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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.

Contents

Episodes

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....

Additional cast:

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...

Additional cast:

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:

  • John Moffatt as Sherman
  • John Bull as Mahomet Singh and Tonga
  • Alan Dean as Wiggins
  • Elizabeth Mansfield as Mrs Cecil Forrester
  • Vincent Brimble as Jacobson

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.

Additional cast:

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.

Additional cast:

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?

Additional cast:

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.

Additional cast:

  • Donald Gee as Inspector Lestrade
  • Tara Dominick as Mrs Moran
  • Fraser Kerr as Mr Moran
  • Jane Whittenshaw as Patience Moran
  • Samuel West as James McCarthy
  • Elizabeth Mansfield as Mary Watson
  • Danielle Allan as Alice Turner

The Five Orange Pips

Broadcast: 5 December 1990

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

Additional cast:

  • Brian Greene as Elias Openshaw
  • Angus Wright as John Openshaw
  • Danielle Allan as Mary
  • Michael Turner as Joseph Openshaw
  • Brett Usher as Mr Fordham

The Man with the Twisted Lip

Broadcast: 12 December 1990

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

Additional cast:

The Blue Carbuncle

Broadcast: 2 January 1991

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

Additional cast:

  • Peter Blythe as James Ryder
  • Hugh Dickson as Henry Baker
  • Vincent Brimble as Mr Windigate
  • Naomi Capron as Mrs Horner
  • Ben Onwukwe as John Horner
  • Elaine Claxton as Mrs Oakshoot
  • Christopher Good as Peterson
  • David Goudge as Inspector Bradstreet
  • Ian Lindsay as Mr Breckenridge

The Speckled Band

Broadcast: 9 January 1991

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

Additional cast:

The Engineer's Thumb

Broadcast: 16 January 1991

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

Additional cast:

  • Susan Corbett as Mary Sutherland
  • Stephen Tomkinson as Victor Hatherley
  • John Moffatt as Lysander Stark
  • Sybil Winthrope as Elise
  • David Goudge as Inspector Bradstreet
  • Vincent Brimble as Ferguson
  • Paul Downing as Guard

The Noble Bachelor

Broadcast: 23 January 1991

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

Additional cast:

The Beryl Coronet

Broadcast: 30 January 1991

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

Additional cast:

  • Ian Lindsay as The Visitor
  • Anthony Newlands as Alexander Holder
  • Angus Wright as Arthur Holder
  • Petra Markham as Mary Holder
  • Timothy Carlton as Sir George Burnwell

The Copper Beeches

Broadcast: 6 February 1991

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

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • Jack May as Colonel Ross
  • Fraser Kerr as John Straker
  • Susan Sheridan as Mrs Straker
  • Brett Usher as Silas Brown
  • Nigel Carrington as Fitzroy Simpson
  • Mark Straker as Ned
  • Terence Edmond as Inspector Gregory
  • Petra Markham as Edith Baxter

The Yellow Face

Broadcast: 15 January 1992

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

Additional cast:

The Stockbroker's Clerk

Broadcast: 22 January 1992

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

Additional cast:

  • Jonathan Tafler as Hall Pycroft
  • Sean Barrett as Arthur Pinner
  • Nigel Carrington as Inspector Gabriel

The Gloria Scott

Broadcast: 29 January 1992

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

Additional cast:

  • Simon Treves as Victor Trevor
  • Terence Edmond as Mr Trevor
  • Nigel Carrington as James Armitage
  • Charles Milham as Captain
  • Mark Straker as Reverend Wilson
  • Alan Barker as Prendergast
  • Siriol Jenkins as Maid
  • Eric Allen as Hudson
  • Fraser Kerr as Doctor

The Musgrave Ritual

Broadcast: 5 February 1992

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

Additional cast:

The Reigate Squires

Broadcast: 12 February 1992

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

Additional cast:

  • Peter Davison as Inspector Forrester
  • Roger Hammond as Mr Cunningham
  • Struan Rodger as Alec Cunningham
  • Terence Edmond as Mr Acton

