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 »




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 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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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


There are elements of Charles August Magnussen's character influenced by Rupert Murdoch. In the opening scene, Magnussen was giving evidence at UK Government inquiry concerning his influence on British Prime Ministers past and present. Murdoch gave evidence at The Leveson Inquiry in 2012 and denied influencing the policies of former Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair. See more »


When Mary is walking down Leinster Gardens there is a signpost which shows Leinster Terrace behind her and the sign for Leinster Gardens is wrongly pointing to her right. In fact Leinster Gardens and Leinster Terrace form 1 continuous road, so she was indeed walking down Leinster Gardens. 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

At the very end is Jim Moriarty saying "Miss me?" but in a regular video and not the animation style that appears in the episode. See more »


References Casino Royale (2006) See more »


Opening Titles
Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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One of the best Sherlock episode. Satisfaction at its best
15 January 2014 | by saiftheboss7-361-527682See all my reviews

Haters gonna hate but believe me, if you like Sherlock this episode will blow your mind and satisfy the core of your heart.

If you were bored by the first two episodes like me, this episode will remove the boringness. This episode was very much needed to restore the reputation of Sherlock series. This one episode proves Sherlock is here to stay and blowing minds in regular interval.

As always, Benedict Cumberbatch did a fabulous work along with Martin Freeman. Besides, you'll always like conversation between Mycroft and Sherlock. Their witty conversation will give you pleasure to watch. Enjoy this episode. The villain is just as good as it needed to be.

Moffat and Gattis nailed it.

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