->''"My name is Sherlock Holmes. It is my business to know what other people do not know."''
-->-- '''Sherlock Holmes, The Blue Carbuncle'''

There have been numerous television adaptations of Literature/SherlockHolmes. See the [[Franchise/SherlockHolmes main page]] for a list. This page covers the franchise of television series produced by British television company Granada Television between 1984 and 1994, staring Creator/JeremyBrett as the titular GreatDetective. Of the 60 Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 42 were adapted in the series spanning 36 one-hour episodes and five feature-length specials.

The first two seasons are referred to as ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes''. These series co-starred David Burke as Doctor Watson, reversing the commonly held view of Watson as TheWatson epitomized by Nigel Bruce in the 1940s and 50s, portraying Holmes' biographer as a strong, intelligent, humorous but never bumbling man of action, often learning from Holmes in the art of deduction. Rosalie Williams proved a real gem as the long-suffering Mrs. Hudson, and the supporting cast was magnificent, including an early appearance by Creator/NatashaRichardson.

In ''The Return of Sherlock Holmes'', the producers pulled a daring but successful trick in changing Watsons, since the original Watson, David Burke, left for a variety of reasons. Edward Hardwicke replaced him, and though the two interpretations are different, both are extremely successful in challenging TheWatson impression.

For ''The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes'', after a three year break necessitated by Creator/{{Jeremy Brett}}'s health, professional difficulties and various projects, the series returned in 1991 under the oversight of the original producer, Michael Cox. Unfortunately, the number of truly strong stories left in the canon of original Holmes material had started drying up and some of the remaining strong ones needed a bust in the budget (travels to France for instance), leaving the production team an unenviable choice: stay faithful (the original mandate of the series) and pump out low quality episodes, or make quality television but deviate dramatically from the source material. They wavered between the two options during this series, resulting in an uneven six episodes. It was followed by a set of three tv movies featuring [[AdaptationExpansion expanded adaptations]] of short stories. ''Film/TheMasterBlackmailer'' (adapting the Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton) ''The Last Vampyre'' (adapting The Adventure of The Sussex Vampire), and ''The Eligible Bachelor'' (mostly adapting the adventure of "The Noble Bachelor").

''The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes'' was the final series, airing in 1994. At this point in time, Brett's health was massively unstable due to childhood heart problems, medication prescribed to deal with his bipolar disorder, and complications from chain-smoking his entire life. Adding to the performance difficulties (Brett could often only sustain seconds-long takes before collapsing) were scheduling crunches (the producer, June Wyndham Davies had originally wanted a year to do the series, but after ExecutiveMeddling was given scant months to scramble together scripts and productions schedules), leading to actor replacements (Edward Hardwicke, who played Watson, was unavailable for one episode, and Brett himself had to bow out for an episode, leading to the inclusion of Charles Grey as Holmes' brother Mycroft to replace both characters in two episodes).

The series as a whole is generally regarded as one of the most accurate attempts at depicting the original stories ever put to screen (barring certain changes in order to facilitate adaptation from print to television), and Brett's portrayal is often praised as at very least one of the best Holmes out there, if not the definitive portrayal. It is telling that the next major [[Film/SherlockHolmes feature film adaptation]] starring Creator/RobertDowneyJr decided to take a jarringly different interpretation of the character to get out of Brett's shadow.



[[folder: ''The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes'' ]]

* First Series (1984)
# A Scandal in Bohemia
# The Dancing Men
# The Naval Treaty
# The Solitary Cyclist
# The Crooked Man
# The Speckled Band
# The Blue Carbuncle
* Second Series (1985)
# The Copper Beeches
# The Greek Interpreter
# The Norwood Builder
# The Resident Patient
# The Red Headed League
# The Final Problem


[[folder: ''The Return of Sherlock Holmes'' ]]

* First Series (1986)
# The Empty House
# The Priory School
# The Second Stain
# The Musgrave Ritual
# The Abbey Grange
# The Man With the Twisted Lip
# The Six Napoleons
# The Sign of Four (feature length adaptation, 1987)
* Second Series (1988)
# The Devil's Foot
# Silver Blaze
# Wisteria Lodge
# The Bruce-Partington Plans
# The Hound of the Baskervilles (feature length adaptation, 1988)


[[folder: ''The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes'' ]]
# The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
# The Problem of Thor Bridge
# Shoscombe Old Place
# The Boscombe Valley Mystery
# The Illustrious Client
# The Creeping Man


[[folder: Feature-length Episodes ]]

