News Bulletin 39

“I have not had time to explain it.”

More Old Beech’s Holmes.

Not exactly a Sherlock Holmes adventure, but its inclusion here, for which we offer no apologies, will become blatantly obvious to anyone tuning in. Written by Michael Chaplin, this new 2-part series of Two Pipe Problem (don’t you just love the way they keep tweaking the title?) on BBC Radio4 FM stars Richard Briers as William and Stanley Baxter as Sandy.

Episode 1: ‘Here Doggie’ airs on Thursday 11 August 2011 at 2.15pm. The following day, 12 August 2011, it’s ‘The Case of the Missing Meerschaum’ in the same time slot. This episode sounds particularly promising as William and Sandy reprise their Holmes and Watson roles to tackle the theft of a famous pipe at a Sherlock Holmes convention.

The show is Eddie Mair’s ‘Pick of the Week’ in the current Radio Times (w/c 6 August 2011) – see page 115. Programme details are on pages 129 and 131, also there’s an interesting unrelated letter on pages 140/141.

BBC Sherlock…It’s A Case Of Not Just Yet!

Ditch any plans to watch BBC1’s follow-up to its hit Sherlock series this autumn because it isn’t happening, at least not as we had been led to believe. According to the continuity announcer at the conclusion of the rerun of series 1 on Wednesday 3 August 2011, the new 3-parter won’t be along till next year. Our spies tell us that January 2012 is the best we can do for the moment in trying to pin a date on this one

Meantime, here are a few more Sherlock stories which you might like to mull over: