News Bulletin 295

Seasonal Viewing & Listening Guide

“A few triffling points might perhaps be added”

Unlike Sherlock, we can’t be everywhere, which may help explain why our handy guide to Sherlock viewing and listening across the festive fortnight is confined to the UK and Ireland.  Needless to say, it’s all repeats of repeats. You’ll need access to Virgin or Sky or BT for most of the TV stuff but for those of you who only have Freeview, there’s a chance to catch the second of the two Guy Ritchie steampunk blockbusters on ITV 2.

Over on the good old wireless (a few of us old codgers still call it that), there’s an opportunity to listen again to Nick Utechin’s superb The Game’s Afoot special on BBC Radio 4 Extra.  

ITV 2 (Freeview 6)

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011) – Friday 28 December, 9.00pm.


For fans of the BBC Sherlock, all four series are being shown (in order) on Alibi, starting on Thursday 27 December with series 1, episode 1, and continuing up until and including 2 January. On New Year’s Eve there are no less than 5 episodes (from series 2 and 3) showing back to back. 


The Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce films have remained firm favourites since The Hound of the Baskervilles was first shown on the big screens in 1939. It’s on Sunday 22 December at 7.20pm. Films from the Universal series, e.g. The House of Fear (1944) on Sunday 23 December at 12 noon, are showing on other days during Christmas Week.

TCM also has a double bill of Robert Downey Jnr and Jude Law on New Year’s Day – Sherlock (2009) at 8.00pm and Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows (2011) at 10.40pm. The first film is also showing the following day at 11.05pm and the second film is on Friday 28 December at 9.00pm (same time as ITV 2).


This 3 hour special from 2008, The Game’s Afoot, is being aired again on Saturday 29 December at 9.00am, repeated at 7.00pm. Presenter Nick Utechin (former editor of The Sherlock Holmes Journal) looks at the incarnations of the detective on radio from 1940 onwards. You can catch it on DAB, online and the BBC Sounds app. It’s a real treat!


The Rivals features Inspector Lestrade investigating sleuths who were rivals of Sherlock Holmes. This is a repeat of a four part series first broadcast in 2016. Episode 1 of 4 is scheduled for Sunday 30 December at 7.15pm (and weekly thereafter?). It’s also repeated on Radio 4 Extra on Friday 4 January.

Have we left anything out?



News Bulletin 294

“I should prefer to hear it now”


Series 2 of Sherlock Holmes with Carleton Hobbs continues daily from Monday 12 March on BBC Radio 4 Extra. Transmission times are 6.00am, 1.00pm and 8.00pm with a further repeat at 1.00am the following day. Tomorrow’s episode (4/7) is ‘The Cardboard Box’. There are further episodes on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.You can find the link  here.

If you missed Episodes 1-3, which were broadcast last week,  you can still catch them on the BBC iPlayer for radio. Episode 1 is here.

Sherlock Gnomes

It’s come to our notice that Sherlock Gnomes (2018) won’t be appearing in cinemas in the UK/Ireland until 11 May (and not 23 March as we’d been previously led to believe). Russia, Singapore and the Ukraine will be on the first to see it, on 15 March. Ah well, fans of animation will just have to content themselves with Peter Rabbit (2018), which opens in cinemas on the 15th of this month.




News Bulletin 293

“I am glad to have a friend with whom I can discuss my results”*

TV & Radio Listings

Here’s our  handy guide to Sherlock Holmes on TV and Radio (UK & Ireland) over the Festive Fortnight. You’ll need access to Virgin, Sky or BT for most of the TV stuff but for those of you who only have Freeview there’s a chance to catch both of Guy Ritchie’s steampunk box office blockbusters, which are on on ITV 2. Over on Radio, there’s an opportunity to listen again to Bert Coules’ The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes on Radio 4 Extra. Have we left anything out?

ITV 2 (Freeview 6)

Sherlock Holmes (2009) New Year’s Eve 9.00pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) 3 Jan 9.00pm


The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) 23 Dec

The Woman in Green 23 Dec

Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 23 Dec

Sherlock Holmes (2009) Xmas Day 9.00pm

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Xmas Day 11.40pm

The House of Fear Boxing Day 11.00am

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011) Boxing Day 9.00pm

Pursuit to Algiers 27 Dec 6.30pm

Terror by Night 27 Dec 7.50pm

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) 5 Jan 4.40pm

Sherlock Holmes (2009) 5 Jan 10.55pm

Sky Living

Elementary 9 episodes back-to-back 30 Dec from 9.00am

Also episodes of Series 3 on selected days

BBC Radio 4 Extra

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Xmas Day 11.15am, 9.15pm and 1.00am

Further episodes at same times on Boxing Day, 27 Dec & 28 Dec


Click on the links below to reveal contents:

‘The compliments of the season’

Blue Christmas


News Bulletin 292

“We both burst out into a roar of laughter”*

After a string of garden gnome disappearances in London, Gnomeo & Juliet look to legendary detective Sherlock Gnomes to solve the case. This new animated movie is due in cinemas in March 2018. Watch the official trailer here.