# The Master Blackmailer (1992)
# The Last Vampyre (1993)
# The Eligible Bachelor (1993)


[[folder: ''The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes'' ]]
# The Three Gables
# The Dying Detective
# The Golden Pince-Nez
# The Red Circle
# The Mazarin Stone
# The Cardboard Box

!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbsenteeActor: Edward Hardwicke was off filming ''{{Shadowlands}}'' when "The Golden Pince-Nez" was in production, so Mycroft replaces Watson. An even more extreme example was Brett's illness preventing him from appearing in more than three minutes of "The Mazarin Stone" - again, Charles Grey stepped in as Mycroft.[[note]]Both episodes are generally highly regarded by fans, and Brett's three minutes in "The Mazarin Stone"are used to excellent effect. Interestingly that story is one of the few from which Watson is originally (mostly) absent, and not the narrator, since ACD originally created it as a stage play.[[/note]]
* ActionPrologue: The opening of "The Final Problem". Holmes dodges carriages, masonry, and ruffians, all bent on killing him. Eesh.
* AdaptationDecay: Invoked in "The Copper Beeches" when Holmes lectures Watson on emphasizing the details of crimes rather than Holmes' deductions--since crime is ubiquitous, he thinks that the ''logic'' is the key feature of his adventures.
* AdaptationalVillainy:
** [[spoiler:The eponymous Eligible Bachelor becomes a true villain, which he was not in the original story]].
** Moriarty becomes the mastermind of "The Red-Headed League" as a nice bit of foreshadowing before the next episode, ''The Final Problem"
** The titular "Norwood Builder" is [[spoiler:an actual murderer, who killed a tramp to provide a corpse so that he could [[FakingTheDead Fake The Dead]]]], which didn't happen in Doyle's original story.
* AdaptationInducedPlotHole: In both the original story and episode "The Priory School" Holmes snarkily taunts the Duke, first over his reluctance for Holmes to investigate his son's disappearance, and later when demanding payment for solving the case before telling the Duke the solution. In the story, Holmes does so as a strategy, because [[spoiler:he has already deduced the Duke has recovered his son and is shielding the kidnapper]]. The episode changes this but keeps the snarking, making Holmes seem needlessly cruel.
* AffectionatePickpocket: Mycroft combines this with PercussivePickpocket in "The Greek Interpreter", sharing a close handshake with the Kemp after an amiable dinner and then pretending to be shaken by the train into pulling him close, lifting his revolver.
* AfterActionPatchUp: Watson for Holmes after the chase in "The Final Problem". Well, he is a doctor after all.
* AfterActionVillainAnalysis: SherlockHolmes, remember? Of ''course'' there's going to be villain analysis when all's said and done.
* AloofBigBrother: Averted with Mycroft in this adaptation who's rather close to Sherlock and has a rather jovial attitude compared to other incarnations.
* AlternateUniverse:
** ''Technically'', the series is this as they decided to leave Mary Morstan Watson completely out of the ''Adventures'' run and keep Watson a bachelor.
** Also, the episodes run in a very different chronological order than the stories/don't have much chronology at all, and both Holmes and (especially) Watson are many years older than they were in most of the stories, since the series takes place over the course of only a few years, while the stories take place over the course of more than two decades (even when not counting a handful of outliers that stretch it to nearly four decades).
* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: Woodley and (originally) Carruthers' plan in "The Solitary Cyclist". Holmes, Watson, and Carruthers arrive too late to prevent the priest proclaiming "man and wife." However, Holmes points out that even if they hadn't hired a ''defrocked'' priest to do the job, England does not recognized forced marriages and in fact treats the matter as a serious felony.
* ArchEnemy:
** Professor Moriarty to Sherlock naturally.
** Mycroft gets one too in the form of Count Negretto Sylvius.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: From the original text, the "swamp adder" in "The Speckled Band." There was and is no snake with that common name, although the cobra is considered the most likely candidate.
* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler: Mortimer Tregennis]], to the point where Holmes and Watson actually ''let his murderer go free.'' [[spoiler: Milverton's killer]] gets the same treatment.
* BadassBaritone: Holmes and Watson, though Jeremy Brett often pitched his voice higher to fit the canonical description of Holmes's voice.
* BadBoss: When Moriarty's subordinate reports failure at the end of "The Red-headed League," just ''look'' at how ''scared'' the man is, and compare that to his earlier [[SmugSnake smugness]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Watson, as is fitting and proper.
* BigBad / DiabolicalMastermind / EvilGenius: Moriarty. He even gets an extra appearance in the series, courtesy of a FandomNod.
* BigWordShout: "''HOOOLMES!''"
** Watson, of course. It's really heartbreaking, because, of course, he doesn't get an answer.
* BilingualBonus:
** In "The Red-Headed League," Holmes makes two separate quotes in Latin and then French.
** "The Greek Interpreter" is made of this trope. Lots of Greek spoken here - even ''Holmes'' can speak modern, conversational Greek!
** "The Six Napoleons" is an interesting case; in the original story, Pietro Venucci is killed between scenes and his sister Lucrezia is mentioned once. In the Granada adaptation, [[AdaptationExpansion Lucrezia has her own subplot, having several conversations with her father in Italian]].
** "A Scandal In Bohemia" is one of the only dramatic Holmes adaptations where Irene Adler's name is pronounced as it would be in German. (ee-REN-uh AHD-ler)
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Dr. Grimesby Roylott. Actually it's pretty ill-fitting clothing, as he's abusive to his stepdaughters--however, he makes no objections to their courtships and even has Helen's fiance over to the house. [[spoiler:He just plans to murder them with a poison snake so he doesn't lose their money.]]
* BittersweetEnding: The end of "The Final Problem". The "sweet" part comes in when Watson demonstrates just how much Holmes has meant to him.
* BookEnds: "The Copper Beeches" opens with Holmes complaining bitterly about Watson's writing. It ends with Watson reading out his narrative of the titular case and Holmes declaring it an admirable account.
* BoxingBattler: Holmes demonstrates his classical pugilistic prowess on a few occasions.
* BrickJoke: At the beginning of "A Scandal in Bohemia," the King of Bohemia ignores Watson's offer to shake hands; at the end, Holmes ignores the ''King's'' offer to shake hands, and Watson caps things off by shaking hands uninvited. And it is ''hilarious''. The look on Watson's face is what really perfects the whole scene.
* BriefAccentImitation: Holmes as a tramp in "The Norwood Builder".
* BritishBrevity: 7 episodes for the first season, 6 for the second. It doesn't get better in future runs.
* ChekhovsGun: There's really no reason why we should see Holmes's silver cigarette case at the end of "The Red-headed League"... except for the fact that we then recognize it for what it is at the climax of "The Final Problem".
* ChekhovsSkill: We know Watson's a doctor, but the only time he uses his medical skills on-screen is in "The Greek Interpreter".
* ChristmasEpisode: "The Blue Carbuncle," complete with instrumental Christmas carols.
* ClickHello: Wilson Kemp gets one from Mycroft during "The Greek Interpreter." With his own weapon.
-->'''Mycroft''': I believe this is your revolver, sir.
* TheCoatsAreOff: In "The Solitary Cyclist", Woodley slaps Holmes across the face. Holmes proceeds to calmly remove his hat and coat, hang then up and then lay a serious beatdown on Woodley.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Holmes and Watson, as a matter of fact. Their clothing seems to very deliberately reflect not only their coloring but their personalities, as well. Holmes is ALWAYS in black or grey (but usually black) - the only episode in the entire ''series'' in which he wears a color (cream) is in "The Naval Treaty". Watson, on the other hand, tends to wear brown, or a warm shade of grey (except for the ChristmasEpisode, in which he wears blue).
* CoolPeopleRebelAgainstAuthority: It doesn't get much better than this...
-->'''Holmes:''' You don't mind breaking the law?\\
'''Watson:''' ''(stoutly)'' Not in the least.\\
'''Holmes:''' Or running the chance of arrest?\\
'''Watson''' ''(firmly)'' Not in a good cause.\\
'''Holmes:''' Oh, the cause is excellent.\\
'''Watson:''' Well, then I am your man.\\
'''Holmes:''' ''Splendid''.
* CostumePorn: The detail and authenticity of the clothing is just astounding. Irene Adler's dresses are utterly ''gorgeous''.
* CrazyJealousGuy:
** In the later years of his marriage, Colonel Barclay angrily demands of his wife Kitty that she assure him she has only ever loved him.
** Oldacre of "The Norwood Builder." He was once engaged to young [=McFarlane's=] mother, but she broke it off after realizing his two-faced cruelty and married a kind man. On her wedding day, Oldacre sent her picture back with the face burnt off.
* CurbStompBattle: The drunken Woodley never has a chance against Holmes in "The Solitary Cyclist" - nor do the ruffians at the beginning of "The Final Problem".
* DarkerAndEdgier:
