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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 ... 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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First episode in which Holmes swears. 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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Not only one of the best of the series but also one of the most special too
3 June 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As I have said many, many times I am a fan of the Granada Sherlock Holmes adaptations. I love how well made they are, I love the sophisticated stories and writing, I love the music and as much as I do like Basil Rathbone(a lot actually) I consider Jeremy Brett the best Sherlock Holmes.

The Final Problem is for me one of the best and most special of the series. And although that's part of why, it's not only because it has Holmes and Moriaty and a final ten minutes or so that will delight any Holmes or Conan Doyle fan.

The Final Problem also has a loyal and thoughtful script, and the story is thrilling with seldom a dull spot. The adaptation has some of the most beautiful scenery in any of these Granada adaptations, and it is beautifully shot as well. The music score is also one of my favourites in the series, the final moments are orchestrated beautifully especially as if in a reflective and doubtful way, and the direction is reliable.

Jeremy Brett gives a commanding performance as always in the titular role and David Burke is a more than a perfect match for him. Moriaty is also very effectively portrayed by Eric Porter as well. All in all, wonderful and will be always be very special to me. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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29 September 1985 (UK) See more »

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