From 1989 to 1998, BBC Radio produced adaptations of the entirety of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Canon of Sherlock Holmes. The stories were adapted by Bert Coules, and star Clive Merrison as Holmes and Michael Williams as Dr Watson. It was the first time two actors had starred in an an adaptation of the entire canon.

The series was followed by The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a series of original Holmes stories written by Coules. Merrison reprised his role for the production, but Watson was recast as Andrew Sachs due to Williams' death from cancer.



A Study in Scarlet

Part 1: Revenge

Broadcast: 5 November 1989

London, 1881: a penniless doctor meets a curious young man with some extremely strange habits....

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Part 2: The Country of the Saints

Broadcast: 5 November 1989

Dr Watson assists the Baker Street sleuth in the battle to solve their first gruesome case...

Additional cast: Same as Part 1, plus:

The Sign of the Four

Part 1: Timbertoe

Broadcast: 10 December 1989

When criminals become unimaginative and crimes unchallenging, the Baker Street sleuth seeks stimulation elsewhere - as a young woman arrives looking for her father...

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Part 2: The Great Agra Treasure

Broadcast: 17 December 1989

The great detective's latest case is proving difficult to crack- and for Watson, there are tricky matters of the heart to negotiate...

Additional cast: Same as Part 1, plus:

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A Scandal in Bohemia

Broadcast: 7 November 1990

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective traces a compromising photo, but meets his match in Irene Adler.

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The Red-Headed League

Broadcast: 14 November 1990

The detective investigates why a pawnbroker is paid four sovereigns a week to copy out an encyclopaedia.

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A Case of Identity

Broadcast: 21 November 1990

The detective agrees to help locate a missing husband, but can he do so without leaving 221B Baker Street?

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The Boscombe Valley Mystery

Broadcast: 28 November 1990

When a man is murdered, his blood-covered son stands accused. But the detective has his own theory.

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The Five Orange Pips

Broadcast: 5 December 1990

After receiving a violent death threat letter, Colonel Elias Openshaw calls on the Baker Street detective.

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The Man with the Twisted Lip

Broadcast: 12 December 1990

Trailing a missing man, the detective enters one of London's vilest opium dens.

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The Blue Carbuncle

Broadcast: 2 January 1991

The detective must solve a case where the only clues are a Christmas goose and a hat.

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The Speckled Band

Broadcast: 9 January 1991

After her twin sister dies screaming in terror, a woman seeks the detective's help.

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The Engineer's Thumb

Broadcast: 16 January 1991

A young man with severe injuries and a chilling tale arrives at Watson's surgery.

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The Noble Bachelor

Broadcast: 23 January 1991

When a missing bride's clothes appear in a lake, the sleuth is bound to investigate.

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The Beryl Coronet

Broadcast: 30 January 1991

Who has stolen jewels from one of the treasures of the Empire? The detective investigates snowy Streatham.

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The Copper Beeches

Broadcast: 6 February 1991

A young governess consults the detective in a most sinister case.

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  • Roger Hammond as Jephro Rucastle
  • Imogen Stubbs as Violet Hunter
  • Jenny Howe as Miss Stoper
  • Joanna Myers as Mrs Rucastle
  • Elizabeth Kelly as Mrs Toller

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Silver Blaze

Broadcast: 8 January 1992

The sleuth heads to Devon, when a racehorse favourite disappears and his trainer is found murdered.

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The Yellow Face

Broadcast: 15 January 1992

The sleuth investigates when a hideous apparition at a cottage window troubles an anxious husband.

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The Stockbroker's Clerk

Broadcast: 22 January 1992

The sleuth probes the mystery company behind a young man's offer of a dream job.

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The Gloria Scott

Broadcast: 29 January 1992

Cruel blackmail and mutiny at sea, as the Baker Street sleuth recalls his very first case.

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The Musgrave Ritual

Broadcast: 5 February 1992

The sleuth recalls an early case involving a noble family's ancient tradition.

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The Reigate Squires

Broadcast: 12 February 1992

Burglary and violent death among the Surrey gentry, as the sleuth tries to convalesce from over-work.

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The Crooked Man

Broadcast: 7 October 1992

The sleuth investigates an officer's death, with the regimental honour of the Royal Mallows at stake.

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  • Brian Blessed as Henry Wood
  • James Green as Major Murphy
  • Terence Edmond as Colonel Barclay
  • Ann Windsor as Nancy Barclay
  • Christable Dilks as Anne Morrison
  • Joanna Myers as Jane Stewart
  • Andrew Wincott as Barman
  • Nigel Carrington as Peter
  • Amerjit Deu as Rebel

The Resident Patient

Broadcast: 14 October 1992

A doctor calls on the sleuth, after the mystery death of his landlord - and the arrival of some Russians.