** Later Granada episodes would play this trope hard, but the most notable instance of it in the ''Adventures'' run is the ending of "The Greek Interpreter," which includes the run's one moment of FamilyUnfriendlyViolence.
** In "The Norwood Builder," the decoy bones used in the staged fire are ''human'', rather than rabbit. (Bravo to Granada. C'mon, Sir ACD, ''rabbit bones''? Not even Scotland Yard could possibly mistake them for being a human's!)
* DeadpanSnarker / GentlemanSnarker / TallDarkAndSnarky: Brett's Holmes lives and breathes this trope, as befits the original stories.
* DeathGlare: If Moriarty's doesn't freeze you over, ''nothing'' can.
* DisposableLoveInterest: In a bit of canon revisionism, Watson doesn't propose at the end of "The Sign of Four."
* DisneyDeath: Holmes, although we don't know this for certain until "The Empty House" - apparently, Granada ended "The Final Problem" with the possibility that Holmes was dead in case their ratings weren't high enough to continue the series.
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** A Victorian example - Moriarty falling into the Reichenbach Falls.
** James Wilder in ''The Priory School.'' Also DeathByAdaptation.
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: Holmes's veritable collection of pipes. In one episode, Watson says that he should have known Holmes was in a bad mood by the particular pipe he's chosen.
** As noted above, the one time he smokes the infamous calabash is on the trek through the Swiss Alps.
* DoubleEntendre: A non-sexual version when Holmes and Watson discuss the horse and ''trap'' ordered to transport Violet home in "The Solitary Cyclist".
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Watson's voiceover at the beginning and end of "A Scandal in Bohemia" did not become a trend, although he later would sometimes read aloud from his writing onscreen.
* EnfantTerrible: In "The Copper Beeches," Violet's new charge as governess greets her by trying to hand her a dead bird.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Watson and Holmes's first scene together, in "A Scandal in Bohemia," is a beautiful establishing moment for them both. Watson is shown to be soldierly, stern, concerned for Holmes's wellbeing, and willing to listen to and put up with Holmes. Holmes, on the other hand, is shown to be careless with his health, easily bored because of his fast mind, absolutely ''dependent'' upon mental stimulation, brilliant, quirky, fond of "his Boswell"... And just look at him when he's sitting all folded up before the fire - it's a powerful image. He's just ''alone'', and he'll always be a bit alone.
* EvilCounterpart: Not played so strongly with Holmes and Moriarty as in other adaptations - the closest we get to this idea is when Holmes tells Watson that Moriarty will do "what I should do. Engage a special train." In fact, Granada seems almost to stress Holmes's goodness in opposition to Moriarty's wickedness, quite different from [[Series/{{Sherlock}} other]] [[Film/{{SherlockHolmes}} adaptations]].
%%* EvilLaugh: See next trope...
* EvilRedhead:
** Mr. Woodley in "The Solitary Cyclist", a predatory ruffian who assaults Violet and later attempts to forcibly marry her.
** The handsome young Moriarty agent in the ''Mona Lisa'' backstory in "The Final Problem".
* ExactWords: When arriving at Charlington to protect Violet in "The Solitary Cyclist", Watson asks who would want to harm her on such a fine morning.
-->'''Holmes:''' I hope nobody.\\
'''Watson:''' Then why did you bring your revolver?\\
'''Holmes:''' You talked about my hope, not my ''expectations.''
* FaceDeathWithDignity: Holmes's attitude towards Moriarty throughout "The Final Problem," and his farewell note to Watson.
* FailedASpotCheck: Holmes upbraids himself for not accounting for the earlier train out of Surrey and arriving too late to get between Violet and her attackers on the way back to the station.
* FairCop:
** In "The Norwood Builder," Lestrade is from the point that Holmes tells him he doesn't have ''all'' the evidence.
** In "The Red-headed League," Athelney Jones is this all the way.
* {{Fanservice}}: The bathing girl from ''The Six Napoleons'', and the nude model from ''The Final Problem'' don't seem to serve any other purpose.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Carruthers calls the plan to marry Violet Hunter "the worst fate that can befall a woman," and it's why he wants to put another bullet in Woodley when Watson pronounces the wound non-fatal--Holmes assures him, however, that the marriage is in no way legally binding.
* FauxAffablyEvil:
** Wilson Kemp again. The man just doesn't stop ''smiling'', even when he's threatening terrible things!
** Moriarty starts out as this when he confronts Holmes at 221B. His attitude pretty quickly spirals down from there.
* {{Flashback}}: Used extensively, as per the Canon.
