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News Bulletin 29

“To act, Sherlock – to act!” cried Mycroft.

BAFTAs For Sherlock?

The official nominations for the 2011 Philips British Academy Television Awards on Sunday 22  May 2011 include the following: Benedict Cumberbatch for Leading Actor (Sherlock, BBC One), Martin Freeman for Supporting Actor (Sherlock, BBC One) and Sherlock for Drama Series (Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Sue Vertue, Beryl Vertue, BBC One/Hartswood Films). None of us mere mortals can decide the outcome of the aforementioned but we can still make our votes count in the Audience Awards. To cast your vote visit,1099,BA.html.

News Bulletin 28

“It does seem to be a little out of the common,” he remarked, calmly. “Would you mind reading it to me aloud?”

It’s A Capital Jubilation For London’s Holmesians!

The Sherlock Holmes Society of London (the oldest and largest in the UK) is marking its sixtieth year with a programme of special events in London during May 2011. The Society’s website can tell you what’s happening and when.

A Scandal, A Big Dog, And Er…A Cliffhanger!

The new run of BBC One’s Sherlock drama will feature adaptations of A Scandal in Bohemia, The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Final Problem, series co-creator Mark Gatiss has recently revealed.

Horowitz Gives His Holmes A Name.

Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz’s new Sherlock Holmes novel, due on 1 November 2011, will be called The House of Silk.  Pre-orders, at 50% off the cover price, are already being taken by

‘He is an omnipresent and unstoppable life force.’

Words of Conan Doyle or Watson, perhaps? Well,  no actually. This is a quote from Alex Kane’s latest piece in his Crow’s Nest series. You can read the article in full by clicking on the Crow’s Nest Page and selecting No.3 on the drop-down menu.


News Bulletin 27

and next day I sent it from Belfast.”

From now on we’re going to number the news bulletins in sequence.  If our maths prove correct we’ve posted 26 to date, hence this is number 27.

Sherlock Grabs RTS Award.

The BBC’s hit drama series Sherlock has collected yet another award, this time pushing ITV favourite Downton Abbey sideways as it picked up the Royal Television Society Drama Award on Tuesday 15 March 2011.

And Here’s Another One!

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has won the best actor award at the Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards.

The Name Game’s Afoot!

The sequel to Warner Bros. blockbusting Sherlock Holmes (2009) has now got an official name – it’s Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.  The movie is due in cinemas on Friday 16 December 2011.

You can read an interview with Jared Harris who’s got the all-important Professor Moriarty role here –

Watson Ha! Ha!

Broadcasting exclusively on the internet, The Blog of Dr Watson is a comedy series based on the original Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  It’s the latest project from long-time Sherlock Holmes fans – Neil Hunt and Stephen Harvey Johnson who have been writing and performing comedy together since 1997.

Red Circle Centenary Comes Around.

The Adventure of the Red Circle was published one hundred years ago in the Strand Magazine (March and April 1911).  You can read this gripping tale in full on our Stories Page.

“That will do,” said he; “I could not ask for anything better.”

February 2011 News Bulletin

“It is simplicity itself,” he remarked, chuckling at my surprise – “so absurdly simple that an explanation is superfluous.”


Sherlock’s Touch Of Frostbite.

We’d have been pulling out all the stops to share the good news if Sherlock had come up trumps at the 2011 NTAs at the O2 Arena in London. But, just in case anyone thought we might still be sulking, perhaps it’s best to say something or other about the events of Wednesday evening 26 January 2011.

This was never going to be an even contest anyway, once it was known that David Jason, on his last investigation as Chief Inspector Frost, was in the running for the Drama Performance award. It was a singular case of “Chop! Chop!” with all the contestants getting the order of the poll axe as David Jason showed again why he’s the nation’s favourite golden oldie. All we can say is well done to him and thoroughly deserved too!

Earlier that evening in the Drama category class, Waterloo Road proved that it didn’t need any lessons from the other three candidates, which included Sherlock, as it picked up the award. Ah well, there’s always next year to dream about.


What’s So New About This “New” Novel?

Unless you’ve been hiding under the duvet, you’ll know that there’s been quite a bit of stuff in the media about the “new” Sherlock Holmes novel from prolific children’s author (e.g.Alex Ryder) and screenwriter (e.g.Poirot) Anthony Horowitz.

Dozens of new Holmes stories are published every year so what’s the big deal about this particular one? It could all be to do with the fact that it’s been commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd, thus giving it the “official” seal of approval. So, it’s inevitably a case of great expectations and the pressure is on for Horowitz to perform. We’ll have to wait until September for the book and perhaps in the meantime we should be talking this up (or down?) on our Forum Quarterdeck.


SH2 Movie Update.

Thanks to our friends at the SHSF, who are always on the ball, here are the links to the latest clips from the  production set of the sequel to Warner Bros. blockbusting Sherlock Holmes (2009).



Due to technical problems, let’s blame Moriarty, we’ve temporarily taken the current Poll down while our webmaster gets it sorted. When this feature returns, we might just find that Maurice has created a brand new Poll for us, so fingers crossed. As for the rest of the site, it’s very much business as usual.

January 2011 News Bulletin

“A great deal of my journalistic work is done at night, and I often write until the early morning.  So it was today.”


Crow’s Nest – The View From Alex. Kane.

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Alex Kane is going to write a regular column for this website under the title Crow’s Nest – The View from Alex. Kane.  “Book and film reviews…or, indeed anything else that pops into my head,” he tells us, adding:  “It is essentially just my views on a variety of things.”

When he’s not in the real world our Commodore is in the surreal world of  politics and commentary (also his words, not ours!).  Alex writes a weekly column in the News Letter – and is frequently to be heard airing his views on local radio and TV here in Northern Ireland.  Click on Crow’s Nest on the menu above to read Alex’s first article – The Regularity of the Irregulars.

Sherlock And The Doctor Go Head-To-Head At The NTAs.

The list of stars in the National Television Awards (NTAs) for 2010 has been whittled down to four in each of the twelve categories.  Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) is pitched against Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Philip Glenister (Ashes to Ashes) and David Jason (A Touch of Frost) for Drama Performance.

Sherlock is up against Shameless, Waterloo Road and Doctor Who for Drama.  If you voted back in round one, this will be included in the final countdown, but if you haven’t done the necessary then proceed with due haste by voting online at  You can also vote by phone on 0901 888 2011 (charges apply for phone voting).

The winners will be revealed at a ‘spectacular’ ceremony at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday 26 January 2011 which will be screened live on ITV1.

Sherlock Sky Bound.

Actually, it’s past tense now as we should have posted this item last week although in mitigation we did notify our members by email.  Warner Bros. Sherlock Holmes (2009) had its UK network premiere on Sky Premiere on Friday 7 January 2011 (repeated twice daily up to and including Thursday 13 January).

Sky Movies magazine for January/February 2011 (only available to Sky subscribers) has a major feature.  Try this for tasters –


Christmas 2010 News Bulletin

“It arrived upon Christmas morning, in company with a good fat goose.”


‘The Compliments Of The Season.’

We’d very much like to wish, not just our Crewmates, but Holmesians, Sherlockians and Doyleans everywhere the traditional ‘compliments of the season.’  For people like us, it wouldn’t quite be Christmas without the Sherlock Holmes seasonal story – The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle.  You can read it in full online if you go to our Stories Page.


British High Court To Rule On Undershaw.

Thanks to our member Paul Spiring, we’ve just learnt that Conan Doyle’s former home at Hindhead could yet be saved from the developers.

‘Why Not Tell Them Of The Cornish Horror – Strangest Case I Have Handled.’

The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot was first published in the Strand Magazine in December 1910.  You’ll find the full text on our Stories Page.  The Crew celebrated this publication centenary with a quiz, study and poetry at the 28 November 2010 RSS.

