Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century (French: Sherlock Holmes au 22ème siècle) is a British/American/French animated television series in which Sherlock Holmes is brought back to life in the 22nd century. The series is a co–production by DiC Productions L.P., Les Studios Tex and Scottish Television Enterprises and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Special Class Animated Program.[2]

Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Sherlock Holmes au 22ème siècle
Title card
Science fiction
Created bySandy Ross (TV series)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(Sherlock Holmes)
Developed byPhil Harnage
Directed byPaul Quinn
StarringJason Gray-Stanford
John Payne
Akiko Morison
Viv Leacock
Jennifer Copping
Richard Newman
Ian James Corlett
William Samples
Jo Bates
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Robby London
Michael Maliani
Elizabeth Partyka
Running time30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s)DIC Productions L.P.
Scottish Television Enterprises
Les Studios Tex[1]
DistributorBuena Vista International Television
Original networkUnited Kingdom
Scottish Television
United States
Fox (Fox Kids) (Season 1)
Syndication (Season 2)
Toon Disney
Picture format4:3
First shown inUnited Kingdom
Original release6 May 1999 
21 July 2001


The concept for the series was created by Sandy Ross, a Scottish Television executive, who came up with the idea while skiing in Aspen, Colorado in 1996.[3] DiC Entertainment and Scottish Television had previously worked together to create other series and this continued the trend. Some issues were raised about language carrying different connotations between cultures, but alternative action and dialogue were used to overcome this.[3] There is a 2-part episode from the animated TV series BraveStarr that aired in September 1987 that has a similar idea in it.


Set in the 22nd century in New London, Inspector Beth Lestrade of New Scotland Yard is chasing the grotesquely deformed French rogue geneticist Martin Fenwick, when she realizes that his companion is none other than the 19th century criminal mastermind, Professor James Moriarty. They go on to discover that this is not the original Moriarty, but is in fact a clone created from cells taken from his corpse, which Sherlock Holmes had buried in a Swiss ice cave. Lestrade knows that Holmes survived and actually lived to a ripe old age and further knows that his corpse is preserved in a glass-walled, honey-filled coffin in the basement of New Scotland Yard. She takes the body from the basement and delivers it to biologist Sir Evan Hargreaves (who looks just like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) who has just invented a process of cellular rejuvenation. The biologist then uses his cellular rejuvenation technique to return life and youth to Holmes's body so that the detective can again battle Moriarty. Holmes also returns to his Baker Street rooms, which had been preserved as a museum. Lestrade's compudroid reads the original Watson's journals and assumes his name, face, voice and mannerisms in order to assist Holmes in both his crime-solving duties and his difficult assimilation to Great Britain in the 22nd century.

During the series, Holmes and Watson often work on retainer for New Scotland Yard, with Beth Lestrade as their supervising officer and Chief Inspector Charles Grayson as hers, but they also work for private citizens. They are often assisted by the new Baker Street Irregulars: the football player Wiggins, the Cockney Deidre and the paraplegic Tennyson, who communicates through electronic beeps (which Holmes understands after learning about the advances in technology and Morse code). The primary villains are Moriarty and his henchman Fenwick, appearing as they do in almost half of the produced episodes.

Each episode is inspired by one of the literary works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.[4]Many of these are direct rewrites of the original stories, such as "The Adventure of the Empty House", "The Adventure of the Speckled Band", "The Five Orange Pips", "The Red-Headed League", and "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" - while others are drastically different from the stories on which they are supposed to be based.

Visually, the series is a blend of traditional 2-D and 3-D CGI animation.

