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Shoscombe Old Place 

A debt-ridden aristocrat may be having a mental breakdown, and his servants are concerned.


Patrick Lau


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Gary Hopkins (dramatised by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. Watson
Robin Ellis ... Sir Robert Norberton
Elizabeth Weaver Elizabeth Weaver ... Lady Beatrice Falder
Frank Grimes ... John Mason
Denise Black ... Carrie Evans
Michael Bilton Michael Bilton ... Stephens
Martin Stone Martin Stone ... Sandy Bain
Michael Wynne Michael Wynne ... Josiah Barnes
James Coyle James Coyle ... Samuel Brewer
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs. Hudson
Jude Law ... Joe Barnes
Alan Pattison Alan Pattison ... Harvey


Sherlock Holmes is approached by John Mason, a horse trainer who is worried about his employer's recent strange behavior. Sir Robert Norberton and his sister Lady Beatrice Falder live on their estate, Shoscombe Hall. Sir Robert is a keen horseman with stables known locally as Shoscombe Old Place. He has been under a great deal of pressure lately owing primarily to his financial situation. A moneylender, Samuel Brewer, has already visited the manor house once demanding payment but has now disappeared. Other bits of odd behavior have also been apparent. Sir Robert recently gave away his sister's beloved dog and Lady Falder is now only seen once a day when she goes for her carriage ride with her companion. Holmes and Watson are soon on site but it is apparent that Sir Robert is hiding something. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 March 1991 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Guest star Jude Law went on to play Doctor Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). See more »


Holmes investigates the furnace in the basement of Shoscombe Hall. He approaches it and puts his hand on the handle of the furnace door, then instantly snatches back his hand with an exclamation of pain. However, he is wearing leather gloves which would have protected him from the heat of the handle for at least a few moments. See more »


[first lines]
John Mason: And this is where The Prince is stab... Oh, Sir Robert. Sorry to disturb you. This is Joe Barnes. Uh, Josiah's boy.
Sir Robert Norberton: I know who he is, Mason. What's he doing here?
John Mason: He's keen to race horses.
Joe Barnes: I can ride, Sir Robert. I'd like to be a jockey.
Sir Robert Norberton: Would you?
Joe Barnes: More than anything in the world.
Sir Robert Norberton: Well, that's good, very good, but what has it got to do with me?
Joe Barnes: I thought I could work for you.
Sir Robert Norberton: I have all the jockeys I need.
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Nifty and Beautiful
30 March 2014 | by ericksonsam60See all my reviews

A Horse trainer is worried about the strange behavior of his employer and decides to consult Sherlock Holmes. We later find out that his employer is a man that is ridden with debt. This ends up being a rather clever little tale with a twist in it that of a rather queer nature. The English countryside in this episode is beautiful as it usually is in this series. Brett and Hardwicke are also a treasure to watch. I just love the scene where an Inn Keeper brings a disgusting pot of stew and Holmes says "These are dark waters, Watson, dark and dirty." It also features a young Jude Law who plays a small but key role in the story.

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