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| Inspector Lestrade |
Sherlock Holmes (Granada)
|Behind the scenes|
|Appearances||Sherlock Holmes (Granada)|
|Portrayed by||Colin Jeavons|
Inspector Lestrade (Jeavons) refers to the on-screen incarnation of inspector Lestrade, as portrayed by Colin Jeavons in the ITV Granada Adaptation.
Inspector Lestrade makes several, fairly regular appearances throughout the series, though his overall presence is more donwplayed due to the series' fairly strict adherence to Doyle's Canon. He only makes six major appearances in total, not counting the occassional namedrop.
As in most adaptations, he's an inspector of the London Metropolitan Police, at its headquarters in Scotland Yard. His working relationship with Holmes is portrayed as fairly prickly, but also filled with admiration towards the consulting detective. Lestrade expresses this admiration openly at least once, thanking Holmes on behalf of the police for his help with solving the case: "We're proud of you."
Inspector Lestrade made his first and only appearance in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984-1985) in the second series' episode "The Norwood Builder". He subsequently appeared in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986-1988), in the episodes "The Empty House", "The Second Stain" and "The Six Napoleons", and then in The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes (1991-1993) episodes "The Creeping Man" and "The Master Blackmailer". He does not make any appearances in the final iteration of the series, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
- In this series, Lestrade's surname is used with a more English-sounding pronunciation than the usual French pronunciation, thus rhyming with "trade" and lacking the silent "e" at the end.
- Though the Canon's Lestrade appears in the Canon story "The Adventure of the Cardboard Box", the Granada version of Lestrade is absent from this story's adaptation, as well as from every other episode of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.