Archive for October, 2014

News Bulletin 225

“And what do you think of it all, Watson?” asked Sherlock Holmes, leaning back in his chair.*


Sherlock Holmes on Radio4 Extra

BBC Radio4 Extra’s special season of Sherlock Holmes plays and documentaries continues this Saturday (1 Nov) with an adaptation from 1988 of “the supreme adventure”, followed by a short reading.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Baker Street sleuth pursues a creature stalking a noble family at a Dartmoor mansion. Combined version of an original two-part adaptation by Bert Coules, starring Roger Rees as Holmes and Crawford Logan as Dr Watson.

Sat 1 Nov 6am, repeated 4pm (also Sun 2nd). Lasts 1 hour 50 minutes.

In Search of Professor Moriarty

Sat 1 Nov 7.50am, repeated 5.50pm (also Sun 2nd at 5.50am). Lasts 10 minutes.

An excerpt from H.R.F. Keating’s ‘Sherlock Holmes – The Man and His World.’

Details of the Season are here including access to catch-up on previous episodes for a limited period.



Sherlock on BBC3

BBC3 are giving the first series of Sherlock another run. We overlooked mentioning this in our last Bulletin but are attempting to rectify that omission now by telling you that Episode 2 – ‘The Blind Banker’ – is pencilled in for this Sat (2 Nov), starting at 9pm. The link provided will also take you to the I Player where you can catch up on last week’s show – Episode 1 -‘A Study in Pink’.  Episode 3 is due on Saturday 9 Nov at the same time. Exclusive clips and pictures from Series 3 are here.


Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards – Results

Amanada Abbington received the Dagger for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Sherlock at the ceremony on Monday last (27th).  The full results are here.

You can watch the ceremony, which was televised live on ITV3, here.



Mr Holmes (due in cinemas 2015)….some plot details.

Sherlock Holmes 3 (possibly 2017) still on, Downey Jnr. confirms.



Tickets for the Belfast event are going fast…details including how to book are here.




News Bulletin 224

“I cannot agree with those who rank modesty among the  virtues*


NTA Awards – Voting Now On!

Here’s your chance to vote in the latest National Television Awards (NTAs), to be held in London on 21 January 2015.

BBC’s Sherlock is in the Drama category and Sky Living’s Elementary is in the Multi Channel one. You don’t have to vote in every category.

Vote here!


The Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards 2014

Monday 27 October on ITV3 from 9.00pm to 10.35pm

Bradley Walsh hosts this year’s awards ceremony, from London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. It features 11 awards honouring TV, books and film, from the Crime Novel of the Year to the Best TV Crime Drama of the Year. Acting nominees who are attending this year include Sarah Lancashire, Stanley Tucci, Philip Glenister, James Norton, Amanda Abbington, Keeley Hawes, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss, Anna Maxwell Martin, Julie Graham, Stephen Tompkinson and Fay Ripley. Also, for the first time in the award’s history a TV show will be inducted into the Hall of Fame.

You can catch-up on the Crime Thriller Club episodes here.






News Bulletin 223

“In the whirl of our incessant activity”*


Vintage Sherlock on BBC Radio4 Extra

The Sherlock Holmes Season on BBC Radio4 Extra steps up a gear this Saturday (25 October) with two classic dramatisations and a documentary you may wish to make a note of.

It’s an early start at 6.00am but if that’s before your wake up call, the repeats start at 4pm later that day with a further repeat run from 4am the following morning (Sunday 26th). You can find more about the Season here and still catch last week’s starter episode of ‘A Study in Scarlet.’ The details including links to each programme are shown below.

Saturday 25 October 2014

‘The Adventure of the Speckled Band’ starring Cedric Hardwicke as Sherlock Holmes. First heard on the BBC Home Service in May 1945.

6am, repeated 4pm and (also Sunday 26th at 4am)

‘The Sound of the Baskervilles’

From April 2007, Russell Davies follows the musical clues to discover what music meant to the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes.

6.30am, repeated 4.30pm (also Sunday 26th at 4.30am)

‘The Final Problem’

John Gielgud plays Sherlock Holmes with Ralph Richardson as Dr Watson. In the series, first broadcast on the BBC Light Programme in December 1954, Holmes brother – Mycroft – was played by Gielgud’s brother, Val. Co-produced with the American Broadcasting Company, the influence of the US producers meant the inclusion of high-ranking American actors, including Orson Welles as Professor Moriarty.

7am, repeated 5.00pm (also Sunday 26th at 5.00am)



It’s Elementary

The brand new Elementary Season, this is number 3, starts on Sky Living on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at 9pm (The US date is 30 October on CBS).

Photos are here and the Season 3 Trailer is here.


Arthur & George

Filming has started on the new ITV drama (due 2015), starring Martin Clunes as Conan Doyle.



Sherlock Holmes The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die

Now Open at Museum of London.

5 Reason to visit.


The Hound of the Baskervilles

Armagh Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh

Saturday 1 November 2014 at 8pm

In their inimitable style, Wireless Mystery Theatre turns the immortal mystery of ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ into a live old-time radio broadcast. This special new adaptation uses music and sound effects, period commercials and audience participation to create a rollicking caper full of retro charm, high energy, and dark, gothic fun. Part Benedict Cumberbatch, part Robert Downey Jnr., all Sherlock Holmes.


Horowitz Moriarty Book Launches Reminder

Details for the Belfast event with Alex Kane (18 November) and the events in GB (October) are in Bulletin 222.

And here’s what Horowitz has been saying recently about Sherlock Holmes and Moriarty, both articles from the Daily Telegraph.










News Bulletin 222

“You have probably never heard of Professor Moriarty?” said he. “Never.”*

New! Moriarty Book Launch

Anthony Horowitz in conversation with Alex Kane in Belfast

Anthony Horowitz will be in Belfast on Thursday 18 November to launch his new Moriarty novel.

The best-selling author and screenwriter will be in conversation with columnist and commentator Alex Kane (and for anyone who didn’t already know, Alex is also a Sherlock Holmes buff and Commodore of The Crew).

The event is scheduled for Thursday evening 18 November 2014 from 7.00 – 8.30pm at the Great Hall, Queen’s University, University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN.

Tickets for this event are £5 each, also entitling you to discount off copies of Moriarty.

Tickets are available directly from the event organisers, No Alibis Bookstore (No Alibis is Northern Ireland’s only specialist crime bookstore), 83 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JL. You can also obtain tickets over the phone by calling 028 90319601 or by emailing,or from the No Alibis website using the Pay Pal button. If using Pay Pal, you’ll need to print out the receipt as this will serve as your ticket.


“The man pervades London”*…also Leeds, Birmingham and Edinburgh

Coming up later this month, ahead of Belfast, Moriarty book launches will be taking place in Leeds (21st October), Birmingham (22nd), London x 2 (23rd), Edinburgh x 2 (24th) and the Museum of London (27th).

Details of the venues, times and how to book (including Belfast) are here.

For more about the new novel, try Anthony Horowitz’s official website.


Sherlock Saturdays

Starting this Saturday 18 October 2014

6am, 4pm and 4am (Sun. 19th) on BBC Radio4 Extra

Robert Powell and Dinsdale Landen star in a dramatisation by Michael Hardwick of ‘A Study in Scarlet’ from December 1974. This sets the wheels in motion for a Season of Sherlock Holmes plays and documentaries every Saturday for the next month. Radio4 Extra’s Sherlock Season ties-in with the opening of the new Sherlock Holmes Exhibition at the Museum of London and runs until 15 November.