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  • Clarence Smith as Dr Percy Trevelyan
  • Robert Lang as Blessington
  • Adjona Andoh as Maria
  • George Winter as Stefan Orlovsky
  • David Kossoff as Count Orlovsky
  • Eric Allen as Inspector Lanner
  • Siriol Jenkins as Lady of the Night

The Greek Interpreter

Broadcast: 21 October 1992

Watson is introduced to the sleuth's brother Mycroft - and all three tackle the case of a Greek captive.

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The Naval Treaty

Broadcast: 28 October 1992

Watson's old school chum faces ruin if a secret government document can't be found.

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The Final Problem

Broadcast: 4 November 1992

With the culmination of his life's work, the detective prepares to meet his greatest adversary.

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  • Michael Pennington as Professor Moriarty
  • Frederick Treves as Colonel Sebastian Moran
  • Sean Arnold as Inspector Patterson
  • Ann Windson as Mrs Collier
  • Terence Edmond as Peter Steiler
  • Richard Pearce as Jenkinson
  • Alan Barker as Walmsley
  • Norman Jones as Sir George

The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Empty House

Broadcast: 24 February 1993

Three years after his sleuth friend's final encounter with Moriarty, Watson faces more tragedy and murder.

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The Norwood Builder

Broadcast: 3 March 1993

The Baker Street sleuth probes the case of a young solicitor accused of murder.

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  • Peter Sallis as Jonas Oldacre
  • Donald Gee as Inspector Lestrade
  • David Holt as John McFarlane
  • Melinda Walker as Elaine McFarlane
  • Jonathan Adams as Mr McFarlane
  • Carole Walker as Mrs Lexington
  • Lewis Jones as Mr Graham
  • Melanie Hudson as Vicky
  • Jonathan Tafler as Constable Robbins
  • Matthew Morgan as Constable Davies
  • Keith Drinkel as First Fireman
  • David Thorpe as Second Fireman

The Dancing Men

Broadcast: 19 March 1993

The Baker Street detective probes why a child's scribbles spark tragedy for an old Norfolk family.

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The Solitary Cyclist

Broadcast: 17 March 1993

The Baker Street sleuth investigates who's following music teacher Violet Smith.

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The Priory School

Broadcast: 24 March 1993

The Baker Street sleuth probes a young aristocrat's disappearance from prep school.

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Black Peter

Broadcast: 31 March 1993

The Baker Street sleuth probes the grisly murder of a retired whaling skipper.

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Charles Augustus Milverton

Broadcast: 7 April 1993

To trap an evil blackmailer, the Baker Street sleuth dons a cunning disguise.

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The Six Napoleons

Broadcast: 8 September 1993

The Baker Street sleuth probes an outbreak of attacks on busts of Bonaparte.

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The Three Students

Broadcast: 15 September 1993

The Baker Street sleuth investigates the theft of important exam papers.

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  • Denys Hawthorne as Hilton Soames
  • Desmond Llewellyn as Bannister
  • Michael Onslow as Gilchrist
  • David Thorpe as Dalaut Ras
  • Matthew Morgan as McClaren

The Golden Pince-Nez

Broadcast: 22 September 1993

The sleuth tackles a motiveless murder, with just a pair of specs and the victim's dying words to go on.

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The Missing Three-Quarter

Broadcast: 29 September 1993

The sleuth investigates when a vital player disappears on the eve of an Oxford v Cambridge rugby match.

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The Abbey Grange

Broadcast: 6 October 1993

Inspector Hopkins blames burglars for murdering Sir Eustace Brackenstall, but the sleuth is not so sure.

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The Second Stain

Broadcast: 13 October 1993

The Prime Minister asks the sleuth to recover a letter vital to national security.

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His Last Bow

Wisteria Lodge

Broadcast: 5 January 1994

Voodoo rituals and mystery disappearances spark a gruesome riddle for the detective.

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The Cardboard Box

Broadcast: 12 January 1994

The sleuth probes a spinster's grisly surprise in the post - two severed human ears.

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The Red Circle

Broadcast: 19 January 1994

Worried about her strange lodger, a landlady calls on the great detective for help.

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The Bruce-Partington Plans

Broadcast: 26 January 1994

With national security at stake, the sleuth's brother Mycroft heads to Baker Street.

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The Dying Detective

Broadcast: 2 February 1994

Fever-ridden and hallucinating with a tropical disease, only one man can help the stricken sleuth.

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The Dying Detective

Broadcast: 2 February 1994

Fever-ridden and hallucinating with a tropical disease, only one man can help the stricken sleuth.

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The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax

Broadcast: 9 February 1994

Watson heads to Switzerland for a missing aristocrat, but the trail leads back to a funeral parlour.

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The Devil's Foot

Broadcast: 16 February 1994

Watson worries about the sleuth as he recuperates in Cornwall - then horror strikes.

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His Last Bow

Broadcast: 23 February 1994

It's 1914 and the sleuth-cum-apiarist is asked to help England in her darkest hour.

