This terrific episode from the Granada Television series is based on a truly popular tale from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes canon. One of the more curious mysteries the famous detective has ever encountered (and one that makes him and Dr. Watson laugh), the story has a pawnbroker named Wilson (John Woodnutt) hearing from an assistant about a wealthy foundation, the Red Headed League, dedicated to the "propagation and spread of... redheads as well as [to] their maintenance." Bearing a full head of fiery hair himself, Wilson applies for consideration and is given a strange job copying an encyclopedia by hand, alone in a small office. After seeing notice of the League's dissolution, Wilson approaches Holmes (Jeremy Brett) and Dr. Watson (David Burke, the original series actor). Holmes ultimately gets to the bottom of things, but also experiences the enmity of a surprise figure, who turns up in the last few seconds. (He's not in Doyle's story, so don't bother looking.) Good fun all around, especially for Holmes fans who would enjoy seeing this unique story well adapted for the screen. --Tom Keogh
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