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Sherlock Holmes: The Solitary Cyclist

Violet Smith, who is an ardent cyclist, consults Holmes because she is being stalked on the road to her employer's house by a strange bearded man who also rides a bicycle and who shadows her every move.
The circumstances of Miss Smith's employment are also extremely odd; she is being paid the large sum of 100 pounds per annum to teach music to the daughter of Mr. Carruthers, late of South Africa. Also from that country is Mr. Woodley, a nasty piece of goods who sexually molests Violet one evening after supper, and it is only the intervention of Mr. Carruthers which saves her.
Holmes finds the case interesting, and sets out to find who the man is who is shadowing Miss Smith on her bicycle. He finds a much more sinister and shadowy plot involving a fortune in money behind what appears to be a simple story.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Tuesday May 15th, 1984

Director: Paul Annett
Story: Arthur Conan Doyle
Screenplay: Alan Plater

Alternate Airdates:

United Kingdom May 15, 1984
Germany Oct 05, 1987

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Barbara Wilshere
As Violet Smith
John Castle
As Carruthers
Michael Siberry
As Woodley
Ellis Dale
As Williamson
Sara Aitchison
As Sarah Carruthers
Penny Gowling
As Mrs Dixon
Stafford Gordon
As Landlord
Main Cast
David Burke (2)
As Dr Watson
Jeremy Brett
As Sherlock Holmes


The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist

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Episode Notes
Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's story The Adventure of the Solitary Cyclist (1903).

Episode Quotes
Carruthers: (drawing a revolver) I'll see this woman righted if I have to swing for it!
Woodley: You're too late!! She's my wife.
Carruthers: (pointing revolver) No - she's your widow!

Other Episode Crew

Based On The Works OfArthur Conan Doyle
Warning: Sherlock Holmes season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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