From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia
John Cleese (born 27 october 1939) is an British actor, writer and producer who played Sherlock Holmes, or rather a descendant of the detective in two television parodies.
First in Elementary my Dear Watson, a thirty-minute TV movie aired on 18 january 1973 on BBC1 as part of the Comedy Playhouse series, directed by Harold Snoad with quite delusional scenario by N. F. Simpson about the TV show Call My Bluff, but also about Fu Manchu and five dead lawyers. Dr. Watson played by Willie Rushton.
Second, in The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It, directed by Joseph McGrath from a screenplay by John Cleese and Joseph McGrath, released in England on 18 september 1977 on ITV (and in USA on 15 march 1978). Arthur Sherlock Holmes (John Cleese), the grand-son of the detective, and accompanied by the descendant of Watson (Arthur Lowe) must thwart the plans of a descendant of Moriarty.
- 1977 : The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It (as Arthur Sherlock-Holmes)
- 1973 : Elementary my Dear Watson (as Sherlock Holmes)