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The Final Problem 

Holmes and Watson travel to Europe to escape Moriarty's vengeance.


Alan Grint


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




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
David Burke ... Dr. Watson
Eric Porter ... Professor Moriarty
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs. Hudson
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ... Director of the Louvre
Claude Le Saché Claude Le Saché ... Minister of the Interior (as Claude Le Sache)
Michael Goldie Michael Goldie ... The Artist
Robert Henderson ... American Millionaire
Paul Sirr Paul Sirr ... Young Art Expert
Jim Dunk Jim Dunk ... Porter at Victoria
Paul Humpoletz Paul Humpoletz ... Herr Steiler
Simon Adams Simon Adams ... Swiss Youth


After a four month absence, Sherlock Holmes returns to Baker Street following several attempts on his life. Holmes had been away on an important assignment for the French government - recovering the Mona Lisa that had bee stolen from the Louvre. He was successful in his task and appropriately rewarded by the French but he raised the ire of the crime's perpetrator - Professor Moriarty. On the morning of his return, the Professor visited Holmes in his flat and warned him to cease or he would have no choice but to take extreme measures. With several attempts on his life having already taken place, Holmes and Watson head for Switzerland. Moriarty is a relentless pursuer however and he and Holmes have a fateful encounter at the Reichenbach Falls. Written by garykmcd

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

29 September 1985 (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?


There is a picture of Reichenbach Falls above the mantle at Baker Street. See more »


When Holmes and Moriarty topple over the Reichenbach Falls, both the stuntmen playing Holmes and Moriarty are wearing safety lines which are soon blocked out by the camera. When they start to fall, these lines are most prominent. See more »


[first lines]
Dr. Watson: [voiceover] When I returned to Baker Street from a short holiday in the spring of 1891, I had seen little of Holmes for some time. I saw in the papers that he had been engaged by the French Government upon a matter of supreme importance, but I could hardly foresee that it would have so violent a consequence. It lies with me now to tell for the first time what took place between Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty in that fateful year.
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Crazy Credits

Shows Reichenbach Falls during ending credits. See more »


Featured in The Shackles of Sherlock (2007) See more »

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Most Excellent Dramatization of Sherlock Holmes! Perfection! Flawless!
20 October 2007 | by gc123517See all my reviews

Well, I just watched this 1984 Granada production in October 2007 having read the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes in the late 1990's. And I must say that not only was the screenplay as faithful to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story as you could get - it was an absolutely faithful production. For anyone who has read "The Final Problem", you will know that this is a very special and perhaps the most significant Sherlock Holmes tale. To those who are unfamiliar with the story, I shall be careful not to convey spoilers which will diminish the key plot points for you. But let me say that this tale takes Holmes and Watson beyond the bounds of England to face a formidable enemy, and in doing so expresses the depths of the friendship between Holmes and Watson, while also showing some spectacular scenery. Every minute detail was vividly shown and expressed, and I ACTUALLY applauded Granada at the conclusion of this episode, because their standards of quality and faithfulness to every detail of the story and characters is absolutely flawless. Bravo Granada! Bravo!

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