Archive for September, 2011

News Bulletin 42

‘I crept forward and looked across at the familiar window.’

“The Shadow Has Moved!” I Cried.

These two links will take you behind the scenes at the filming of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

“Pushing Another One In My Direction.”

CBS are to do their own modern take on the world’s greatest consulting detective. Now wherever did they get that idea from?

Sherlock Does It By The Book.

The first in a series of tie-ins to the hugely successful Sherlock TV drama series was published by BBC Books on 15 September 2011.  Stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are very much in evidence on the front cover of A Study in Scarlet and there’s an introduction by writer Steven Moffat. Coming up next month is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, with Mark Gatiss doing the intro. These are the original stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, by the way, not the TV stories.

‘The Voices Of Holmes & Watson.’

‘Through the 1950s and 1960s Carleton Hobbs and Norman Shelley were the voices of Holmes and Watson,’ writes Roger Johnson in the latest District Messenger (no.315, September 2011). Last year twelve of these classic recordings became available on audio CD and now there’s another batch to savour – The Carleton Hobbs Sherlock Holmes Further Collection. Of particular interest to members of the Crew is the inclusion of The Adventure of the Cardboard Box.

These recordings are available from (‘the home of BBC audiobooks’) and the usual sources.







News Bulletin 41

“Yes, it is very short, but I have made a copy of it, and here it is.”

SH2 – Bigger, Better And Ballsier!

“My collection of M’s is a fine one,” said he. Two key elements in the storyline of  Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows start with the letter M – Moriarty and Marriage. The former might be self-explanatory, the latter concerns Watson’s efforts to tie the knot. M also stands for Mycroft, of course, with Stephen Fry stepping into the role of Sherlock’s older brother. Much of the aforementioned was sourced from Empire magazine which has an 8-page spread on the new movie in its latest issue (October 2011) . You shouldn’t need a magnifying glass to pick it out on the newsstand with Robert Downey Jr. staring out from its front cover. Remember this SH2 issue is only on sale until 28 September 2011.

Conan Doyle: The Unknown Novel Published At Last.

The Narrative of John Smith, Conan Doyle’s first novel, is being published for the first time on 26 September 2011. The publisher is the British Library which is mounting a display in conjunction with the event. The novel can be ordered directly from the BL’s website for £9.95 and is also obtainable from other booksellers ( has it for £9). An Audio book is available at £20 and for those with deep pockets there’s a leather bound edition at £100.

No Smoke Without?

“The research is clear: the more a young person sees smoking in films, the more likely they are to try smoking themselves.”

Silence Is Golden.

Need we say more?

Mea Culpa Dept.

In our last Bulletin the date of the first episode of the BBC Sherlock series broadcast by RTÉ2 was incorrectly stated as Tuesday 16 August 2011. We’ve since learnt that it was in fact Monday 22 August 2011. Everyone together now, and kindly whisper it softly: “Norbury!”