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The Three Gables 

A dead young man's affair with a beautiful widow brings odd, dangerous events to his grandmother's house.


Peter Hammond


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr Watson
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Claudine Auger ... Isadora Klein
Gary Cady Gary Cady ... Douglas Maberley
Ben Pullen ... Duke of Lomond (as Benjamin Pullen)
Caroline Blakiston ... Dowager Duchess
Mary Ellis ... Mary Maberley
Peter Wyngarde ... Langdale Pike
Michael Graham ... Haines-Johnson
Steve Toussaint ... Steve Dixie
Barbara Young ... Susan
John Gill John Gill ... Mr Sutro
Emma Hardwicke Emma Hardwicke ... Dora


Sherlock Holmes'advice is sought by the elderly Mrs. Mary Maberley who has a particularly odd puzzle for him to solve. About one year ago she bought her current house, The Three Gables, and had lived there with her grandson until his recent death following complications from a ruptured spleen. She was shocked when approached by an estate agent who essentially offered her a blank cheque to buy The Three Gables from her in its entirety, including all of the contents. The old lady was keen to sell as, having lost her grandson, she now hoped to finance a 'round-the-world tour. The terms however included that she take nothing whatsoever from the house, not even the portrait of her grandson hanging on the wall. This she could not do and declined the offer to purchase. Did she make the right decision, she asks Holmes? It is evident that there is something in the house that someone is prepared to pay any price to get their hands on. Holmes soon finds that the connection has to be the grandson... Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

7 March 1994 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (as Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last TV drama acting role for Peter Wyngarde. See more »


[first lines]
Douglas Maberley: You promised!
Isadora Klein: I promised you nothing. Jamais! Never!
Douglas Maberley: I'm leaving for Rome. Please. Please come with me.
Isadora Klein: I've given, and I've no more to give.
Douglas Maberley: Why? Why do you treat me like this!
[two men drag him away]
Douglas Maberley: No!
Isadora Klein: Go! Go, go, go!
Douglas Maberley: Heartless fiend!
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A great story, well presented.
21 August 2016 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

A story full of passion, desire, love, loathing and hatred, The Three Gables is a very enjoyable episode, even if the story itself is one that's possibly been done before. Conan Doyle enjoyed writing the older, wealthy villainess, and Claudine Auger did a good job in portraying her in this one. Gary Cady certainly looked the part of the young lover and victim Douglas Maberley, although I've never classed him as a brilliant actor. Mary Ellis was utterly glorious as his grandmother, and stole the show with a fabulous acting display. Favourite scene has to be the fight between Watson and Steve Dixie, I know some of the punches are a little wide of the mark, but when Watson flies through the glass, it looks effective. Dixie, played really well by Steve Toussaint, made his first TV appearance here. The wonderful Caroline Blakiston did not get enough screen time. Some nice touches of humour too, bravo Mrs Hudson. 8/10

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