An Irish Take On ‘The Supreme Adventure.’

RTE Radio 1 broadcast The Hound of the Baskervilles in two parts on 24 and 31 October 2010.  Adapted by Declan Hughes, it starred Robert O’Mahoney as Holmes and Owen Roe as Watson.

“There Is Material Here.  There Is Scope.”

The Log 4, our latest annual journal was published in electronic and print formats on 28 November 2010.  An eclectic mix of scholarly essays, reviews, correspondence, quizzes, Sherlock everywhere and more is contained therein – details on request from

“Is There Any Point To Which You Would Draw My Attention?”

C-Extra, our irregular e-newsletter was published on 17 December 2010.  It contains the SH TV schedules (UK and Ireland only) for Christmas 2010, laced with some critical comments.  Unfortunately not too much excitement this time around, but if you still want a free copy email before 24 December 2010.

November 2010 News Bulletin

“Well, Watson, what do you make of this?”


Three Scoops For Sherlock!

The BBC’s recent Sherlock series has proved the big winner at this year’s Royal Television Society Craft and Design Awards, held at London’s Savoy Hotel, picking up best picture enhancement, best tape and film editing in a drama, and best original title music.  Coincidentally, BBC Three are repeating Sherlock, starting with ‘A Study in Pink’ on Sunday 28 November 2010 at 7.30pm.

Sherlock Still To Come.

There may still be about 12 months to go, but the first still has just appeared from the sequel (as yet untitled) to Warner Bros Sherlock Holmes (2009).  The shot features Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law.


A Society For Scotland.

The glaring omission from the list of worldwide enthusiasts has been rectified, thanks to Barry Young, owner of Young’s Interesting Books in Skirving Street Glasgow, who has recently founded The Self-Important Scotland Yarders AKA the Sherlock Holmes Society of Scotland.

October 2010 News Bulletin 3

“Excellent,” I cried!

 Sherlock Picks Up Two Daggers At Crime Thriller Awards!

A  highly satisfactory night for the BBC’s Sherlock drama series at the Specsavers ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards as it scooped two of the prestigious Daggers. The ceremony which took place at London’s Grosvenor Hotel on Friday 8 October 2010 was shown on ITV3 on Tuesday 12 October. Viewers saw Benedict Cumberbatch pick up the TV Dagger for the Sherlock series, beating off hot competition from three other nominees (Wallender, Luther and Ashes to Ashes). He was back on his feet shortly afterwards to collect the Best Actor Dagger for his own performance as Sherlock in, er, Sherlock. The other nominees were Philip Glenister (Ashes to Ashes), Idris Elba (Luther) and Belfast’s  own Kenneth Branagh (Wallender).

Sad to say, things didn’t go quite so well for our hero for the People’s Detective Dagger (the only category voted for by viewers). This was won by Foyle (well deserved too!). Other nominees that failed to make it onto the podium included Rupert Graves (Inspector Lestrade in Sherlock)  in the Best Supporting Actor category and Warner Bros. Sherlock Holmes (2009) for the Film Dagger. You might still be in time to catch the ceremony and The People’s Detective episode featuring Holmes and Poirot on the ITV Player, if you hurry.


“You  Remind Me Of Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin.”

The following programmes are all on the BBC4 channel. The connections to Sherlock Holmes may be tenuous to say the least but that’s never stopped us yet. 

Sherlock Holmes made some disparaging remarks about Edgar Allan Poe’s Dupin but that needn’t deter any of us  from watching this drama documentary which explores the life and work of the author credited with inventing detective fiction. Edgar Allan Poe: Love, Death and Women is on Thursday 21 October 2010 at 9pm. There are references to Poe in A Study in Scarlet and The Adventure of the Cardboard Box, by the way. 

