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The Priory School 

The headmaster of a prestigious prep school calls on Holmes for help when the ten year old only son of powerful but publicity-shy duke disappears.


John Madden


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. John Watson
Alan Howard ... The Duke of Holdernesse
Christopher Benjamin ... Dr. Huxtable
Nicholas Gecks Nicholas Gecks ... James Wilder
Nissar Modi Nissar Modi ... Lord Arthur Saltire
Michael Bertenshaw Michael Bertenshaw ... Aveling
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... Reuben Hayes
Brenda Elder Brenda Elder ... Mrs Hayes
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
William Abney William Abney ... Rivers
Mark Turin Mark Turin ... Caunter


The headmaster of a prestigious prep calls on Holmes for help in investigating the disappearance of the only son of his patron, a rich and powerful duke who seems more worried about staying out of the public eye than finding his ten year old heir. After he reluctantly agrees to allow Holmes to take on the case, The Great Detective investigates not only the missing boy, but a German teacher and the lone bicycle that have mysteriously vanished also. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

13 August 1986 (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?


As the Duke gives a check to Mr. Holmes, the date on the check shows the year 1889. See more »


Dr. Huxtable greets his pupils with the Latin "Salvete, Discipuli" ("Greetings, pupils") and clearly pronounces the "v". As an expert in Latin, he should know that it should be pronounced like a "w" in English, so the word should sound more like "salwete". See more »


[first lines]
Mrs. Hudson: There's a gentleman downstairs...
Dr. Watson: Sh. Ask him to wait a moment, Mrs Hudson.
Mrs. Hudson: He's most insistent.
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Version of The Priory School (1921) See more »

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A missing boy and his teacher are at the heart of a mystery...
12 May 2009 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

The mystery here is what lies behind the remote behavior of The Duke of Holdernesse (ALAN HOWARD) whose son has disappeared along with his German teacher. The Duke is so publicity shy that he doesn't seem to want the police on the case but is willing to let Sherlock Holmes make his own private investigation.

His reluctance to do more than that keeps Holmes in the dark for awhile but little by little he makes the right deductions (of course) and he and Dr. Watson (EDWARD HARDWICKE) are able to locate the missing boy and eventually are told all the events that led to the lad's disappearance.

It's an interesting episode. I'm not a particular fan of JEREMY BRETT's interpretation of Holmes, but he's more straightforward in his acting here and does a decent job in the role. More often than not, he seems as remote as the Duke is supposed to be--as though his mind is either working hard on a solution or is miles away in his own private little world.

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