News Bulletin 48

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Horowitz: Booked In For Belfast.

Belfast is one of the first calls on Anthony Horowitz’s itinerary as he travels the UK to promote his new Sherlock Holmes novel The House of Silk, which was launched on Tuesday 1 November 2011. He’ll be in town on Wednesday 2 November at the Ulster Museum in an interview with Ian Sansom. Ticket details from No Alibis – 028 9031 9607. 

The award-winning author was a guest of Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 2  drive time show on Wednesday 26 October. He chatted to Simon about his new novel and much more besides. You will find it about halfway through the programme, which can be accessed on the BBC iPlayer (you’ll need to hurry!). He was also interviewed by William Crawley on The Book Programme on BBC Radio Ulster on Sunday 30 October 2011 (repeated Thursday 3 November at 7.30pm). You can also hear this on the BBC iPlayer.

SH2 Update.

Catch Trailer  2 Here!

And Trailer 1 Again Here!

In case it passed you by, or you want to make a comparison.

Guess What Total Film’s Big Cover Story Is?

Stars of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law are all over the cover of the new Total Film (issue 187, December 2011). Inside, spread over four pages, you’ll find what the magazine claims is “The Full Story! – On Set /In Depth/Up Close.”  But don’t expect to uncover any significant new plot details (most of us probably knew that the movie is going big on Moriarty and on Watson getting hitched)  – they’re still under studio wraps.

This issue also has two pages on the second series of the BBC’s Sherlock which we knew had been delayed until next year. Total Film says it’s due in January 2012.

SH3 – No, It’s Not A Typo!

SH2 is not due in cinemas (UK & USA) till 16 December 2011, but already Warner Bros are planning a third one.

Happy Endings.

Julian Barnes has won the Man Booker  at his fourth attempt. His novel The Sense of an Ending picked up the coveted prize for 2011 on 17 October at  a ceremony at London’s Guildhall. In 2005 his Doylean pastiche (based on a real life case involving Conan Doyle) Arthur & George was shortlisted.

Director Peter Hammond Dies.

The Times (21 October 2011) recorded the death of actor turned director Peter Hammond on 12 October, aged 87. In his later years he became a regular contributor to the Granada Sherlock Holmes TV series starring Jeremy Brett. 

Alex Kane has thoughtfully supplied us with a list of the episodes he directed. The Return (1986-8):Wisteria Lodge, The Abbey Grange, The Sign of Four and The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Case-Book (1992-3):The Eligible Bachelor and The Master Blackmailer. The Memoirs (1994): The Mazarin Stone, The Golden Pince-Nez and The Three Gables. He started off with Sign, his last work for TV being his three Case-Book episodes. You can also read his obit at this link.


Changes are afoot as we continue to develop our website. An absolutely splendid new picture of Holmes, another Sydney Paget original, is up for all to see on our Home page, a couple more of the well-told tales (Spec & Lady) have just been added to the Stories page and the Forum has been jettisoned. Hardly a surprise to see the Forum go, it has not exactly been overused, but we are pleased to report that Maurice our Webmaster is preparing a more user-friendly replacement for us, which we hope to be able to say a lot more about in the not too distant future.