Hands of a Murderer

Hands of a Murderer is a 1990 British made-for-television mystery film directed by Stuart Orme, starring Edward Woodward as Sherlock Holmes and John Hillerman as Dr. John H. Watson.

Hands of a Murderer
Written byCharles Edward Pogue
Directed byStuart Orme
StarringEdward Woodward
John Hillerman
Anthony Andrews
Kim Thomson
Music byColin Towns
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)William F. Storke
Producer(s)Robert E. Fuisz
Norman Foster
Charles Edward Pogue
CinematographyKen Westbury
Editor(s)Keith Palmer
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Green Pond Productions
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original release
  • 16 May 1990 (1990-05-16)


Filmed in England in association with Yorkshire Television,[1] the film premiered on CBS on 16 May 1990.[1]

The screenplay was written by Charles Edward Pogue who had penned the earlier Ian Richardson Sherlock Holmes films, The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles and was initially intended to be a part of that series of films.[2]



Reviews for the film were decidedly mixed. People gave the film a B review in its "picks and pans" column.[3] Matthew E. Bunson in his Encyclopedia Sherlockiana opined "this is a surprisingly disappointing production despite the best efforts of all concerned and lavish attention to detail."[4] Alan Barnes in Sherlock Holmes on Screen wrote that the film "is no more than a number of high-concept set-pieces linked by the flimsiest of stories."[1]


  1. ^ a b c Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. pp. 72–74. ISBN 9780857687760.
  2. ^ Barnes, Alan (2011). Sherlock Holmes on Screen. Titan Books. pp. 258–259. ISBN 9780857687760.
  3. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Hands of a Murderer". People. 21 May 1990.
  4. ^ Bunson, Matthew (1997). Encyclopedia Sherlockiana. Macmillan. p. 100. ISBN 0028616790.

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