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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 »

Company Credits

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: Come in, Sherlock! Come in, sir! You don't expect such energy from me, do you, Sherlock, hmm?
Sherlock Holmes: How did you get here?
Mycroft Holmes: I passed you while you were in the telegraph office.
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Greek Interpreter (1968) See more »

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So much to love
4 March 2016 | by lucyrfisherSee all my reviews

Jeremy Brett was brilliant as Holmes. I've just caught up with this episode, which I don't think I saw when it was originally screened. The team get so much right - creating tableaux from lovingly recreated interiors (including police stations). But the direction and editing lack a sense of timing - there are filler shots of people standing in halls, or gazing in puzzlement, or at the camera. I love to gaze on the face of Sherlock Holmes, but I also want to get on with the story. The dialogue needs to be faster, faster, faster, and they need to cut in on the end of each others' lines! They should have watched the Maltese Falcon, as did George Costigan as one of the villains. Or Rathbone and Bruce! Perhaps it was a current acting style (I'm looking back to my brief theatrical career).

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