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The Red Headed League 

What seems at first to be a harmless prank played upon a red-headed man is soon revealed to be much more: a sinister scheme devised by the Napoleon of Crime.

Director:

John Bruce

Writers:

Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Roger Hammond ... Jabez Wilson
Tim McInnerny ... John Clay
Richard Wilson ... Duncan Ross
Bruce Dukov Bruce Dukov ... Sarasate
John Woodnutt ... Mr. Merryweather
John Labanowski John Labanowski ... Athelney Jones
Reginald Stewart Reginald Stewart ... Doorman (as Reg Stewart)
Ian Bleasdale Ian Bleasdale ... Accountant
Malcolm Weaver ... Archie
Eric Porter ... Professor Moriarty
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Storyline

Sherlock Holmes in investigates the strange case of Jabez Wilson. The man was recently offered employment by an organization known as the Red Headed League. For the grand sum of 4 pounds per week, he was to sit in an office and copy out entries fro an encyclopedia, starting with the letter A. He had responded to an advertisement and while there were many applicants, he has no idea why he was selected as the League's beneficiary. When after several weeks his employment is suddenly terminated, Mr. Wilson doesn't know what think. Holmes quickly deduces however that it was the location of his office as much as his red hair that resulted in him getting the employment in the first place. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1985 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This adaptation slightly derived from the original story by making Professor Moriarty the mastermind behind the Red Headed League, in order to set up the series finale. See more »

Goofs

(at around 17 mins) At the end of Wilson's workday for the Red-Headed League, Ross locks the office and wishes him, "Good morning." But Wilson's workday always ends at 2PM. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: Hm!
Dr. John Watson: [entering] Oh. Sorry, Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes: No no. You couldn't have come at a better time.
Dr. John Watson: Well, I was, I was afraid you were engaged.
Sherlock Holmes: I am. Very much so.
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Connections

Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Red Headed League (1951) See more »

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Reinforces why I love this series so much
7 June 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I am a big fan of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series as I have said many, many times. This may not be exactly faithful to the original story, while Moriaty was a very welcome presence compared to the original story he feels rather thrown in and there are some very memorable and humorous bits of dialogue that didn't quite make it on screen.

However, on its own terms The Red Headed League is very, very good and reinforces what I love so much about the series. As always, a lot of care is taken into how well constructed the adaptation is visually. The photography is very skillful, the costumes beautifully tailored and the scenery and sets wonderfully meticulous and atmospheric. I was too taken with how Sarasate was portrayed and the lengths that were made to make the actor look like the violin virtuoso.

The music is once again wonderful, with themes that are both beautiful and haunting. The story is well paced and interesting, the dialogue is sometimes humorous but very often thought-provoking and the direction is solid. The acting is excellent as is consistently the case with this series. Jeremy Brett with his towering presence and gritty baritone of a voice gives a very commanding title role performance, and David Burke is a thoughtful and composed Watson. Eric Porter also does very well with his appearance as Moriaty, his performance is somewhat brief but that was a decision for the better, too much Moriaty and I personally don't think this would have been as effective.

In conclusion, maybe not as strong as The Norwood Builder, The Crooked Man and The Speckled Band, but a strong episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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