Archive for July, 2010

July 2010 News Bulletin 4

“Excellent!” said Holmes.  “Pray continue.”

Coming up in Sherlock 2.

‘Can Sherlock & John solve the case of a mysterious and deadly cypher?’  You’ll find out if you watch episode 2 of Sherlock  – The Blind Banker which will be screened on Sunday 1 August at 8.30 to 10pm on BBC One.  It’s also being shown at 9.30 to 11pm the same evening on BBC HD (with a repeat being aired the following day at 1am).

If you miss any episodes, then for a limited time you can catch them on the BBC iPlayer.

The Verdict on Episode 1.

Unofficial overnight audience figures showed that A Study in Pink attracted over 7 million viewers and peaked at 7.4 million, that’s a healthy 28.5% audience share.  Reports have also reached us that the BBC Audience Index has given the episode 87 marks out of 100, yet another good result.

There’s been a drum roll of approval for the episode from many quarters, but not everyone’s cheering.  Lead the way on our Forum Quarterdeck, whether it’s music to your ears, or not!

DVD Due September.

The fan site reports that the BBC will release a Sherlock DVD in September. It’s not clear if this will feature all 3 episodes but there’s a strong hint that the ‘binned’ pilot episode may be included.  Pre-orders are already being taken by

And There’s More!

The BBC has a hit on its hands which means it’s highly likely that they will commission a second Sherlock series but it could be at least a year before we get to see it.

July 2010 News Bulletin 3

“I can never resist a touch of the dramatic.”


A Study in Pink.

In the first of three episodes of the new BBC TV drama series Sherlock, Watson and Holmes meet, and together tackle the case of the Impossible Suicides.  Episode one, entitled A Study in Pink, will be screened on BBC One on Sunday 25 July 2010 at 9pm – 10.30pm.  It’s also being shown simultaneously, and repeated the following day at 12.30am, on BBC HD.  Benedict Cumberbatch plays Sherlock Holmes with Martin Freeman taking the Dr Watson role.  The part of DI Lestrade is undertaken by Rupert Graves while Una Stubbs is cast as Mrs Hudson.  Naturally, Sherlock is everywhere in this week’s (w/c 24 July 2010) TV listings magazines.  For example: Radio Times says ‘What could have been the defiling of a sacred text comes off superbly,’ while TV Times thinks the drama is ‘Outstanding,’ and gives it a 5-star rating.

Getting Sherlock Holmes Role a ‘Joy and Worry’ – Cumberbatch.

Catch this news story at  For other great links to Sherlock, check our last Bulletin.

A Deal to Say?

Why not visit our Forum section Quarterdeck and let everyone know what you think about the new Sherlock drama?  You only have to click to view the contents but to post a comment of your own or to reply to an existing one, you’ll first have to register and then login.  It’s all quite easy to do, so…..what’s keeping you?  The Quarterdeck is for everyone, not just crew members.

July 2010 News Bulletin 2

“Look at this, Watson,” he cried.


The Fate of Lot 151.

A signed copy of the 1887 Beeton’s Christmas Annual containing the first publication of A Study in Scarlet was auctioned at Sotheby’s in London on 15 July 2010. The bidding reached £240,000 but as this didn’t meet the reserve, the item failed to sell.  It was one of only two known copies signed by the author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

3D for SH2?

According to a report in The Sun, 29 June 2010, the sequel to Warner Bros Sherlock Holmes will be shot in 3D.  The tabloid claimed that some of the crew who worked on Avatar will be hired by director Guy Ritchie to oversee the potentially spectacular effects.  The sequel to last year’s blockbuster is set  for cinemas in December 2011, according to the Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2010.

Sherlock Returns to West End Stage.

Jeremy Paul’s play The Secret of Sherlock Holmes starring Peter Egan and Robert Daws is due to open at London’s Duchess Theatre on Tuesday 20 July 2010.  It is scheduled to run until 14 September 2010.

Date for New Sherlock TV Drama Announced.

Two Americans have set up a fan site –  for the new BBC TV drama series Sherlock which is due to air on Sunday 25 July 2010 at 9pm on BBC 1 .  The BBC has just launched a web site for the series.

“Have a Peep.”

While you are waiting for the new Sherlock series, you can watch two delightful Russian Sherlock cartoons on the following links.

Part 1

Part 2

July 2010 News Bulletin 1

 “Have I anything to say?  Yes, I have a deal to say.”


Moriarty – Did Holmes Make Him Up?

Our FORUM Quarterdeck is up and running and the first topic for discussion is ‘the Napoleon of crime’ Moriarty.

The Forum has 2 levels of discussion.  The first level is the Quarterdeck.  Anyone, members and non-members alike, can click on this and view the contents.  However, if you want to respond to what you read or post something new you’ll have to first register and then log-in each time you visit the forum.

The second level of discussion is the Bridge.  This is only visible to members of the Crew (Crewmates).  To view the contents and also to add your own, again you’ll need to first register and then log-in each time you visit the forum.

Members should refer to the email from the Shipping Office dated 11 July for further details.