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The Abbey Grange 

Holmes is called to a manor house to investigate the brutal murder of a country lord with a fireplace poker and reconcile the story of his bruised and battered wife with the facts.


Peter Hammond


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
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... Inspector Hopkins
Conrad Phillips ... Sir Eustace Brackenstall
Anne-Louise Lambert ... Lady Mary Brackenstall (as Anne Louise Lambert)
Zulema Dene ... Theresa Wright
Oliver Tobias ... Captain Croker
Nicolas Chagrin Nicolas Chagrin ... Mr Viviani


Inspector Hopkins invites Holmes to assist him in solving the brutal murder of Lord Brackenstall with a fireplace poker at his country estate. According to his bruised and battered wife, her husband was a secret alcoholic who kept his drinking discreetly hidden. On the night in question, she alleges that her house was invaded by a locally notorious thief and his two larcenous sons, who bound her, stole the family silver, bludgeoned her husband to death, and calmly helped themselves to some port wine. Lady Brackenstall denies that the obvious bruising on her face and hands are connected to the murder. When something about the three wine glasses used by the perpetrators bothers Holmes, his mind begins to move in a new direction. Written by duke1029

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

16 July 1986 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was portrayed in the video game "Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments" See more »


Lady Mary said that she had been born in Australia, but there is no trace of an Australian accent in the actress's voice. See more »


[first lines]
Inspector Hopkins: Far now?
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Abbey Grange (1965) See more »

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I personally found The Abbey Grange one of the better episodes of "Return..."
26 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I have always been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes Granada series, and while not my favourite of Return...(between The Devil's Foot and The Sign of Four) or of the series(too many to choose from), it is one of the stronger episodes and deserves to be better known. The story is not unfamiliar territory, but it is still as compelling as you'd expect a Sherlock Holmes story to be. What I also liked about the story, aside from how it drew you in with the suspense and the twists and turns, was not only that it didn't feel like a retread of another episode with a similar premise but I too like the episodes that show a more human side to Holmes and The Abbey Grange is one of those. The writing is intelligent, the music is hauntingly beautiful and the episode is splendidly and evocatively made. The supporting cast are solid, but the two leads are the stars. Edward Hardwicke is a loyal and quietly intelligent Watson, and Jeremy Brett's Holmes is as superb as you would expect. Overall, one of the better episodes of the "Return" series and falls into the category that deserves to be better known. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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