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The Final Problem

4 Extra Debut. John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Orson Welles star in the great detective's encounter at the Reichenbach Falls. From December 1954.

John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Orson Welles star in the great detective's encounter at the Reichenbach Falls.

In this adventure, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had hoped to kill the sleuth off, but the public outcry was such that he had to resurrect the character.

John Gielgud plays Sherlock Holmes with Ralph Richardson as Dr Watson. In the series, Holmes brother - Mycroft - was played by Gielgud's brother, Val.

Co-produced with the American Broadcasting Company, the influence of the US producers meant the inclusion of high-ranking American actors, including Orson Welles as Professor Moriarty.

First broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1954.

30 minutes

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