Sherlock (2010– )
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His Last Vow 

Sherlock goes up against Charles Augustus Magnussen, media tycoon and a notorious blackmailer.


Nick Hurran


Steven Moffat, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Mark Gatiss ... Mycroft Holmes
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Amanda Abbington ... Mary Morstan
Jonathan Aris ... Anderson
Lindsay Duncan ... Lady Smallwood
Yasmine Akram ... Janine
Tom Brooke ... Bill Wiggins
Wanda Ventham ... Mum
Timothy Carlton ... Dad
Calvin Demba ... Isaac Whitney


Lady Elizabeth Smallwood is one of many victims of master blackmailer and media tycoon Charles Augustus Magnussen and asks Holmes to retrieve some incriminating letters for her. Having cultivated Magnussen's secretary Janine, Holmes breaks into Magnussen's office but is confronted by a mysterious black-clad woman, who shoots him. He recovers in hospital and goes after her to discover her identity and reason for wanting the blackmailer dead before he and Watson visit Magnussen at his country house for a confrontation and shoot-out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

2 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


According to Mark Gatiss, Mycroft Holmes' line, "As my colleague is fond of remarking, this country sometimes needs a blunt instrument" while he describes Sherlock as a "scalpel wielded with precision." This is a reference to James Bond, who was described several times in interviews by creator Ian Fleming as a "blunt instrument in the hands of the government." The character M (Judi Dench) also uses it to describe Bond in the Casino Royale (2006). This may indicate that Mycroft's "colleague" may be M, the initial used for the head of the Foreign Intelligence wing of Her Majesty's Secret Service. See more »


At 1:10:06, when Watson and Sherlock are heading over to the helicopter, a man with dark, straight, short hair and a black/dark blue jacket is shown walking towards to the helicopter. Watson has brown hair and is in a brown jacket and Sherlock is in his overcoat and has curly hair. Who is this mysterious character? See more »


Isaac Whitney: Dr. Watson?
Dr. John Watson: Yep.
Isaac Whitney: Where am I?
Dr. John Watson: The arse-end of the universe with the scum of the Earth. Look at me.
Isaac Whitney: Have you come for me?
Dr. John Watson: D'you think I know a lot of people here?
[Isaac laughs hazily]
Dr. John Watson: Hey, you all right?
Sherlock Holmes: [in the corner behind John, turning to reveal his face] Oh, hello, John! Didn't expect to see you here. Come for me, too?
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Crazy Credits

During the credits, certain letters of people's names are red instead of white - I will indicate via parentheses where the red letter is: "Location Managers . . . Ben Mangha(m)" "Production Accountant . . . Dav(i)d Jones" "Production Manager . . . Claire Hi(l)dred" "Unit Managers . . . Da(v)id Gunkle" "Assistant Grip . . . Ow(e)n Charnley" "Production Buyer . . . Blaanid Madd(r)ell" "Construction Manager . . . Mark Pain(t)er" "Dubbing Mixer . . . H(o)ward Bargroff" "Executive Producer for MASTERPIECE . . . Rebecca Eato(n)" The red letters spell out MILVERTON, a reference to the Sherlock Holmes Adventure "The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton," which is a significant source of inspiration for this episode. See more »


Version of Elementary: Dead Man's Switch (2013) See more »


Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Written by Charles Wesley and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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I can't wait till next year
14 January 2014 | by SilitongaSee all my reviews

"Sherlock", still one of the best entertaining show on TV so far. Well made, great acting, and of course excellent story. "Sherlock" is nothing without good story.

I prefer "The Reichenbach Fall" then this "His Last Vow". I don't know, maybe just this episode just more less in drama and exciting big case. But, still it's great. I have to say that the last two episodes was boring compare to episode 1 & 2 the last two season, somehow Sherlock character just different after his "resurrection". He's more "happy", more "smiling", more "joke", more "funny", less "drama", less "observation", less "bad-ass", less "cold-heart", and less "genius".

And I see it now after finished this last season 3 episode. The whole Sherlock back again and it's really entertaining. It's great to see how he figure out a way go, even though this time he didn't kill himself but somebody else.

I really miss Moriarty, his arc-enemy. This last episode just perfect for Moriarty back from the dead. I just can't wait till next year how Sherlock, John, and new player, Mary, battle against Moriarty. Who will win? Doesn't matter. Great story plot will prove it all.

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