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The Golden Pince-Nez 

Sherlock Holmes and his brother Mycroft investigate the murder of an amanuensis who clutches a pince-nez and whose last words were, "The professor--it was she."


Peter Hammond


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Charles Gray ... Mycroft Holmes
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Frank Finlay ... Professor Coram / Sergius
Nigel Planer ... Inspector Hopkins
Anna Carteret ... Anna
Natalie Morse Natalie Morse ... Susan Tarlton
Patricia Kerrigan Patricia Kerrigan ... Abigail Crosby
Christopher Guard Christopher Guard ... Willoughby Smith
Kathleen Byron ... Mrs Marker
Roger Ringrose ... Alexis
Daniel Finlay Daniel Finlay ... Vladimir
Harry Kirkham Harry Kirkham ... Mortimer


With Dr. Watson occupied at his surgery with an overflow of patients, Sherlock Holmes is joined by his brother Mycroft as he tries to solve the murder of Willoughby Smith. He was found by a maid having been stabbed with and clutching a lady's golden pince-nez in his right hand. His last words were 'Professor it was she'. Smith worked as an assistant to Professor Coran, an invalid who was studying early Christianity. Smith was involved with a local teacher and suffragette Abigail Grosby with whom he had recently had a falling out. The solution however lies in events long ago in Russia and a desire for revenge. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 March 1994 (UK) See more »

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


Sherlock's brother Mycroft (played by Charles Gray) took the place of Dr. Watson in this episode because Edward Hardwicke (Watson) was unavailable, as he was filming the motion picture Shadowlands (1993). See more »


When Anna is arrested at the beginning, a closeup of her face shows her glasses are undamaged. Then the police break down the door and in the next closeup of her, the glasses are broken in front of her left eye and remain so for the rest of the scene. Later, it is revealed the glasses were in fact broken in the turmoil during her husband's betrayal some time prior to her arrest. See more »


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: No, this is the monastery's accounts dating to the early fifteenth century.
Mycroft Holmes: Mm, precisely what I thought.
Sherlock Holmes: But surely this has great political significance.
Mycroft Holmes: A matter of particular delicacy.
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Nicely Done
7 March 2013 | by ericksonsam60See all my reviews

This is the last episode in the Granada series in which we get to see Holmes and his brother Mycroft work together and one in which Watson is no where to found (Edward Hardwicke at the time was busy working on a feature film). It involves the murder of an old amanuensis who died with a small pair of reading glasses clutched in his hand. It nicely ties in historical elements of Woman's Sufferage and Russian Revolution, as well as adds twists and humor into the story. The visuals are artsy and the chemistry between Jeremy Brett and Charles Gray is always a treat. This turns out to be one of the more enjoyable of the later episodes in the series.

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