News Bulletin 291

“I was compelled to leave you without much news”

Dear me, dear me; this is our first bulletin since February, and it brings great news for those of you who like listening to the original stories. For the first time in ages, there is going to be a repeat run of the 1959 series of Sherlock Holmes radio adventures.
The series is on BBC Radio 4 Extra and stars Carleton Hobbs as Holmes and Norman Shelley as Watson. It starts this Monday 23 October 2017. The opening episode is ‘The Man With the Twisted Lip’. Transmissions are at 6.00am, 1.00pm and 8.00pm, and again at 1.00am the following day, from Monday until Friday. We’re not clear if there is anything the following week.
Check out Radio radio listings.





News Bulletin 290

“The date being…?”*

This is a short bulletin to mark the 25th anniversary of The Crew of the S.S. May Day, Northern Ireland’s  first and only Sherlock Holmes Society. To be precise as to detail, 1992 was a leap year and the date we first set sail was February 29th. That’s it!



News Bulletin 289

“This is beyond anything which I could have imagined”*


Sunday 15 January

Sherlock, 3/3, S4, ‘The Final Problem’, BBC1, 9.00pm. 

This episode is also being shown simultaneously in 300+ cinemas across UK/Ireland. Bulletin 287 includes the cinema list, which is not fully comprehensive – see Bulletin 288 for more.

You’ll find a link to the trailer for tonight’s episode (and a chance to watch ‘The Lying Detective’ – you need a licence for this) here.

Elementary, 5/24, S5, Sky Living, 9.00pm (repeat of episode first shown on 10th).


Tuesday 17 January

Elementary, 6/24, S5, Sky Living, 9.00pm.


Thursday 19 January

Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944), TCM, 7.50pm.

Sherlock, 3/3, S3 (repeat), Alibi, 8.00pm.



The Undiscovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes, 3/6, Radio4 Extra, 9.30am, 4.30pm (and 4.30am on 19th). The comedy series starring Roy Hudd and June Whitfield continues its repeat run. You can catch-up with previous episodes here.

Radio Times Book Offer

The token for the third and final “free” book in the series, The Five Orange Pips and Other Cases, is in this week’s Radio Times (issue w/c 14 January).


Sherlock 4 on DVD & Blu-ray

Sherlock Series 4 will be released on DVD (Region 2) and Blu-ray (Region B/2) on 23 January in UK/Ireland.

Box sets (DVD & Blu-ray formats) containing Sherlock Series 1-4 and ‘The Abominable Bride’ will also be released in UK/Ireland on 23 January.


Sherlock 4 in USA

Episode 3 is being shown today on PBS. It will also be shown in movie theaters there on 16 and 18 January. The DVD for Region 1 and Blu-ray for Region A/1 will be released on 24 January.





News Bulletin 288

“I am endeavouring to tell you everything”*


Sunday 8 January

Sherlock, 2/3 Series 4, ‘The Lying Detective’, BBC1, 9.00pm. (The link provided includes catch-up access to episode 1, if you have a TV licence.)

ITV, in a brave (or foolhardy?) move, have ensured a partial clash with Sherlock by scheduling the second hour of the new series of Endeavour to finish at 10.00 (it starts at 8.00pm).

Remember that the Sherlock finale is also being shown in 300+ cinemas across the UK/Ireland on 15 January (includes 15 minutes exclusive bonus content), simultaneously with the TV transmission – see Bulletin 287 for list of cinemas (this list may not be fully comprehensive). Only one cinema in the Belfast area showed ‘The Abominable Bride’; this time round no less than four are involved – Movie House (Dublin Road), Odeon, Odyssey and Omniplex (Dundonald).

Elementary, 4/24, Series 5, Sky Living, 9.00pm (Repeat of episode first shown on 3rd).


Tuesday 10 January

Elementary, 5/5, Series 5, Sky Living, 9.00pm.


Thursday 12 January

Sherlock, 2/3, Series 1 (Repeat), Alibi, 8.00pm.



Wednesday 11 January

The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 2/6 (Repeat run of Roy Hudd’s comedy series), Radio4 Extra, 9.30am, 4.30pm, and 4.30am on 12th. (The link provided includes catch-up access to episode 1.)






News Bulletin 287

“……upon the second morning after Christmas”


Elementary, Series 5, episode 3 (of 24), New Year’s Eve, 9.00pm, Sky Living. This is a repeat of the episode first shown on the 27th; it will be preceded by a back-to-back screening of three episodes (nos. 14-16) from Series 3, starting at 6.00pm.


Sherlock, Series 4, episode 1 (of 3), ‘The Six Thatchers’, New Year’s Day, 8.30pm, BBC1. The series is being shown in the US on PBS, on the same dates as the UK transmissions.

You can read spoiler-free reviews of episode 1 here and here.


Elementary, Series 5, episode 4, Tuesday 3 January, 9.00pm, Sky Living.



Here’s one we overlooked in Bulletin 286: The Newly Discovered Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, episode 6, is tomorrow (Wednesday 28th) at 9.30am, 4.30pm (also 4.30am on 29th).


Sherlock Holmes: The Game’s Afoot, New Year’s Eve, 9.00am and 7.00. Stand by for 3 hours of undiluted joy in this Special programme, first broadcast in 2008 on BBC Radio7, in which Nick Utechin (who knows what he’s talking about!) looks at incarnations of the detective from the 1940s to more recent times. Included are  full episodes featuring Cedric Hardwicke and Finlay Currie, Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley, Clive Merrison and Michael Williams, also Clive Merrison and Andrew Sachs.


The Newly Discovered Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, episode 1 (of 6), Wednesday 4 January, 9.30am, 4.30pm (also 4.30am on 5th). As the stark reality of a cold bleak January starts to sink in, some Ho! Ho! Holmes starring the wonderful Roy Hudd  and June Whitfield could be just the tonic you need to help alleviate those post-Christmas blues. (Programme link available from Wednesday 28th)



Radio Times is giving away three free Sherlock Holmes books to its readers (but see below for Conditions*), starting with issue dated w/c 31 December 2016 (now on sale –the Sherlock cover gives you a clue). In exchange for the token provided, you can collect a free copy of The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and Other Stories (Penguin paperback) from a named retailer. The offer continues in the issue dated w/c 7 January 2017; you can collect a free copy of The Adventure of the Engineer’s Thumb and Other Stories with the second token. The giveaway finishes with issue dated 14 January; the final book is The Five Orange Pips and Other Stories.

*Re Conditions: A Post option is also provided; send £2 (and 1 token) for one book or £3 for all three (also include 3 tokens). The problem for customers in Northern Ireland is that none of RT’s partner stores trade here; it’s still good value for the money, though.



Episode 3 of Series 4 is being shown at 300+ cinemas across the UK & Ireland simultaneously with BBC1. The cinema screenings promise 15 minutes of additional content. For a list* of venues in UK & Ireland, click here. *This list is not fully comprehensive as it doesn’t include Movie House Cinemas at Dublin Road, Belfast and at Coleraine, Co. Londonderry. In the US, episode 3 will show in cinemas on 16 and 18 January.





News Bulletin 286

“You are engaged,” said I, “Perhaps I interrupt you.”*

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the season, as we hurtle at alarming speed towards the “Big Day”, thoughts of what’s on the goggle box over the “Festive Fortnight” may have crossed  your minds. Picking our way through the slush of the schedules, which is no mean feat in itself, the only sign of anything new (this is strictly Holmes talk, not some sort of general viewing guide!) is Elementary. The repeat of new season 5, episode 1 is tonight (18th) at 11.00pm on Sky Living. Episode 2 is this Tuesday (20th) at 9.00pm, repeated Christmas Eve at 9.00pm  and also Christmas Day at 11.00pm.  Talking of Christmas Eve, this is an Elementary feast day as Sky Living is repeating 8 episodes from season 3 in a back-to-back run starting at 1.00pm. Returning to season 5, episode 3 is on Tuesday 27th at 9.00pm.

The rest appear to be all repeats, mostly golden oldies (some of them a touch jaded, perhaps); for instance, on TCM there’s Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce in The Hound of the Baskervilles  and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (both Fox 1939), as well as a smattering of Universal offerings – Sherlock Holmes and the Spider Woman (1944) and Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942). The films in the line up are on between Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd, some more than once – we leave it to you to investigate.

A more recent production is Sherlock Holmes, the 2009 Warner blockbuster starring Robert Downey Jnr. and Jude Law; it’s on the Action/Adventure channel for the nth time, this Tuesday (20th) at 5.45pm.

For those of you who are restricted to Freeview, there is just one thing; The Sign of Four is a feature length episode from the Granada series – look out for the appearance of John Thaw as Jonathan Small. It is on ITV3 tomorrow (19th) at 11.00pm. An episode from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes series (also Granada) can be seen on ITV Encore (subscribers only) at 4.05pm on the 23rd.

As for radio, it’s all dead air as far as Holmes goes. For you audio fans, perhaps it’s time to make a long arm for those favourite cd’s (and cassettes?) once again (or go online – have a look at the free stuff on our TV & Radio links page).

Have we missed anything?

The Compliments of the Season to all the crew and to Holmesians and Sherlockians everywhere!

Blue Christmas (for those who enjoy a Christmas story without the slush)