9 user

The Resident Patient 

A mysterious man sets up a new doctor in a posh practice for a percentage of his fees.


David Carson


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


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Nicholas Clay ... Dr Percy Trevelyan
Patrick Newell ... Blessington
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Russian Count
Brett Forrest Brett Forrest ... Count's Son
Charles Cork ... Cartwright
John Ringham ... Inspector Lanner
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
David Squire David Squire ... Fenton
Norman Mills Norman Mills ... Detective
Lucy Anne Wilson Lucy Anne Wilson ... Nora
Dusty Young Dusty Young ... Carpenter


Dr. Percy Trevelyan seeks Sherlock Holmes' assistance in deciphering his benefactor's recent odd behavior. Trevelyan recounts that some years before, Mr. Blessington plucked him out of an obscure and virtually non-existent practice and offered to set him up at a prestigious address. In return for this investment, Blessington would receive a percentage of his income and would provide him with free medical care. For quite some time now the arrangement has worked well for both parties and Blessington has profited from the arrangement. Recently however, Blessington has been acting very strangely. Having read of a burglary in a nearby home, Blessington was overwrought and had bars installed on all the windows. Holmes is intrigued by the case but subsequent events soon have him investigating a murder. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Official site [France]





Release Date:

15 September 1985 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs



Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


This is Patrick Newell's 3rd role in a filmed version of Sherlock Holmes. He played Inspector Lestrade in the British-Polish series "Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson" (1979) and in "Young Sherlock Holmes" (1985), the latter released the same year as this episode. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: I don't suppose you've read my monograph on cigars and cigar ash?
Inspector Lanner: [mumbles] Well, I, um...
Sherlock Holmes: No, of course not.
See more »

Crazy Credits

During the credits, Watson mulls over what to title the case. See more »


Version of The Resident Patient (1921) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Resident Patient
25 February 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Holmes is consulted by a renowned medical man. Dr Percy Trevelyan (Nicholas Clay) who with the assistance of a wealthy benefactor, Mr Blessington (Patrick Newell) has achieved a thriving practice.

Trevelyan is worried about Mr Blessington who has been behaving oddly when usually he is a man of rigid routines. Blessington ramped up security in his home which also serves as Trevelyan's practice.

When Holmes meets Blessington, he feels let down as Blessington is hiding something. The next morning, Blessington is found hanged.

This is a story that is difficult to adapt for the screen. A lot of it is flashbacks as Trevelyan recounts his story. Once Blessington is found dead, Holmes then speculates what might have happened.

The thinness of the story also meant a lot of padding was required. The opening minutes could easily had been something from Scrooge.

Director David Carson who would make Star Trek: Generations does his best to pep up the episode, he does rely more on Brett to deliver his theatrical flourishes.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows to Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse all our free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed