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The Creeping Man 

Holmes thinks a woman's claim to have seen a man at her upstairs bedroom window is related to the theft of several apes.



(by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), (dramatised by)




Episode complete credited cast:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr. Watson
... Professor Presbury
Adrian Lukis ... Jack Bennett
... Edith Presbury
Anna Mazzotti ... Alice Morphy
James Tomlinson ... Macphail
... Wilcox
Steve Swinscoe ... Jenkins
... Inspector Lestrade
... Secretary of the Zoological Society
... Great Ape


Sherlock Holmes is asked by Jack Bennett to investigate after his fiancée Edith Presbury sees the shadow of a man in her window in the middle of the night. The problem is that her bedroom is on the second floor and there is no way for any man to have been able to get to that window. Edith is the daughter of a notable natural scientist, Professor Presbury, a widower who is engaged to be married to a much younger woman, Alice Morphy. The Professor is quite displeased at hearing that Bennett, who also happens to be his assistant, has hired the Great Detective and Holmes and Watson are unceremoniously escorted off the property.When Holmes reads of a rash of thefts from zoos - all monkeys and apes - he slowly begins to unravel the mystery of the shadow Miss Presbury saw in her window. Written by garykmcd

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28 March 1991 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Just after the introduction, when the naturalist's office is shown for the first time, sounds of typing can be heard in the background. They actually form the monotonic rendition of the intro music. (Performance, however, is far from perfect.) See more »


Near the end, Holmes gives Lestrade the Professor's syringe case. As Holmes picks up the case, a newspaper is revealed underneath with the headline "SCOTLAND YARD SOLVES MONKEY MYSTERY". The text below the headline, however, has nothing at all to do with the case. See more »


[first lines]
Professor Presbury: You may inform the Secretary of the Royal Society that I have entitled my Michaelmas lecture 'Darwin's Fundamental Error'.
Jack Bennett: That'll raise a few hackles, sir.
Professor Presbury: Will it not.
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Not one of Holmes' finest hours but entertaining enough
26 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

The story wasn't Conan Doyle's best in the first place, and this episode The Creeping Man ranks around the lower middle of the list for ranking the episodes of the Sherlock Holmes Granada series from best to worst. The story is ridiculous and felt rather rushed in the adaptation, and while I did like some of the playful tone of the script some of it did feel overdone with the comedy, almost in a farcial way. On the other hand, the episode is beautifully filmed and made, the music is hauntingly beautiful as always, the beginning is quietly intense contrasting to the thunderously shocking ending and the acting from Jeremy Brett and Edward Hardwicke while having been better is suitably commanding. The supporting cast are solid, but nobody really stands out. All in all, reasonably enjoyable but not one of the best, still better than Last Vampyre and Eligible Bachelor as far as the Casebook episodes go. 7/10 Bethany Cox

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