* ForensicAccounting: In "The Norwood Builder," Watson searches through Oldacre's documents while Holmes examines the rest of the property and discovers that there are a number of papers which ''should'' be there but aren't.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are moments of this throughout the run, but "The Red-headed League" takes the prize for being one big foreshadowing to "The Final Problem".
* FourEyesZeroSoul: Wilson Kemp, once more. He is perhaps the creepiest villain in the entire series, what with his [[SlasherSmile constant grin]], [[GigglingVillain wicked snicker]], [[SuddenlyShouting sudden]] [[MoodSwinger outbursts of rage]], and a vocal delivery that has hints of Creator/PeterLorre.
* GetOut: At the end of "The Blue Carbuncle," the terrified and guiltstricken culprit begs Holmes for mercy. Holmes tells him, somewhat disgustedly, simply to get out (meaning that he will not report the crime).
* GoodIsNotNice:
** Not always, in Holmes's case. He can actually be downright creepy, at times.
** Lestrade fits this trope for most of "The Norwood Builder". True, he's doing his job, but he comes across as a definite SmugSnake ''until'' Holmes reveals the true perpetrator.
* GoryDiscretionShot:
** We don't actually see Harold Latimer get torn apart by an oncoming train, but you know it happens when the door he was hanging from swings shut, devoid of Latimer and quite a bit of the window glass.
** From Watson's reaction, the victim is in an unsightly state at the beginning of "The Empty House," but all we see is the bloody sheet covering him.
* HeldGaze: Brett's Holmes is pretty good at this, conveying a lot of emphasis with his big hazel eyes.
* HeroicBSOD: Holmes's reaction to Irene's departure in "A Scandal in Bohemia".
** And again (albeit briefly) at Lestrade's "little cock-a-doodle of victory" after finding evidence further incriminating Holmes's client of murder in "The Norwood Builder".
* HeroesWantRedheads: Both Irene Norton nee Adler and Violet Hunter are redheads (if you count "chestnut" as red), and Holmes ''does'' seem to have some sort of attraction to them both.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Holmes and Watson.
* {{Homage}}: Holmes and Watson's first scene in "The Resident Patient," which is a retelling of a Doyle-written parody called "Watson Learns the Trick". In both versions, Watson is trying to apply Holmes's methods to deduce what is wrong with the detective. He has a bit more success in the Granada scene.
* HollywoodDarkness: in "The Empty House", the titular building is much more well lit than its ''pitch black'' book counterpart.
* IconicOutfit: Averted; Holmes is usually dressed in a suit and tophat. He only wears the deerstalker when he has a case out in the country and the dress is appropriate.
* IdenticalStranger: This is the reason for Mr. Rucastle's strange interest in Violet Hunter as a governess.
* IllBoy: Percy Phelps, the client in "The Naval Treaty" is an old school friend of Watson's. Watson remembers him as a delicate boy, and when he becomes their client he's just recovering from a nervous breakdown that's lasted almost ten weeks.
* ImplacableMan: Mycroft during the climax of ''The Mazarin Stone.'' No matter where Count Sylvius turns, Mycroft is walking toward him.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Roylott of "The Speckled Band" is the scion of an ancient Saxon family and had a rich wife, but the investments that formed his income have tanked, leaving him desperate not to lose funds.
* InsistentTerminology: "Private [or "Unofficial"] consulting detective," thank you very much - as stated by Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia" and then by Watson in "The Red-headed League" as a possible CallBack.
* InsufferableGenius: Jeremy Brett plays this to perfection.
* InterfaceScrew: The screen goes blurry when Watson faints in "The Empty House."
* ItsWhatIDo: Holmes's general attitude to praise after having solved a case.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Holmes. He has his definite JerkAss moments, but it's equally clear that he has a good heart, and cares about justice and his clients' well-being as more than a simple exercise of intellect.
* {{Keet}}: Jeremy Brett's version of Holmes comes across as a very energetic, excitable, theatrical person trying desperately to maintain a facade as aloof and serious. Unfortunately, he had to tone it down in the later series because of his ill health. Then again, Jeremy Brett was a real-life example. He's waaay more light-hearted and flamboyant in interviews.
* LaserGuidedKarma: After repeatedly threatening people with the mastiff, Rucastle gets mauled by his own guard dog at the end of "The Copper Beeches". Watson [[KickTheSonOfABitch even seems to hesitate for a few moments]] before shooting the beast.
