Archive for September, 2013

News Bulletin 140

“after a month of trivialities and stagnation the wheels move once more”


Our course now seems pretty clear”

The May Day sets sail again this Sunday afternoon on the first of the new season’s voyages. Glancing over the Sailing Schedule, you’ll not only find our ports of call for this particular Sailing but also a shipload of data for the rest of the year to come. 

One particularly handy feature of the new online Sailing Schedule is the inclusion of the text of each Study case, month-by-month. The text in use in this online version is the Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (same as the US Doubleday), which is, of course, the approved edition for all Crew Studies.

Crewmates are reminded that Subs for the 2013-2014 season are due on Sunday 29 September 2013. Payment can be made on board or by post. Details are in Mayday Mayday (p.16, issue no.125, September). Any enquiries should be addressed to the Purser at the Shipping Office.



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News Bulletin 139

“What is it, then?” I asked*


“Ineffable twaddle”

The rumours that the BBC is going to do a Sherlock Christmas Special are just “ineffable twaddle,” to quote Holmes. As for an air date for Series 3, there’s no sign of it. Early New Year seems the best bet.

For those who just can’t wait, here are a few crumbs to devour.


Message from Seattle

The other day an unexpected message arrived at the Shipping Office from Frannie Davis of the After-School A&A Program in Seattle Public Schools. Here is some of what she had to say:

“A boy I am tutoring found your website main deck links page while working on his research paper for English class and I just had to tell you! He wanted to share another page that he really loved: Would you mind adding this page Matt found to your site with all of your other helpful resources?”

We promised Frannie that we’d feature the story including the link in a forthcoming Bulletin, which is why you’re reading it now.

And talking of Seattle, there’s a Sherlock Conference in town from 4 – 6 October 2013. What are the chances of Frasier and Niles Crane putting in an appearance?


100 years ago

A Dublin ‘Sherlock Holmes’ stops robbery.



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News Bulletin 138

“I think we may gain that by means of the law”*


The Estate fights back!

The Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has put forward a defence ingenious enough for Sherlock Holmes himself, in a US copyright case that could redraw the boundaries of copyright law, to recognise “complex literary characters,” according to a report in The Guardian. Alternatively, you can read the coverage in The Telegraph. The Plaintiff has still to issue a response but one is to be expected  shortly.


She hasn’t gone away, you know!

Andrea Plunket has for some time claimed to administer the “Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Literary Estate.” Now she is threatening to kill off the BBC’s Sherlock. Before you get too alarmed, read what the Conan Doyle Estate has to say about Andrea Plunkett.


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News Bulletin 137

“Interesting and indeed essential as these details are”


“But was it not mere guesswork?”

Not to be taken too seriously, some fans have been ‘reviewing’ the new BBC Sherlock Series 3, before it has even aired.


Listening to Dr Morelle

Peter Blau has uncovered an archive which allows you to listen and download all 13 episodes of Dr Morelle (see also Bulletin 135). For more about Dr Morelle on BBC Radio4 Extra, just click here. There’s a catch-up facility available, for a limited period.


Wipers Times

The BBC Two programme Wipers Times (Wednesday 11 September 2013) may have a Sherlockian connection . . . the periodical certainly did, says Peter Blau. There was a parody, “Herlock Sholmes at It Again,”  published in the magazine and in its successor, The New Church Times in six chapters in 1916. The parody was reprinted in the Sherlock Holmes Journal (Winter 1976).

Roger Johnson tells us to look out for more Wipers Times in a future issue of the Sherlock Holmes Journal. Roger should know about this sort of thing, he’s the Editor!

Two reviews of the programme caught our eye, one from The Independent, the other from the Daily Telegraph. The latter one has a nice little mention of Holmes and Watson.

As for any Sherlockian connection in Wipers Times itself (Peter hadn’t seen it when he wrote), we hasten to add that the programme didn’t fail to include, albeit it in passing, our heroes either.

