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The Blue Carbuncle 

When the Countess of Morcar's priceless blue carbuncle is stolen, a reformed thief is charged with the crime.


David Carson


John Hawkesworth (developed for television by), Paul Finney (dramatised by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr Watson
Rosalind Knight Rosalind Knight ... Countess of Morcar
Ros Simmons Ros Simmons ... Catherine Cusack
Ken Campbell Ken Campbell ... James Ryder
Desmond McNamara Desmond McNamara ... John Horner
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Jennie Horner
Brian Miller Brian Miller ... Inspector Bradstreet
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Frank Mills ... Peterson
Frank Middlemass ... Henry Baker
Don McCorkindale ... Windigate
Eric Allan Eric Allan ... Breckendridge
Maggie Jones Maggie Jones ... Mrs Oakshott
Ricki Scott Ricki Scott ... Hotel Attendant


On Christmas Eve, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson try to determine how a fabulous blue carbuncle found its way down the gullet of a goose. It all starts that morning when the Commissioner who lives across the way asks Holmes' advice. On his way home, he came across a group of ruffians taking advantage of an elderly gentleman. His uniform scared them all off with the elderly gentleman leaving behind the goose. Holmes suggests that he simply keep it but he is soon back with the precious stone. Newspaper reports have reported the theft of the unique blue stone from a local hotel, but Holmes can't resist solving the mystery of how it got to its final destination. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Official Sites:

Official site [France]





Release Date:

5 June 1984 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Frank Middlemass, who plays Baker, played Peterson in the 1968 adaptation of the story for the "Sherlock Holmes" series. See more »


When Holmes is awakened by Mrs. Hudson, a modern-day filter-tipped cigarette butt can be seen in the ashtray beside the bed; filter-tip cigarettes were not widely available in England until the 1950s. See more »


[first lines]
Catherine Cusack: [answering phone] Countess of Morcar.
Catherine Cusack: Thanks.
[hangs up]
Catherine Cusack: My God! She's back. She's getting out of the carriage. Come on, Ryder, get a move on!
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Wonderful Christmas Episode
30 January 2012 | by ericksonsam60See all my reviews

This is one of Arthur Conan Doyle's popular Holmes mysteries and it is beautifully and tightly brought on screen. A delight from beginning to end. It features a nice Christmas setting, clever mystery, and a very satisfying ending. The production and photography are as usual splendid. Even Brett's performance is especially in this one, is excellent with him having Holmes at his snooty, twitchy best, I just love the scene where Holmes makes deductions about the black hat in the beginning of the show. Also, Holmes and Watson have great camaraderie in this one too as well, as I always enjoy their banter. In my opinion, this marvelous episode shows Granada and Conan Doyle at the top of their form.

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