The Crooked Man

Broadcast: 7 October 1992

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

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

The Naval Treaty

Broadcast: 28 October 1992

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

Additional cast:

  • John Hartley as Percy Pehlps
  • Joanna Myers as Annie Harrison
  • Stephen Tompkinson as Joseph Harrison
  • Brett Usher as Lord Holdhurst
  • David Bannerman as Inspector Forbes
  • Norman Jones as Mr Rangey
  • Petra Markham as Miss Tangey

The Final Problem

Broadcast: 4 November 1992

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

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

The Norwood Builder

Broadcast: 3 March 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • Peter Tuddenham as Inspector Martin
  • Christopher Good as Hilton Cubitt
  • Diana Hunter as Elsie Cubitt
  • John Guerrasio as Abe Slaney
  • Jill Graham as Mrs King
  • Sue Broomfield as Saunders

The Solitary Cyclist

Broadcast: 17 March 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • Denis Quilley as Bob Carruthers
  • Susannah Harker as Violet Smith
  • John Webb as Cyril Morton
  • David Holt as Jack Woodley
  • Siriol Jenkins as Catherine
  • Peter Penry Jones as Williamson

The Priory School

Broadcast: 24 March 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • Norman Bird as Dr Thorneycroft Huxtable
  • Nigel Davenport as The Duke of Holdernesse
  • Mark Straker as James Wilder
  • John Church as Reuben Hayes
  • Ian Masters as Lyndon
  • Eric Allen as Butler

Black Peter

Broadcast: 31 March 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • Alex Norton as Patrick Cairns
  • Andrew Wincott as Inspector Hopkins
  • Matthew Morgan as John Hopley Neligan
  • Siriol Jenkins as Elizabeth
  • Kate Binchy as Molly
  • Philip Anthony as Allerdyce

Charles Augustus Milverton

Broadcast: 7 April 1993

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

Additional cast:

The Six Napoleons

Broadcast: 8 September 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • Donald Gee as Inspector Lestrade
  • Federay Holmes as Lucretia Venucci
  • Eric Allen as Inspector
  • Peter Penry Jones as Horace Harker
  • James Telfer as Beppo
  • David Holt as Josiah Brown
  • John Church as Pietro Venucci
  • Matthew Morgan as Pietro
  • John Fleming as Morse Hudson

The Three Students

Broadcast: 15 September 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • Maurice Denham as Professor Coram
  • Maureen O'Brien as Anna
  • Andrew Wincott as Inspector Hopkins
  • Linda Polan as Mrs Marker
  • Federay Holmes as Susan Tarlton
  • James Telfer as Willoughby Smith

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.

Additional cast:

  • Peter Jeffrey as Dr Leslie Armstrong
  • Robert Portal as Cyril Overton
  • Peter Howell as Lord Mount-James
  • Matthew Morgan as Godfrey Staunton
  • Siriol Jenkins as Clerk
  • Philip Anthony as Porter
  • Steve Hodson as Hewitt

The Abbey Grange

Broadcast: 6 October 1993

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

Additional cast:

  • Penny Downie as Lady Mary Brackenstall
  • Andrew Wincott as Inspector Hopkins
  • Steve Hodson as Sir Eustace Brackenstall
  • Kate Binchy as Theresa Wright
  • Christopher Scott as Captain Croker
  • Philip Anthony as Old Randall
  • Nicholas Murchie & Julian Rhind-Tutt as Old Randall's Sons

The Second Stain

Broadcast: 13 October 1993

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

Additional cast:

His Last Bow

Wisteria Lodge

Broadcast: 5 January 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • Dominic Letts as Inspector Baynes
  • David King as John Scott Eccles
  • Geraldine Fitzgerald as Miss Burnett
  • David Thorpe as Aloysius Garcia
  • Michael Onslow as John Warner
  • Steve Hodson as Jesús
  • Gareth Armstrong as Carlo

The Cardboard Box

Broadcast: 12 January 1994

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

Additional cast:

The Red Circle

Broadcast: 19 January 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • Ronald Herdman as Inspector Gregson
  • Joan Sims as Mrs Warren
  • Oona Beeson as Emilia Lucca
  • Dominic Letts as James Leverton
  • Lyndham Gregory as Gennaro Lucca
  • Philip Anthony as Cyrus Castle

The Bruce-Partington Plans

Broadcast: 26 January 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • John Hartley as Mycroft Holmes
  • Jamie Glover as Cadogan West
  • Stephen Thorne as Inspector Lestrade
  • John Baddeley as Hugo Oberstein
  • John Moffatt as Sir James Walter
  • Donald Douglas as Colonel Valentine Walter
  • Vivienne as Violet Westbury
  • Anthony Newlands as The Prime Minister
  • John Evitts as Sidney Johnson
  • Paula Yates as Mrs Johnson
  • Tiran Aakel as Matcham

The Dying Detective

Broadcast: 2 February 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • Joan Matheson as Mrs Hudson
  • Edward Petherbridge as Culverton Smith
  • Alex Jennings as Victor Savage
  • Philip Anthony as Inspector Morton
  • John Baddeley as Staples
  • Sam Crane as Victor Savage (Boy)

The Dying Detective

Broadcast: 2 February 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • Joan Matheson as Mrs Hudson
  • Edward Petherbridge as Culverton Smith
  • Alex Jennings as Victor Savage
  • Philip Anthony as Inspector Morton
  • John Baddeley as Staples
  • Sam Crane as Victor Savage (Boy)

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.

Additional cast:

  • Stephen Thorne as Inspector Lestrade
  • Jack Klaff as The Hon. Philip Green
  • Peter Wickham as Henry Peters
  • Jillie Meets as Mrs Peters
  • William Maxwell as Undertaker
  • John Baddeley as Monsieur Moser
  • Colin Pinney as Brandt
  • Rachel Adams as Marie Devine

The Devil's Foot

Broadcast: 16 February 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • Patrick Allen as Leon Sterndale
  • Geoffrey Beevers as Mr Roundhay
  • Sean Arnold as Mortimer Tregennis
  • Diana Payan as Brenda Tregennis
  • David Thorpe as Owen Tregennis
  • Barry J. Gordon as Doctor

His Last Bow

Broadcast: 23 February 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • Norman Rodway as Stamford
  • Michael Cochrane as Captain Kell
  • James Telfer as Von Bork
  • Preston Lockwood as H. H. Asquith
  • Donald Pickering as Sir Edward Grey
  • Colin Pinney as Baron von Herling
  • Lala Lloyd as Martha
  • Bob Sherman as Altamont
  • Ed Bishop as Agent
  • Eamonn Fleming as O'Brien
  • Ben Lemel as Irishman

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.

Additional cast:

The Blanched Soldier

Broadcast: 28 September 1994

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

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • Robin Ellis as Professor Presbury
  • Deborah Berlin as Edith Presbury
  • Oliver Senton as Trevor Bennett
  • Annabel Mullion as Alice Morphy

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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • 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.

Additional cast:

  • George Cole as Josiah Amberley
  • Joan Matheson as Mrs Hudson
  • John Hartley as Mycroft Holmes
  • Stephen Thorne as Inspector Lestrade
  • Natasha Pyne as Mrs Amberley
  • Gavin Muir as Dr Ray Ernest
  • Norman Bird as Peterson
  • Eva Stuart as Mrs Cooper
  • David Antrobus as Rory Barker

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.

Additional cast:

  • Ronald Pickup as Narrator
  • Iain Glen as John McMurdo
  • Timothy Bateson as Inspector White Mason
  • Mark Bonnar as Inspector MacDonald
  • Amanda Gordon as Ettie Shafter
  • Becky Hindley as Mrs Douglas
  • Gavin Muir as Cecil Barker
  • Jack McGinty as Constantine Gregory
  • Stephen Critchlow as Ted Baldwin
  • Peter Gunn as Mike Scanlan
  • Jonathan Keeble as Captain Marvin

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.

Additional cast:

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?

Additional cast: Same as Part 1, plus:

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