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Silver Blaze 

Holmes investigates the disappearance of a champion racehorse and the murder of its trainer on a lonely moor.


Brian Mills


Arthur Conan Doyle (by) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), John Hawkesworth (developed for television by) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Jeremy Brett ... Sherlock Holmes
Edward Hardwicke ... Dr Watson
Peter Barkworth ... Colonel Ross
Barry Lowe Barry Lowe ... John Straker
Jonathan Coy ... Fitzroy Simpson
Rosalie Williams ... Mrs Hudson
Malcolm Storry ... Inspector Gregory
Manda-Jayne Beard Manda-Jayne Beard ... Edith Baxter
David John ... Ned Hunter
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ... Mrs Straker
Russell Hunter ... Silas Brown
Nicholas Teare Nicholas Teare ... Dawson
Marcus Kimber Marcus Kimber ... Bookmaker
Geoffrey Banks Geoffrey Banks ... Race Official


Wealthy sportsman Colonel Ross asks Holmes to investigate the disappearance of his prize thoroughbred Silver Blaze, whom he wants to enter in the Wessex Cup Race. On the night in question the stable is visited by a gambler hoping to get some inside information on the race but is turned away by a loyal stable boy. After the boy is drugged by opium, the horse disappears, and the trainer is found bludgeoned on a lonely moor, suspicion falls on the gambler, but if he is guilty, where is Silver Blaze? Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029#aol.com)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery


TV-PG | See all certifications »






Release Date:

13 April 1988 (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?


[first lines]
Sherlock Holmes: It's no good. I shall have to go.
Dr Watson: Go? Go? Go where?
Sherlock Holmes: King's Pyland.
[points to newspaper]
Dr Watson: [reads] "Last evening, Inspector Gregory of the Devonshire constabulary arrested well-known racing personality Fitzroy Simpson and charged him with the murder of trainer John Straker."
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Version of Murder at the Baskervilles (1937) See more »

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A clever mystery, don't eat the mutton curry!
8 May 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Silver Blaze is a very clever mystery, it holds a fair amount of intrigue and has an excellent, unexpected conclusion. If I'm honest it's not one of my favourites, I definitely think the story benefits from being produced during a purple patch for the Granada show, having just put out The Devil's Foot, the show was very much on form. I feel the story is elevated by the superb production values, and the excellent performances, particularly from Peter Barkworth, a much missed, tremendous actor.

I like the story, I just prefer most of the others from The Return series. It's clever, well made, and definitely worth a watch. 7/10

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