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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Channel Granada Television
Creator John Hawkesworth
Genre Detective
Broadcast 1986-1988
No. of Seasons 2
No. of Episodes 11
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Jeremy Brett
Dr. John Watson Edward Hardwicke
Mrs. Hudson Rosalie Williams
Inspector Lestrade Colin Jeavons
Mycroft Holmes Charles Gray

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a British 1986-1988 TV series, starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes and Edward Hardwicke as Dr. Watson. Eleven short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle were adapted into the series.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is a second installment in Granada Television TV series, starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes, preceded by The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-1985) and followed by The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991-1993), and The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994) TV series, and two feature-length made for TV movies: The Sign of Four (1987) and The Hound of the Baskervilles (1988).

The following weapons were used in the television series The Return of Sherlock Holmes:


Webley .455 Mk IV

Dr. John Watson (Edward Hardwicke) uses a Webley .455 Mk IV revolver in "The Empty House" (S01E01), "The Six Napoleons" (S01E07), and "The Bruce Partington Plans" (S02E04).

Webley Mk IV - .455 Webley
Watson takes his old army revolver from the drawer in "The Empty House".
He shows the revolver to Holmes who already fell asleep.
A closeup of Watson's revolver during the ambush on Colonel Moran.
Watson checks his revolver when the duo, accompanied by Inspector Lestrade, is going to ambush the thief of the plaster Napoleons in "The Six Napoleons".
Watson holds the revolver on arrested Beppo (Emil Wolk).
Another view of the scene (the screenshot is slightly enhanced to provide a better view of the gun).
Watson readies his revolver in "The Bruce Partington Plans" while Mrs. Hudson asks him to be careful.
Watson's revolver on the table in Hugo Oberstein's apartments.

Pocket revolver

A gold plated pocket revolver with folding trigger is seen in "The Six Napoleons" (S01E07). It looks like a kind of Velo-Dog with exposed hammer. The short cylinder allows to guess that the revolver is chambered not in common Velo-Dog long 5.75mm but in some caliber like .22 Short.

Venucci Snr. (Steve Plytas) takes a revolver from the purse of his dauther Lucrezia.
Another, slightly blurry view of the revolver.


Flintlock Pistol

Several Flintlock Pistols are used in "Wisteria Lodge" (S02E03).

Kentucky Flintlock, modern day reproduction made by Pedersoli - .50 caliber. Screen pistols have very similar outlook.
Watson examines one of the flintlock pistols, found on Garcia's villa "Wisteria Lodge".
Watson releases the hammer. Sparks from the flint can be seen.
Inspector Baynes (Freddie Jones) finds the second pistol of the pair.
A flashback scene shows Garcia (Arturo Venegas) taking a pistol.
Garcia holds a pistol, preparing to commit retribution over Murillo aka Henderson. Next to him are his comrades-in-arms Luis (Guido Adorni) and "The Mulatto" (Sonny Caldinez).
Murillo (Basil Hoskins) holds the pistol, taken from killed Garcia.
A pair of flintlock pistol is seen in the scene when Luis and Mulatto at last kill Murillo and his secretary Lucas.


Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are seen in hands of Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) and Sir Reginald Musgrave (Michael Culver) in "The Musgrave Ritual" (S01E04).

Dr. Watson and Sir Reginald Musgrave return from the hunt.

Other Weapons

Air Rifle

Colonel Sebastian Moran (Patrick Allen) uses his famous and deadly air gun in "The Empty House" (S01E01). The prop, used on screen, is a real masterpiece. It is fitted with a brass sniper scope. The firing mechanism includes a percussion cap hammer which hardly could be used on a real air gun.

Moran removes the head of his cane, opening the muzzle.
He pulls the main part of the gun from under his cloak...
... puts a bullet in the chamber...
... attached the barrel...
...and pumps the air gun.
Moran aims.
A closeup.
The hammer falls.
Holmes examines the gun.
The gun on the table.

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