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The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes

His Last Bow

Broadcast: 21 September 1994

The sleuth takes on a lecherous crooked baron with a taste for society beauties.

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The Blanched Soldier

Broadcast: 28 September 1994

Whilst Watson honeymoons, his friend takes on the case of a Boer War veteran.

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  • Hannah Gordon as Jean Watson
  • Nicholas Boulton as Godfrey Emsworth
  • Robert Glenister as James Dodd
  • Derek Waring as Colonel Emsworth
  • John Woodnut as Ralph
  • Gordon Reid as Mr Kent
  • Gerald James as Sir James Saunders
  • Olivier Pierce as Jules Gervaise
  • Tom Bevan as Simpson
  • Peter Kenny as Anderson
  • Don McCorkindale as The Leper

The Mazarin Stone

Broadcast: 5 October 1994

The Baker Street sleuth puts his life on the line to trap an audacious jewel thief.

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  • Anthony Bate as Lord Cantlemere
  • Nigel Anthony as Count Negretto Sylvius
  • Joan Matheson as Mrs Hudson
  • David Jarvis as Inspector Youghal
  • Malcolm Ward as Sergeant Peabody
  • Lyndham Gregory as Sam Merton
  • Peter Whitman as Ikey Sanders

The Three Gables

Broadcast: 12 October 1994

When a young diplomat dies in Rome, the sleuth turns to the tabloid press for help.

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  • Neville Jason as Inspector
  • Ben Thomas as Steve Dixie
  • Susannah Corbett as Susan Stockdale
  • Mary Wimbush as Mary Maberly
  • Ioan Meredith as House Agent
  • John Wells as Clarence Gable
  • Peter Whitman as Footman
  • Gillian Barge as Isadora Klein

The Sussex Vampire

Broadcast: 19 October 1994

The Baker Street sleuth's powers of deduction and reason are challenged by the creatures of the night.

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The Three Garridebs

Broadcast: 16 October 1994

The sleuth tackles the inheritance case of two men who must find the third person sharing their surname.

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  • Joan Matheson as Mrs Hudson
  • Lou Hirsch as John Garrideb
  • James Taylor as Nathan Garrideb
  • Margaret John as Mrs Saunders
  • Peter Whitman as Holloway
  • Paul Panting as Young Policeman
  • Gavin Muir as Rodger Prescott
  • Elaine Claxton as Shop Assistant

The Problem of Thor Bridge

Broadcast: 22 February 1995

The sleuth is called upon when a beautiful young governess is accused of murder.

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  • William Hootkins as Neil Gibson
  • Charlotte Attenborough as Grace Dunbar
  • Charles Simpson as Joyce Cummings
  • Jilly Bond as Maria Gibson
  • Michael Tudor Barnes as Marlow Bates
  • Mark Straker as Mr Ferguson
  • George Parsons as Sergeant
  • Don McCorkindale as Warder

The Creeping Man

Broadcast: 1 March 1995

The detective investigates the bizarre behaviour of a distinguished scientist.

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The Lion's Mane

Broadcast: 8 March 1995

The retired sleuth's beekeeping is put on hold when he hears of a violent death.

The Veiled Lodger

Broadcast: 15 March 1995

The sleuth probes a perfect, but mysterious tenant who refused to show her face.

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  • Harriet Walter as Eugenia Ronder
  • Douglas Henshall as Leonardo
  • Ian Masters as Ronder
  • Michael Tudor Barnes as Jimmy Griggs
  • Oliver Senton as Inspector Edmunds
  • Kristen Milward as Mrs Merrilow
  • Peter App as Coroner

Shoscombe Old Place

Broadcast: 22 March 1995

The Baker Street sleuth and his assistant make a gruesome discovery in an old crypt.

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  • Nicholas Le Prevost as John Mason
  • Donald Pickering as Sir Robert Norberton
  • Desmond Llewellyn as Palfreyman
  • George Parsons as Stephens
  • Jonathan Adams as Josiah Barnes
  • Susannah Corbett as Carrie Evans
  • Jonathan Keeble as Norlett
  • Becky Hindley as Gypsy

The Retired Colourman

Broadcast: 29 March 1995

A woman and her lover disappear - and the great detective himself follows suit.

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The Valley of Fear

Part 1: The Scowrers

Broadcast: 22 March 1997

Revenge and treachery link a Sussex country house with the secret societies of 1890s America.

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Part 2: The Tragedy of Birlstone

Broadcast: 30 March 1997

The case is solved with the aid of a single dumb-bell and Dr Watson's umbrella.

Additional cast: Same as Part 1.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

Part 1: The Powers of Evil

Broadcast: 28 June 1998

Sherlock Holmes probes the curse of a 'hellhound' stalking a noble family on Dartmoor.

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Part 2: Death on the Moor

Broadcast: 5 July 1998

Watson is on the trail of the 'hellhound'. But who is mystery figure he spots on Dartmoor?

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