The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984)

Season 3 Episode 3

The Musgrave Ritual

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 23, 1986 on ITV

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  • This is a perfect example of why the show is important.

    Having read every Sherlock Holmes story, i was not expecting much from this episode. In the book, Holmes is recanting the story to Watson over a few glasses of wine, and the events take place some twenty years past. It was, in fact, Holmes's third case ever. Here, however, the story is retold in the present tense, with Watson accompanying Holmes throughout. What was a rather dull offering in the Canon, becomes a riveting installment here, providing us with alternative ideas about Sherlock Holmes' powers and Watson's energy. At the climax, we are shown what became of Rachel, the missing maid, and it fits perfectly into the story, yet in the original we are left wondering what might have happened. Again, the producers have done the Master justice, and at the same time, given us viewers a brilliant take on a classic story.