Voice cast

Essential voice cast

  • Jason Gray-Stanford - Sherlock Holmes: The great detective himself, Holmes was brought back in the 22nd century to combat the clone of his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Despite initial trouble with adapting to the era, Holmes acclimatizes and uses his knowledge of the future to often help his allies out of death traps.
  • John Payne - Watson: A compudroid that initially worked as Lestrade's assistant. He later read the original Dr. Watson's journals and was able to emulate his personality from them. He currently resides at 221B Baker Street with Holmes.
  • Akiko Morison - Inspector Beth Lestrade: A descendant of Inspector G. Lestrade, Holmes' old ally from Scotland Yard. Often annoyed with Holmes' constant disregard for protocol, she nonetheless appreciates his continued help, despite direct orders from Grayson.
  • Viv Leacock - Wiggins: Leader of the new Baker Street Irregulars. Wiggins was once a football player, but has since retired from the profession due to an injury. He has shown intelligence and reasoning skills that were enough to impress even Holmes.
  • Jennifer Copping - Deidre
  • Richard Newman - Professor James Moriarty: A clone of the original created by Fenwick, hoping to use him as a brilliant servant. However, Moriarty was able to outwit Fenwick and reverse the roles on him, taking this new lease on life to re-create his old criminal empire.
  • Ian James Corlett - Martin Fenwick: A deformed and insane French scientist who specializes in cloning. He created a clone of Moriarty to do his bidding. However, he ended up being reduced to the lackey in their relationship. Whether he does this because he knows that Moriarty could devise a horrible and painful way to dispose of him, or because he has been brainwashed by Moriarty, has never been revealed.
  • William Samples - Chief Insp. Charles Grayson
  • Jo Bates - newscaster

Additional voice cast

Episode list

The show premiered in the United Kingdom in the late spring of 1999 on CITV and then premiered in the fall in the United States. In the U.S., the series was split into two seasons, with the first airing on Fox Kids, and the other which was planned to air on Kids' WB in 2001, but instead aired on broadcast syndication.

Episode numberProduction numberScriptU.S. airdateEpisode titlePlotSherlock Holmes story episode is based on
1101Phil Harnage18 September 1999"The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes"Sherlock Holmes battles his nemesis Professor Moriarty over the Reichenbach Falls, leading to their supposed demise after they fall off the bridge. In the 22nd century, Beth Lestrade, descendant of Inspector G. Lestrade, Holmes' old ally from Scotland Yard, notices deranged French scientist Martin Fenwick making a getaway with a man who looks exactly like Moriarty. Unable to convince her boss, Chief Inspector Charles Grayson, of the possibility of Moriarty somehow returning from the dead, she breaks into the New Scotland Yard basement, where the body of Holmes had been preserved in honey; the detective had survived the fall and later retired, becoming a beekeeper in his later years. She takes him to a biologist named Sir Evan Hargreaves who has developed a process of cellular regeneration, which restores Holmes' youth and revives him. Lestrade gives Holmes some educational videos to bring him up to speed on the advancements in the world since his era. She also has her compudroid Watson read Dr. Watson's journals to learn how to better assist Holmes, with the compudroid emulating Watson's persona."The Final Problem"
2102Martha Moran25 September 1999"The Crime Machine"Holmes leads Lestrade to an ice cave, where Moriarty's body is preserved in ice; however, they set off a trap that seals off the cave, leaving them unable to investigate further. In the meantime, citizens that have normally shown no criminal intent have suddenly begun stealing different pieces of technology without even knowing why. Holmes takes interest in the case, meeting a trio of children, whom he makes his new Baker Street Irregulars. With their help, Holmes finds that Fenwick is using a device to turn citizens into criminals to steal things that he needs; they destroy the machine, along with a portion of the old railroad. During the fight, Holmes comes to accept the robot Watson as his new companion. Later, Holmes moves back into his old lodgings and Watson gets an upgrade, receiving a prosthetic mask that mimics the original Dr. Watson's face.The Valley of Fear
3103Martha Moran2 October 1999"The Hounds of the Baskervilles"A trio of children on a field trip to a Moon base vanish. Along with this are sightings of a demonic dog on the Moon, simply called the Hound. Holmes investigates, learning that the Hound is simply a hologram based on old superstitions. The case of the missing children leads to the discovery that Moriarty had kidnapped a child to lure her father to the Moon base, so he could gain access codes to blow it up. During their confrontation, Holmes reveals that this Moriarty is a clone created by Fenwick (he had found a small drilled hole in the ice leading to Moriarty's hand in the previous episode), who intended to use the clone as his brilliant slave; unfortunately, Moriarty had outwitted Fenwick and become his master. Holmes manages to shut down the reactor, while revealing that he had Watson remotely reprogram Moriarty's getaway vehicle to go to the Yard. Unfortunately, upon reaching Earth, Moriarty managed to escape before the Yard could capture him.The Hound of the Baskervilles
4108Marv Wolfman9 October 1999"The Adventure of the Empty House""The Adventure of the Empty House"
5122Terence Taylor and Eleanor Burian-Mohr16 October 1999"The Crooked Man""The Crooked Man"
6120Henry Gilroy23 October 1999"The Adventure of the Deranged Detective""The Adventure of the Dying Detective"
7111Phil Harnage30 October 1999"The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire Lot""The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire"
8105Ken Pontac6 November 1999"The Scales of Justice""The Adventure of the Speckled Band"
9104Robert Askin13 November 1999"The Resident Patient""The Resident Patient"
10121Phil Harnage20 November 1999"The Sign of Four"The Sign of the Four
11114Terence Taylor and Eleanor Burian-Mohr27 November 1999"The Adventure of the Dancing Men""The Adventure of the Dancing Men"
12125Robert Askin4 December 1999"The Musgrave Ritual""The Musgrave Ritual"
13112Seth Kearsley11 December 1999"The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"The Blue Carbuncle is a popular toy on sale at Christmastime; however, the last one to be sold is more of a collector's item that even the buyer thought."The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle"
14119Robert Askin31 January 2000"Silver Blaze""Silver Blaze"
15106Greg Johnson7 February 2000"The Five Orange Pips""The Five Orange Pips"
16113Martha Moran14 February 2000"The Red-Headed League""The Red-Headed League"
17118Greg Johnson21 February 2000"The Man with the Twisted Lip""The Man with the Twisted Lip"
18109Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly31 March 2001"The Secret Safe""His Last Bow"
19115Reed Shelly and Bruce Shelly21 April 2001"The Adventure of the Second Stain""The Adventure of the Second Stain"
20117Ken Pontac28 April 2001"The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb""The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"
21123Woody Creek12 May 2001"The Gloria Scott"A man's father goes missing, with only a cryptic message left behind. Following the clues, Holmes discovers that the man was once (falsely) imprisoned on the spaceship Gloria Scott. However, a fellow prisoner started a riot that led to damaging the ship and leaving it to drift in space, while he and the other prisoners manage to flee back to Earth and start new lives."The Gloria Scott"
22124Martha Moran19 May 2001"The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"A series of car robberies has New Scotland Yard baffled; there is nothing missing from the cars, the vehicles are just damaged. Holmes immediately realizes that there is something deeper about these burglaries, perhaps going back to the manufacturing."The Adventure of the Six Napoleons"
23126Ken Pontac26 May 2001"The Adventure of the Creeping Man""The Adventure of the Creeping Man"
24107Terence Taylor and Eleanor Burian-Mohr23 June 2001"The Adventure of the Beryl Board""The Adventure of the Beryl Coronet"
25110Gildart Jackson30 June 2001"The Adventure of the Mazarin Chip""The Adventure of the Mazarin Stone"
26116Robert Askin21 July 2001"A Case of Identity""A Case of Identity"