Unfortunately Wipers Times was only on catch-up for a week, so it’s not there now. We’re sure it will be repeated though, and if you missed it, do tune in next time, the reviews you can read here have got it spot on.


‘Forgotten Moments In Music History’

The ‘Forgotten Moments In Music History’ cartoon (p.17) in the latest Private Eye (No.1349, 20 September – 3 October 2013) confirmed our long-held belief that there was always more than just a tenuous Holmes connection to the late great Gerry Rafferty’s hit “Baker Street.” And the Sherlock references in this issue didn’t stop there. On p.25, under the heading ‘BBC Autumn Schedules in Full,’ there is this: ‘Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes has to investigate where £1bn of licence fee payers’ money has gone.’ For the rest of this short yet mildly amusing little piece of nonsense and the cartoon, kindly refer to said issue (you won’t find it on their website).


Culture Night Belfast Friday 20 September 2013


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News Bulletin 136

“he (Gregson) and Lestrade are the pick of a bad lot. They are both quick and energetic, but conventional-shockingly so”*


The Rivals

‘The Problem of the Superfluous Finger’

[Series 2, Episode 1 of 4]. Wednesday 18 September 2013 on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30am (30 minutes).

Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memories and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes’ rivals. He begins with his collaboration with “The Thinking Machine” Professor SFX Van Dusen, trying to solve a strange case involving self-mutilation.



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News Bulletin 135

“I am making up for lost time”*


In the Name of Sherlock Holmes

Following up on yesterday’s Bulletin (no.134), we’ve found a trailer for In the Name of Sherlock Holmes that you can watch. You can find out more about this new film for younger children (although there’s no upper age limit!) on the official website and also see what the IMDb website has to say.


Y Cylch Brith

Y Cylch Brith aka The Speckled Band, the first ever Welsh translation of a Sherlock Holmes case is now on sale. The UK price is £6 plus £1.50 to cover postage & packaging. To order a copy send a cheque ( payable to Deerstalker Publications )for £7.50 to Roy Upton Holder at 146 Little Henfaes Drive, Welshpool, SY21 7BA. For further details including overseas rates, check The Deerstalkers of Welshpool (The Sherlock Holmes Society of Wales) website.


Ernest Dudley – A Case For Dr Morelle on Radio4 Extra

221b Baker Street’s new detective resident continues the science of crime-solving in the opening story of a 13-part series, ‘Alarm Call’ on BBC Radio4 Extra. This episode is playing at 6am and repeated at 1pm and 8pm on Wednesday 11 September. There is also a repeat at 1pm the following day. For further episode details and transmission times of subsequent ones, best click here.

Peter Blau has been able to fill us in on some of the backdrop: “A series created by Ernest Dudley, Meet Dr. Morelle was broadcast by the BBC in 1942 and 1946, and 1946-1948, and he was revived in A Case for Dr. Morelle (13 30-minute programs broadcast in 1957) on the BBC Light Programme.  Ernest Dudley (1908-2006) was the step-son-in-law of Eille Norwood, who starred on stage in the play The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1923); Dudley collaborated on a revision of the play (1953).  Morelle also appeared in short stories, novels, and a play; five episodes of  A Case for Dr. Morelle were broadcast by BBC Radio 7 on June 24-29, 2007 (‘in deference to London’s Baker Street resident Sherlock Holmes, Morelle’s office is at 221B Harley Street’).”

Roger Johnson has further added to our knowledge with the following note: “Ernest Dudley, as you no doubt know, was married to Eille Norwood’s stepdaughter. Nearly 20 years ago he revised the play The Return of Sherlock Holmes, originally written for Norwood in the 1920s, making it more manageable for modern theatre companies.”


Elements of the Elementary

For the online catalogue to this Sherlock Holmes Exhibition which recently finished in Dublin, click here.


“£3,700 for a place in your book”

The person who made the winning bid in the recent auction on EBay (it ended 1 September 2013) will be written into Anthony Horowitz’s sequel to The House of Silk. A tidy sum of £3,700 guaranteed that the winner will meet Sherlock Holmes but won’t have to play dead, they would have had to cough up £5,000 plus for that privilege. The money raised was for anti-bullying charity Kidscape.


