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



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr Watson
... Colonel Ross
Barry Lowe ... John Straker
... Fitzroy Simpson
... Mrs Hudson
... Inspector Gregory
Manda-Jayne Beard ... Edith Baxter
... Ned Hunter
Sally Faulkner ... Mrs Straker
... Silas Brown
Nicholas Teare ... Dawson
Marcus Kimber ... Bookmaker
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


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Release Date:

13 April 1988 (UK)  »

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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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A clever mystery, don't eat the mutton curry!
8 May 2018 | by See all my reviews

Silver Blaze is a very clever mystery, it holds a fair amount of intrigue and has an excellent, unexpected conclusion. If I'm honest it's not one of my favourites, I definitely think the story benefits from being produced during a purple patch for the Granada show, having just put out The Devil's Foot, the show was very much on form. I feel the story is elevated by the superb production values, and the excellent performances, particularly from Peter Barkworth, a much missed, tremendous actor.

I like the story, I just prefer most of the others from The Return series. It's clever, well made, and definitely worth a watch. 7/10

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