Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady
Directed byPeter Sasdy
Screenplay byBob Shayne
H.R.F. Keating
Based onCharacters
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Produced byFrank Agrama
Riccardo Coccia
Daniele Lorenzano
Mirjana Mijojlic
Alessandro Tasca
Harry Alan Towers
StarringChristopher Lee
Patrick Macnee
Morgan Fairchild
John Bennett
Engelbert Humperdinck
CinematographyBrian West
Edited byMarcus Manton
Music byDetto Mariano
Harmony Gold Finance Luxembourg S.A. (as Harmony Gold), Banquet et Caisse D'Epargne de l'etat, Banque Paribas Luxembourg, Silvio Berlusconi Communications
Release date
  • December 6, 1991 (1991-12-06) (Canada)
Running time
187 minutes

Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady and its sequel, Incident at Victoria Falls (1992), are a pair of TV films made in 1991 under the banner Sherlock Holmes the Golden Years.[1] Harry Alan Towers was executive producer and Bob Shayne was the writer on both.


Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson are elderly gentlemen in 1910 Vienna. Both are involved independently with foiling Balkan terrorists. They reunite by chance with “The Woman”: actress Irene Adler. They save Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria from an assassination at the opera house and thus delay the onset of World War I.

The film also featured a number of historical characters, including Eliot Ness and Sigmund Freud.



It was initially announced that there would be an eight-hour miniseries entitled The Golden Years of Sherlock Holmes.[1] The project series of eight one-hour episodes soon morphed into two three-hour films.[1]


It was shot back to back with Incident at Victoria Falls.[1]


Filming locations were in Austria, London and Luxembourg.

Home media

Both were released in the next two years and there were drastically edited versions released by Vestron Videos.[1] The full versions are now available on DVD.


  1. ^ a b c d e Alan Barnes (2002). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Reynolds & Hearn Ltd. p. 149. ISBN 1-903111-04-8.