Archive for November, 2013

News Bulletin 159

“It sounds to me like the beginning”

A Sherlock Christmas Box

Many of you will already know that the BBC’s Sherlock Series 3 will be with us earlier than was widely anticipated. That said, don’t be expecting it ‘upon the second morning after Christmas,’ never mind the big day itself. 

For those who can’t get enough of  the last Sherlock Series, a reminder that a repeat run of Series 2 starts on BBC Three this Friday (29th) at 9pm. Anyone with access to Sky Living can also catch the Elementary repeat (if you missed it on Tuesday), at 8pm the same evening. This is episode 6/24 – ‘An Unnatural Arrangement.’





News Bulletin 158

“There is just one thing”

Sherlock 3 Trailer shown during Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special on BBC One on 23 November 2013.

Watch here!


News Bulletin 157

“Tell me everything then,” said I

Sailing Schedule      The Dying Detective


Sherlock Holmes R.I.P.?


BBC Sherlock Series 2 Repeat Run Starts Friday 29 November 2013


New Sherlock Series 3 Finale To Feature “More Tears” than ever before


New Russian Sherlock Holmes


New Sherlock Tie-In Editions Due 5 December 2013


“Quick, quick or it will be too late!”

Two Pipe Problems Final Series Episode 1/2 Catch-Up 


Two Pipe Problems Final Series Episode 2/2 Catch-Up 







News Bulletin 156

“A few trifling points might perhaps be added”


How Sherlock Holmes made 50 Shades of Grey possible


A Basil Rathbone jacket from the Hound of the Baskervilles


Sherlock Series 3 Spoilers


Fans enjoy Sherlock Holmes talk


Is it possible to legitimately criticise Sherlock or Elementary?






News Bulletin 155

“Let us judge the situation by this new information”

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Due to technical difficulties with the website last Wednesday the original Bulletin 155 had to be shelved (members received the info via email instead).   We’re pleased to report that matters are now in hand, thanks to our redoubtable webmaster Maurice aka Spike.


Two Pipe Problems

‘I get by with a little help from my friends’. Series 6 Episode 1/2. Monday 18 November 2013.  BBC Radio4, 2.15pm.

‘Following the sad death of Richard Briers earlier this year, in the first of these two final episodes of Two Pipe Problems, Stanley Baxter as Sandy is joined by Geoffrey Palmer as his friend and fellow sleuth William Parnes. A new chef is in the kitchen at The Old Beeches and he’s cooking up a storm and delighting the residents, with Sandy as his willing and enthusiastic sous-chef. But things begin to go badly wrong after a visiting concert party sing a Beatles song which triggers unhappy memories for Albie the Chef (played by the late Felix Dexter).’

‘The House on the Marsh’ Tuesday 19 November 2013. Episode 2/2. BBC Radio 4, 2.15pm.

‘In this final Two Pipe Problem, William and Sandy travel to a windswept wintry Suffolk in search of William’s inheritance, where they are haunted by ghosts from the past and threats from the present, and William makes a life changing decision about his future.’


The Radio Detectives

Series 1, Episode 2 of 5: ‘The Voice of Sherlock Holmes.’ Wednesday 20 November on BBC Radio4 Extra at 6.30am, 1.30pm and 8.30pm.

‘Armed with pipe, hansom cab and violin, Professor Jeffrey Richards probes the varied incarnations of the Baker Street sleuth.’ This is a welcome repeat of a documentary first broadcast on 18 July 2008.


BBC Sherlock Update

The series 3 premiere screening at the BFI in London has already sold out. The Q&A on-stage interview with the cast, which could include Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Amanda Abbington and Mark Gatiss, will be made available online, on the BFI Player. There’s a related article here.

For those who want a first glimpse of episode 1 of the new series, here’s the first official image of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. Joe Marino tells us that Andrew Scott has been talking to The Independent about his role as Moriarty in Sherlock.



Episode 5 is ‘Ancient History,’ scheduled for Tuesday 19 November at 9pm on Sky Living. The repeat is due on Friday 22 November at 8pm.

‘What Holmes lacks in brawn, he makes up for in brains during a run-in with the mafia, and Watson uses her detective skills to play matchmaker.’


Anthony Horowitz, Ian McKellen and Jude Law

All well-known actors, of course, and all the subjects of three separate articles which appear in the current Mayday Mayday (no.126/November). The online source articles can be seen here, here and here.


