The Adventures of Shirley Holmes
Created byEllis Iddon
Phil Meagher
Written bySusin Nielsen
Ellis Iddon
Phil Meagher
Therese Beaupre
Elizabeth Stewart
Patricia Finn
Charles Lazer
Rick Drew
Dennis Foon
Tony DiFranco
Barbara O'Kelly
Jordan Wheeler
David Young
Directed byGary Harvey
Norma Bailey
Rick Stevenson
Graeme Lynch
Kim Todd
John L'Ecuyer
Richard O'Brien-Moran
Elise Swerhone
Mark Soulard
Neill Fearnley
T.W. Peacocke
John Paizs
Anne Wheeler
Scott Smith
StarringMeredith Henderson
John White
Sarah Ezer
Blair Slater
Brendan Fletcher
Annick Obonsawin
Marie Stillin
Colin Fox
Elizabeth Shepherd
Chris Humphreys
Rebecca Gibson
Maggie Huculak
ComposerTerry Frewer
Country of originCanada
United Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series4
No. of episodes52
Executive producersDerek Mazur
Kim Todd
ProducersKim Todd
Gary Harvey
Helena Cynamon
Teri Woods-McArter
CinematographyLarry Lynn
Stephen Reizes
Michael Marshall
Les Erskine
EditorsPaul Mortimer
Robert Lower
Daria Ellerman
Michael Rea
Camera setupFrançois Balcaen
Michael Drabot
Steve Madden
Lorne Bailey
Robert L. O'Hara
Brian Sanders
Arlea Ashcroft
Jay Kohne
Michael Marshall
Running time24 minutes
Production companiesCredo Entertainment Group
Forefront Entertainment
Winchester Films
Winklemania Productions
Original release
ReleaseMay 7, 1997 (1997-05-07) –
May 7, 2000 (2000-05-07)

The Adventures of Shirley Holmes is a children's mystery television series that aired on YTV from May 7, 1997, to May 7, 2000. The show was created by Ellis Iddon and Phil Meagher (of Winklemania Productions, UK) who had produced a successful series of books with HarperCollins, teaming up with Credo, Forefront, Winchester and Winklemania to develop the TV series. Filmed in Winnipeg, Manitoba,[1] the series follows the life of Shirley Holmes, the great-grandniece of Sherlock Holmes who, with the help of ex-gang member Bo Sawchuk, tackles a variety of mysteries in and around the fictional city of Redington, Manitoba. On some occasions, she found herself matching wits with nemesis Molly Hardy (whose name is a word play on Sherlock Holmes' archenemy Professor Moriarty).

The show has been broadcast in over 80 countries and has been dubbed in French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Norwegian, Russian, Serbian, Polish and Turkish.

Her performance in the show led to actress Meredith Henderson being nominated for a Gemini Award in 1998 and winning one in 1999. The show itself was twice nominated for a Gemini Award in the category "Best Children's or Youth Program or Series" in 1998 and eventually won it in 1999. In the spring of 1998 Susin Nielsen won a Gemini Award in the category "Best Writing in a Children's or Youth Program" for her screenplay of the episode "The Case of the Burning Building". In the same year, Elizabeth Stewart won a WGC Award from the Writers Guild of Canada for her writing of the episode "The Case of the Maestro's Ghost".[2]

Credo spokesperson and producer Kim Todd named a growth spurt in the cast as one of the key reasons for cancelling the show. The aging of the actors would have meant a distinct change in tone and content had the show continued.[3]

Cast and characters

Actor Character Position Seasons
1 2 3 4
Meredith Henderson Shirley Holmes The great-great-niece of Sherlock Holmes Main
John White Francis Boris "Bo" Sawchuck Shirley's sidekick. Watson counterpart Main
Sarah Ezer Molly Hardy Shirley's nemesis. Moriarty counterpart Main
Annick Obonsawin Alicia Gianelli Shirley's friend Main
Blair Slater Bartholemew "Bart" James Shirley and Bo's nerdy friend Main
Brendan Fletcher Sterling "Stink" Patterson Shirley and Bo's easygoing friend. Sebastian Moran counterpart Main
Chris Humphreys Robert Holmes Shirley's father Main
Elizabeth Shepherd Peggy Holmes Shirley's grandmother Main
Marie Stillin Ms. Cynthia Stratmann Headmistress of Sussex Academy Main
Colin Fox Mr. Arthur Howie Sussex History Teacher Main
Maggie Huculak Dr. Joanna Holmes Shirley's mother Recurring Main

