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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.



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




Episode complete credited cast:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr Watson
... Mycroft Holmes
Alkis Kritikos ... Mr Melas
... Wilson Kemp
Nicholas Field ... Harold Latimer (as Nick Field)
... Paul Kratides
Victoria Harwood ... Sophy Kratides
Oliver Maguire ... Inspector Gregson
Rita Howard ... Mrs Stern
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




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Release Date:

1 September 1985 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


[All trivia items for this title are spoilers.] See more »


In a non-canonical scene added at the end, Mycroft Holmes inexplicably refers to a derringer (a single-shot pocket pistol) as a "revolver". 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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Well Done Effort of Espionage
5 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Having recently rediscovered the Holmes stories, I had forgotten how much foreign intrigue was involved in the stories. I guess colonial England had its share of spies and dissenters. There were also powers such as Germany and Russia that were always knocking on the door of the world's greatest empire. This has to do with an effort to make use of a Greek interpreter to coerce someone into signing something. The language barrier is at the center of it all. Holmes is intrigued by the fact that there is all this carting around of people to mysterious locations, threats, and violence. The joy is in the questioning and the acting on clues. This was never my favorite story but it makes for good television, and, of course, the two leads do a masterful job.

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