Before Sherlock – the Novel Art of Detection

John Addy has been telling us that Nick Rennison (author of Sherlock Holmes – The Unauthorised Biography, 2005) and Robert Ryan (author of Dead Man’s Land, 2013) will contribute to Before Sherlock – the Novel Art of Detection at the Harrogate Festival on 27 October 2013 (at the Old Swan Hotel).


Wipers Times

Talking of Dead Man’s Land which is set in the trenches of WW1 (it’s a gripping read!) gives us an excuse, not that we ever needed one, to mention a new drama that looks worth watching. Wipers Times is coming up on BBC Two on Wednesday 11 September at 9pm. It was filmed on location in Northern Ireland earlier this year which is another good reason to mention it here.  Read all about it and then watch the trailer here. And no it hasn’t got any SH connections, as far as we know.


“Dear me, this is a very sad development”

Sir David Frost, broadcaster and writer died on 31 August 2013, aged 74.  There are only two connections with our world, as far as we know, the first of which  can be found here.  All we need now is a generous benefactor to stump up  £400.

In connection with the piece in question, Roger Johnson tells us that the caricature is the work of Nicolas Bentley, who besides his famous career as a cartoonist from the 1930s through to the 70s wrote two or three crime novels. His godfather was G K Chesterton, and his father was E C (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley, creator of – what else? – the clerihew, and author of the ground-breaking detective story Trent’s Last Case.

David usually introduced his popular daytime TV show Through the Keyhole with the words “This is our Sherlock and he will be looking into our homes,” in reference to his co-star Lloyd Grossman. For the record, we didn’t fail to overlook this in Mayday Mayday back in issue 10, September 2001.


It’s curtain up again for Poirot!

A fully authorised new Hercule Poirot novel is to be published worldwide in September 2014. The new novel will feature the Belgian detective who Agatha Christie introduced to the world in her first book The Mysterious Affair at Styles, published in 1920. Written with the full backing of the family, this is the first ever Agatha Christie continuation novel.

It makes one wonder if anyone will ever get around to writing a new novel about Holmes?


“A cascade of children’s bricks”

The latest blockbuster is right here. Our quote is from Twis.


The RT at 90

The Museum of London is currently, until 3 November 2013, holding an exhibition to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Radio Times. Apart from it being an institution, the RT has done so much to promote Holmes and his world over many decades, we thought we should give it a plug here.



Not so much of a review more of a report really, on Sherlock Holmes and The Hound of the Baskervilles, which toured UK/Ireland recently. It’s from the Irish Times. We’ll have a review on the show, when it played at Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, in Mayday Mayday (no.125).

And here’s a review from The Independent of the stage show of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (remember the novel?).  There’s supposed to be a film on the way too.


It’s a cracker!

Next to jellyfish, we’re always up for a cracking story on codes. Click here.


I wish I’d said that!

Discover 16 Witty Sherlock Comebacks to knock out your enemies.


European Heritage Open Weekend Northern Ireland

14-15 September 2014.

Download programme.



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News Bulletin 134

“I confess that this is entirely new to me”*


A new Sherlock Holmes film for children is having its UK premiere in Belfast on Saturday 12 October 2013. The venue is Odeon, Victoria Square, Belfast, BT1 4QG. Showtime is set for 2pm.

In Hungarian with English subtitles, the film was made in Hungary last year and was directed by Zsolt Bernath. Running time is 99 minutes.

It’s all part of the 24th Cinemagic International Film & Television Festival for Young People (4 – 18 October 2013).

You can download the programme (which contains booking details) via the following link.




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News Bulletin 133

“At this period of my life the good Watson had passed almost beyond my ken”*


Retirement Holmes

Sir Ian McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes in a new film from The Fifth Estate and Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon. Titled A Slight Trick of the Mind, the film will be set in 1947 and follows Holmes living out his twilight years in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and her son.



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