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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.



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Episode complete credited cast:
... Sherlock Holmes
... Dr. John Watson
... The Duke of Holdernesse
... Dr. Huxtable
Nicholas Gecks ... James Wilder
Nissar Modi ... Lord Arthur Saltire
Michael Bertenshaw ... Aveling
Jack Carr ... Reuben Hayes
Brenda Elder ... Mrs Hayes
... Mrs Hudson
William Abney ... Rivers
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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13 August 1986 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original story ended simply with the Duke telling the entire story to Holmes with the promise that Wilder would go and seek his fortune in Australia. 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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The Conflicted Father
11 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

Holmes is brought in because of his ability to keep his cases from the public eye. Watson's portrayals occur well after the fact. In this one, a school boy at a private institution and his German teacher have disappeared. The trail proves one, requiring great patience and personal strength. The suspected perpetrator suddenly becomes a victim and the case gets rather ragged. At the center is the aristocratic father, whose world has become complicated. When one of Holmes' clients is as taciturn as this man, we know that the road will ultimately lead back to him in some way. The real joy of the episode is the use of several red herrings that need to be dismissed. The Victorian view of children born out of wedlock is certainly disturbing. It's interesting how such a "refined" culture needs to maintain its status through subterfuge and dishonesty. We still have some of this going on today. The unique thing about Holmes is that it is nearly always about the "case." While this episode plods on at times, it also teases us, and leads us astray. The clues are all there if you view it with knowledge of the conclusion. Good writing; good mystery.

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