"The Blue Carbuncle" is one of my favourites in this series, although admittedly that's because I have a personal weakness for Christmas stories! A bad-tempered Countess is in London to do a bit of Christmas shopping. Whilst she is there a valuable jewel, the Blue Carbuncle of the title, is stolen from her hotel suite. The thief has hidden it by feeding it to a goose about to be sent off to market, destined for someone's Christmas dinner table, but inevitably the geese get muddled up and he can't remember which one it was. Not only that but the wrong man is arrested for the crime, and Holmes has to set about to prove his innocence so that he can be with his family for Christmas. The whole Victorian Dickensian feel of Christmas is captured beautifully in this quality production.
"The Resident Patient" is a tightly-constructed drama about a neurotic hypocrondriac, constantly fearful of burglars, who sets a promising young doctor up in his own practise solely so that it means he will always have his own doctor on call in his own house! It turns out that there is far more to this man's fears than meets the eye, covering a murky past and betrayal.