Episode 4: The Solitary Cyclist

In the 4th episode of season one, Holmes and Watson ponder the appearance of a Solitary Cyclist.  Is this the best episode of the Granada series?  Gus and Luke try hard to find any faults in this stellar entry to the series.  Also, a trip report from London – including a brush with the seedy underbelly of Shepherd’s Bush. 

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6 thoughts on “Episode 4: The Solitary Cyclist”

  1. Thank you guys for creating this podcast. I was instantly hooked. Can’t wait for more episodes. BTW I really appreciate the production value, most of the podcasts I try are very amateurish, it’s really good to hear a good sound design, nicely executed editing.
    Thank you

  2. I remember the first time I saw this episode–in 1986 or ’87, when I was 10 or 11–I completely thought that Williamson staggering through the courtyard and being helped up on the horse was Holmes in disguise. The transition from the previous scene (among other things) made it seem so logical. Funny, because I think I’d forgotten that for the last 30+ years.
    Great podcast, gentlemen– something to look forward to every month.

  3. What a magnificent podcast. Thank you so much. This was the first one I listened to and somehow that seemed perfect. I’m now all caught up and can’t wait for more.

    I’ve loved the Granada series since I first watched them on Mystery back in the ’80s. I frequently break out my DVD box set and rewatch them all. Watching The Blue Carbuncle is a Christmas Eve tradition.

    Maybe I’ll pop in The Solitary Cyclist tonight. Thank you again.

  4. I just listened to Episode #4, The Solitary Cyclist. I’m currently listening to these podcasts while taking my morning walk. I LOVE THEM! Thank you so much for producing such a quality program. I’ve now gotten into a rhythm of watching the Granada episode the night before hearing your interpretation the following day. What a treat!

  5. One thing I’ve appreciated about the Granada series in general, in the way it portrayed women, is that all women are made to look like illustrations of the period and adhere to the beauty standards of the Victorian era (even Violet Smith, who is supposed to be a strikingly lovely woman). There’s no attempt to try to make the women meet the beauty standards of the contemporary era, and I think that’s why the appearance of these episodes doesn’t look dated at all.

    John Castle is such a fine actor, one of those British character actors who never quite got the respect he deserved.

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