* LastNameBasis: Between Watson and Holmes, though it is briefly averted in "The Devil's Foot" after Watson drags Holmes out of the room.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy / [[LoveMakesYouEvil Evil]]: Sophy Kratides in "The Greek Interpreter," courtesy of the script writers going for DarkerAndEdgier.
* MadDoctor: Dr. Grimesby Roylott in "The Speckled Band." He doesn't actually use medicine for evil, but Holmes believes anyone clever enough to be a doctor is particularly dangerous when they turn to evil.
* ManlyTears: Watson, upon finishing Holmes's note at Reichenbach. Holmes also sheds some at the end of "The six Napoleons" after Lestrade tells him that Scotland yard really appreciates his work.
* MasterOfDisguise:
** Okay, so Brett can't disguise his voice very well, but, dog''gone'', it's ''deplorably'' difficult to recognize him as that groom in "A Scandal in Bohemia"!
** He also uses a clergyman get-up twice in the run.
* MrFanservice: Jeremy Brett is easily one of the prettiest Holmeses ever to grace Sherlockiana with his presence. David Burke is scarcely less easy on the eyes, one of the youngest and fittest Watsons yet at the time. Colin Jeavons' Lestrade is also pretty cute, as is the youngish actor who plays Athelney Jones in "The Red-headed League" (Granada would later use a ''much'' older actor for the same character).
* NervesOfSteel: Holmes and Watson. Yes, they share a ''lot'' of heroic characteristics.
* NiceHat: Guess what kind of hat Jeremy Brett's Holmes is best known for. It's the hat you're most likely to see in promotional and cover photos. Can you guess? A sharp, black top hat!
* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** Basically the gist of Holmes's remonstrance to Watson after Watson's attempted reconnaissance in "The Solitary Cyclist".
** In "The Greek Interpreter," Mycroft places a missing persons notice in the paper after hearing Mr. Melas' story. This, of course, alerts Kemp and Latimer that Melas has betrayed their secret and they abduct him at gunpoint.
* NobleMaleRoguishMale: Watson and Holmes (though "roguish" in a gentlemanly sort of way).
* NotSoStoic: Do you know the only time Holmes ever looks like he's losing his cool? When he's facing Moriarty in 221B. Jeremy Brett's subtle expressions and gestures indicate that Holmes is rather unnerved, especially when he pulls his robe tightly around him and falters slightly while making his parting shot at Moriarty.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: The series' hypothesis about Watson. Here, he sometimes gets bits and pieces of Holmes' dialogue from the original stories, and can do the occasional SherlockScan with Holmes giving him just a few nudges in the right direction.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Inspector Gregson in "The Greek Interpreter," intensified from the original story.
* OffstageVillainy: Moriarty. The only crimes we see him masterminding are the Red-headed League and the ''Mona Lisa'' theft - the rest are left to the imagination.
* OldDarkHouse:
** Roylott's ancient Saxon seat in "The Speckled Band." He keeps it surrounded with his dangerous menagerie from India and allows Roma to live on the property (thanks to ValuesDissonance this is a mark of his wickedness).
** The Copper Beeches in Hampshire. Actually it's occupied and well-kept, but the goings-on within are quite sinister. In this story, Holmes expresses his belief that ''all'' country manor houses are liable to be more dangerous than the city. In crowded places, aggravated neighbors will report screams, but in the quiet isolation of the country, criminals can act with impunity.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Jeremy Brett and David Burke usually look no older than forty, though they were about ten years older when the episodes were filmed. To turn this thing on its head, Holmes and Watson themselves ought to be YoungerThanTheyLook, as neither of them would have been older than their thirties in most of these episodes.
* OldFriend: Athelney Jones' introductory attitude towards Holmes.
* OneSteveLimit: Averted with Violet Smith in "The Solitary Cyclist" and Violet Hunter in "The Copper Beeches."
* OnlySaneMan: It seems that Watson sometimes considers himself to be this. It's a justified belief.
* OrphanedPunchline: shows up in ''The Copper Beeches''.
--> "...The piece of cod surpasseth all understanding."
* OvershadowedByAwesome Watson's a pretty intelligent, capable soldier, but he always stands in Holmes's shadow. In real life, this was one of the reasons David Burke left the show, as he felt that he didn't really do much of anything.
* PeekABooCorpse: At the very end of "The Musgrave Ritual."
* PreAsskickingOneLiner:
** An appropriately Holmsian one in "The Solitary Cyclist", after Woodley backhands Holmes and Holmes [[TheCoatsAreOff calmly removes and hangs up his coat]].
--> "Everybody here will bear witness to the fact that I am acting in self-defense."
