8 user

The Dying Detective 

A man dies of a mysterious tropical disease on which his cousin, his heir, is the sole authority.


Sarah Hellings


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), T.R. Bowen (screenplay) (as T.R.Bowen)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Doctor Watson
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Jonathan Hyde ... Culverton Smith
Susannah Harker ... Adelaide Savage
Hugh Bonneville ... Victor Savage (as Richard Bonneville)
Roy Hudd ... John Gedgrave (aka Frank Carter)
T.R. Bowen T.R. Bowen ... Charles Damant (as Trevor Bowen)
John Labanowski John Labanowski ... Inspector Morton
Rowland Davies Rowland Davies ... Colonel Carnac
Caroline John ... Mrs Carnac
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Penrose Fisher
Keiran Flynn Keiran Flynn ... Benson
Malcolm Hebden ... Staples
Mary Tenpow Mary Tenpow ... Chinese Lady (as Mary Ten Pow)


Sherlock Holmes is approached by Mrs. Adelaide Savage who is concerned about her husband, Victor. He is a successful and rich financier by profession but is a poet at heart. He has taken to using opium regularly and has been acting strangely, she believes, as a result. Holmes accepts to look into the case and soon spends a weekend at their country estate. There he finds that Culverton Smith, Savage's cousin, is also in residence. A bookish man, whose only accomplishment is to be known as the principal authority on a very rare tropical poison, Smith's behavior is odd from the outset. Savage is clearly a sick man and when he dies, Holmes surprises Watson - who is certain Smith responsible - by seeming somewhat nonchalant about it all. When Holmes himself becomes deathly ill, apparently with the same affliction that struck Savage, he summons him to Baker Street to close the case. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

tropical disease | opium den | See All (2) »


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

14 March 1994 (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?


Hugh Bonneville is listed in the credits as Richard Bonneville. Richard is the actor's middle name. See more »


[first lines]
Benson: Mister Savage, sir. I didn't know, sir. Sir, I didn't know.
Victor Savage: It's all right, Benson. Last minute decision.
See more »


Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Dying Detective (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Maybe the best from Memoirs
4 April 2009 | by agni0504See all my reviews

The Dying Detective was the first episode I have seen from the Memoirs series and it is one of my favorites from all. There are many reasons for that. First is that I simply love Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes, he is just perfect and irreplaceable for me. Second, the story itself is very dark, tense and exciting till the last moments. But the most important reason for loving this episode is the sad fact that Jeremy was very ill during shooting, yet he made it through and the result is a masterpiece which I cannot watch without feeling sorry for him, admiring his courage and talent and enjoying the story at the same time.

The supporting cast is excellent as always. Edward Hardwicke is larger than life, he is so convincing as the kind, worrying doctor. Rosalie Williams is a fantastic, motherly Mrs. Hudson. Jonathan Hyde is a perfect choice for the evil, cold-blooded Culverton Smith, you just cannot do anything else but hate him for what he did with his cousin. And he is almost as intelligent as Holmes. The ending scene is so intense and effective, and the whole episode is a true masterpiece for me. Though it always reminds me of the ill health of Jeremy, but of his greatness as well.

20 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can 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 free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed