Archive for January, 2014

News Bulletin 198

Quick TV Guide

25-31 January 2014

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Granada series) is showing daily (except Sunday) on ITV3, all in late morning slots.

Alibi continues to repeat the second Sherlock series. Episode 1 is on Sunday, followed by the second episode on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A reminder for those on this side of the Irish Sea that RTE2 is showing the complete first season of Elementary, episode-by-episode, on Thursday nights.

On the movie front this Sunday, there’s another chance to watch the late Peter O’Toole in the role of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997), one of two films made about the Cottingley Fairies, is on Five.  

This Wednesday coming, there’s a further opportunity to watch Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (2011). It’s on twice that day, on Sky Action/Adventure.

That appears to be your lot as far as SH/ACD goes for this week. If anyone can add to this list, please do get in touch. Nothing seen on Radio, by the way.

This is the last of these TV Guides, which we’ve been running since before Christmas. Our TV & Radio Links pages (see below) should be able to provide you with all you need to know, and they are only a click or two away.



News Bulletin 197

“Oh, yes, I should like a little sunshine”*


The Simpsons do Sherlock

Our entertainment reporter tells us that The Simpsons on Sky1 tomorrow (20th) at 6.30pm is the episode in which Lisa  becomes the new Sherlock Holmes. It’s from 2004. There’s more here.


Website of the Week

I Hear of Sherlock on Flipboard 


All Sherlock

Sherlock the musical 

Benedict’s doubts about Sherlock role

The adventure of the overzealous fanbase

The real Appledore house

Keeping it in the family

Twist was no last-minute whim

10 things every best man can learn from Sherlock

‘His Last Vow’


Baker Street Babes Podcast

Radio Times Podcast


And there’s even more…

19 things you didn’t know about ACD (or perhaps you did?)

“What a lovely thing”*

Russian parody looks at multiple Sherlocks

Here she comes again!

Weekly Links Compendium 1-10 Jan 2014 


It’s Elementary

All you need to know about Elementary, well almost. Elementary Season 2 resumes on Sky Living in February. No exact date yet, though. For Airdates on US shows in UK, click here This link can always be found in our TV Lounge links page, along with much else of possible interest.

*Both quotes are from Nava, our Study Case for this month. You can read the complete story here.






News Bulletin 196

Quick TV Guide

18-24 January 2014

The Hound of the Baskervilles, starring Richard Roxborough, was a 2002 adaptation for BBC TV.   It’s not exactly memorable though possibly still worth watching, even if only for that ridiculous Hound. You can catch it on Drama (it’s a Freeview channel) on Saturday 18th at 7pm.

Also noted is another screening of the same story, this time on Movie Mix (also Freeview), at 11am on Wednesday 22nd. Unfortunately we don’t have a clue as to which version this one is (and Movie Mix don’t seem to have a website to help us). If anyone knows more, please get in touch so we can update this Guide.

Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) gets yet another screening on Sky Family, on Monday 20th.

The new Sherlock series may be over but reruns of the previous two series continue apace. RTE2 are showing the Series 2 finale on Wednesday (22nd), and remember they are also doing a complete run of Elementary Season 1, every Thursday night. Alibi have the third Episode of Sherlock Series 1 scheduled for  tomorrow (18th); then they are moving onto the second Series, starting with Episode 1 on Tuesday 21st (repeated the following day).

ITV3 are now repeating The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Granada) in a late morning slot (Monday to Friday).

Other programmes of possible interest include A Very British Murder on BBC2 tomorrow evening (18th). This is 3/3 and covers “The Golden Age.”

The NTV Awards are on ITV this coming Wednesday (22nd) at 7.30pm. Will Benedict be collecting yet another gong for Sherlock

You can still vote here!

Nothing specifically noted on Radio re SH.




News Bulletin 195: Evening Extra

“Let us hear about it,” said he*

Last night’s Sherlock

Critics heap praise on finale

Daily Telegraph review

Guardian review

Left-wing bias in Episode 3?

That’s what it say in the Daily Mail

*3Stu 608



News Bulletin on Sunday 194

“I was much astounded by this programme” (again!)


“Sherlock Sunday”

Fans of the great detective have a real treat in store tonight. Not just the finale of Sherlock Series 3 on BBC One but a brand new documentary (which starts straight after Sherlock finishes, over on BBC Four). Before Sherlock, at 6pm, Countryfile, also on BBC One, includes a major SH item.

Tonight’s line-up is as follows:

Countryfile at 6pm on BBC One, with John Craven, explores the countryside beloved by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The programme, it’s not just all about SH/ACD, includes a peek inside his former home where he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles


Sherlock, Episode 3, ‘His Last Vow’ at 8.30pm on BBC One.

This, the Season 3 finale, is also repeated on Friday at 9pm on BBC Three.

Ask the show’s creators your questions here. For live discussion tonight!


Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes – the many faces of a Master Detective at 10pm on BBC Four. There’s a short review of the programme here.  It’s repeated on Wednesday 15th at 8pm, also on BBC Four.



Friday’s Now show on BBC Radio4 (episode 1 0f 5, repeated yesterday) included a Sherlock skit (near the end). Listen again here.

The first episode of Great Railway Journey’s (running Mondays to Fridays on BBC Two) took viewers to the Wirral Peninsula. Members who were present at the London Society’s Liverpool Weekend in 1993 would have particularly enjoyed the inclusion of Port Sunlight village and the Birkenhead Tramway Museum in the programme. Catch it again here. Other programmes in the series are also available on the BBC iPlayer.


Check out Bulletin 192

and 193 (loads of Sherlock in this one!)


TV & Radio Guide 11-17 Jan includes updates!




News Bulletin 193

“there were surprises still in store for me”*

It’s all about Sherlock

“Sometimes somebody has to die”

Season 3 finale will melt the internet

12 teasers for the finale

Inside tour of Sherlock’s apartment

What do we know about Mary?

Episode 1 sets new audience record


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News Bulletin 192

“There is just one thing”

Peter Blau tells us that The Four O’Clock Show at 4pm on Thursday 16 January explores the secrets of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. It’s one item in a programme which also includes the fourth part of current story ‘Emil and the Detectives,’ by Erich Kastner. This programme got overlooked in yesterday’s TV & Radio Bulletin (since updated to include this omission!).


TV & Radio Guide 11-17 January – Updated


News Bulletin 191: TV & Radio Guide

“Good heavens!” I cried. “It is marvellous.”*


“Sherlock Sunday”

This Sunday, there’s the final episode of Sherlock Season 3 at 8.30pm, then a brand new documentary on the many incarnations of our hero at 10pm.

Earlier in the evening, Countryfile has got in on the action too, with a feature about one of Conan Doyle’s homes. It’s all a remarkable coincidence, of course.

Just remember, when Sherlock ends at 10pm, to switch over immediately and catch the new documentary on BBC Four. All the details including links are in the Guide which follows.

Free SH Books Offer!

The final Token (no.3) is in the new Radio Times (11-17 January), now on sale. The issue includes a lot of Sherlock content, also details of how to vote in the NTAs.


Viewing & Listening Guide

for 11-17 January 2014

Saturday 11

A Very British Murder.  Repeat of Episode 2 (of 3) at 8pm on BBC Four. Lucy Worsley explores how real-life crime, science and the emerging art of detection had an influence on the popular culture of homicide during the Victorian Age.

Morecambe and Wise – the Curtains at 8.30pm on BBC Two. This repeat compilation, introduced by Penelope Keith, includes part of a Peter Cushing sketch, with Eric dressing up as Sherlock Holmes. It’s about 10 minutes into the show.

For Poirot fans, there’s a “Weekend Special” on ITV3, starting at 4.50pm and continuing the following day.  The line-up includes the final four Poirot dramas, all shown recently on ITV, and the excellent, also recent, Being Poirot documentary.


“Sherlock Sunday” 12

Countryfile at 6pm on BBC One, with John Craven, explores the countryside beloved by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The programme, it’s not just all about SH/ACD, includes a peek into his former home where he wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles. 

Sherlock, Episode 3, ‘His Last Vow’ at 8.30pm on BBC One.

This, the Season 3 finale, is also repeated on Friday at 9pm on BBC Three.

Timeshift: How to be Sherlock Holmes – the many faces of a Master Detective at 10pm on BBC Four.

In charting the evolution of Sherlock on screen, from early silent movies to the latest film and television versions, Timeshift shows how our notion of Holmes today is as much a creation of these various screen portrayals as of the stories themselves. Contributors include Christopher Lee. Advisors to the programme include Roger Johnson, Editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal.  It’s repeated on Wednesday 15th at 8pm, also on BBC Four.

Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (2011) at  12.35 and 10.30pm on Sky Action/Adventure.

Poirot repeats (see Saturday 11th).


Monday 13

Father Brown at 2.15pm on BBC One. This is new Series 2, which continues daily until Friday 17th.


Tuesday 14

Sherlock at 9pm on Alibi. This is an Episode 2 repeat from Series 1. It’s also repeated again, on Wednesday 15th at 7pm.

The Return of Sherlock Holmes on BBC Radio 4 Extra. ‘Charles Augustus Milverton’ concludes this welcome repeat run. For more details of this and other programmes of possible interest (including times) on the station, click on the Radio4 Extra Guide. (also see Thursday 16th)  

Wednesday 15

Sherlock at 9pm on RTE2. Another chance to see Episode 2 from Season 2.

Timeshift  (see Sunday 12th) and Sherlock  repeats (see Tuesday 14th).


Thursday 16

Gideon of Scotland Yard at 2.35pm on Film4. An opportunity to catch this 1958 classic.

Brooklyn Ninety-Nine at 9pm on E4. New comedy series (1/22) about the New York police. (repeated at 11.05pm on Channel4 tomorrow)

Elementary at 10.30pm on RTE2. The Season 1 run continues with Episode 2. This is a first on terrestrial TV in these islands.

The Four O’Clock Show at 4pm on BBC Radio 4Extra explores the secrets of super sleuth Sherlock Holmes. It’s just one item in a programme which also includes the fourth part of current story ‘Emil and the Detectives,’ by Erich Kastner.


Friday 17

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes at 11.45am on ITV3.

Sherlock, Series 3, Episode 3 repeat (see Sun 12th).

Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows (2011) at 10.30pm on Sky Showcase. Yet another chance to see the second of the Warner Bros blockbusters.


TV & Radio Guide 4-10 January

TV Lounge – all the TV links you’ll need!

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News Bulletin 190

“What have you in the bundle?” I asked*


Douglas Wilmer – Many Happy Returns!


‘I glanced at the place indicated’**

Sherlock versus Elementary – Homage or rip-off?

Why you should envy but not worship Sherlock Holmes

Free Sherlock! Estate to appeal

Not free yet

New Russian SH TV review

Why do we keep resurrecting the same literary characters?

Conan Doyle’s Top 12 SH stories

The Return on Radio4 Extra

Sherlock Episode 2 down but still up!

Boris Johnson on “hairbrained” Sherlock barb

Chinese fans hail Cumberbatch as erotic icon

Sherlock, shark jumping, and the casual viewer

Amanada on what infuriates her about Martin

Stand-up for Sherlock & John



Thinking inside the box


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News Bulletin 189

‘In the whirl of our incessant activity’*


Another NTA for Cumberbatch? 

The short lists are finalised, so here’s your opportunity to vote for Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock in the National Television Awards (NTAs)Click here, then work your way through to the ‘TV Detective’ category. 



Episode 2 gets a mixed reaction from viewers

There’s something about Mary {contains spoilers!}

Behind the scenes at Sherlock 3

Surprise! It’s Sherlocks’s parents

Series 4 already mapped out


It’s not all about Sherlock!

Brett & Hardwicke print

Game on for crime & punishments

SH – everything (?) you need to know


NEW! Website of the Week

Each week I am going to try to do my best and recommend a website for you to visit. Chris Redmond’s web portal is one of the very best SH sites to explore; not just once but frequently. 

If YOU want to recommend a website for this feature (it must be SH and/or ACD!), forward the working link, and in seventeen words or less tell me why it should be our chosen one for the week. Contact


Next Study

The penultimate story in our current Memoirs studies is The Naval Treaty. This is just one of the sixty original stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which you can read in full on this website. To access all sixty stories, just click here. The text used is the Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes (same as the Doubleday in USA), the approved Crew edition.



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