** Carruthers gets a good one at the end of the same episode.
-->'''Woodley:''' You're too late. She's my wife!\\
'''Carruthers:''' No, she's your widow. [BANG]
* PrecisionFStrike: Holmes rarely swore in the canon, and Brett as Holmes swore even less. Thus, his ''spat-out'' "g-dd--n" after seeing the sniper across the street in "The Final Problem" carries a ''motherload'' of weight.
* PromotedToOpeningCredits: In the adaptations of the canocial stories featuring Mycroft - "The Greek Interpreter" and "The Bruce-Partingon Plans" Charles Gray was billed as a guest star. But when he was brought in to fill in for Watson and Sherlock for two episodes during "The Memoirs" season he was billed in the opening titles.
* RapunzelHair: Violet Hunter is very proud of hers in "The Copper Beeches". One reason she consults Holmes is that she finds her employer's demand that she cut it to be very odd.
* TheReveal: "Watson, do you mind if I smoke a cigarette in your consulting room?"
* RevengeByProxy: Attempted in "The Norwood Builder." [[spoiler:Oldacre wills all his money to John Hector [=McFarlane=] and then fakes his own death so that the young man will be framed for murder, since his mother had refused to marry Oldacre years ago.]]
* RightBehindMe: Holmes is asking the barman at Surrey about the gentlemen at Charlington Hall and is just getting to the man with the red mustache when who should walk in behind him, bu the red-mustached Woodley. Holmes is not at all abashed, even when Woodley backhands him.
* RuleOfDrama:
** Occasionally invoked by Holmes, who has a flair for it. After solving the case in "The Naval Treaty", he invites Percy Phelps to breakfast and offers him a covered tray--when Phelps demurs for lack of appetite Holmes resorts to asking Phelps to help him. Beneath the lid: the treaty poor Phelps has been literally fainting over for the past two months. Holmes subsequently has to apologize for almost inducing another attack of nerves.
** There's also the way he reveals himself to Watson after faking his death in "The Final Problem." The poor doctor faints dead away.
* RunningGag:
** Holmes waking Watson up at all hours of the night and morning, much to Watson's annoyance.
** Holmes' loose intepretation of housekeeping, usually to Mrs. Hudson's dismay.
** Watson's appetite vs. Holmes' lack of interest in food.
* ScareChord: Used in "The Empty House" when Lestrade shows the corpse to Watson.
* ScareEmStraight: Jeremy Brett's performance in climax of the "The Blue Carbuncle" is probably infamous for this - dashed if Holmes isn't going all out for scaring James Ryder straight!
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Wilson Kemp and Charles Augustus Milverton.
* SceneryPorn: Not just the detail of 221B and the Baker Street set, either, though Granada is very notorious for that. There's plenty of gorgeous countryside scenery, and the Granada crew was the first to film the climatic fight between Holmes and Moriarty on location at the honest-to-goodness Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Holmes's retort to Watson's mild remonstrance at the end of "The Blue Carbuncle." After a startling outburst, Holmes explains that he "may be commuting a felony, but I am saving a soul."
* SignatureLaugh: Not only is it one of the most adorable things about Brett's Holmes, it's one of the things his fellow actors remember the best about him.
* SharpDressedMan: Holmes. He's almost never without his sharp black getup, so much so that Jeremy Brett called it the "damaged penguin" look.
* ShellShockedVeteran: In "The Crooked Man," Colonel Barclay was noted to sometimes go quiet and distant when discussing old campaigns. This is not uncommon for soldiers of long service, but in his case it's lingering guilt.
* SherlockScan:
** It ''is'' Sherlock Holmes, after all.
** The makers would occasionally give Watson some of these to demonstrate that he wasn't the bungler of previous adaptations and had taken on some of Holmes' methods -- a common variant would be for Holmes to make his usual lofty pronouncements about a visitor to 221B Baker Street and then for ''Watson'' to then politely explain to the appropriately astonished visitor exactly how Holmes reached his conclusions.
* ShipperOnDeck: Averted. In the original version of "The Copper Beeches," Watson remarks at the end of his narrative that he was disappointed that Holmes didn't get romantically involved with Violet Hunter. At the end of the Granada version, Watson is reading his tale aloud to Holmes, and so the only hint we get as to any romantic sparks between Holmes and Ms. Hunter is the way he can't seem to help touching her hair.
* ShootOutTheLock: Watson shoots out the lock to the turret room in "The Copper Beeches" when Rucastle locks him, Holmes and Violet Hunter there.
* ShoutOut:
