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The Golden Pince-Nez 

Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft investigate the murder of an amanuensis who clutches a pince-nez and whose last words were, "The professor--it was she."


Peter Hammond


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Gary Hopkins (screenplay)




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Charles Gray ... Mycroft Holmes
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Frank Finlay ... Professor Coram / Sergius
Nigel Planer ... Inspector Hopkins
Anna Carteret ... Anna
Natalie Morse Natalie Morse ... Susan Tarlton
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ... Abigail Crosby
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Willoughby Smith
Kathleen Byron ... Mrs Marker
Roger Ringrose ... Alexis
Daniel Finlay Daniel Finlay ... Vladimir
Harry Kirkham Harry Kirkham ... Mortimer


With Dr. Watson occupied at his surgery with an overflow of patients, Sherlock Holmes is joined by his brother Mycroft as he tries to solve the murder of Willoughby Smith. He was found by a maid having been stabbed with and clutching a lady's golden pince-nez in his right hand. His last words were 'Professor it was she'. Smith worked as an assistant to Professor Coran, an invalid who was studying early Christianity. Smith was involved with a local teacher and suffragette Abigail Grosby with whom he had recently had a falling out. The solution however lies in events long ago in Russia and a desire for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 March 1994 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sherlock's brother Mycroft (played by Charles Gray) took the place of Dr. Watson in this episode because Edward Hardwicke (Watson) was unavailable, as he was filming the motion picture Shadowlands (1993). See more »


When Anna is arrested at the beginning, a closeup of her face shows her glasses are undamaged. Then the police break down the door and in the next closeup of her, the glasses are broken in front of her left eye and remain so for the rest of the scene. Later, it is revealed the glasses were in fact broken in the turmoil during her husband's betrayal some time prior to her arrest. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: No, this is the monastery's accounts dating to the early fifteenth century.
Mycroft Holmes: Mm, precisely what I thought.
Sherlock Holmes: But surely this has great political significance.
Mycroft Holmes: A matter of particular delicacy.
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Version of The Golden Pince-Nez (1922) See more »

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3 June 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As far as the adaptations go in the series The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes go, The Golden Pince-Nez is not as good as the brilliant Cardboard Box. But it is much better than the interesting-try-but-failed Mazarin Stone, which was not only the weakest of this series but also one of the weaker overall Granada Sherlock Holmes adaptations.

Apart from some dull spots in the middle and a rather obvious goof in regards to Anna's glasses, The Golden Pince-Nez is a very interesting episode. The writing is good on the whole, the conversations between Holmes and Mycroft are particularly intriguing and the story is compelling with a good atmosphere and a solution that did grab and surprise me.

The production values are superb, I always love how evocative it all is, and the music is often hauntingly beautiful. The acting is fine, the supporting cast do everything they can without standing out too much, but the real joys are Jeremy Brett and Charles Gray who are both brilliant and their chemistry is delightful.

Overall, an interesting episode if not quite one of the best. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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