Archive for October, 2010

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 2

“Our time is limited, Watson.”


Vote for the People’s Detective Dagger Now!

Cast your vote for Sherlock Holmes as part of the Specsavers Crime Thriller Season 2010 in conjunction with the Crime Writers’ Association.  Voting closes at 9am on Friday 8 October 2010 so make haste.  You can vote online at  Alternatively you can vote by phone: 080161614 – just add 12 to this number to vote for Holmes (charges apply).  The awards will be presented by Marcus Brigstocke on Tuesday 12 October 2010 on ITV3 at 9pm.

NTV Awards – Last Chance To Vote For the BBC Sherlock Drama.

Voting closes on Monday 11 October 2010.  Vote now at  Our September News Bulletin 2 carried the relevant details.  Go to our News Page if you want to know more including how to vote by phone.  Remember that there are two categories involved – Drama (for Sherlock) and Drama Performance (for Benedict Cumberbatch or Martin Freeman).

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.