** To Paget's original illustrations, amazingly enough. Keen-eyed fans can spot moments where Paget's illustrations for the story are reproduced ''exactly'', down to the furniture, and each person's ''position, pose and gesture''. The illustrations to each story are usually displayed in a montage during the closing credits.
** In ''The Final Problem'' Moriarty's plot to steal the Mona Lisa in order to sell multiple copies to several bidders (which does not appear in the original short story) seems to have been inspired by the Series/DoctorWho story [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E2CityOfDeath City of Death]].
* SinisterMinister: The defrocked priest Williamson from "The Solitary Cyclist" happily performs a force marriage and keeps a gun in his Bible during the ceremony.
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Dr. Roylett. His stepdaughter's fiance promises to try and improve his own chess game for his next visit to the estate.
* SmokingIsCool: Brett makes Holmes smoking a cigarette look so utterly graceful, it shouldn't be legal!
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: There tends to be only one or two females present in each episode - sometimes not even that.
* SourSupporter: Inspectors Forbes and Gregson, of "The Naval Treaty and "The Greek Interpreter" respectively.
* SpotOfTea: In "The Norwood Builder", Watson returns home to find Holmes in utter despair over the case and refusing to eat. Watson's first move is to pour him a cup of tea.
* StreisandEffect: In-universe in "The Crooked Man". Major Murphy makes every effort to keep the press away from the matter, which only makes clear to them that there's a big story.
* TakingYouWithMe: When Moriarty literally ''pulls Holmes off the cliff with him'' in "The Final Problem's" version of the Reichenbach fight ("The Empty House" shows us an entirely different conclusion).
* ThrowTheDogABone: The original ending of "The Crooked Man" has Holmes casually giving Watson [[AsTheGoodBookSays the chapter and verse]] of King David's UriahGambit. In the Granada adaptation, Watson looks it up and catches Holmes out for looking up the reference beforehand, although the clue that tipped him off -- he'd marked the page with a recent receipt -- is so obvious as to look like a deliberate giveaway.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Holmes could be seen sitting with his knees close to chest at times when he has to go into deep thought. There's an [[ShoutOut illustration of this]] in the original books.
* UnexplainedAccent: Wilson Kemp, a British almost Dickensian name, played by George Costigan, a British actor. So WhatTheHellIsThatAccent? Sounds like Jim Broadbent in Series/{{Blackadder}}.
* UpThroughTheRanks: The victim in "The Crooked Man", Colonel Barclay, began as a private sergeant who gained officership during an uprising in India. His second-in-command notes that his rise through the ranks subsequently has been unusually rapid.
* TheUriahGambit: In "The Crooked Man". This is how Colonel Barclay came to marry Nancy, and the reason she shouts "David" during their argument--she's not talking about a lover, she is calling ''him'' David for sending her other suitor to be killed (the Uriah).
* VariationsOnAThemeSong:
** "The Resident Patient" runs the credits over a humorous scene with Holmes's violin practice disturbing Watson as he tries to start writing up the adventure.
** "The Red-Headed League" uses a more sinister and brooding variation on the usual theme for the end credits, to mark Moriarty's introduction to the show.
** "The Greek Interpreter" plays the theme tune not on strings, but on a Greek bouzouki.
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* VillainWithGoodPublicity:
** Averted to an extent with Moriarty. In "The Red-Headed League", Inspector Jones knows ''exactly'' what Holmes is getting at, when he starts to realize that it is one of Moriarty's scheme. But the Inspector also notes that Scotland Yard really doesn't know much about Moriarty or what he even looks like, only that "his name echoes and re-echoes throughout the underwold."
** Played straight with Count Negretto Sylvius, a close friend of the Royal Family. Only Sherlock and Mycroft know what kind of man he really is.
* VillainousBreakdown: Moriarty, when he jumps Holmes at Reichenbach. The man is downright ''scary.''
* WickedStepmother: "The Speckled Band" has a wicked step''father'' who dominates his stepdaughters, kills one, and plots to kill the other so their marriages don't take away his portion of their mother's inheritance.
* WorthyOpponent: Moriarty regards Holmes as this. Holmes's canonical reciprocation is curiously left out.
* YouDoNotHaveToSayAnything: In "The Norwood Builder," Lestrade arrives to arrest [=McFarlane=] before he can tell his story. Holmes asks him to do so, but advises him that everything he says will be entered into evidence since the police are there.