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Silver Blaze 

Holmes investigates the disappearance of a champion racehorse and the murder of its trainer on a lonely moor.


Brian Mills


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr Watson
Peter Barkworth ... Colonel Ross
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... John Straker
Jonathan Coy ... Fitzroy Simpson
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Malcolm Storry ... Inspector Gregory
Manda-Jayne Beard Manda-Jayne Beard ... Edith Baxter
David John ... Ned Hunter
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Mrs Straker
Russell Hunter ... Silas Brown
Nicholas Teare Nicholas Teare ... Dawson
Marcus Kimber Marcus Kimber ... Bookmaker
Geoffrey Banks Geoffrey Banks ... Race Official


Wealthy sportsman Colonel Ross asks Holmes to investigate the disappearance of his prize thoroughbred Silver Blaze, whom he wants to enter in the Wessex Cup Race. On the night in question the stable is visited by a gambler hoping to get some inside information on the race but is turned away by a loyal stable boy. After the boy is drugged by opium, the horse disappears, and the trainer is found bludgeoned on a lonely moor, suspicion falls on the gambler, but if he is guilty, where is Silver Blaze? Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029#aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

13 April 1988 (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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[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: It's no good. I shall have to go.
Dr Watson: Go? Go? Go where?
Sherlock Holmes: King's Pyland.
[points to newspaper]
Dr Watson: [reads] "Last evening, Inspector Gregory of the Devonshire constabulary arrested well-known racing personality Fitzroy Simpson and charged him with the murder of trainer John Straker."
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Version of The Sunday Drama: Silver Blaze (1977) See more »

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He's Got The Horse Right Here
27 February 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm starting to note that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was certainly fascinated by the moors and cliffs of England. They seem to figure prominently in his stories, most prominently of course in The Hound Of The Baskervilles. Silver Blaze based on his story The Adventures Of Silver Blaze also has a setting on the moors.

It's on the moors on one of those English murder mystery nights that the prominent race horse Silver Blaze disappears from the stable of his owner Peter Barkworth. Later on those desolate English moors the trainer Barry Lowe is found dead with a bad head wound.

In this one Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes has to not just deduce clues from humans, but reason why a pair of animals, the selfsame race horse Silver Blaze and a dog behave as they do. As it turns out the current whereabouts of the horse and what happened to its trainer have only the slightest of connections.

This particular Holmes story is a well put together one, the conclusion will perk the interest. And we even learn that Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson has a fancy for the sport of kings.

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