Archive for July, 2011

News Bulletin 38

“And this promises to be interesting. It would be a pity to miss it.”

‘Sherlock Ends Its Run As A Reekingly Charismatic Show.’

Our headline quote is courtesy of Caitlin Moran (The Times, 14 August 2010), who if her regular TV column is anything to go by might just be Sherlock’s greatest fan.  The last episode in the current rerun of BBC1’s Sherlock is The Great Game (3/3), scheduled for Wednesday 3 August 2011 at 8.30pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh. Way back on 8 August 2010, when it was originally screened, Radio Times in its ‘Pick of the Day’ feature said: ‘It’s all loopily enjoyable, with the thrill that comes when bold writing, smart direction and dashing performances join hands.’

Each episode can also be seen on the BBC iPlayer for up to 7 days following transmission. If that’s not enough for you, then why not get your hands on the Sherlock series DVD (it includes the pilot episode which was never shown on TV)? Amazon.co.uk is doing this for a knockdown £6.49 – a bargain by any stretch of the imagination. Anyone spot a lower price?

We had another one of those “Norbury” moments in our last bulletin (no.37), telling you that this was the first repeat run for the hit series.  Actually that happened late last year, on 28 November, 5 and 12 December 2010 if you wish to be pedantic.

No Need To Avoid This Scandal!

Did you miss The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes on Resonance 104.4FM on Tuesday 26 July 2011?  There’s been a problem or two trying to access the podcast at the link shown in our last bulletin but not to worry, thanks to Roger Johnson here’s a new link that will definitely take you to it http://soundcloud.com/radiohodder/the-legacy-of-sherlock-holmes.

The documentary was made to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the publication of A Scandal in Bohemia in the Strand Magazine. Resonance 104.4FM is a London-based community radio station.

News Bulletin 37

“Anything good?” he asked.

“Rewatching It Isn’t Just OK, It’s Practically Mandatory.”

Not our words but those of James Donaghy in the TV & Radio Blog in The Guardian 20 July 2011 http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/tvandradioblog/2011/jul/20/sherlock-repeat-we-want-to-see?INTCMP=SRCH. He’s talking of BBC1’s smash hit Sherlock, of course. This week’s episode (2/3) in this first repeat run is The Blind Banker, due for transmission on Wednesday 27 July 2011 at 8.30pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh.

You can also watch each episode in the series on the BBC iPlayer for 7 days following transmission.

It Would Be A Scandal To Miss This!

Roger Johnson tells us that London-based community radio station  Resonance 104.4FM http://resonancefm.com/ is to commemorate the 120th anniversary of the publication of A Scandal in Bohemia (the first Sherlock Holmes short story!) in the Strand Magazine with a special documentary. The Legacy of Sherlock Holmes is scheduled for Tuesday 26 July 2011 at 8pm.  It’ll also be available on a podcast for those who miss it at http://podcasts.resonancefm.com/.

News Bulletin 36

“There are, of course, details to be filled in, but I am certain of all the main facts.”

Sherlock Holmes 2 Trailer – Watch It Now!

Here’s your chance to see the trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (due in cinemas 16 December 2011) http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2011/jul/13/sherlock-holmes-trailer-game-shadows?INTCMP=SRCH.

BBC Sherlock – Fancy A Second Helping?

For those who can’t wait for the new series of Sherlock (due this autumn) or who didn’t catch the first one when it was shown last year, or who simply want to watch it again, BBC1 are repeating its BAFTA winning drama series. The debut episode, A Study in Pink (1/3) is scheduled for Wednesday 20 July 2011 at 9pm http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00t4pgh.

“You have explained all but one thing,” cried the colonel. “Where was the horse?”

In case you missed this, the results of the Silver Blaze Wessex Cup at Kempton Park on 6 July 2011 are here http://horses.sportinglife.com/Arch_Race/0,12658,443913,00.html

News Bulletin 35

“I shall be happy to give you any other details which might interest you.”

“I Glanced At The Card To See The Entries.”

Last year’s inaugural race was a sell out success, so much so that this year the Sherlock Holmes Society of London – http://www.sherlock-holmes.org.uk/event_info.php?id=253 – is sponsoring the Silver Blaze Wessex Cup at Kempton Park on Wednesday 6 July 2011. It will be the penultimate race of the evening and is scheduled for 8.50pm. You can
find the race card at – http://www.racingpost.com/horses2/cards/card.sd?race_id=534469&r_date=2011-07-06 and also at –http://horses.sportinglife.com/Racecards/0,12495,443913,00.html.

 

From Gillette To Brett III.

On the weekend of 11–13 November 2011, Wessex Press – http://www.wessexpress.com – is sponsoring another “blockbuster” Sherlockian conference in Bloomington, U.S.A. Devoted to Sherlock Holmes on stage, screen, television and radio, From Gillette to Brett III will feature rare Sherlockian films, vendors, and an all-star roster of distinguished speakers, presenters, and events, including the 35th anniversary screening of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, hosted by Nicholas Meyer. Registration is now open.

 

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows – The Moriarty Factor!

Warner Bros sequel to its 2009 mega hit Sherlock Holmes is due in cinemas on 16 December 2011. Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law will be reprising their roles as Holmes and Watson but possibly of more immediate interest, at least to people like us, is the Moriarty factor. Jared Harris is playing the part of Holmes’ arch-nemesis and you can read about it, albeit it briefly, in a recent interview with Digital Spy here – http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/movies/at-the-movies/a317752/jared-harris-talks-sherlock-holmes-2.html.

 

“Just One More Thing…..”

One of television’s most enduring detectives Peter Falk, famous for his role in the Columbo series, died on 23 June 2011. The Guardian (25 June 2011) says that on one occasion the actor described Columbo as “an ass-backwards Sherlock Holmes” – http://www.guardian.co.uk/tv-and-radio/2011/jun/24/peter-falk-columbo-actor-dies. An obituary in The Independent (27 June 2011) says Falk saw Columbo as a mirror image of Conan Doyle’s famous detective, of whom he was a fan – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/peter-falk-actor-famous-for-playing-scruffy-tv-detective-columbo-a-role-for-which-he-won-four-emmys-2303164.html.

Peter Blau, however gives us a slightly closer connection. In Columbo: Fade In To Murder (season 6, episode 1, 1976), broadcast by NBC-TV, William Shatner played Ward Fowler (star of the television series Detective Lucerne), who murdered a woman who was blackmailing him. Columbo knew Fowler was the murderer, and asked him for help with the case, trying to make it seem more like team-work. Fowler: “I’d say we make a rather good team, don’t you?” Columbo: “Yeah, sort of like Sherlock Holmes and Watson, sir.” Fowler: “No no no no, more like Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes.”

Crewmates who took part in our annual outing for 2010, will fondly recall the trip to the Grand Opera House, Belfast to see the Columbo play: Prescription Murder.