The First Men in the Moon, written by Mark Gatiss (co-creator of the BBC’s Sherlock series), is a reworking of the HG Wells’ (he was a friend of Conan Doyle) classic story of an Edwardian lunar landing. It’s on Tuesday 19 October 2010 at 9pm. This looks like jolly good fun!

Talking of Gatiss, the second in his rather enjoyable mini-series – A  History of Horror with Mark Gatiss, is scheduled for Monday 18 October 2010 at 9pm (repeated on Thusday 21 October at 11pm). This episode ( 2 of 3) focuses on the legendary Hammer films so we should get to see lots of Peter Cushing whom many of us have fond memories of for his portrayals of you know who.

Apart from of lots of stuff on Gatiss and Poe,  Radio Times (16 – 22 October 2010) has an article by Ben Stephenson entitled ‘My vision for British drama’ which is also worth reading.

October 2010 News Bulletin 1

“I wanted information, Watson.”  “Surely you have gone too far?”


Holmes & Poirot United!

It’s hardly the pairing some of us might have wished for as Conan Doyle’s most famous creation shares the bill with Mrs Christie’s Belgian sleuth in the last of the current series of ITV 3’s new documentary, The People’s Detective on Tuesday 5 October 2010 (9pm).  Narrated by Caroline Quentin, the programme explores what makes the characters tick and includes archive footage.  It’s repeated on Thursday 7 October 2010 at 8pm.  Sounds interesting!

CSI Does SH.

Back in series five (episode 11 of 25), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation did a Sherlock Holmes episode.  Five USA are repeating it on Monday 4 October 2010 at 8pm.

Cumberbatch Has News For You!

We are reliably informed that Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the BBC hit drama series Sherlock will be chairing Have I Got News For You, BBC One on 14 October 2010.

Latest on Sherlock Holmes 2.

According to the News/Entertainment & arts site , 27 September 2010,  Stephen Fry is to play Sherlock’s older and smarter brother Mycroft, in the sequel to Warner Bros. Sherlock Holmes (2009).  Fry revealed this news on BBC 5 Live’s Danny Baker Show.  Also see

Star of hit US TV show Mad Men, Jared Harris is set to play Holmes’ nemesis Professor Moriarty, according to Latino Review.  Brad Pitt, Daniel-Day Lewis, Colin Firth and Russell Crowe had all been mentioned in connection with the role, The Guardian reported on 29 September 2010.

In case you missed it when previously announced, Noomi Rapace, who won critical acclaim for her part in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is being lined up for the female lead while Geraldine James, the actress who played the 221B landlady in the first film looks likely to reprise her role.

Guy Ritchie will be in the Director’s chair, again, with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law returning to their respective roles as Holmes and Watson.  The film which is due in cinemas in December 2011 is as yet untitled.

Annual Dinner Date.

 The date for this year’s Annual Dinner Sailing is confirmed as Thursday 2 December 2010, at the usual venue.  Further details will be released to members shortly.

September 2010 News Bulletin 2

“A certain selection and discretion must be used in producing a realistic effect,” remarked Holmes.


NTV Awards – Cast Your Votes Now!

Those who enjoyed the recent BBC Sherlock drama may wish to register their approval for both the series and one of its two leading stars by voting in The National Television Awards whose nominees were unveiled this week.  These are the only TV awards (UK) where all the winners are chosen by the public.  Voting closes 11 october 2010.

The Sherlock series has been nominated in the Drama category, one of 33 choices.

Both Benedict Cumberbatch (for Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Freeman (for John Watson) have been nominated in Drama Performance – the largest category.  They are among a total of 50 names.  You can however only vote for one of them – tick the box of your choice.

You can vote using the form in the current Radio Times (25 September – 1 October 2010).  Alternatively you can vote by phone – 0901 888 2010 (charges apply) or online –  You’ll also find details at

There’s also a competition to win ‘a night out with the stars!’ inside the Radio Times plus details on how to get tickets for the ceremony which will be held at the O2 arena in London on 26 January 2011.