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The Bruce Partington Plans 

Sherlock's brother Mycroft enlists his younger sibling to locate missing patent plans that pertain to a strategically critical state-of-the-art submarine.


John Gorrie


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr. Watson
Charles Gray ... Mycroft Holmes
Denis Lill Denis Lill ... Inspector Bradstreet
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Jonathan Newth ... Colonel Valentine Walter
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Sidney Johnson
Amanda Waring Amanda Waring ... Violet Westbury
Sebastian Stride Sebastian Stride ... Cadogan West
Robert Fyfe ... Clerk at Woolwich Station
John Rapley John Rapley ... Underground Official
Simon Carter Simon Carter ... Butler
Derek Ware Derek Ware ... Hugo Oberstein
Stephen Crane Stephen Crane ... 1st Platelayer
John Laing John Laing ... 2nd Platelayer


After a civil servant at the Naval Patent Office is found with his head crushed adjacent to the open-air tracks of the London Underground, Holmes' brother Mycroft enlists Sherlock's help on the case The murdered man has apparently stolen top-secret plans for ten components of a new, state-of-the-art submarine, but only seven of the less important design plans are found on the body. Holmes and Watson are entrusted to find the three critically important missing blueprints. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

27 April 1988 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Technical Specs





Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Latin music that Holmes is singing in the opening scene in Baker Street is the "Quemadmodum desiderat" by Orlandus Lassus. That's taken directly from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's original version of the story, in which the polyphonic motets of Lassus were mentioned:

"One of the most remarkable characteristics of Sherlock Holmes was his power of throwing his brain out of action and switching all his thoughts on to lighter things whenever he had convinced himself that he could no longer work to advantage. I remember that during the whole of that memorable day he lost himself in a monograph which he had undertaken upon the Polyphonic Motets of Lassus." See more »


at 15;45 while Holmes and Watson talk in the horse drawn carriage there is a small window behind their heads . they go around a corner and in the window you can see white lines painted in the middle of the road for cars. See more »


[first lines]
Clerk at Woolwich Station: Evening, Mr West.
Cadogan West: Third class, London Bridge.
Clerk at Woolwich Station: Single or return?
Cadogan West: Oh,it doesn't matter. Single.
[a whistle is heard]
Cadogan West: Quickly. Quickly.
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Version of Sherlock Holmes: The Bruce-Partington Plans (1965) See more »

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Great episode
23 June 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

As people may well know by now, I am a big fan of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series. As far as the episodes in The Return of Sherlock Holmes go, I still think The Devil's Foot is the standout of this particular series, but The Bruce-Partington Plans is one of those episodes that shows why I love the series as much as I do.

The pace is mostly solid, if dragging a tad once or twice. That said, the story is an interesting and well-told one, and is further helped by the thoughtful dialogue, the meticulous production values(one of the series' best assets), the wonderful music and the top notch acting of Jeremy Brett, Edward Hardwicke and Charles Gray.

All in all, a great episode. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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