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The Greek Interpreter 

An unsavory gang kidnaps a Greek interpreter and forces him to relate their demands to an abductee who knows only the Greek tongue.


Alan Grint


Arthur Conan Doyle (short story "The Adventure of the Greek Interpreter" from volume "The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes") (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developer) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Charles Gray ... Mycroft Holmes
Alkis Kritikos Alkis Kritikos ... Mr Melas
George Costigan ... Wilson Kemp
Nicholas Field Nicholas Field ... Harold Latimer (as Nick Field)
Anton Alexander ... Paul Kratides
Victoria Harwood ... Sophy Kratides
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... Inspector Gregson
Rita Howard Rita Howard ... Mrs Stern
Peter Mackriel Peter Mackriel ... Ticket Inspector


Dr. Watson is shocked to learn that his good friend Sherlock Holmes has a brother, Mycroft, and that they are on their way to meet him on an urgent matter. There they learn of the strange case of Mr. Melas, a Greek interpreter, who was roused from his sleep in the middle of the night and required to interpret for a man who was clearly being held against his will. That man was beaten, bound and not allowed to speak but only to write out his answers to the questions he was posed. Clearly his captors are trying to force him to sign a document and are also keeping his sister captive. When Melas is taken a second time to interpret, Holmes, Mycroft and Watson must move quickly if they are to prevent a murder. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




Official Sites:

Official site [France]





Release Date:

1 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?


This is the second time Charles Gray has played Mycroft Holmes The first time was in "The Seven Percent Solution" (1976) See more »


After Melas is abandoned in Wadsworth Common, the shadow of the mike briefly appears on his back as he walks away from the camera. See more »


Mycroft Holmes: Look at those two men, Sherlock. What do you make of them?
Sherlock Holmes: Of the billiard-marker and the other?
Mycroft Holmes: Precisely.
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Version of The Greek Interpreter (1922) See more »

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The Other Holmes
2 April 2012 | by ericksonsam60See all my reviews

This adaptation has a gripping and suspenseful plot involving gang kidnapping as well as superb performances by Nicolas Field and George Costigan (doing an impersonation of Peter Lorre) as the sinister perpetrators. Also, Jeremy Brett and David Burke continue to be in fine form as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. However, what really makes this episode special is that it marks the debut of Holmes's brother Mycroft, wonderfully played by Charles Gray. He is what you would call an armchair detective, he tends to be lazy yet he's as brilliant if not more so than Sherlock himself. Although, it plays more like a crime story than a mystery it turns out to be a not too shabby entry.

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