A little over-extended as a two-hour movie, The Eligible Bachelor
was one of several such feature-length productions made (late 1992) in Granada Television's long-running Sherlock Holmes series. Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story The Adventure of the Noble Bachelor
, this TV movie finds Holmes (the ailing Jeremy Brett, playing an increasingly darker and more neurotic detective) and Dr. Watson (Edward Hardwicke) called upon to help in a case involving the disappearance of Henrietta Doran (Paris Jefferson), fiancé of the noble Lord Robert St Simon (Simon Williams), who was last seen with a former lover of St Simon's, Flora Millar (Joanna McCallum). The unimaginative Scotland Yard instantly arrests Millar on suspicion of foul play, but it is Holmes who has to find the missing woman. Fans of the entire series might best enjoy this slightly clunky programme, though there is much of interest about Brett's performance to recommend it. --Tom Keogh
Another case for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's favourite sleuth. Holmes (Jeremy Brett) is not amused when Lord Robert St Simon (Simon Williams) requests him to track down his fiancée, an American heiress who disappeared on the very morning of their wedding. Confiding to his assistant, Dr Watson (Edward Hardwicke), that he almost wishes he could meet an adversary to match his former nemesis, Moriarty, Holmes is nonetheless intrigued when he discovers that Lord Robert is not all that he seems.