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The Speckled Band 

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A young woman asks for Holmes' help when her ill-tempered stepfather moves her into the same room where her sister died under mysterious circumstances.


John Bruce


John Hawkesworth (developed for television by), Jeremy Paul (dramatised by) | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Jeremy Kemp ... Dr Grimesby Roylott
Rosalyn Landor ... Helen Stoner
Denise Armon Denise Armon ... Julia Stoner
John Gill John Gill ... Driver
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Tim Condren Tim Condren ... Thorne (as Timothy Condren)
Stephen Mallatratt Stephen Mallatratt ... Percy Armitage


As she fears for her life, Helen Stoner seeks Sherlock Holmes' assistance. She lives with her step-father Dr. Grimesby Roylott, a difficult man who is prone to bouts of temper. She tells Homes that some years previously, her older sister Julia had died in unexpected circumstances. She had asked Helen if she ever heard the sound of a whistle at night. Helen admitted that she had not. Just a few weeks before she was to marry, Julia came tumbling out of her room, screaming; she died within minutes. Now Helen, who is also soon to be married, finds that her step-father has moved her into her late sister's room. During her first night there, she hears the whistle that her sister had asked about. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 May 1984 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Some scenes are set up so as to recreate Paget's illustrations: the scene on the train, Dr. Roylott's position of death, and Holmes striking at the false bell pull. See more »


Snakes are deaf and sense through eyes, smell (tongue) and in particular in feeling vibration on the ground. Therefore a snake can not be dressed to obey a whistle. See more »


[first lines]
Thorne: [chasing a boy] Come here, lad.
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: What are you doing on my property?
Thorne: Come to claim back what's rightfully mine, sir. That thieving young rascal made off with some horseshoes and a bag of nails from my smithy.
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: Where is your proof?
Thorne: The proof is I'll find 'em there. Now, I don't want to be forced to call the police.
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: These people are guests of mine, but you are trespassing, Mister Thorne.
Thorne: I'm not frightened of you, Doctor.
Dr. Grimesby Roylott: Get off my land!
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Shows an alternative angle of Holmes and the "speckled band." See more »

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Various "Jeremies" excel in this early Grenada TV Sherlock Holmes episode.
21 August 2017 | by standardmetalSee all my reviews

I first came upon the Holmes story "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" in high school, as well as having Conan Doyle's historical novel "The White Company", which I've mercifully forgotten completely, as required reading.

I saw this episode when it was recently telecast on the City University Station (CUNY) in their summer Holmes series mostly from the Grenada versions.

The rather familiar early episode both in the Conan Doyle canon and in the Grenada Brett series almost looks that you have to be a Jeremy-something to work on this series as in the listing below of the dramatizer as well as the villain: dramatized by Jeremy Paul, Dr. Grimesby Roylott: Jeremy Kemp with the main actresses: Helen Stoner: Rosalyn Landor and Julia Stoner: Denise Armon

A quite straightforward approach here with Watson being played by David Burke. Perhaps it's because I was more familiar with Edward Hardwicke's Watson, that I much preferred him over Burke and I rather miss him here. But all of the acting was excellent especially by the two Jeremies and Ms. Landor. Rosalie Williams, as usual, played Mrs.Hudson, the landlady.

The suspense is nicely sustained to the end even if you are familiar with the story and I highly recommend this version.

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