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.