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  • Season 1
  • Episode 1

Believed dead after his fatal encounter with Professor Moriarity three years earlier, Sherlock Holmes returns to England to foil a plot to murder him by a former Moriarity gang member.

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Sherlock Holmes
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Dr. Watson
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Professor Moriarty
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Colonel Sebastian Moran
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Coroner
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Inspector Lestrade
Richard Bebb ...
Sir John Hardy
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Mr Murray
Naomi Buch ...
The Countess of Maynooth
Paul Lacoux ...
The Hon. Ronald Adair
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Mrs Hudson
Elizabeth Ritson ...
Ivy
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Butler
John Palmer ...
Policeman
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Neville Wright ...
Juror (uncredited)

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Howard Baker

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Arthur Conan Doyle ... (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)
 
John Hawkesworth ... (creator) (creator)
 
John Hawkesworth ... (dramatised by)
 
Arthur Conan Doyle ... (short story "The Adventure of the Empty House" from "The Return of Sherlock Holmes") (uncredited)

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Michael Cox ... executive producer
June Wyndham-Davies ... producer (as June Wyndham Davies)

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Patrick Gowers

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Ken Morgan ... (lighting cameraman)

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Victoria Price

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Carolyn Bartlett

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Margaret Coombes ... (design)

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Sue Milton ... makeup artist (as Susan Milton)

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David Meddick ... production manager

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Peter Graham ... production buyer
Carol Ricketts ... graphics (as Carole Ricketts)

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Martin Kay ... sound recordist
John Whitworth ... dubbing mixer

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Andy Stephen ... camera operator

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Esther Dean ... costume

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Oliver Ledbury ... music preparation (uncredited)

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Fiona Alexander ... production assistant
John Bradburn ... floor manager
Nicky Cooney ... research
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After Dr. Watson testifies at the inquest of the Honourable Ronald Adair, shot to death after returning home from his gambling club, he is followed back to his office by an eccentric bookseller who reveals himself to be Holmes in disguise. After the initial shock wears off, Holmes explains that he did not die in the fall that killed Professor Moriarity in their famous encounter at Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland three years earlier. Holmes has remained out of England to avoid Colonel Sebastian Moran, a Moriarity associate who witnessed Holmes' escape death and has vowed to kill Holmes in revenge. Holmes will try to foil Moran and solve the Adair murder. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com

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  • The Empty House (United Kingdom)
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Trivia Despite Edward Hardwicke playing Watson in the second season, the flashback shows David Burke playing Watson. See more »
Goofs When Colonel Sebastian Moran is firing his rifle from the empty house at what he thinks is Sherlock Holmes, the rifle has a traditional flintlock firing mechanism operating at close range, albeit without generating a spark. As the rifle in question is revealed by Holmes to be an air-rifle and is indeed pressurized by Moran beforehand by use of a crank, such a mechanism would be useless. It seems unlikely that Moran, a master marksman, would have the lock on the weapon purely for show as its operation would impair his aim. See more »
Crazy Credits The sketch of three hands holding champagne flutes over credits. See more »
Quotes Dr. John Watson: I would have thought I was as trustworthy as your brother.
Sherlock Holmes: Of course you are, Watson!
[sighs]
Sherlock Holmes: But you have a kinder heart.
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