“The time has come. You will now be present at the last scene of a remarkable little drama”* 


Agatha Christie’s Poirot

Series 13, Episode 4: Curtain: Poirot’s Final Case. First shown on Wednesday 13 November, ITV, 8:00pm.

Catch-up with this episode on the ITV Player.

You’ll also be able to access all the episodes in the series for a limited period. [Alternatively, if you are here in Northern Ireland you can also use the UTV Player]

‘Last ever episode of the detective drama. Now confined to a wheelchair, Poirot calls on his old friend Captain Hastings for assistance as they return to Styles, the country house that was the scene of their first murder investigation. The great detective’s brain remains as sharp as ever, and he tells his friend that Styles is again harbouring a killer and it is simply a matter of time before the axe falls once more. As guests begin to fall victim to mysterious attacks, Poirot must summon the last of his strength and push his ‘little grey cells’ to the very limit. With David Suchet, Hugh Fraser, Helen Baxendale, Anne Reid, and John Standing.’


Being Poirot

A Tie-in documentary first shown on Wednesday 13 November, ITV, 10.35pm. Catch-up on the ITV Player [Alternatively, here in NI you can also use the UTV Player]

‘After 25 years of playing one of television’s greatest icons, David Suchet attempts to unravel the mysterious appeal of the great detective Hercule Poirot.’


Also of possible interest

‘Dracula at the Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office.’ Tuesday 19 November at 8pm.  ‘The Haunted Screen’ is a Belfast Film Festival presentation. It’s being shown as part of Gothic – ‘The dark heart of film’ – across the UK.   

C.S. Lewis Festival Belfast (18-23 November 2013)

Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival Belfast (18-28 November 2013) 12+ year olds


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News Bulletin 154

“I am endeavouring to tell you everything”*


Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Film4, Monday 4 November at 6.40pm. ‘An elementary tale of Holmes the youth, presented by Steven Spielberg. Good special effects and boyish adventure but distinctly American.’ Belfast Telegraph capsule review, 29 March 1986. First Belfast screening: ABC 3 Fisherwick Place, 21 March 1986.


Ripper Street 2/8 (Series 2), ‘Am I not monstrous?’  BBC One, Monday 4 November at 9pm. ‘A young woman is found murdered at the London Hospital and the only clue to her identity is an unusual deformity. The hunt for her killer takes Reid and the team into the shadowy netherworld of the freak shows, where they must seek the help…’

Episode Catch-up


Elementary 3/24 (Series 2), ‘We are everyone.’   Sky Living, Tuesday 5 November at 9pm, repeated Friday 8 November at 8pm. ‘Holmes and Watson try to find a hacker who has been leaking classified government information and get more then they sought out for. As the episode ends, Sherlock secretly reads a letter he received from his nemesis, Jamie Moriarty.’ Love it or loath it, there’s no sitting on the fence with this series.


Poirot 3/4 (Series 13), ‘The Labours of Hercules’. ITV, Wednesday 6 November at 8pm. This is the penultimate case for Agatha Christie’s celebrated sleuth Hercule Poirot. ‘In an effort to recover his confidence after a rare professional failure, Poirot sets off for the Swiss Alps in pursuit of a missing maid. Arriving at the isolated Hotel Olympos, Poirot finds its rooms inhabited by a menagerie of miscreants, including kleptomaniac Vera Rossakoff, disgraced MP Harold Waring, slippery psychoanalyst Dr Lutz and, most dangerous of all, the homicidal art thief Marrascaud.’

Episode Catch-up   Poirot Locations


Dracula 2/10. Sky Living. Thursday 7 November at 9pm. Bram Stoker’s masterpiece reimagined.   You can catch repeats of episode 1 tonight (Monday 4 November) at 10pm and again on Wednesday 6 November at 9pm. 


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, ‘The Musgrave Ritual.’  BBC Radio4 Extra, Tuesday 5 November at 11.15am, 9.15pm, and Wednesday 6 November at 4.15am. Also, ‘The Reigate Squires,’ on Wednesday 6 November at 11.15am, 9.15pm and Thursday 7 November at 4.15am. Part of a welcome repeat run of the highly acclaimed series, starring Clive Merrison and Michael Williams.

Episode Catch-up


Note: Film4 is available on Freeview and Freesat.   Radio4 Extra is available on DAB, Freeview, Freesat, Sky and Virgin.

You’ll find a shipload of useful links in our TV Lounge and Radio Room.


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