moriarty is a relentless pursuer however and he and Holmes have a fateful encounter at the Reichenbach Falls. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 September 1985 (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?


There is a picture of Reichenbach Falls above the mantle at Baker Street. See more »


When Holmes and Moriarty fall for hundreds of feet off the mountainside in front of the waterfall, their coat and cape remain stagnant. In real life, those garments would have blown up and above their heads as they fell. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Watson: [voiceover] When I returned to Baker Street from a short holiday in the spring of 1891, I had seen little of Holmes for some time. I saw in the papers that he had been engaged by the French Government upon a matter of supreme importance, but I could hardly foresee that it would have so violent a consequence. It lies with me now to tell for the first time what took place between Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in that fateful year.
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Crazy Credits

Shows Reichenbach Falls during ending credits. See more »


Featured in The Shackles of Sherlock (2007) See more »

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An Early Fall!
7 February 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

For those who really love the Sherlock Holmes stories, this one is where we have our radar up, watching intently to see if the writers and directors have done it justice. Holmes' adversary, Moriarity (played with panache by Eric Porter), has been presented as the equal of Holmes and he and his henchmen have as much at stake as the great detective. Holmes often remarks that the world is lucky that he (Holmes) never decided to turn to crime. After a nice presentation of the evil of his arch rival, Holmes meets him in Switzerland at the Reichenbach Falls. Part of the joy of this episode (and it is really well done) is that for his encounter, he must part ways with Watson and go it on his own. This is out of love as well as practicality. The scenery is breathtaking. If one has never seen the beauty of the Alps, the wonderful scenery contrasts the evil of Moriarity. Conan Doyle was tired of Holmes because he was being judged for only one part of his work. This, of course, sets up the next set of episodes.

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