Main characters

Supporting/Recurring Characters

Guest Stars

Episode list

Season 1: 1997

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"The Case of the Burning Building"Gary HarveySusin NielsenMay 7, 1997 (1997-05-07)
When ex-gang member and "new kid" at Sussex Academy, Bo Sawchuk, is a suspect in a number of suspicious local fires, Shirley Holmes is on the case.
22"The Case of the Ruby Ring"Anne WheelerDennis FoonMay 14, 1997 (1997-05-14)
When Sussex Academy Presidential candidate Alicia Gianelli is electrocuted at the podium, all fingers point to the obvious suspect—her opponent Sterling 'Stink' Patterson.
33"The Case of the Liberated Beasts"John PaizsSusin NielsenMay 21, 1997 (1997-05-21)
Watson, Shirley's not very faithful and often disobedient basset hound, leads her to Redington's latest crime—a break-in at "Pete's Rare Pets".
44"The Case of the Precious Cargo"TW PeacockeThérèse BeaupréMay 28, 1997 (1997-05-28)
Shirley notices that Rita, the cafeteria assistant, is stealing food. By following her, Shirley discovers why: Rita is hiding her young niece in the school's laundry room.
55"The Case of the Alien Abductions"Rick StevensonElizabeth StewartJune 4, 1997 (1997-06-04)
In one month, three citizens of Redington have been attacked and knocked unconscious with no explanation other than—one victim claims it was an alien abduction!
66"The Case of the Blazing Star"Neill FearnleyRick DrewJune 11, 1997 (1997-06-11)
Bo has quit the football team, flunking half of his classes and falling asleep at school - and he won't tell Shirley what is going on.
77"The Case of the Maestro's Ghost"Gary HarveyElizabeth StewartJune 18, 1997 (1997-06-18)
It is the fiftieth anniversary of the disappearance of Sussex student Maggie Hancock and Maestro Vespemi, the school's music teacher. Every year on the anniversary the Maestro's ghost comes looking for Maggie.
88"The Case of the Mystery Child"Gary HarveySusin NeilsenJune 25, 1997 (1997-06-25)
After receiving an ancient Egyptian toy from an old colleague on his deathbed, Peggy Holmes starts acting very strangely. Does the toy carry an ancient curse?
99"The Case of the King of Hearts"Norma BaileyPatricia FinnJuly 2, 1997 (1997-07-02)
The students at Sussex Academy cannot figure out what is wrong with the usually stern and strict Ms. Stratmann—she is smiling and laughing all the time and she is even complimenting Stink on his practical jokes.
1010"The Case of the Exact Change"Norma BaileyCharles LazerJuly 9, 1997 (1997-07-09)
When Stink, the class clown, goes missing from his thirteenth birthday party everyone, including his dad, thinks his disappearance is an elaborate practical joke. Everyone, that is, except Shirley.
1111"The Case of the Cunning Coyote"Gary HarveyThérèse BeaupréJuly 16, 1997 (1997-07-16)
Ancient native ceremonies and a mysterious tribal trickster follow Shirley Holmes as she tries to find out what happened to a box of two-hundred-year-old bones that has gone missing from a reservation.
1212"The Case of the Singer's Secret"Gary HarveyThérèse BeaupréJuly 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)
Bo is stunned and Shirley is devastated when they find Robert Holmes, Shirley's dad, kissing the pop music superstar Leah Farrell.
1313"The Case of the Second Sight"Kim ToddElizabeth StewartJuly 30, 1997 (1997-07-30)
While performing in a local theatre production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Shirley discovers that the lead actress, Rebecca Radcliff, is a jinx—or so the entire cast and crew believe.

Season 2: 1998

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
141"The Case of the Wannabe Witch"Graeme LynchElizabeth StewartJanuary 5, 1998 (1998-01-05)
Could Ms. Flitt, the Sussex school librarian, be a witch? It is a possibility that Shirley must entertain as she investigates a series of ominous mishaps at Sussex Academy.
152"The Case of the Doggone Cats"Norma BaileyCharles LazerJanuary 12, 1998 (1998-01-12)
Barf, Stink's dog, is under suspicion when neighborhood cats start disappearing. When he is nabbed by Hoskins, the over zealous local dogcatcher, his life hangs in the balance.
163"The Case of the Babyfingers"Gary HarveyThérèse BeaupréJanuary 19, 1998 (1998-01-19)
Shirley infiltrates an organized gang of kiddie thieves after her backpack is "snatched" by a six-year-old pickpocket.
174"The Case of the Bouncing Baby"Rick StevensonSusin NielsenJanuary 26, 1998 (1998-01-26)
Shirley and Bo join the circus as they try to find out who left a baby boy on Mr. Howie's doorstep in the middle of the night.
185"The Case of the Rising Moon"Rick StevensonElizabeth StewartFebruary 2, 1998 (1998-02-02)
Shirley's attempts to uncover the truth about a mysterious new boarding student at Sussex Academy place the young stranger's life in danger.
196"The Case of the Exploding Puppet"Richard O'Brien-MoranJordan WheelerFebruary 9, 1998 (1998-02-09)
There is trouble on the set of The Happy Valley Show: props are exploding, background walls are falling over and Freddie the Firefly recently blew his light-bulb.
207"The Case of the Cryptic Creature"John L'EcuyerBarbara O'KellyFebruary 16, 1998 (1998-02-16)
Sitting on the toilet becomes unsafe at Sussex Academy when the kids discover there is a slithering creature living in the water system.
218"The Case of the Missing Marbles"Kim ToddPatricia FinnFebruary 23, 1998 (1998-02-23)
When Bo befriends "the crazy old lady" who lives down the block, he and Shirley find themselves being pursued by a criminal impostor as they race to find a bag of stolen diamonds.
229"The Case of the Mischievous Poltergeist"Graeme LynchSusin NielsenMarch 2, 1998 (1998-03-02)
Bart is turning twelve—and everyone hopes his party won't be as boring as last year's. They needn't worry. Bart has a special guest lined up—his very own poltergeist!
2310"The Case of the Left Thumbprint"Gary HarveyThérèse BeaupréMarch 9, 1998 (1998-03-09)
When Robert Holmes is accused of stealing a top secret government decoding key from the British Consulate, Shirley jumps to her father's defense and vows to find the real offender.
2411"The Case of the Golden Cave"John L'EcuyerDavid YoungMarch 16, 1998 (1998-03-16)
An orienteering excursion into the deep woods brings to life a ghost story for the students of Sussex Academy.
2512"The Case of the Patron Saint"Richard O'Brien-MoranElizabeth StewartMarch 23, 1998 (1998-03-23)
When a disoriented stranger appears at the Holmes' front door with Joanna Holmes' stethoscope in his hand, Shirley is certain that the man has information on her missing mother's whereabouts.
2613"The Case of the Broken Oath"Norma BaileyThérèse BeaupréMarch 30, 1998 (1998-03-30)
Shirley suspects that Bo's cousin Zack, a musician, has something to do with the strange accidents that are taking other performers out of the picture and helping his career skyrocket!

Season 3

Season 4


Original music was composed by Terry Frewer, although the theme tune was written and performed by show creators Ellis Iddon and Phil Meagher.



  1. ^ Watson, Neal (1998-06-21). "Q & A". Edmonton Sun. p. TV04.
  2. ^ Awards section for "The Adventures of Shirley Holmes" at the Internet Movie Database (accessed July 6, 2006)
  3. ^ "Holmes Retires" (Playback Magazine Website 2000) (accessed July 6, 2006)