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News Bulletin 278

“and then you can judge if you will listen to the details”*

Listening post

BBC Radio4 Extra, Thursday 7 January and Friday 8 January 2016 at 6.00am, 8.00pm and 1.00am.  James Nickerson reads from the ‘Devil’s Foot’ (published in 1910 and set in 1897), in which Holmes is recuperating in deepest Cornwall when death strikes a local family. The reading is split into two parts.

We are sailing

Following tonight’s Birthday Celebration (Many happy returns to both Sherlock and Margaret!), the next scheduled departure is the RSS on Sunday 28 February. Details of this and the rest of the upcoming voyages for the remainder of the 2015/2016 season are here.

Mayday Mayday

The next issue (No.237) will be mid February, pushed back from mid January (as announced a few days ago) to allow for additional coverage of the Sherlock special. Feedback on the episode is still welcome, from members and non-members alike. The copy deadline is 15 January.



News Bulletin 277

“There is just one thing” (again)

It’s Sherlock night!

As if you could have forgotten, the special Sherlock episode is on BBC One  and RTÉ2 tonight at 9.00pm. It’s repeated on BBC Three tomorrow at 9.10pm. It’s also being shown simultaneously in selected cinemas across the UK/Ireland. The only NI venue is the Odeon Victoria Square. Info/booking re all cinemas is here.




News Bulletin 276

‘I had called upon my friend Sherlock Holmes upon the second morning after Christmas’ Blue


Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, the special episode scheduled for New Year’s Day on BBC1 (9.00pm) is getting another outing, the following night (Saturday 2 January) on BBC3 at 9.10pm.

And for the first time ever, it’s also being shown simultaneously (with BBC1) in the Republic of Ireland, on RTÉ2. While Sherlock episodes have aired on RTÉ2 before, they’ve always been well behind the original BBC screenings.

For those who can’t get enough Sherlock, Alibi is planning yet another repeat run of series 1, starting on Wednesday 6 January at 9.00pm (Also Thursday 7 January at 8.00pm).

If you want to watch Sherlock on the really big screen on New Year’s Day, the list of cinemas showing it across the UK/Ireland (including access to book online) is here. The only NI venue is Odeon Victoria Square (A direct booking link has been included). Cinema screenings will include extra content.

TV/The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Episodes of the first Granada Sherlock Holmes productions, starring Jeremy Brett and David Burke, are scattered throughout the ITV3 schedule during the week commencing 2 January, including A Scandal in Bohemia on Friday 8 January at 7.55pm. It’s part of a run of all 13 episodes from series 1 and 2.

TV/And there’s more

For early birds, TCM has Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942) on Thursday 7 January at 9.35am. Sherlock Holmes (2009) is included in Sky Crime Thriller’s line up on Friday 8 January; it’s at 12 noon and again at 8.00pm.

Our “Handy Guide” for the week just started (26 December) can be found here.

Radio/Listen to this!

My initial disappointment that BBC Radio had overlooked SH in their Xmas scheduling was quickly forgotten when I realised , virtually at the last moment (see Bulletin 275), that Radio4 Extra was broadcasting a 1947 US radio adaptation of The Adventure of the Copper Beeches on Christmas Eve. In case you missed the show, which stars John Stanley, it’s now available on the iPlayer 

And things got even better when I discovered Radio 4 Extra is broadcasting The Devil’s Foot during the first week of the New Year. The story, spread over two half-hour episodes, is read by James Nickerson. Part 1 is scheduled for Thursday 7 January at 6.00am and 8.00pm (also 1.00am the following morning); Part 2 is the following day (Friday 8 January) at the same times. It’s not on their online schedule yet so I can’t provide a link.

Radio Times free DVD

Radio Times is giving away a free DVD of The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce. To get it you have to send £2.95 to cover the p&p. RT also has an offer on the Sherlock Holmes and Basil Rathbone Collection, a 4-DVD set for £9.95. The free DVD will be thrown in if you order the set, but you will still need to pay the p&p. This seems to be a good deal for the single DVD but is it the best possible deal for the Collection? Check it out here!

You’ll find details of the above offers in the Radio Times for 2-8 January 2016, an issue which includes a review of the free film by Barry Norman. The film critic says it’s “Unmissable Sherlock.” Is this really the best Hound ever? You tell me!



News Bulletin 275

“There is just one thing” (sort of)

Here’s one we missed earlier!

John Stanley stars in The Mystery Theater dramatization (it’s a 1947 US radio adaptation) of The Adventure of the Copper Beeches on BBC Radio4 Extra, today (24 December) at, 3.00pm (and again, at 3.00am tomorrow morning).  It’ll be available on the BBC iPlayer shortly afterwards.

And in case you’ve misplaced your copy of our “Handy Guide” to Sherlock on TV, here’s a duplicate.




News Bulletin 274

Sherlock’s TV Treat Box

“Tell me all about it,” said I*

Your “Handy Guide” for the Festive Fortnight

19 December 2015 – 1 January 2016

And we’re not just talking about the obvious; the much awaited new Sherlock episode ‘The Abominable Bride,’ due on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2016 at 9.00pm (And for the first time ever on the same day, simultaneously on PBS in the US). There’s also a bundle of previous BBC Sherlock episodes to enjoy (if that’s what ticks your box), namely, repeats of series 1 & 2 on Alibi.

While the BBC Sherlock retreats into the past for the one-off special, Elementary stays firmly in the present day over on Sky Living, with episodes 5 and 6 of the latest series.

For those who prefer their Holmes in more “traditional” mode (though much of it was far from “traditional” at the time), TCM are rerunning both Fox films from 1939, starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, and also episodes from their subsequent adventures, drawn from the Universal series.

Those with access to Sky Greats or Crime/Thriller will be able to see Robert Downey Jr’s reimagining of the sleuth (alongside Jude Law as his Watson). This one, Sherlock Holmes (2009), was the first of his two blockbusters that had the cinema box office tills jingling loudly.

Jeremy Brett is not to be overlooked at this time, indeed any time of the year. ITV3 is doing a repeat run, in its entirety, of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes series, starting on New Year’s Day.

Oh, and not least of all, a very enjoyable romp starring Nicholas Rowe as a schoolboy detective, Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), gets two showings on Sky Action/Adventure.

Has anything been overlooked? You tell me and it will be added onto the list without delay. Best advice, really, is to get a decent TV guide. The “legendary” double issue Radio Times has been indispensible in compiling this quick guide (other guides are available, I’ve been asked to point out).

As for Radio, again, as in recent years, it’s a blank canvas. (Update – See Bulletin 275 re BBC Radio4 Extra)


“Handy Guide”

Sun 20 Dec. 2015

Sky Living. Elementary, 5/22, S4, 8pm (repeated 1.00am and 4.20am).

Greats. 12.50am (Mon 22nd), Sherlock Holmes (2009)

Tues 22 Dec.

ITV3. The Hound of the Baskervilles (Granada series), 3.20pm.

Wed 23 Dec.

Alibi. Sherlock 1/3, S1, 9.00pm (repeated 11am).

Christmas Eve.

Crime/Thriller. Sherlock Holmes (2009), 6.50pm.

Sky Living. Elementary, 5/22, S4, 9.00pm (repeated 1.00am).

Alibi. Sherlock 2/3, S1, 9.00pm (repeated 11am).

Christmas Day.

TCM. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939), 4.55pm.

TCM. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942), 6.30pm.

TCM. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942), 7.45pm.

Alibi. Sherlock 3/3, S1, 9.00pm (repeated 11am).

Boxing Day.

TCM. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942), 7.05am.

Alibi. Sherlock, 1/3, S2, 9.00pm (repeated 11am).

Sun 27 Dec.

Sky Living. Elementary, 6/22, S4, 8.00pm (repeated 1.00am).

Alibi. Sherlock 2/3, S2, 9.00pm (repeated 11am).

Mon 28 Dec.

TCM. Dressed to Kill (1946), 7.35pm.

Alibi. Sherlock 3/3, S2, 9.00pm (repeated 11am).

Tues 29 Dec.

TCM. Terror by Night (1946), 7.45pm.

Wed 30 Dec.

Action/Adventure. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), 8.30am (repeated 4.00am).

TCM. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), 7.25pm.

Crime/Thriller. Sherlock Holmes (2009), 9.00pm.

New Year’s Eve.

TCM. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943), 7.40pm.

New Year’s Day 2016.

ITV3. A Scandal in Bohemia, 6.50pm. This episode was first shown on the ITV network on 24 April 1984 at 9.00pm. It’s the first instalment in what promises to be a full repeat run of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the first of the acclaimed Granada productions starring Jeremy Brett as Sherlock Holmes. David Burke plays Watson in this series.  There are 13 episodes in all, 7 in series 1 and 6 in series 2.

BBC One. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, 9.00pm. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, Radio Times (w/c 19 Dec.) describes this special episode as “a wonderful treat.” It’s being screened simultaneously in over 100 cinemas across the UK and Ireland.

RTÉ2. Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, 9.00pm. (Update)

This Bulletin was updated (as indicated above ) on 27 December 2015.







News Bulletin 273

‘Holmes chuckled and wriggled in his chair, as was his habit when in high spirits’*

It’s a dog day afternoon…… Whitehead

It takes Peter Blau (All the way from the USA) to tell me that the Wireless Mystery Theatre Company’s production of The Hound of the Baskervilles will be staged in Whitehead, Co. Antrim this coming Saturday, 28 November 2015. How come I didn’t know about this, nor, it appears, did any of you nearer home?

It’s all part of the Whitehead Victorian Street Fair, now in its 7th year. The Hound performance starts at 2.00pm in the Church of Ireland. As for the price of admission, I’m without a clue (Possibly a fiver would not be far off the mark but don’t hold me to that). Brief details are here and the story Peter picked up on (from the Carrick Times) is here.

Given its Victorian background and setting (for those of you who are not from these parts, it’s just up the road from Belfast, nestling on the corner of a bay near the mouth of Belfast Lough), it occurred to me that the little seaside village of Whitehead should make a pitch for the New Brighton scene in Card, should anyone be contemplating a new production. They’ve got at least two rowing boats, it’s unlikely that fog would need to be imported in this part of the world (Surely I don’t need to explain?) and they’ve even got a Victorian train station (Whitehead is home to the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, who are laying on steam rides on the day).


Elementary, it’s the new season

Episode 2 of Elementary season 4 is scheduled for Thursday 26 November; it’s on Sky Living at 9.00pm (Repeated following morning at 1.50am). This is a 22 episode series, two less shows than the previous ones (Would anyone care to explain this to me?).

If you’re still doing catch-up, Sky Living has almost finished another run through of Elementary season 1 (Mon/Tue/Wed and Fri).

You can still catch the season 4 trailer here (on Bulletin 272) and the show’s home page is here.


Tunnel vision

Episode 1/6 of a new documentary series – Britain’s Biggest Bank Jobs, airs on Channel 5 this Monday (That’s tomorrow, the 23rd) at 10.00pm. The opening episode focuses on the audacious 1971 bank heist in Baker Street. Apparently, robbers sprayed the legend: “Let Sherlock Holmes solve this!” on the walls of the vault of the Lloyd’s Bank branch. I must have missed that (or did I?) in the fictionalised account, the 2008 crime film The Bank Job. Apart from the street location, obviously, the other link to SH is the method which the robbers used to do their dirty deeds. Where the villains inspired by the plot of RedH? Did they have feet of clay? (Enough, enough! Ed.)


Next up

We’ll be setting sail again this day week (Sunday 29 November) on our latest adventure. Brief details are here. The film programme has been changed from the one scheduled in Mayday Mayday (No.136). You can rest assured that what’s now in place sounds more than good to me (Boom Boom).



News Bulletin 272

“There is just one thing”

Elementary better than Sherlock

Get ready for Season 4 – Episode 1 is on Sky Living on 19 November. The Season started in the US on 5 November, on CBS.



News Bulletin 271

“Pray let me have the details,” I cried.*

Sherlock in cinemas

As you will know by now (you have been warned!), ‘The Abominable Bride,’ the Sherlock Special episode, will air on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2016. For the first time, for a Sherlock episode, it will also be shown simultaneously, in cinemas across the UK/Ireland. The list of over 100 cinemas (including website links) can be accessed on our Home page, also the three trailers (including the latest extended version). For local crew, we’ve also provided a link to Odeon Belfast, the only Sherlock venue in NI. Best advice for those who want to see it in cinemas is not to delay. These shows will include extra content (not on TV).

It’s an Elementary date!

Joe Marino (Elementary and Man. City fan!) says that Season 4 of Elementary will air in the UK on 19 November – it’s on Sky Living at 9.00pm. In the meantime, SL is repeating (again) Season 1 (Mon./Tues./Wed./Fri.). Joe is not the only crewmate who loves Elementary; Maria McCann and Paul Murphy have been known to wax lyrical about it, and its many attractions are not entirely lost on yours truly either.

A Novel event

Our crewmate Geri Schear’s second novel, Sherlock Holmes and The Other Woman (MX, Paperback, 328 pages, £10.99) was released on November 4th. Her first Holmes novel was A Biased Judgement. Geri tells me that she’ll be launching the book at The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar, Dublin on November 11th at 6:30pm. She’ll also giving some readings from the book in the Kells, County Meath Library on November 19th at 7pm.

“A bargain everyone”

Our eagle-eyed webmaster, Maurice ‘Spike’ Milligan, has spotted a new guide book, The Sherlock Holmes Book, edited by experts David Stuart Davies and Barry Forshaw, at Sainsbury’s Holywood Exchange for the knock-down price of £6.99 (DK, Hardcover, 352 pages, 1 Oct 2015, £16.99). The price, as I write this, is £12.99 but has it for less, £10.68. Presumably it’s on sale in other Sainsbury’s stores.

Not forgetting………

Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty, is in paperback format for the first time (Orion, 5 Nov.). Read Alex’s Kane’s review, which he wrote when the novel was first published (Hardback, Oct., 2014).

Robert Ryan’s A Study in Murder, his third Watson novel, is  also just out (Simon & Schuster, Hardback, 8 Nov.).




News Bulletin 270

“Excellent!” said Holmes. “Excellent! Pray continue.”*

The Sherlock Special episode – “The Abominable Bride”, which airs on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2016, will be screened simultaneously in over 100 cinemas across the UK/Ireland (the first time this has happened with Sherlock). The cinema shows include bonus material.

Booking starts this Monday – 2 November. Click here for cinema list. Best advice is not to delay booking as demand is expected to be heavy.

For the first time also, Sherlock will air in the US (on PBS) on the same date as the UK premiere. It will be also shown in US cinemas, on 5 and 6 January (more details).

There’s also a new Trailer; it’s actually an extended version of Trailer 2. (*Danc515)







News Bulletin 269

“…the very chance for which I have been panting during all those months of inaction seemed to have come within my reach”*

Sherlock Special…at last we have a date!

Sherlock producer Steven Moffat has revealed the date for the much anticipated Special…and its title. Click here for the article from Mail Online. According to Digital Spy, the Special will be shown in cinemas around the same time.

Watch both trailers!

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