Home media releases

In September 1999, Vision Video and Universal Studios Home Video UK released a VHS tape of the series in the United Kingdom, which contained the first three episodes in a feature-length format.[5]

In 2002, Lions Gate Home Entertainment and Trimark Home Video released The Fall and Rise of Sherlock Holmes, a VHS/DVD which, like the U.K. VHS, consisted of the first three episodes in a feature-length format. The episode "The Sign of Four" was also included on the DVD version.

In 2003, Sterling Entertainment released another VHS/DVD of the series titled Out of This World. The release contained the episodes "The Sign of Four", "The Adventures of the Dancing Men" and "Silver Blaze", with the episode "The Gloria Scott" as a bonus episode on the DVD.

On February 21, 2012, Mill Creek Entertainment released Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century...On the Case on DVD, consisting of the first 10 episodes of the series in production order, and also containing an episode of Stargate Infinity. On the same day, a box set called Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete 26 Episode Series was released, containing all 26 episodes alongside five bonus episodes from other Cookie Jar owned series.[6]These releases have since been discontinued and are now out of print.

On April 3, 2018, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 as Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century: The Complete Series. This version also came with a digital download code.[7]

Broadcast history

United States

United Kingdom




  • Italia 1 (2003)
  • Italia Teen Television (2004)
  • DeA Kids (2009)
  • Planet Kids (2014)




New Zealand



South Africa


  • UBC Kids

Arab world



Hong Kong



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