Archive for May, 2011

News Bulletin 31

“You do me too much honour,” said Holmes gravely. “Let us hear how you arrived at this gratifying result.”

And The Winner Is…

Not just one but two BAFTAS for the BBC’s Sherlock as it picked up the Drama series award and Martin Freeman won Supporting actor for Watson at London’s Grosvenor House hotel on Sunday 22 May 2011.

The night had begun so well for Sherlock so it obviously came as a huge disappointment for Benedict Cumberbatch when Daniel Rigby carried off the Leading actor award for Eric and Ernie.  No spoils of victory for Sherlock either when the You Tube Audience award was announced. The Only Way is Essex collected that glittering prize the only category which the public had a say in. Both Cumberbatch and Freeman looked distinctly underwhelmed with that particular outcome.

News Bulletin 30

‘Speaking of my old friend and biographer, I would take this opportunity to remark that if I burden myself with a companion in my various little inquiries it is not done out of sentiment or caprice, but it is that Watson has some remarkable characteristics of his own to which in his modesty he has given small attention amid his exaggerated estimates of my own performances.’

Edward Hardwicke Dies.

It was with great sadness that we learned this morning of the passing of Edward Hardwicke, on Monday 16 May 2011 aged 78. Edward Hardwicke enjoyed a long and distinguished career on stage, television and cinema but will perhaps be best remembered for playing Dr. Watson in the highly acclaimed Sherlock Holmes (Granada) series on ITV from 1986 – 1994. For many of us, he was the best ever on screen Watson.

Our member Paul Spiring has written a moving personal tribute which you can read at

The Daily Telegraph obituary can be seen at

News Bulletin 29

“To act, Sherlock – to act!” cried Mycroft.

BAFTAs For Sherlock?

The official nominations for the 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 22  May 2011 include the following: Benedict Cumberbatch for Leading Actor (Sherlock, BBC One), Martin Freeman for Supporting Actor (Sherlock, BBC One) and Sherlock for Drama Series (Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue, Beryl Vertue, BBC One/Hartswood Films). None of us mere mortals can decide the outcome of the aforementioned but we can still make our votes count in the Audience Awards. To cast your vote visit,1099,BA.html.