The last three feature films made by Granada in the Sherlock Holmes series were adaptations of short stories, rather than full novels. This 1991 film, based on Charles Augustus Milverton pads out the original story, but does so solely based on clues and references left in the original text, and does a splendid job, leaving nothing feeling like padding at all. Here we see Holmes stooping almost as low as his adversary, master blackmailer Charles Augustus Milverton (played with relish by Robert Hardy), using the affections of a serving girl to gain entry to the house, much to the disgust of Watson. However, we do see our hero redeem himself when he breaks down in the girls arms, suggesting he knows how close he has come to being like his enemies, in a well judged rare emotional moment.
Well shot by Roger Hammond, superbly written by Jeremy Paul, and performances by the leads show them at nothing less than their solid best.