Sherlock (2010– )
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His Last Vow 

Sherlock goes up against Charles Augustus Magnussen, media tycoon and a notorious blackmailer.


Nick Hurran


Steven Moffat, Arthur Conan Doyle (based on the works of) (as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Sherlock Holmes
Martin Freeman ... Dr. John Watson
Una Stubbs ... Mrs. Hudson
Rupert Graves ... DI Lestrade
Mark Gatiss ... Mycroft Holmes
Andrew Scott ... Jim Moriarty
Louise Brealey ... Molly Hooper
Amanda Abbington ... Mary Morstan
Jonathan Aris ... Anderson
Lindsay Duncan ... Lady Smallwood
Yasmine Akram ... Janine
Tom Brooke ... Bill Wiggins
Wanda Ventham ... Mum
Timothy Carlton ... Dad
Calvin Demba ... Isaac Whitney


Lady Elizabeth Smallwood is one of many victims of master blackmailer and media tycoon Charles Augustus Magnussen and asks Holmes to retrieve some incriminating letters for her. Having cultivated Magnussen's secretary Janine, Holmes breaks into Magnussen's office but is confronted by a mysterious black-clad woman, who shoots him. He recovers in hospital and goes after her to discover her identity and reason for wanting the blackmailer dead before he and Watson visit Magnussen at his country house for a confrontation and shoot-out. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

2 February 2014 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Did You Know?


The villain was originally written as American, retaining the last name Milverton (as per the source material), but was changed to Danish - although his nationality is never specified in the show itself - after the casting of Lars Mikkelsen. Mikkelsen, who is capable of speaking with a London accent, was therefore asked to sound more Danish (this is particularly obvious in the opening scene, when Magnussen states his own name). See more »


When Charles Magnussen told Sherlock that he'd been "reading" and that there's "rather a lot," the pressure points are only scrolling through 6 different pressure points multiple times. However, 6 pressure points is still a high number compared to the others. See more »


Sherlock Holmes: Oh, do your research. I'm not a hero, I'm a high-functioning sociopath. Merry Christmas!
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Crazy Credits

At the very end is Jim Moriarty saying "Miss me?" but in a regular video and not the animation style that appears in the episode. See more »


Opening Titles
Written by David Arnold and Michael Price
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Sherlock: Season 3 Episode 3
14 January 2014 | by mtwaterhouse-608-139232See all my reviews

I was absolutely blown away by this gob smacking episode, it was quite simply the best piece of television drama I have ever had the pleasure of sitting through. A second viewing, for me is a must. This third part of 'Sherlock' cannot be watched without having seen the previous two in my opinion, as certain questions and clues are answered and duly solved. It is by no means, and by any stretch 'closure' and sets itself up magnificently (hopefully) for a fourth series. As for the writing, Direction and the acting, others on here will wax lyrical and rightly so ... Suffice it is for me to say that the quality we've come to expect from all and sundry is ever present, and then some. Stunning.

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