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The Last Vampyre 

Sherlock Holmes investigates strange and tragic happenings in a village that appear linked to a man who seems to be like a vampire.


Tim Sullivan


Jeremy Paul (screenplay), Arthur Conan Doyle (segment) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Doctor Watson
Roy Marsden ... John Stockton
Keith Barron ... Rob Ferguson
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... Carlotta (as Yolanda Vasquey)
Maurice Denham ... Reverend Merridew
Richard Dempsey ... Jack
Juliet Aubrey ... Dolores
Jason Hetherington Jason Hetherington ... Michael
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs Mason
Peter Geddis Peter Geddis ... Mr Gresty
Kate Lansbury ... Mrs Gresty
Maria Redmond Maria Redmond ... Vera Gresty
Freddie Jones ... Pedlar
Hilary Mason ... Miss Ruddock


Sherlock Holmes agrees to investigate suspected murders in a village whose ancestors had killed a prominent family a century ago that they thought were vampires. These deaths appear to be linked to a descendant of that family, a man who seems to have something malevolently supernatural about him, much like a vampire itself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Release Date:

27 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television, WGBH See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This adaptation of the short story "The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire," isn't looked upon very favourably by the fans of this Sherlock Holmes TV series. The episode has been heavily criticised for failing to follow even the rudiments of the original story. See more »


There was no Sherlock Holmes story called 'the last vampire' there was one called the 'Sussex vampire' which this story is loosely based, See more »


Sherlock Holmes: [after scaring Watson in vampire fashion] Sorry to have alarmed you, Watson, but your reaction was instructive. So you believe in their existence?
Doctor Watson: What?
Sherlock Holmes: Vampires.
Doctor Watson: [angrily] No, of course I don't.
Sherlock Holmes: Your attitude suggests the contrary.
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Ring a Ring o' Roses
or "Ring Around the Rosie" (uncredited)
Sung to Jack by Children on the Street
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Sucks the blood out of a great series
17 January 2009 | by that_ealing_feelingSee all my reviews

I'm a great fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories and the Granada TV series starring the magnificent Jeremy Brett, but The Last Vampyre is among the worst Holmes adaptations ever made. The story has almost nothing to do with Conan Doyle's The Sussex Vampire, and Holmes just doesn't belong in a Hammer-type supernatural setting. His milieu was the real, material world of late-Victorian London, to which he could apply his supremely rational mind. Also, in a long career of strange roles, Roy Marsden never played a less plausible role than he does here. On another tack, it's sad to see Jeremy Brett looking as ill as he does here - he could almost pass for a vampire himself. It might have been kinder to retire the series and the star a year or two before this unworthy addition to series was made.

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