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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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One of the weaker episodes of the series in my opinion
28 May 2012 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

I do say this with regret, as I do love the Granada Sherlock Holmes series and always have. The Three Gables is marginally better as an episode than The Eligible Bachelor(my least favourite episode of the series), The Last Vampyre and The Mazarin Stone, but of the "Memoirs" series it is nowhere near as good as The Dying Detective and The Cardboard Box. For other classic episodes of the series the standouts alongside those two were The Crooked Man, The Blue Carbuncle, The Final Problem, The Devil's Foot, The Dancing Men, The Six Napoleons, The Norwood Builder, The Master Blackmailer, Sign of Four and Hound of the Baskervilles. The others range from good to great.

The Three Gables isn't irredeemable though. The evocative atmosphere and splendid production values are still there, as well as some very interesting camera work and the hauntingly beautiful music. Jeremy Brett does look ill and has given more inspired performances in other episodes but he is nonetheless commanding, and Edward Hardwicke is a quietly composed contrast. On the other hand, the supporting don't really have that much to do and don't shine as much. And there is no wonder seeing as pace-wise The Three Gables for me was one of the duller episodes, made more problematic by a story that is very confused and rambling(then again the story itself was I agree one of Conan Doyle's weakest, giving the impression he was running out of ideas) and a script that is mostly lacking in any life or intrigue.

All in all, not the worst episode and not a waste of time, but one of the weakest of the series and a disappointment in general. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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